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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

"Lawsuit: AL statute intimidates minors seeking abortions." Brian Lyman of The Montgomery Advertiser has this report. reports that "ACLU sues to fight new Alabama restrictions on minors seeking abortions without parental consent."

And The Associated Press reports that "ACLU challenges new Alabama abortion law."
Posted at 10:52 PM by Howard Bashman

"Valley growers take fight against water cutbacks to Supreme Court": The Fresno Bee has this report.
Posted at 10:48 PM by Howard Bashman

"US appeals court OKs evidence from no-warrant GPS": The Associated Press has this report.

My earlier coverage of today's en banc Third Circuit ruling appears at this link.
Posted at 10:45 PM by Howard Bashman

"Sirius XM will appeal copyright ruling in $100 million lawsuit": Reuters has this report.
Posted at 10:04 PM by Howard Bashman

"Muslim inmate takes his case for a beard to the Supreme Court": Lauren Markoe of Religion News Service has a report that begins, "It's not every day that a coalition of legal minds is rooting for a violent inmate convicted of stabbing his girlfriend in the neck."
Posted at 09:56 PM by Howard Bashman

"Big payday for ex-college sports stars?" Lyle Denniston has this post today at "SCOTUSblog."
Posted at 09:14 PM by Howard Bashman

"I'll Have the Lobster, Please: Procedural Issues Dominate 'Meat and Potatoes' Term." Kimberly Robinson of Bloomberg BNA has this blog post previewing the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court term.
Posted at 09:03 PM by Howard Bashman

"The Next Nine Years": Linda Greenhouse has this essay online at The New York Times.
Posted at 08:55 PM by Howard Bashman

"Poll: 70 Percent Want To Abolish Lifetime Tenure At Supreme Court." Sahil Kapur of TPM DC has this report.
Posted at 08:16 PM by Howard Bashman

"Hit-and-run ends in crash into Colorado Supreme Court building": The Denver Post has this news update.
Posted at 08:12 PM by Howard Bashman

"Vote-Restriction Laws Line Up for Supreme Court Review": Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal has this Supreme Court Brief.

You can freely access the full text of the article via Google.
Posted at 05:14 PM by Howard Bashman

"Supreme Court Orders Coming 9:30 AM Eastern Thursday": So reports Rick Hasen at his "Election Law Blog."
Posted at 05:07 PM by Howard Bashman

"Federal court considers guns in post offices": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "The U.S. Postal Service and a rural Colorado man argued in court Wednesday over where on postal property people can legally carry guns."
Posted at 03:40 PM by Howard Bashman

"Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to speak at CU-Boulder this evening": The Boulder Daily Camera has this report.
Posted at 03:32 PM by Howard Bashman

"Judicial panel rules against Democrat who wanted replacement candidate in U.S. Senate race; Ruling comes minutes before 2 p.m. deadline": Steve Fry of The Topeka Capital-Journal has this news update.

Dave Helling of The Kansas City Star has a news update headlined "Kansas court says Democrats need not provide nominee for U.S. Senate race."

The Associated Press has a report headlined "Court: Democrats don't need Kansas Senate nominee."

And at his "Election Law Blog," Rick Hasen has a post titled "In KSSEN, Dems Do Not Need to Replace Chad Taylor on Ballot" providing a link to the ruling.
Posted at 02:56 PM by Howard Bashman

Two Carneses, two Pryors, and a partridge in a pear tree: Demonstrating that actual reporting can be accomplished at "How Appealing" when the mood strikes, I am pleased to report that Jill A. Pryor will begin serving as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Monday, October 6, 2014. The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed her nomination by a 97-to-0 vote on September 8, 2014. Here's wishing the newest Judge Pryor a long, enjoyable, and successful career on the court!
Posted at 02:17 PM by Howard Bashman

"Ford loses bid to recoup $450 mln interest on overpaid taxes": Jonathan Stempel of Reuters has this report on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued today.
Posted at 01:28 PM by Howard Bashman

"Breaking: 4th Circuit, on 2-1 Vote, Partially Blocks NC Voting Changes: Analysis." Rick Hasen has this post at his "Election Law Blog" reporting on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued today.

