Friday, July 20, 2007
Available online from law.com: An article reports that "Playing to a Full House, Ga. Justices Ponder Teen Sex Case; Genarlow Wilson's lawyer asked court to reverse course from a year ago."
In other news, "N.J. Supreme Court Censures Justice for Actions on Behalf of Bullied Son."
And the brand new installment of my weekly "On Appeal" column is headlined "May a Trial Court Force the Parties to Waive Appellate Review?"
"Court Tells U.S. to Reveal Data on Detainees at Guantanamo": This article will appear Saturday in The New York Times.
The Washington Post will report on Saturday that "Government Must Share All Evidence On Detainees."
The Associated Press reports that "Judges Seek All Gitmo Detainee Evidence."
And Reuters reports that "U.S. court grants evidence to Guantanamo lawyers."
"To leave judges speechless, throttled for publicly addressing abuse of the judicial process by practicing lawyers, ill serves the laudable goal of promoting judicial efficiency and impartiality." A unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, ruling on a state trial court judge's federal civil rights claim against the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct, has today held: "To the extent that the commission censured Judge Jenevein for the content of his speech, shutting down all communication between the Judge and his constituents, we reverse and remand with instructions to expunge that part of the order." You can access today's decision at this link.
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"[W]hen a district court imposes a below-Guidelines sentence for a crime involving crack, the record must demonstrate that the court focused on individual, case-specific factors[, b]ecause courts may not replace the 100-to-1 ratio with one of their choosing": So holds a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in an opinion issued today.
Posted at 11:08 PM by Howard Bashman
"Court Turns Down Qualcomm Appeal": The Associated Press provides a report that begins, "A federal court on Friday dismissed a request by Qualcomm Inc. to delay an import ban on new cell phones containing the company's chips, which were were found to infringe patents held by Broadcom Corp. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said it did not have jurisdiction to consider Qualcomm's request, because the import limits are still under review by the Bush administration."
"N.J. Supreme Court justice censured in 'Do you know who I am' scandal": The Philadelphia Inquirer provides this news update.
The Newark Star-Ledger provides a news update headlined "Justice censured for judicial misconduct."
And The Associated Press reports that "NJ Supreme Court Censures One of Its Own."
"Chief Justice Is Reinstated in Pakistan": The New York Times provides this news update.
And McClatchy Newspapers report that "Pakistan court rebuffs Musharraf, reinstates chief justice."
"Bush Alters Rules for Interrogations": The Associated Press provides a report that begins, "President Bush signed an executive order Friday prohibiting cruel and inhuman treatment, including humiliation or denigration of religious beliefs, in the detention and interrogation of terrorism suspects." You can view the executive order at this link, while a related White House news release is here.
The New York Times provides a news update headlined "C.I.A. Allowed to Resume Interrogations."
The Washington Post provides a news update headlined "Bush Order Governs CIA Interrogation Techniques."
McClatchy Newspapers report that "Bush bars CIA from using torture, but details remain cloudy."
"Ga. top court finishes hearing Wilson's appeal": The Atlanta Journal-Constitution provides a news update that begins, "The Georgia Supreme Court heard arguments Friday morning on a pair of appeals in the closely watched Genarlow Wilson case, though no ruling was expected immediately. The courtroom was packed for the hearing, and arguments were broadcast live over the Internet. The hearing came after justices decided earlier this month to speed up the process in the case of Wilson, the Douglas County man imprisoned for receiving oral sex from a 15-year-old girl when he was 17. Wilson's attorneys argue his 10-year prison sentence is cruel and unusual punishment."
And The Associated Press reports that "Ga. Supreme Court Hears Teen Sex Case."
Programming note: This afternoon, I am giving a lecture about the U.S. Supreme Court's recent punitive damages ruling in Philip Morris USA v. Williams to the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges meeting in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
"Isle memories move justice; Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens talks of his years here and Rice v. Cayetano": This article appears today in The Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
"Vets with Agent Orange leukemia keep benefits; Judge orders U.S. to pay from date claimed was filed": Today in The San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko has an article that begins, "An indignant federal appeals court ordered the government Thursday to keep paying benefits to hundreds of Vietnam veterans afflicted with a type of leukemia that has been linked to the defoliant Agent Orange."
