Thursday, October 31, 2013
"In removing stop-and-frisk judge, U.S. court enters rare territory": Joseph Ax and Julia Edwards of Reuters have this news analysis.
Posted at 11:47 PM by Howard Bashman
"New conflict on RU-486 abortions": Lyle Denniston has this post at "SCOTUSblog."
Posted at 11:46 PM by Howard Bashman
"Arizona abortion restrictions backed by 16 other states": In Friday's edition of The Arizona Daily Star, Howard Fischer will have an article that begins, "Officials from 16 states are lining up behind Arizona's bid to enforce its year-old ban on abortions at or after 20 weeks of pregnancy."
Posted at 11:45 PM by Howard Bashman
"The Millett Nomination: A Case in Reverse Affirmative Action by Senate Republicans; Republicans on Thursday blocked another Obama judicial-appointee." Andrew Cohen has this essay online at The Atlantic.
Posted at 09:04 PM by Howard Bashman
"The Preposterous Removal of Judge Scheindlin": Jeffrey Toobin has this blog post online at The New Yorker.
Posted at 08:09 PM by Howard Bashman
"Appeals court lifts ban on Texas abortion law": Chuck Lindell of The Austin American-Statesman has this news update.
The San Antonio Express-News has an update headlined "Court: Texas abortion law can take effect."
The Associated Press reports that "Court reinstates most Texas' abortion restrictions."
Bloomberg News reports that "Texas Wins Emergency Delay, Can Enforce Abortion Limits."
And The Texas Tribune reports that "5th Circuit Reverses Ruling on TX Abortion Regulations."
"Is the Constitution Written Like the Da Vinci Code? That's the ridiculous argument libertarians are making in the chemical weapons case before the Supreme Court." Law professor Eric Posner has this essay online at Slate.
Posted at 04:56 PM by Howard Bashman
"Tentative Deal Reached in Civil-Rights Case Headed for Supreme Court; Agreement Could Spare Antidiscrimination Law Justices' Scrutiny": Jess Bravin and Robbie Whelan of The Wall Street Journal have a news update that begins, "Parties to a major civil-rights case before the Supreme Court have reached a tentative settlement, people involved in the dispute said Thursday, potentially sparing a pillar of antidiscrimination law from being overruled by the high court's majority conservatives."
Posted at 04:15 PM by Howard Bashman
"Court blocks ruling on NY police stop-frisk policy": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "A federal appeals court on Thursday blocked a judge's order requiring changes to the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk program and removed the judge from the case."
Update: In other coverage, Joseph Goldstein of The New York Times reports that "Court Blocks Stop-and-Frisk Changes for New York Police."
And The New York Daily News reports that "Federal appeals court blocks judge's ruling on stop-and-frisk, removes her from case."
"What moves the Supreme Court's 'swing' justices?" Cornell Chronicle has this report today. The article reports on a study titled "The Swing Justice" that appeared in last month's issue of the Journal of Politics.
Posted at 04:05 PM by Howard Bashman
"'Fredo' Gonzales lands new gig in Nashville": Al Kamen of The Washington Post has this entry today at his "In the Loop" blog.
Posted at 03:58 PM by Howard Bashman
"With rehearing of Yucca Mountain case denied, state unlikely to appeal to Supreme Court; Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it doesn't have enough money to pursue licensing, but state will wait to see how agency proceeds": The Las Vegas Sun has this report.
Posted at 03:56 PM by Howard Bashman
"TV cameras allowed into Court of Appeal": BBC News has this report, which provides video of "[t]he moment broadcasting began from the Court of Appeal."
"Senate Republicans Block 2 Obama Nominees": The New York Times has this news update.
The Washington Post has a news update headlined "Senate GOP filibusters two Obama nominees."
Bill Lambrecht of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a blog post titled "Metro East nominee blocked in fight over powerful DC court."
Tom Curry, national affairs writer for NBC News, reports that "Senate filibuster battle resumes over Obama nominees."