In early coverage, The Charlotte Observer has a news update headlined "Federal appeals court restores same-day voting, but doesn't expand early voting window."
Posted at 12:58 PM by Howard Bashman

"Open Chambers: Demystifying the Inner Workings and Culture of the Georgia Court of Appeals." Judge Stephen Louis A. Dillard of the Court of Appeals of Georgia has this interesting article in the Summer 2014 issue of the Mercer Law Review. The article's formal cite is 65 Mercer L. Rev. 831 (Summer 2014).

The article begins, "I vividly remember the day I learned of my appointment to the Georgia Court of Appeals." Thanks to Judge Dillard and the Mercer Law Review for their permission to post the article online here.
Posted at 12:48 PM by Howard Bashman

"Federal appeals court to mull guns in post offices": The Associated Press has this report previewing a case scheduled for oral argument today at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Posted at 11:30 AM by Howard Bashman

"Texas appeals court upholds DeLay reversal": The Associated Press has this report.

Today's 8-to-1 ruling of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals -- that state's highest court in criminal cases -- consists of a majority opinion, a concurring opinion, and a dissenting opinion.
Posted at 11:25 AM by Howard Bashman

"Can Democrats replace Ginsburg?" Joshua Huder had this post recently at the "Rule 22" blog.
Posted at 10:47 AM by Howard Bashman

On move-in day, please pardon our appearance: If you are reading this post, you have found this blog's new location. If you've been automatically forwarded from this blog's former location, you may want to update your bookmarks now.

From the birth of this blog in May 2002 until now, more than 80,000 posts have appeared at "How Appealing." One consequence is that it takes much republishing of pages to have this blog's new template appear throughout all of this blog's archives.

The good news, however, is that new posts are already appearing and the entirety of this blog's archives have relocated, even though a good deal of those archives are still in the process of being republished to reflect this blog's new template.

Readers, one aspect of this site's redesign was to eliminate the blogroll providing links to so-called "Especially Appealing Blogs." It seems that such blogrolls are falling out of favor, if the current designs of "The Volokh Conspiracy," "SCOTUSblog," "Above the Law," or "InstaPundit" are any indication. Most of the traffic I send to other blogs originates from links that appear in posts, rather than in the blogroll.

On the other hand, I found the blogroll a convenient way for me to jump from my page to other sites that I enjoy reading. If enough readers want that blogroll feature reinstated, I may just be able to accomplish that. The best way to let me know if you favor the inclusion of the "Especially Appealing Blogs" list in this blog's new template is to let me know via email at
Posted at 10:42 AM by Howard Bashman

"Your Type May Be Ripe For Review": Chris Mincher has this post focusing on typography today at the "Maryland Appellate Blog."
Posted at 10:20 AM by Howard Bashman

"Whistleblowers Under Threat in Supreme Court Case, Lawmakers Warn": Jacob Gershman had this post yesterday at's "Law Blog."

And also yesterday, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel issued a news release titled "OSC Files First Supreme Court Amicus Brief to Help Protect Whistleblower Rights."
Posted at 10:18 AM by Howard Bashman

"Court to hear appeal in defamation case": The Scranton Times-Tribune has this report on an order granting allowance of appeal that the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued yesterday.

My coverage of the case from earlier this year appears here and here.
Posted at 10:04 AM by Howard Bashman

"What if high court rejects gay marriage cases?" Mark Sherman of The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 09:56 AM by Howard Bashman

By a vote of 8-to-5, en banc Third Circuit permits use of warrantless GPS evidence under the good faith exception to the exclusionary rule: You can access today's en banc ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit at this link.

Circuit Judge Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr. wrote the lead dissenting opinion, which begins, "Once touted as a way to ensure that the rights of citizens are protected from overzealous law enforcement, today the exclusionary rule's very existence, long eroding, is in serious doubt."
Posted at 09:48 AM by Howard Bashman

"Judicial Reform Group Shutting Down After 101 Years": At "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times," Tony Mauro has a post that begins, "The American Judicature Society, a powerful advocate for judicial reform, ethics and research, is shutting its doors after 101 years in existence."

