Thursday, October 18, 2007
Available online from National Public Radio: This evening's broadcast of "All Things Considered" contained audio segments entitled "Mukasey Refuses to Call Waterboarding Torture" and "Senate Committee Strikes Deal on Wiretaps."
Available online from law.com: Pamela A. MacLean has an interesting article headlined "Longtime Rebel Alex Kozinski Prepares to Lead the 9th Circuit."
An article reports that "Justice Thomas Reflects on Path to the Supreme Court; Speaking in Atlanta, justice discusses early job hunt and how race and expectations affect perceptions of his Court opinions."
In other news from Atlanta, "Judge in Courthouse Shooting Case Recuses From Contempt Hearing; Public defender council declares state-funded group cannot afford to represent courthouse shooting defendant."
An article reports that "Pa. High Court to Review Its Underinsured Motorist Stacking Decision."
And in other news, "Lerach's Guilty Plea Gives Coke New Defense in Securities Fraud Case; Claim about lawyer's tactics stems from shareholder litigation alleging Coke artificially inflated revenues and stock prices."
"US defends its harsh treatment of an American citizen: The administration offers its legal rationale for the long detention of Jose Padilla." Warren Richey will have this article Friday in The Christian Science Monitor.
"5 added to Mack juror panel": The Reno Gazette-Journal today contains an article that begins, "Five more jurors were added Wednesday to the Las Vegas jury pool in the Darren Mack case, bringing the total prospective jury pool to 15."
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In news updates from The Houston Chronicle: An update headlined "Court hears arguments on BP blast testimony" begins, "A battle over whether former BP CEO John Browne should be forced to testify in a deposition about the deadly 2005 explosion at the company's Texas City refinery reached the state Supreme Court today."
And an update headlined "Blog ban on campus prompts lawsuit" begins, "Access to an Internet blog critical of the North Harris Montgomery Community College District's chancellor is being barred from campus computers, a lawsuit says. Richard C. McDuffee filed suit in a Montgomery County district court claiming a violation of free speech."
"Daniels Picked for High Court": The Albuquerque Journal today contains an article that begins, "It wasn't until he read a biography of crusading attorney Clarence Darrow that Charles Daniels decided to become a lawyer. Come November, the son of a sharecropper will be on the state Supreme Court."
And New Mexico Business Weekly reports that "Richardson selects Albuquerque attorney for Supreme Court."
"Court Hands Win to Higazy, Then Balks": Josh Gerstein of The New York Sun provides a news update that begins, "A federal appeals court today revived a lawsuit brought by an Egyptian student detained as a material witness after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, but the court withdrew its opinion within hours after releasing it. A three-judge panel of the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Abdullah Higazy could proceed with his lawsuit against an FBI agent who allegedly coerced Mr. Higazy into admitting that he had an aviation radio in his room at the Millennium Hotel at the World Trade Center on the morning of the attacks."
"Ambassador testifies agent could have gotten OK for photos in terror trial; Evidence is at heart of federal case against ex-officials": The Detroit News provides an update that begins, "Taking photos of a military hospital in Amman, Jordan, would have been difficult but not impossible, a former U.S. ambassador to Jordan testified Thursday in the continuing prosecutorial misconduct trial involving a former State Department aide and an ex-federal prosecutor who participated in a 2003 terror trial in Detroit."
Posted at 07:50 PM by Howard Bashman
"Coerced confession decision will return on Friday ": The blog "Wait A Second!" provides this post.
"Reluctant juror is sent to jail; Unemployed carpet installer protests jury duty; judge finds him in contempt of court": This article appears today in The Detroit News.
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"Ga. Supreme Court stays Alderman execution": The Atlanta Journal-Constitution provides a news update that begins, "The Georgia Supreme Court on Thursday temporarily blocked the scheduled execution of murderer Jack Alderman, sending a signal that the state's justices will not allow any executions here until there is a resolution to national concerns about lethal injection."
And The Detroit News today contains an article headlined "Feds push for capital punishment in Michigan cases."
"Jury reaches verdict in Holy Land trial": The Dallas Morning News provides an update that begins, "After 19 days of deliberations, the jury in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial returned a verdict Thursday afternoon. But it will be three days before the verdict is made public."
Posted at 07:08 PM by Howard Bashman
And in other news from The Associated Press: Now available online are articles headlined "Mukasey Mum on Torture Techniques"; "Ex-Kansas AG Still Anti-Abortion Leader"; "'Lingerer' Asks NYC Court to Drop Case"; and "Man Pleads Guilty in Kickback Case."
Posted at 06:10 PM by Howard Bashman
"Thomas Rejects Notion He Follows Scalia": The Associated Press provides a report that begins, "Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas condemned suggestions that he follows the lead of fellow conservative Antonin Scalia, telling an audience Thursday the notion is based on a racial stereotype."
Justice Thomas was speaking today in Atlanta, Georgia, which is the second stop on his current book tour. At 7 p.m. eastern time this evening, The Heritage Foundation will broadcast online at this link from Atlanta a "Reception with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas."
This is not the Second Circuit's opinion issued today in Higazy v. Templeton: I have posted online at this link the opinion that the Second Circuit posted to its web site earlier today. Shortly thereafter, however, the opinion was withdrawn from the web site and in its place was posted an announcement that "The opinion has been withdrawn."
In earlier press coverage, CNN.com reported in December 2002 that "Former 9/11 detainee files $20 million civil rights suit; 'Put in solitary, confinement, shackled, strip searched.'" The Associated Press reported in September 2006 that "False 9/11 accusation landed student in jail; Ex-cop, Egyptian, and an aviation radio make an unfortunate 9/11 footnote." And The New York Times reported in November 2002 that "F.B.I. Report On Student In 9/11 Case To Be Public."
