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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

"Arizona court: Drug laws trump religious use of marijuana." Howard Fischer of The Arizona Daily Star has a news update that begins, "The state's interest in banning marijuana outweighs the religious beliefs of an individual that he is entitled to use the drug anywhere, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled today."

And The Associated Press reports that "Ariz. court rejects religious defense for pot use."

You can access today's ruling of the Supreme Court of Arizona at this link.
Posted at 09:02 PM by Howard Bashman



"Court upholds ban on hymn at Wash. graduation": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "Barring an instrumental performance of a Christian hymn at a high school graduation did not violate students' First Amendment rights and was within the school superintendent's discretion, a divided federal appeals panel ruled Tuesday."

You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at this link.
Posted at 08:17 PM by Howard Bashman



"Appeals court upholds lobbying disclosure law": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a 2007 law that requires trade associations to disclose their members who contribute to lobbying activities."

Bloomberg News reports that "Manufacturers group loses appeal."

The Hill reports that "Appeals court rejects disclosure suit."

CQ Politics reports that "Court Says To Cough Up Contributors' Names."

WSJ.com's "Washington Wire" blog has a post titled "Appeals Court Tells NAM to Name Names."

And "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times" has a post titled "Appeals Court Rejects Challenge to Lobbying Disclosures."

You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit at this link.
Posted at 07:52 PM by Howard Bashman



"To the U.S. Supreme Court and back: Massey/Harman case back in W.Va." The Charleston (W. Va.) Gazette has this news update.

And The Associated Press reports that "Case reversed by US justices back at WVa court."
Posted at 07:33 PM by Howard Bashman



"Sotomayor Takes Judicial Oath in Court Chambers": Robert Barnes of The Washington Post has this news update.
Posted at 05:50 PM by Howard Bashman


"Justice Sotomayor: The Unjust Hearings." Ronald Dworkin has this article in the September 24, 2009 issue of The New York Review of Books.
Posted at 04:17 PM by Howard Bashman


"Sotomayor takes her place on high court bench": The Associated Press has this report.

And at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times," Tony Mauro has a post titled "Sotomayor Takes Her Seat on Supreme Court."
Posted at 04:04 PM by Howard Bashman



"Judging's A Lot More Than Balls And Strikes": Today in The Hartford Courant, Senior Second Circuit Judge Jon O. Newman has an op-ed that begins, "As Justice Sonia Sotomayor prepares to join Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. to hear her first Supreme Court argument Wednesday, this is an appropriate time to point out that in their confirmation hearings both of them offered incomplete and, as a result, somewhat misleading descriptions when asked about a judge's role."
Posted at 09:54 AM by Howard Bashman


"The Chance for a Free Speech Do-Over: Will the Supreme Court finally overturn McCain-Feingold and enforce the First Amendment?" Theodore B. Olson has this op-ed today in The Wall Street Journal.

And today in The Los Angeles Times, Doug Kendall has an op-ed entitled "Elections for sale? If the Supreme Court lifts restrictions on corporate campaign contributions, watch out."

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument of this case on Wednesday, September 9, 2009.
Posted at 09:32 AM by Howard Bashman



"Obama has school speech, Sotomayor event Tuesday": The Associated Press has this report.

The "Sotomayor event" refers to this afternoon's "Justice Sonia Sotomayor Investiture Ceremony," which is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. eastern time. The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a "Note to Press Regarding Investiture Photographs."
Posted at 09:27 AM by Howard Bashman







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