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Friday, July 15, 2011

"Thomas is latest justice set for immortality with bobblehead doll": Bill Mears of has this report.
Posted at 10:08 PM by Howard Bashman

"Senior 5th Circuit U.S. judge of Austin remembered for brilliant legal mind": The Austin American-Statesman has a news update that begins, "William L. Garwood, an Austin-based senior judge for the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, died Thursday. He was 79."
Posted at 10:00 PM by Howard Bashman

"First among equals - Sandra Day O'Connor": This article is available online from the web site of the International Bar Association.
Posted at 05:42 PM by Howard Bashman

"Judge William J. Nealon hits another milestone": The Scranton Times Tribune contains this article today, reporting that Senior U.S. District Judge William J. Nealon is on the verge of becoming "the longest-serving judge in the history of the 3rd U.S. Judicial Circuit."

It is interesting to note that Judge Nealon joined the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania as a recess appointee in 1962.
Posted at 04:05 PM by Howard Bashman

"Clemens Likely to Face New Jury: Lawyers." Bloomberg News has this report.
Posted at 01:16 PM by Howard Bashman

"Body Scanners Improperly Added by TSA: Court." Bloomberg News has a report that begins, "Airport body scanners using advanced imaging technology were improperly adopted by the U.S. as a primary passenger-screening tool, a federal appeals court ruled, while allowing their use to continue."

Dow Jones Newswires report that "US Court Rejects Constitutional Challenge To Airport Body Scans."

At "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times," Mike Scarcella has a post titled "Court Tells TSA To Allow Public Comment On Body Scan Screening."

And at's "Threat Level" blog, David Kravets has a post titled "Court OKs Airport Body Scanners, Rejects Constitutional Challenge."

You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit at this link.
Posted at 01:09 PM by Howard Bashman

Senior Fifth Circuit Judge Will Garwood has died: A reliable source emails:
I regret to report that Judge Will Garwood died yesterday following heart surgery.

Judge Garwood was President Reagan's first appointment to the Fifth Circuit and assumed the bench in November 1981. He had been a justice on the Texas Supreme Court and had returned to private practice before his federal appointment. He took senior status in 1997. He was 79.

You can access Judge Garwood's official Federal Judicial Center biography by clicking here.
Posted at 01:04 PM by Howard Bashman

Former Iranian hostages lose latest effort to avoid Algiers Accords and obtain damages from the Iranian government: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued this ruling today.

"The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times" previously covered the appellate oral argument in a post titled "Lawyer for Former Iran Hostages Wants Suit Reinstated."
Posted at 11:54 AM by Howard Bashman

"Iowa Court of Appeals notes 'the remarkable versatility of the word sh*t'": The "Legal Skills Prof Blog" has this post discussing a ruling that the Iowa Court of Appeals issued on Wednesday.
Posted at 08:36 AM by Howard Bashman

"Fascinating (and Posnerian classic) opinion on diminished capacity, child porn, and sentencing theory": Doug Berman has this post at his "Sentencing Law and Policy" discussing a decision that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued yesterday.
Posted at 08:32 AM by Howard Bashman

"State Supreme Court upholds courtroom secrecy in Hecht trial": The News Tribune of Tacoma, Washington contains this article today.

And The Associated Press reports that "Court won't release deposition in judge's trial."

Yesterday's ruling of the Washington State Supreme Court consists of a majority opinion and a dissenting opinion.
Posted at 08:30 AM by Howard Bashman

"A Naked Gamble That the Pole Tax Gets Stripped": The Texas Tribune has this report.
Posted at 08:22 AM by Howard Bashman

"Plastic bag bans upheld by California Supreme Court; The justices unanimously rule that local governments may impose such prohibitions without always needing an environmental impact report": Maura Dolan has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.

In today's edition of The Sacramento Bee, Denny Walsh has an article headlined "California high court upholds city's plastic-bag ban; leaves door open to lawsuits."

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that "Plastic bag ban in Manhattan Beach upheld by court."

And The Recorder reports that "State Supreme Court Upholds Plastic Bag Ban."

My earlier coverage of yesterday's California Supreme Court ruling appears at this link.
Posted at 08:20 AM by Howard Bashman

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