You can freely access the full text of the post via Google.
Posted at 09:40 AM by Howard Bashman

"Gay-Marriage Showdown Weighed by U.S. Supreme Court": Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News has this report.
Posted at 09:36 AM by Howard Bashman

"Gay Marriage And The Blockbuster Issues SCOTUS Is About To Take On": Sahil Kapur of TPM DC has this report.
Posted at 09:34 AM by Howard Bashman

"Long-Term Secrecy Surrounds Electronic Monitoring; Recent Unsealing Shows How Applications Are Kept Hidden Long After Cases Are Closed": In today's edition of The Wall Street Journal, Michael Siconolfi has an article that begins, "A federal judge's recent unsealing of a secret government request for electronic monitoring shines a light on how such applications are kept hidden from the public long after criminal cases that result from them are closed."
Posted at 08:12 AM by Howard Bashman

"Federal judge sides with Pruitt in Obamacare lawsuit": Chris Casteel has this article in today's edition of The Oklahoman.

Today's edition of The Tulsa World contains an article headlined "Oklahoma prevails in court challenge to Affordable Care Act's subsidies."

At "SCOTUSblog," Lyle Denniston has a post titled "Federal judge limits health care subsidies."

And at, Michael F. Cannon has a post titled "Pruitt v. Burwell: IRS's Illegal ObamaCare Taxes/Spending Suffer Another Defeat In Federal Court."

You can access yesterday's ruling of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma at this link.
Posted at 08:07 AM by Howard Bashman

"Are Liberals Fundraising Hypocrites?" Thomas B. Edsall has this essay online at The New York Times.
Posted at 08:00 AM by Howard Bashman

"All of which points to Solicitor General Donald Verrilli as the logical, if not inevitable, choice. Close enough to be trusted; not too close to be questioned." So writes columnist Ruth Marcus in today's edition of The Washington Post, in an op-ed titled "Eric Holder's exit leaves a complicated vacuum to fill."
Posted at 07:54 AM by Howard Bashman

"Divided appeals court explains voter ID ruling": The Associated Press has this report.

Courthouse News Service reports that "Seventh Circuit Explains Why It Upheld Wisconsin Voter ID Law."

And at his "Election Law Blog," Rick Hasen has a post titled "7th Circuit Issues Opinions in Earlier 5-5 Split on WI Voter ID Law: Next Stop SCOTUS?"

Yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a per curiam decision denying reconsideration. Accompanying that decision was a dissent from the court's denial of rehearing en banc in which five judges joined.
Posted at 07:50 AM by Howard Bashman

"Oklahoma Department of Corrections releases new execution protocol": This article appears in today's edition of The Oklahoman.

And The Associated Press reports that "Oklahoma unveils new execution procedures."
Posted at 07:40 AM by Howard Bashman

"On Hobby Lobby, Ginsburg Was Right": Jeffrey Toobin has this post online at The New Yorker.
Posted at 07:33 AM by Howard Bashman

"Administration urges rejection of Brewer's appeal": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "The Obama administration has urged a court to reject Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's appeal of a ruling that blocks the state from denying driver's licenses to young immigrants who have avoided deportation under a change ordered by the president."

Update: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has posted the federal government's amicus brief filed yesterday at this link.
Posted at 07:30 AM by Howard Bashman

"Lawsuit challenges law limiting use of abortion drugs in Oklahoma": This article appears in today's edition of The Oklahoman.

And today's edition of The Tulsa World contains an article headlined "Lawsuit challenges Oklahoma law putting restrictions on abortion drug RU486; The Oklahoma statute, which goes into effect Nov. 1, prohibits off-label use of an abortion drug."
Posted at 07:25 AM by Howard Bashman

"Ex-Marine lawyer gets top job overseeing Guantanamo war court": Carol Rosenberg of The Miami Herald has this report.
Posted at 07:16 AM by Howard Bashman

"This Court Erred: The Supreme Court has almost always sided with the wealthy, the privileged, and the powerful, a new book argues." Dahlia Lithwick has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.
Posted at 07:14 AM by Howard Bashman

"10th Circuit sticks up for class actions in $1.1 bln Dow opinion": Alison Frankel's "On the Case" from Thomson Reuters News & Insight has this report.
Posted at 07:08 AM by Howard Bashman

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