Monday, July 10, 2006
Washington, DC-based fans of "How Appealing" can hear my dulcet-toned voice on the radio tomorrow shortly after noon: I'm scheduled to appear as a guest on the first segment of The Kojo Nnamdi Show at noon on Washington, DC's NPR station, WAMU-88.5. The topic for my segment will be "Courts and Technology," and I'm scheduled to be one of four guests who will be taking part in the discussion.
Posted at 11:35 PM by Howard Bashman
Available online from National Public Radio: This evening's broadcast of "All Things Considered" contained audio segments entitled "Congress Weighs Options on Tribunals" and "Judge Affirms FBI Search of Congressional Office."
And today's broadcast of "Day to Day" contained audio segments entitled "Congress Mulls New Guantanamo Guidelines" (featuring Nina Totenberg) and "Journalists Should Take the Fifth, Instead of First."
"Judge Upholds F.B.I. Search of Lawmaker's Office": This article will appear Tuesday in The New York Times.
The Washington Post on Tuesday will contain an article headlined "FBI Search of Jefferson's Office Constitutional, Judge Rules."
"Court nominee gets second chance; Northern Virginia man seeks Va.-based federal court seat, faces war-detainee criticism": Tuesday's edition of The Richmond Times-Dispatch will contain an article that begins, "William James Haynes II, the Pentagon's top lawyer, gets a new chance today to answer critics who have attacked his nomination to the Richmond-based federal appeals court."
Posted at 11:15 PM by Howard Bashman
Recusal request in death penalty case draws the ire of its subject, a Justice serving on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania: Last Friday, Justice Ronald D. Castille issued this decision denying the motion to recuse.
Posted at 11:14 PM by Howard Bashman
Divided three-judge Second Circuit panel holds unlawful a federal Bureau of Prisons regulation limiting placement in a community corrections center to the lesser of the last ten percent or six months of a federal prisoner's sentence: You can access today's ruling at this link.
Posted at 11:08 PM by Howard Bashman
"Howard powers way to Derby crown; Wright takes second despite hitting 16 homers in one round": Some happy news in what's otherwise been a disappointing season thus far for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Posted at 10:55 PM by Howard Bashman
"A Branch Too Far: The dopey plan to appoint an inspector general for the judiciary." Dirk Olin has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.
My earlier essay on this subject was headlined "Exaggerations Plague Debate Over Need for Judicial Inspector General."
"Judge Hears Arguments in Spy Program Case": The Associated Press provides this report.
The Detroit Free Press provides a news update headlined "Lawyers lock horns over NSA spying program."
And in earlier coverage, today's edition of The Detroit News reported that "Hearing begins on spying program; Bush administration and civil liberties groups in Detroit will argue for and against wiretapping."
"Judge: FBI Raid on Lawmaker's Office Legal." The Associated Press provides this report.
Posted at 05:32 PM by Howard Bashman
"Justice's libel suit figures his losses": The Chicago Sun-Times today contains an article that begins, "Illinois' highest-ranking judge is seeking as much as $7.7 million in his lawsuit against a suburban newspaper -- and has considered pursuing other jobs when his term ends in 2010, legal documents show." Thanks to The Wall Street Journal Online's "Law Blog" for the pointer.
Posted at 05:30 PM by Howard Bashman
"For the foregoing reasons, the Court has found that the search executed on Congressman Jefferson's congressional office was constitutional, as it did not trigger the Speech or Debate Clause privilege, did not offend the principle of the separation of powers, and was reasonable under the Fourth Amendment." Chief Judge Thomas F. Hogan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has issued this opinion and order today.
Posted at 04:52 PM by Howard Bashman
After recess, but before nap time: The Associated Press reports that "Senate to Hear Detainee Issue After Recess."
