Thursday, September 14, 2006
"'Alternative' CIA tactics complicate Padilla case; Evidence against the American terror suspect was obtained through torture, his lawyers say": Warren Richey will have this article Friday in The Christian Science Monitor.
Posted at 10:40 PM by Howard Bashman
"Senate panel defies Bush on detainees": McClatchy Newspapers provide this report.
"Pledge Challenger Newdow Claims Web Scribe Defamed Him": law.com provides this report.
Posted at 09:58 PM by Howard Bashman
"Cohabiting no longer illegal in N.C.; Ruling affirms ban is unconstitutional": This article appears today in The News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina.
Posted at 09:54 PM by Howard Bashman
On this evening's broadcast of NPR's "All Things Considered": The broadcast contained audio segments entitled "Senate Panel Approves Rival Plan on Tribunals" and "Powell Says Bush's Tribunal Plan Would Backfire" (RealPlayer required).
Posted at 08:40 PM by Howard Bashman
"Former witness in government lawyer's death faces weapons charge": This article appears today in The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Earlier this year, The Seattle Times published articles headlined "FBI yanks Wales case away from Seattle office"; "Cutback in Wales case is reviewed"; "Wales suspect reportedly in Vegas days before letter sent"; and "Could mystery letter solve case of slain prosecutor?" One of those articles reports that "If Wales was killed because of his work, he would be the first federal prosecutor in U.S. history to be slain in the line of duty."
"Bonds' Personal Trainer Seeks Freedom": The Associated Press provides a report that begins, "Barry Bonds' personal trainer has asked a federal appeals court to free him from prison for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating the Giants slugger."
"Examining the Proposal to Restructure the Ninth Circuit": That's the title of a hearing the Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled for Wednesday, September 20, 2006 at 2:00 p.m.
Posted at 05:45 PM by Howard Bashman
'One free bite' rule does not apply at border crossing: The Associated Press reports that "Man Accused of Biting U.S. Border Guard."
Posted at 05:40 PM by Howard Bashman
On today's broadcast of NPR's "Day to Day": The broadcast contained audio segments entitled "Bush Prods GOP to Pass New Detainee Rules" and "War Crimes Court at Odds over Speeding Up Trials" (RealPlayer required).
Posted at 04:35 PM by Howard Bashman
"Pa. high court restores raises for all state judges": The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette provides a news update that begins, "In a much awaited opinion, the state Supreme Court today reinstated the July 2005 pay raise for 1,030 state judges but allowed the repeal of the raises for state legislators and members of the executive branch to stand."
"High Court to Provide Same-Day Argument Transcripts Online": law.com's Tony Mauro provides this news update.
Posted at 03:50 PM by Howard Bashman
The Associated Press is reporting: An article headlined "Retired Federal Judges Oppose Bush" begins, "Nine retired federal judges accused the Bush administration and Congress of trying to deprive detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, of the most basic legal right."
And an article headlined "Man Leaves Package at Supreme Court" begins, "A man fired a flare gun into the air Thursday in front of the Supreme Court and authorities were examining a suspicious package he left behind, a court spokeswoman said."
"Supreme Court to Post Transcripts Online": The Associated Press provides a report that begins, "The Supreme Court will post transcripts of oral arguments on its Web site the same day they occur, beginning in October."
And at "SCOTUSblog," Lyle Denniston has a post titled "Prompt, free access to argument transcripts."
I discussed some of these issues in a recent law.com column headlined "Should Congress Mandate Supreme Court TV? Will original understanding go high-definition?"
"State Supreme Court contests spark 'fundraising arms race'": The Seattle Times today contains an article that begins, "An unprecedented amount of money is flowing into this year's state Supreme Court races, much of it financing attack ads by conservative and liberal factions fighting over the ideological bent of the court."
Posted at 02:30 PM by Howard Bashman
Pennsylvania's Legislature could not repeal earlier pay raise given to Pennsylvania's judiciary, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania rules: You can access today's lengthy ruling at this link. One Justice issued a concurring and dissenting opinion, which you can access here.
Readers may recall that the Pennsylvania electorate's dissatisfaction with these pay raises, originally applicable to both judges and legislators, was the main reason why a sitting Pa. Supreme Court Justice in November 2005 lost a retention election necessary to remain in office.
"'I should be in jail' for sex fling with boy, Lafave says; In a TV interview, the ex-teacher under house arrest says her 'bizarre' acts may relate to a childhood rape": This article appears today in The St. Petersburg Times.
On today's broadcast of NPR's "Morning Edition": The broadcast contained audio segments entitled "U.S. Making Changes at Guantanamo Bay Prison"; "Guantanamo Through a Prisoner's Eyes"; and "Reaction to Moazzam Begg's Guantanamo Account" (RealPlayer required).
Relatedly, in today's edition of The Boston Globe, Moazzam Begg has an op-ed entitled "Guantanamo's Catch-22: defining the rules of the road."
"Enact the President's Code for Military Commissions: The McCain/Graham/Warner objections are meritless." Andrew C. McCarthy has this essay today at National Review Online.
Posted at 10:04 AM by Howard Bashman
"Senators to challenge Bush plan for terror trials; Lawmakers concerned about suspects' rights": USA Today contains this article today.
The Washington Times reports today that "GOP in standoff on Gitmo rights."
CNN.com reports that "Senators, White House on collision course over tribunals."
The Washington Post today contains an editorial entitled "A Crucial Choice: The Senate must decide whether to ratify the president's abuse of human rights law -- or restore decency."
And The Wall Street Journal today contains an editorial entitled "A Self-Inflicted Defeat: Why we might not break the next Khalid Sheikh Mohammad."
"Panel OKs wiretapping bill": This article appears today in Newsday.
And The Los Angeles Times reports today that "Senate Panel Sends a Mixed Message on Wiretapping; With contradictory bills on surveillance, dispute heats up over Geneva rules for terror suspects."
"Justice Alito Honors History, Heroes, Friendship": Pepperdine University School of Law has posted online this interesting news release.
Posted at 08:30 AM by Howard Bashman
"Funeral protesters say laws can't silence them; Their belief: Troops dying because USA tolerates gays." This article appears today in USA Today.
Posted at 08:24 AM by Howard Bashman
"Panel Takes Judge Off Federal Case; Appeals court says 'impartiality might be questioned' in a wrongful conviction suit against Riverside County": Henry Weinstein has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.
Posted at 08:22 AM by Howard Bashman
"Defendant in landmark sodomy ruling was not motivated by politics; The key civil liberties victory for gays was 'fight against all odds'": This obituary appears today in The Houston Chronicle.
And The New York Times today contains an obituary headlined "Tyron Garner, 39, Plaintiff in Pivotal Sodomy Case, Dies."
"Bush picks Hardiman for appeals post": The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette contains this article today.
"Killer to get resentencing he doesn't want": This article appears today in The Arizona Daily Star. My earlier coverage is at this link.
Posted at 07:48 AM by Howard Bashman