Wednesday, December 9, 2009
"Court tosses death sentence in LA double murder": The Associated Press has this report on an en banc ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued today.
The en banc court voted 8-3 to uphold the federal district court's order setting aside the death sentence. Chief Justice Alex Kozinski issued a spirited and lengthy dissent in which he predicts that the U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately review and reverse today's ruling.
"Federal Appeals Court Goes With 'God'": Michael Newdow will be arguing a case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday of next week, Mike Scarcella reports in this post at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times."
Posted at 05:38 PM by Howard Bashman
"Solicitor General as 'Dr. No'": Tony Mauro has this post at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times."
Posted at 11:38 AM by Howard Bashman
"Ohio killer asks judge to stop 2nd execution try": The Associated Press has this report.
And yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued this lengthy opinion rejecting an Eighth Amendment challenge to Ohio's new one-drug lethal injection protocol.
"Federal grand jury starts hearing evidence against evil 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed": This article appears today in The New York Daily News, along with an article headlined "Dick Cheney hits out at Obama again by calling 9/11 trial in New York 'a huge mistake.'"
And today's edition of USA Today contains a front page article headlined "NYC top cop sees security costs of 9/11 trials rising; Kelly says city should not bear financial burden alone."
"Supreme Court dismisses challenge to Illinois forfeiture law; The Supreme Court dismissed a case pitting innocent property owners against Chicago police and prosecutors who held seized autos and other property for years under a controversial Illinois forfeiture act": Warren Richey of The Christian Science Monitor has this report.
Posted at 07:52 AM by Howard Bashman
"Supreme Court rules against Philly killer, who might now face death sentence": This article appears today in The Philadelphia Daily News.
"Justices Appear Skeptical of Anticorruption Law": Adam Liptak has this article today in The New York Times.
Today in The Washington Post, Robert Barnes reports that "Court weighs limiting 'honest services' law or labeling it vague; Arguments come as justices issue first opinions of term."
Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal reports that "Justices Question Antifraud Law; Measure Used to Prosecute Politicians and Executives Could Be Struck Down."
Joan Biskupic of USA Today reports that "Court muddled by 'vague' anti-fraud law; Review could unhinge cases on corruption."
The Toronto Globe and Mail contains an article headlined "Black appeal: Tough questions on clause; U.S. Supreme Court judges grill lawyers on 'honest services.'"
The Toronto Star reports that "Top court gives Black faint hope for freedom; U.S. Supreme Court signals it may be willing to quash underlying law."
The Toronto Sun contains an article headlined "A chance for Conrad: 'Honest services' gives fraudster hope in U.S. Supreme Court appeal."
Andrew Clark of The Guardian (UK) has reports headlined "Conrad Black's hopes of release boosted as Supreme Court attacks statute under which he was jailed; Judges join press baron's legal team to condemn the 'honest services' law also used to convict Jeffrey Skilling of Enron" and "Conrad Black gets another day in court."
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that "High court shows doubts about law used against Blago, Ryan, Black."
The Houston Chronicle reports that "'Vague' law used to convict Skilling troubles high court."
Bruce Alpert of The Times-Picayune of New Orleans reports that "William Jefferson trial question addressed in Supreme Court arguments in unrelated cases."
The New York Post contains an article headlined "High Court: Vague law may free Conrad Black."
James Vicini of Reuters reports that "U.S. top court hears ex-media baron Conrad Black's appeal."
Brent Kendall of Dow Jones Newswires reports that "US Supreme Court Criticizes Fraud Law In Conrad Black Case."
Canwest News Service reports that "U.S. high court questions law used to convict Conrad Black."
And Tony Mauro of The National Law Journal reports that "High Court Justices Take Aim at 'Honest Services' Law."
"Sotomayor Draws Retort From a Fellow Justice": Adam Liptak has this article today in The New York Times.
Posted at 07:08 AM by Howard Bashman