Posted at 03:20 PM by Howard Bashman
Doctrine of "fraudulent joinder," enabling a federal district court to ignore non-diverse co-defendants in determining whether a case was properly removed from state court based on diversity jurisdiction, does not apply where the plaintiff has sued only one defendant: Circuit Judge Jerry E. Smith issued this opinion today on behalf of a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Posted at 03:14 PM by Howard Bashman
"The Case of the Brilliant Dash: John Roberts shows why judges shouldn't punctuate from the bench." Bruce Reed of Slate's The Has-Been offers these thoughts.
Posted at 02:23 PM by Howard Bashman
SSM o/a: The California Channel is webcasting live today's marathon appellate oral arguments in the same-sex marriage appeals pending before California's First District Court of Appeal.
Click here (Windows Media Player required) to view the oral arguments. The court itself offers this alternate audio-only webcast stream (Windows Media Player required).
Divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit orders the entry of a preliminary injunction requiring Southern Illinois University School of Law to recognize a chapter of the Christian Legal Society as an official student organization: You can access today's ruling at this link.
Posted at 01:24 PM by Howard Bashman
"Ga. Appeals Restraining Order on Voter IDs": The Associated Press provides a report that begins, "Georgia's attorney general filed an emergency appeal Monday of a court order that blocks the state from enforcing its new voter photo identification law during next week's primary elections."
Posted at 12:15 PM by Howard Bashman
"Mass. Court Backs Gay Marriage on Ballot": The Associated Press provides a report that begins, "The same court that made Massachusetts the first state to legalize gay marriage ruled Monday that a proposed constitutional amendment to ban future same-sex marriages can be placed on the ballot, if approved by the Legislature."
"Political Portents: Latest Supreme Court rulings on election law may foreshadow a far more conservative approach." Law Professor Richard L. Hasen of "Election Law" blog fame has this essay (free access) in today's issue of Legal Times.
Posted at 10:05 AM by Howard Bashman
"First Amendment eludes spotlight this term": Tony Mauro has this news analysis online at the First Amendment Center.
Posted at 10:02 AM by Howard Bashman
"Fight over same-sex unions hits court in S.F.; Several lawsuits, pro and con, will be argued in marathon session": Bob Egelko has this article today in The San Francisco Chronicle.
Posted at 09:02 AM by Howard Bashman
"Death Penalty Disquiet Echoes Earlier Time; Anti-capital punishment advocates hope momentum is on their side, but for now, the votes on the Court aren't there": Tony Mauro has this article (free access) in today's issue of Legal Times.
"One year later, power to seize property ripe for abuse; Backlash to high court ruling grows, as do land grabs": USA Today contains this editorial today, along with an op-ed by Donald J. Borut entitled "Vital tool of last resort: Uproar obscures eminent domain's crucial role in revitalizing areas."
Posted at 06:48 AM by Howard Bashman
"Initiative Would Overturn Same-Sex Marriage in Massachusetts; A proposed amendment is called 'a real threat' in the only state where such unions are legal": This article appears today in The Los Angeles Times.
Posted at 06:45 AM by Howard Bashman
"'Sanitizers' of Home Video Lose in Court": The Los Angeles Times today contains an article that begins, "A federal judge has issued final cut to studios, ruling that companies that snip out potentially offending material from movies for home viewing violate copyright laws."
Posted at 06:44 AM by Howard Bashman
"Would-be attorney tries to shed ties to '87 murder": The Chicago Tribune contains this article today.
And in related coverage, one month ago today The Orlando Sentinel published an article headlined "Hush-hush past derails career in prosecuting" (Google cache of article).
"Investigations, Lawsuits Still Dogging 9/11 Lawyer; Violation of Order Halted Moussaoui Trial": This article appears today in The Washington Post.
Posted at 06:24 AM by Howard Bashman
"Gay Ruling Shows New York Is Less Liberal Than It (and the U.S.) Thinks": The New York Times contains this article today.
And The Los Angeles Times today contains an editorial entitled "Setback for marriage justice: New York and Georgia courts will be on the wrong side of history of gay marriage."