Today in The Los Angeles Times, Henry Weinstein reports that "VA rebuked for balking on Agent Orange care; A court says the agency must provide benefits to Vietnam veterans with a type of leukemia."
In The Oakland Tribune, Josh Richman reports that "Appeals court orders Agent Orange vet benefits; Judges take VA officials to task on unpaid retroactive claims."
And The Associated Press provides a report headlined "Court: VA Must Pay Agent Orange Victims."
"Cheney Wins Dismissal of Suit Brought by Valerie Wilson": Neil A. Lewis has this article today in The New York Times.
The Washington Post reports today that "Plame's Suit Against Top Officials Dismissed."
The Los Angeles Times reports that "Plame's civil suit dismissed; The former CIA operative sought to hold Cheney and others personally responsible for blowing her cover."
In The New York Sun, Josh Gerstein reports that "Ex-CIA Agent's Suit Against Top Officials Is Dismissed."
"N.H. couple evade death and taxes; The Browns have been holed up, refusing to pay the IRS or go to prison; It's a battle that might end in bloodshed": The Los Angeles Times contains this front page article today.
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"Cochran's plea aims to shame Dems who oppose Southwick nomination": This article appears today in The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Mississippi.
"The Genarlow Wilson Case: Courting public opinion; Lawyer walks fine line as she stirs media blitz." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contains this article today.
The Supreme Court of Georgia is schedule to hear oral argument in the Genarlow Wilson case at 10 a.m. eastern time today. As detailed in this post of mine from last night, you can view the oral argument live, online via that court's web site.
"Trail of an 'Enemy Combatant': From Desert to U.S. Heartland; Details Emerge About Marri's Alleged Role in 'Second Wave' of Al-Qaeda Attacks." This lengthy front page article appears today in The Washington Post.
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"Assault on Second Amendment": Terence P. Jeffrey has this op-ed today in The Washington Times.
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"Broader Privilege Claimed In Firings; White House Says Hill Can't Pursue Contempt Cases": The Washington Post today contains a front page article that begins, "Bush administration officials unveiled a bold new assertion of executive authority yesterday in the dispute over the firing of nine U.S. attorneys, saying that the Justice Department will never be allowed to pursue contempt charges initiated by Congress against White House officials once the president has invoked executive privilege. The position presents serious legal and political obstacles for congressional Democrats, who have begun laying the groundwork for contempt proceedings against current and former White House officials in order to pry loose information about the dismissals."
Posted at 07:58 AM by Howard Bashman
"Pakistan Court Reinstates Top Judge": The Associated Press provides a report that begins, "The Supreme Court on Friday reinstated Pakistan's top judge, ruling that his suspension by President Gen. Pervez Musharraf was 'illegal' and dealing a major blow to Musharraf's standing."
Posted at 07:55 AM by Howard Bashman
There once was a man from Nantucket: The Cap Cod Times reports today that "Nantucket loses eminent domain case."
And The Associated Press reports that "SJC gives house lot back to Nantucket man; Says town erred when taking land in 1968 case."
"City To Battle at High Court Over Special Education": Today in The New York Sun, Joseph Goldstein has an article that begins, "The federal government is siding against New York City in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that parents of children with disabilities are watching closely. The case is likely to set standards for when localities must reimburse parents for private school tuition for students with a range of disabilities."
Posted at 07:44 AM by Howard Bashman
"Court Ruling Could Impede Seizure of Terror Funds": Today in The New York Sun, Josh Gerstein has an article that begins, "A lawyer for victims of terrorism is decrying a new federal appeals court ruling that could delay or even prevent private litigants from seizing funds belonging to terrorist groups."
"The Supreme Court's Problematic Use of Precedent Over the Past Term: Why Overruling or Refashioning May, In Some Cases, Be Better than Selective Interpretation." Vikram David Amar has this essay online today at FindLaw.
Posted at 07:35 AM by Howard Bashman