Bloomberg News reports that "Republicans Reignite Filibuster Fight by Blocking Picks."
Jennifer Bendery of The Huffington Post reports that "Patricia Millett, Key Obama Nominee, Filibustered By Senate Republicans."
Politico.com reports that "Nomination drama returns to Senate."
And at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times," Todd Ruger has a post titled "Senate Blocks Patricia Millett's Nomination to D.C. Circuit."
"Legal Battle Likely to Keep Abortion in Spotlight Through 2014": The Texas Tribune has this audio report.
Posted at 01:32 PM by Howard Bashman
"Senate GOP blocks Obama pick for key federal court": The Associated Press has this report.
Stephen Dinan of The Washington Times has a news update headlined "Senate GOP blocks key Obama judge, signals renewed fight over court nominees."
The Hill has a blog post titled "Republicans block Obama's DC Circuit nominee."
And Roll Call has a blog post titled "Republicans FiIibuster Watt, Millett as Nomination Fights Brew."
"The judiciary and free speech": Columnist George F. Will has this op-ed in The Washington Post.
Posted at 11:54 AM by Howard Bashman
"Senators clash over Obama judge and housing picks": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "Republicans accused Democrats of trying to turn an influential federal court into a rubber stamp for President Barack Obama's policies as a showdown approached over Senate confirmation for a nominee to that court."
Posted at 11:32 AM by Howard Bashman
"Anonymous Blawg Review Editor Dies": Robert Ambrogi had this post yesterday at his "LawSites" blog. Additional details are available via Tweets posted yesterday at the blawgreview Twitter feed.
"Give Patricia Millett the Pay Cut She Deserves": Doug Kendall has this blog entry online today at The Huffington Post.
Posted at 11:08 AM by Howard Bashman
"Gannett Weekly Found Guilty of Defamation; Judge orders $100,000 in damages for newspaper's defaming of police officer": In August 2012, Cincinnati CityBeat had this blog post.
Today, the majority on a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued this decision affirming the district court's judgment.
"Will The U.S. Supreme Court Defend Free Speech For The Little Guy?" Paul Sherman of the Institute for Justice has this post at Forbes.com.
Posted at 10:50 AM by Howard Bashman
"Should This Inmate Get a State-Financed Sex Change Operation? What we owe a murderer." Nathaniel Penn has this article in the November 11, 2013 issue of The New Republic.
Posted at 10:47 AM by Howard Bashman
"Court overturns multimillion-dollar award in 2 Virginia Tech students' deaths": The Roanoke Times has this news update.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch has a news update headlined "Va. Supreme Court overturns Va. Tech shooting verdict."
And The Associated Press reports that "Justices reverse wrongful death Va. Tech verdict."
Update: In other coverage, Reuters reports that "State high court says Virginia Tech not negligent in 2007 massacre."
"If retained, Chief Justice Castille vows ethics push": In today's edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Craig R. McCoy has a front page article that begins, "Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said Wednesday that if reelected next week, he would push to ban judges from hiring relatives or hearing cases brought by lawyers who have made substantial contributions to their campaigns."
Posted at 10:33 AM by Howard Bashman
Yesterday was quite a busy opinion hand-down day for the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania: Yesterday, Pennsylvania's highest court issued a total of 18 rulings in cases that had previously been accepted for review on the merits. You can access the rulings via that court's Twitter feed.
By my calculation, one decision issued yesterday had been pending for decision over three years since it was first argued or submitted, three other cases were pending over two years since they were first argued or submitted, and another seven cases were pending over one year since they were first argued or submitted.
"Sandusky lawyer asks state Supreme Court to review conviction; He'd argue that judge should have told jurors to consider how long victims waited to report abuse": Peter Hall has this article today in The Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Posted at 09:10 AM by Howard Bashman
"GOP Threatens Mass Blockade Of Obama's Top Judges": Sahil Kapur of TPM DC has this report.
Posted at 08:55 AM by Howard Bashman