Friday, July 27, 2012
"Senate Showdown Coming for Appellate Judicial Nominees": Todd Ruger has this post at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times."
Posted at 02:06 PM by Howard Bashman
"Thanks, Citizens United, for This Campaign Finance Mess We're In; Apologists for this damaging Supreme Court decision are wrong on the facts and the law": Adam Skaggs has this essay online at The Atlantic.
Posted at 01:08 PM by Howard Bashman
"Cigarette Makers Lose Bid To End Racketeer Case Monitor": Bloomberg News has this report on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued today.
"The balance between an attorney's right to free political speech and a state's right to regulate attorney conduct is delicate." So begins the opinion of the court that a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued today.
Update: In early news coverage, The Associated Press reports that "Lawyer's reprimand rejected on free speech grounds."
"Robin Hood Airport tweet bomb joke man wins case; A man found guilty of sending a menacing tweet threatening to blow up an airport has won a challenge against his conviction": BBC News has this report.
The Independent (UK) has a news update headlined "Twitter joke trial man Paul Chambers wins appeal victory."
The Guardian (UK) has a news update headlined "Twitter joke trial: Paul Chambers wins high court appeal against conviction; Accountant says he feels 'relieved and vindicated' as court rules his joke tweet about blowing up an airport was not menacing." In addition, Ian Cram has an essay entitled "The tweet that bombed: the Twitter joke trial, judges and the internet; Case of Paul Chambers illustrates legal habit of shoehorning new practices to fit existing laws" that begins, "At a conference held at the University of Chicago in 1996 to examine the implications of cyberspace for the law and legal practice, Judge Frank Easterbrook argued that attempts to rework existing legal categories to address electronic forms of communication were wholly misguided and likely to cause confusion."
Financial Times has a news update headlined "Twitter user wins airport tweet appeal."
Reuters reports that "Bomb joke tweeter wins landmark ruling."
The Associated Press reports that "British man wins 'Twitter threat' appeal."
And CNN.com reports that "Tweeter cleared of sending menacing airport threat."
You can access today's ruling of the Queen's Bench Division of England's High Court of Justice at this link.