Friday, October 25, 2013
"Supreme Court Panel Talks Conflicts and Cameras": Matthew Huisman has this post at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times."
"The New Politics of Judicial Elections, 2011-12: How New Waves of Special Interest Spending Raised the Stakes for Fair Courts." Justice at Stake, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, and the National Institute on Money in State Politics issued this report (access online in HTML or PDF) yesterday.
Also available online is a related news release titled "Outside Spending Floods Judicial Elections at Record Levels, Report Finds."
"Appeals court reluctantly tosses suit over death of Fort Shafter soldier's baby": Ken Kobayashi has this article today in The Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
Metropolitan News-Enterprise reports today that "Court Rejects Claim U.S. to Blame for Death of Soldier's Son; Panel Majority Criticizes Feres Doctrine, but Says It Is Controlling and Bars Suit by Child's Father."
Bob Egelko of The San Francisco Chronicle has a blog post titled "No damages for Army work orders that led to newborn child's death."
And at her "Trial Insider" blog, Pamela A. MacLean has a post titled "Soldier's Baby Death Suit Tossed -- Regretfully."
"We must decide whether the Constitution permits a six-figure punitive damage award in a sexual harassment suit where the jury awarded no compensatory damages and only one dollar in nominal damages." So begins an opinion that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued yesterday. The panel answered that question in the affirmative but ordered a further remittitur of punitive damages to $125,000.
In coverage of the ruling, Cronkite News reports that "Appeals court slashes award against ASARCO in sexual-harassment case."
Update: At the "California Punitive Damages" blog, Curt Cutting has a post titled "Ninth Circuit reduces $300,000 punitive damages award to $125,000 in Title VII harassment case (Arizona v. ASARCO)."
"Circuit Slates Gay Man's Killer for Resentencing": Courthouse News Service has a report that begins, "Supreme Court pressure did not stop the 9th Circuit on Friday from ordering resentencing in a case where a gay man was murdered for allegedly flirting with the wrong guy."
"Panelists call for cameras at the Supreme Court": Tal Kopan of Politico.com has this blog post.
C-SPAN has posted online the video from this morning's event under the heading "Advocacy Group Looks at Transparency and the Supreme Court."
"Former Detainee's Right to Speedy Trial Wasn't Violated, Appeals Panel Rules": This article appears today in The New York Times.
The Associated Press has a report headlined "NY court: Long interrogation OK before terror case."
Jonathan Stempel of Reuters reports that "U.S. court upholds ex-Guantanamo detainee's conviction over embassy blasts."
Bloomberg News reports that "Court Upholds Ghailani Conviction in Embassy Bombings."
At Politico.com, Josh Gerstein has a post titled "Appeals court upholds Ahmed Ghailani verdict."
And at the "Lawfare" blog, Raffaela Wakeman has a post titled "Second Circuit Affirms District Court Judgment in Ghailani."
"SCOTUSblog on camera: Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. -- Part four." You can access the video, the fourth of five parts, via this link.
Posted at 03:04 PM by Howard Bashman
"Court Lifts Limit on Contributing to Pro-Lhota PAC": This front page article appears today in The New York Times.
The New York Daily News reports today that "Court rules Joe Lhota-supporting political committee can accept unlimited contributions."
The New York Post reports that "Court allows PAC to spend for Joe Lhota."
Bloomberg News reports that "N.Y. Campaign Donation Cap Barred, Win for Lhota Backers."
And Reuters reports that "Court frees PAC to collect unlimited contributions in NY mayoral race."
"Can states ban abortions at earlier stages?" Lyle Denniston has this post at "SCOTUSblog."
Posted at 09:46 AM by Howard Bashman
In news from New York University School of Law: That law school has recently issued news releases titled "Judge Jeffrey Sutton considers jurisprudence of new technology in Hayek Lecture" and "Judge William Fletcher of the Ninth Circuit argues against death penalty in Madison Lecture."
You can view the video of Ninth Circuit Judge William A. Fletcher's remarks via YouTube by clicking here. The video of Sixth Circuit Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton's remarks does not yet appear to be available online.
"Court Drops Restriction That Limited Cellphone Wiretaps": Joe Palazzolo has this article, in which I am quoted, in today's edition of The Wall Street Journal. You can freely access the full text of the article via Google.
You can access yesterday's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit at this link. And the three-judge panel's original ruling on the case can be accessed here.