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Friday, July 9, 2010

"Gay Marriage, the Old-School Way: Judge Joseph Tauro's courageous ruling in favor of same-sex marriage." Linda Hirshman has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.
Posted at 11:32 PM by Howard Bashman

"Judge slashes penalty in illegal music downloading case": Jonathan Saltzman of The Boston Globe has a news update that begins, "In a major setback for the recording industry, a federal judge in Boston today slashed a $675,000 damages award that a Boston University graduate student was ordered to pay four record labels for illegally downloading 30 songs and sharing them online."

And The Associated Press reports that "Boston judge cuts penalty in song-sharing case."

You can access today's ruling of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts at this link.
Posted at 11:18 PM by Howard Bashman

"Stays were common at High Court": Lawrence Hurley has this article today in The Daily Journal of California.
Posted at 04:20 PM by Howard Bashman

"Kagan skewers Japanese internment ruling": Josh Gerstein has this post at his "Under the Radar" blog at
Posted at 03:58 PM by Howard Bashman

"Feds want court to take another look at Vince Fumo's sentence": The Philadelphia Daily News today contains an article that begins, "Federal prosecutors alleged in a 281-page brief submitted yesterday to the U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia that a federal judge made 'numerous errors' when he handed down 'unduly lenient' sentences for former state Sen. Vince Fumo and onetime aide Ruth Arnao."

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports today that "Feds seek longer Fumo sentence."

And The Associated Press reports that "Feds appeal sentence of powerful ex-Pa. Sen. Fumo."

For the record, the federal government's appellate brief is only 281 pages long if you count the brief's cover page, the tables of contents and authorities, and the certificates following the conclusion of the brief. If those materials are omitted, the brief is a mere 268 pages long.
Posted at 03:57 PM by Howard Bashman

"Ginsburg: Roe will hold." has this report.

And at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times," Tony Mauro has a post titled "Justice Ginsburg Eager for Kagan's Arrival."
Posted at 02:44 PM by Howard Bashman

"William Brennan bio on the way": Michael Doyle of McClatchy's Washington Bureau has this post at his "Suits & Sentences" blog.

My most recent earlier mention of that book appeared in a post published one week ago today.
Posted at 09:34 AM by Howard Bashman

"Nonlawyer at 9th Circuit Beats Toyota on Trademark Law": Cheryl Miller has this article today in The Recorder.

Chief Judge Alex Kozinski is the author of yesterday's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Posted at 09:30 AM by Howard Bashman

"Appeals court rejects U.S. request to restore drilling moratorium": This article appears today in The Times-Picayune of New Orleans.

The New York Times reports today that "Court Rejects Moratorium on Drilling in the Gulf."

The Los Angeles Times reports that "Appeals court says no to Obama drilling moratorium; The administration may try to redraft the six-month ban imposed after the Deepwater Horizon spill in the gulf."

The Wall Street Journal reports that "Judges Reject White House's Drilling Ban Request."

And at "SCOTUSblog," Lyle Denniston has a post titled "U.S. loses -- for now -- on drilling; Gulf moratorium still on hold."

You can access yesterday's order from a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit at this link.
Posted at 09:27 AM by Howard Bashman

"'Grim Sleeper' Arrest Fans Debate on DNA Use": The New York TImes contains this article today.

And The Christian Science Monitor has an article headlined "'Grim Sleeper' case raises privacy concerns over use of DNA; 'Grim Sleeper' serial killer case was broken when authorities used DNA taken from the suspect's family members; Is it a breakthrough in police science or an invasion of privacy?"
Posted at 09:21 AM by Howard Bashman

"Judge rejects gay marriage curb; Ruling in Hub calls US law unconstitutional, infringing on state's right": This article appears today in The Boston Globe.

The Boston Herald reports today that "Judge rules fed gay-wed ban illegal."

The New York Times reports that "Judge Topples U.S. Rejection of Gay Unions."

Carol J. Williams of The Los Angeles Times reports that "Part of federal gay marriage ban ruled unconstitutional; The Defense of Marriage Act goes against states' rights and the Equal Protection Clause, a federal judge says in two Massachusetts cases."

The Wall Street Journal reports that "Federal Ban on Gay Marriage Unconstitutional, Judge Says."

Dan Levine of The Recorder reports that "Mass. Federal Judge Strikes Down Federal Ban on Gay Marriage."

And today's broadcast of NPR's "Morning Edition" contained an audio segment entitled "Judge: Federal Gay Marriage Ban Is Unconstitutional."

This post of mine from yesterday evening contains links to the trial court's opinions.
Posted at 09:17 AM by Howard Bashman

"'Don't ask, don't tell' foes win legal victory": In today's edition of The San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko has an article that begins, "The federal judge overseeing a challenge to the 'don't ask, don't tell' law, scheduled for trial in Southern California next week, has ruled in favor of a gay rights group on a crucial issue -- how much evidence the government needs to justify the ban on openly homosexual members of the armed forces."
Posted at 09:03 AM by Howard Bashman

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