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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

"Ninth Circuit Reverses Its Own Commercial Speech Ruling": Helen Christophi of Courthouse News Service has an article that begins, "Reversing its earlier ruling on a free speech challenge to California's ban on compensating retailers for advertising alcohol products, an en banc Ninth Circuit on Wednesday potentially handed final say on the issue over to the U.S. Supreme Court."

You can access today's en banc ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at this link.
Posted at 11:22 PM by Howard Bashman



"Trump judicial nominee says political blogging won't affect his rulings": Ryan Lovelace of The Washington Examiner has this report.
Posted at 09:00 PM by Howard Bashman


"A church-state case may be an early test for Neil Gorsuch: The Supreme Court nominee has emphasised the secular value of religious rites." Steven Mazie had this post at the "Democracy in America" blog of The Economist back on February 21, 2017.

The case in question -- Bormuth v. County of Jackson -- was reargued en banc this afternoon at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. You can access the audio of the en banc reargument via this link.

My coverage of the original, now-vacated divided three-judge Sixth Circuit panel's ruling in the case can be accessed here.
Posted at 06:20 PM by Howard Bashman



"Was A Possible Judicial Nominee Told To Curb His Twitter Use By . . . The Trump Administration, Of All People? Not exactly -- but other authorities have asked him about the subject." David Lat has this post at "Above the Law."
Posted at 06:14 PM by Howard Bashman


"Ohio execution case reaches federal appeals court": Jim Provance of The Toledo Blade has this report on a case reargued before the en banc U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit this afternoon. You can access the audio of the en banc reargument via this link.
Posted at 06:09 PM by Howard Bashman


"Appeals court upholds tribes' claim in dispute over Gila River water": Ben Moffat of Cronkite News has this report on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued yesterday.
Posted at 03:35 PM by Howard Bashman


"Iowa State University loses appeal in marijuana T-shirt case": Jeff Charis-Carlson of The Iowa City Press-Citizen has this article.

And David Pitt of The Associated Press has a report headlined "Court: Iowa State University wrong to block pot T-shirt."

You can access yesterday's ruling of a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit at this link.
Posted at 03:16 PM by Howard Bashman



"Feinstein defends blue-slip tactic to block judges": Josh Gerstein of Politico.com has this blog post.
Posted at 02:54 PM by Howard Bashman


"Court Strikes Obama-Era Rule Capping Cost of Phone Calls From Prison": Cecilia Kang has this article in today's edition of The New York Times.

In today's edition of The Washington Post, Ann E. Marimow has an article headlined "There's no cheap talk when it comes to prison calls. And that's not changing soon."

Tali Arbel of The Associated Press reports that "Appeals court tosses FCC cap on cost of calls to prisons."

Jon Brodkin of Ars Technica reports that "Prisoners lose again as court wipes out inmate calling price caps; Judges vacate intrastate caps after FCC Chair Ajit Pai dropped court defense."

And Zoe Tillman of BuzzFeed News reports that "The Feds Can't Cap The Cost Of Prison Phone Calls, Court Rules In A Major Loss For Prisoner Advocates."

You can access yesterday's ruling of a partially divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit at this link.
Posted at 02:48 PM by Howard Bashman



"Beverage tax upheld by Commonwealth Court": Julia Terruso of The Philadelphia Inquirer has an article that begins, "A panel of judges has upheld Philadelphia's beverage tax, dismissing complaints from the American Beverage Association and local retailers who argued that the levy is unlawful."

You can access today's 5-to-2 ruling of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania at this link.

Update: In other coverage, The Associated Press reports that "Appeals court upholds Philadelphia's tax on sweetened drinks."
Posted at 12:05 PM by Howard Bashman



"The Saucy Sock Puppet of the Trump-Nominated Judge: An attorney up for a federal bench seat made his views plain while writing blog posts under a pseudonym." Eleanor Clift has this essay online at The Daily Beast.
Posted at 10:50 AM by Howard Bashman


"The Strange Civil Rights Views of Trump's Latest Court Nominees: On Wednesday, three of those nominees will appear before the Senate; Together, they evince a deep hostility toward civil rights." Kyle Barry has this essay online at Politico Magazine.

Today's hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, scheduled to begin at 9:45 a.m. eastern time, to consider judicial nominees can be viewed online via this link.
Posted at 09:40 AM by Howard Bashman







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