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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

"Mukasey's Wary Start Dismays Ex-Backers": This article will appear Wednesday in The New York Times.
Posted at 11:08 PM by Howard Bashman


"Abu-Jamal loses latest appeal for new trial": Emilie Lounsberry of The Philadelphia Inquirer has a news update that begins, "A federal appeals court yesterday refused to reconsider the decision denying a new trial for Mumia Abu-Jamal in the 1981 murder of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner."
Posted at 10:48 PM by Howard Bashman


Switched at birth: But barred by the statute of limitations. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit issued this ruling today.
Posted at 02:55 PM by Howard Bashman


Third Circuit affirms federal district court decision finding that the Child Online Protection Act facially violates the First and Fifth Amendments of the Constitution and permanently enjoining the Attorney General from enforcing that act: Marc J. Randazza has this post at "The Legal Satyricon" blog. He has posted a copy of today's ruling at this link.

Update: You can now access the opinion via the Third Circuit's web site at this link.

And The Associated Press reports that "Court affirms online content law unconstitutional."
Posted at 12:05 PM by Howard Bashman



"Friends mourn death of Judge Brieant at 87": This article appears today in The Journal News of Westchester, New York.
Posted at 10:50 AM by Howard Bashman


"Use of interrogations limited in war-crimes trial; The Guantanamo Bay war crimes tribunal began with a not-guilty plea from Osama bin Laden's driver and some testimony excluded by the judge": Carol Rosenberg has this article today in The Miami Herald.

Today in The Los Angeles Times, Carol J. Williams reports that "Evidence against terrorism suspect barred at Guantanamo trial; A military judge says some statements by Salim Ahmed Hamdan, a driver for Osama bin Laden, were made in 'highly coercive' settings; It could set a standard for other cases."

The Washington Post contains a front page article headlined "Guantanamo Judge Blocks Use of Some Statements; 'Highly Coercive' Conditions Are Cited."

The New York Times reports that "Military Trial Begins for Guantanamo Detainee."

From National Public Radio, today's broadcast of "Morning Edition" contained an audio segment entitled "First Guantanamo War Crimes Trial Begins" (featuring Carol Rosenberg), while yesterday evening's broadcast of "All Things Considered" contained an audio segment entitled "Expert Weighs In On Guantanamo Trial."

And yesterday evening's broadcast of the PBS program "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" contained a segment entitled "Gitmo Trial Begins, but Questions Loom Over Detainee Legal Process" (transcript with links to audio and video) featuring Neal Katyal and Andrew McBride.
Posted at 09:25 AM by Howard Bashman



"Rules for Guantanamo Bay proceedings are still unclear; Atty. Gen. Michael B. Mukasey calls on Congress to pass legislation on the matter; Democrats' response suggests that rules for deciding who can be held and for how long are unlikely to be made soon": David G. Savage has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.

Today in The New York Sun, Josh Gerstein has an article headlined "Mukasey: Bar Guantanamo Detainees From U.S."

From National Public Radio, today's broadcast of "Morning Edition" contained an audio segment entitled "Mukasey Urges Legislation For Guantanamo Trials," while yesterday evening's broadcast of "All Things Considered" contained an audio segment entitled "Mukasey Urges Congress To Create Detainee Rules."

And The Wall Street Journal today contains an editorial entitled "Mr. Mukasey's Modest Proposal."
Posted at 09:15 AM by Howard Bashman



"Hearing will tackle 'Don't ask, don't tell' military policy; Dems seek repeal as troop levels drop": USA Today contains this article today.
Posted at 08:55 AM by Howard Bashman


"Super Bowl Fine Is Voided; Court's Indecency Ruling Trumps FCC": This article appears today in The Washington Post.

The New York Times reports today that "Indecency Penalty Against CBS Is Rejected."

Jim Puzzanghera of The Los Angeles Times reports that "Court tosses FCC 'wardrobe malfunction' fine; The ruling releases CBS from paying a $550,000 penalty levied for Janet Jackson's breast-baring incident during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show; It's also a blow to the FCC's indecency policy."

The Wall Street Journal reports that "CBS Wins Verdict on FCC Indecency Fine."

USA Today reports that "FCC loses appeal of 'wardrobe malfunction' fine." The newspaper also contains an editorial entitled "A split-second decision."

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that "CBS fine for faulty wardrobe is voided."

The Philadelphia Daily News reports that "FCC wrong in CBS 'malfunction' fine."

And Shannon P. Duffy of The Legal Intelligencer reports that "3rd Circuit Tosses 'Wardrobe Malfunction' Fine Against CBS."

My earlier coverage of yesterday's Third Circuit ruling appears at this link.
Posted at 08:54 AM by Howard Bashman



"Siblings Support Greater Freedom for Hinckley": The Washington Post today contains an article that begins, "The siblings of presidential assailant John W. Hinckley Jr. told a federal judge in Washington yesterday that they do not view him as a danger to the community and believe he would benefit from obtaining a driver's license and spending more unsupervised time at their mother's home."
Posted at 08:40 AM by Howard Bashman


"A.C.L.U. Sues Alabama on Ballot Access": The New York Times contains this article today.

And The Birmingham News reports today that "ACLU lawsuit challenges Alabama voting practice."

Yesterday, the ACLU issued a news release headlined "ACLU Challenges Alabama Voter Disenfranchisement Laws In Court; Group Says 'Moral Turpitude' Interpretation Violates Constitutional Right To Vote." You can access the complaint initiating suit at this link.
Posted at 08:33 AM by Howard Bashman



"Why Dora the Explorer Can't Come To Your Kid's Birthday Party: The Issue Is Trademark Infringement; Invite SpongeBob, Get SquishyGuy." This front page article appears today in The Wall Street Journal (click here to enable free access via Google News).
Posted at 08:21 AM by Howard Bashman


"Justice Dept. Balks in Case of Reporter": Today in The New York Sun, Josh Gerstein has an article that begins, "The Justice Department agreed earlier this year to join in questioning of a Washington Times reporter about alleged leaks of grand jury information in a Chinese espionage case, but balked and asked for a delay recently as the time for the journalist's grilling drew near, according to court papers unsealed yesterday."
Posted at 08:14 AM by Howard Bashman


Available online from law.com: Shannon P. Duffy reports that "3rd Circuit Strikes Down Law Criminalizing Sale of Animal Cruelty Depictions." My earlier coverage of last Friday's en banc Third Circuit ruling appears at this link.

And David E. Brodsky, Timothy M. Haggerty, and Tamara J. Britt have an essay entitled "At the Border, Your Laptop Is Wide-Open."
Posted at 08:05 AM by Howard Bashman







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