Update: Catherine O'Hagan Wolfe, the Clerk of Court of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, has telephoned to advise that the opinion was withdrawn out of a concern that it might disclose information contained in a portion of the appendix on appeal that was submitted under seal. The Second Circuit plans to reissue the decision, as revised to omit any disclosure of information filed under seal, tomorrow morning. The purpose of Ms. Wolfe's telephone call was to ask me to take down this blog's posting of the decision to the internet.
Mukasey hearing, day two: In case you didn't even realize that the Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearing for Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey is now in its second and apparently final day, C-SPAN has kindly posted the video of this morning's session at this link (RealPlayer required) for viewing online, on-demand.
Marty Lederman was watching, and he has a post at "Balkinization" titled "Judge Mukasey is Agnostic on Whether Waterboarding is Lawful."
"Hamdan trial to go forward": Lyle Denniston has this post today at "SCOTUSblog."
Posted at 03:57 PM by Howard Bashman
Asylum petitioner's voluntary withdrawal of petition for review following en banc reargument in the Ninth Circuit "threatens the integrity of our processes by inviting manipulation by parties unhappy with the questions at oral argument and fearful of the result they believe the court is going to reach": So asserts Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski in an interesting dissent joined by three other judges on the fifteen-judge en banc panel. Apparently the other eleven judges on the en banc panel were happy to have one fewer en banc decision to worry about getting out the door.
Patents relating to to drive trains for hybrid electric vehicles, on appeal: The invention in question may be environmentally friendly, but was the litigation that the ensued? In any event, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued this ruling today in a lawsuit against Toyota Motor Corp. Don't print out the ruling if you care about the environment.
Posted at 03:30 PM by Howard Bashman
"Sept. 11 coerced confession violates the Constitution": Now you see it; now you don't. Apparently this morning was not the best time to be away from the computer, because as reported here at the blog "Wait A Second!" the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit this morning issued a decision in Higazy v. Millenium Hotel and Resorts holding that a man could sue a Federal agent for coercing a confession about the man's involvement in the September 11 attacks.
A short time later today, as noted at this link on the Second Circuit's web site, the Second Circuit withdrew its opinion. If anyone still has a copy floating around that they'd like me to post here, feel free to send it along.
Steve Wermiel and Seth Stern's biography of U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. sold to publisher Houghton Mifflin for publication in 2010: So reports Publishers Marketplace. Some additional background from earlier this year can be found here and here.
Posted at 03:14 PM by Howard Bashman
Programming note: I will be participating in an appellate mediation this morning. Additional posts will appear here this afternoon.
Posted at 09:30 AM by Howard Bashman
"Court to reconsider sacred mountain row": Reuters provides a report that begins, "A U.S. appeals court said on Wednesday that it would reconsider its decision that barred an Arizona ski resort from using treated sewage to make snow on a mountain sacred to several Native American tribes."
"George Bush's role reversal: The pro-death-penalty president wants Texas to give a death row inmate from Mexico a new hearing." This editorial appears today in The Los Angeles Times.
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"Evidence in 9/11 Damages Cases Is Restricted": The New York Times today contains an article that begins, "The federal judge hearing damages cases filed by families of Sept. 11 victims has tightly restricted evidence that one family may present at the first trial."
Posted at 08:28 AM by Howard Bashman
"Attorney General Pick Treads Careful Line at Hearing": The New York Times contains this article today, along with an article headlined "Warmth for a Nominee Viewed as Unlike His Predecessor." And an editorial is entitled "The Attorney General Nominee."
The Washington Post today contains a front page article headlined "Mukasey Vows Not to Bow to Political Power." The newspaper also contains an editorial entitled "Mr. Mukasey's Answers: The attorney general nominee speaks clearly -- and senators swoon."
The Los Angeles Times reports that "Mukasey pledges Justice Dept. reform; In Senate testimony, the attorney general-designate pledges to rid partisan influence and appears to keep at arm's length from Bush."
In The Boston Globe, Charlie Savage reports that "Mukasey asserts his independence; AG nominee vows to resist political push."
The Wall Street Journal contains an article headlined "Mukasey's First Dilemma? Backing Off From Acting Deputy May Anger Justice Ranks."
In The New York Sun, Josh Gerstein reports that "Mukasey Breezing Through; But Terror War Could Take a Hit."
The Washington Times reports that "Mukasey hits 'partisan politics.'"
And USA Today reports that "Mukasey vows to distance Justice Dept. from politics; Key senators say he's likely to be confirmed quickly."
"Senate and Bush Agree On Terms of Spying Bill; Some Telecom Companies Would Receive Immunity": This front page article appears today in The Washington Post.
Posted at 08:05 AM by Howard Bashman
"In Test of Religious Protections, Court Sides With Jewish School in New York": The New York Times today contains an article that begins, "In a decision watched closely by religious rights groups and municipal officials, a federal court has ruled in favor of an Orthodox Jewish religious school that fought for five years with the village of Mamaroneck, N.Y., over its right to construct a new school building."
"Killer's life is spared again; U.S. Supreme Court gives stay of execution to Virginia inmate": The Richmond Times-Dispatch contains this article today.
"Abortion Charges Filed Against Kansas Clinic": This article appears today in The New York Times.
And The Kansas City Star reports today that "Planned Parenthood is charged with performing illegal late-term abortions."
"Plan Would Ease Limits on Media Owners": The New York Times today contains an article that begins, "The head of the Federal Communications Commission has circulated an ambitious plan to relax the decades-old media ownership rules, including repealing a rule that forbids a company to own both a newspaper and a television or radio station in the same city."
Posted at 07:50 AM by Howard Bashman
"Military mistakenly recruits gays; Some find irony in ads on website": This front page article appears today in USA Today.
Posted at 07:35 AM by Howard Bashman