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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

"In a Federal Case Over 'State Secrets,' a Question of Whether Evidence Is Too Secret": In Wednesday's edition of The New York Times, John Schwartz will have an article that begins, "Eleven federal judges of the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco offered pointed commentary and tough questions on Tuesday to lawyers arguing a case about secrecy, torture and presidential power."

In Wednesday's edition of The Los Angeles Times, Carol J. Williams will have an article headlined "Appellate panel hears arguments over 'rendition' case; Lawyers urge the judges to allow trial over five foreign men's claims that Jeppesen DataPlan Inc. of San Jose was complicit in the former terror suspects' kidnapping and torture."

And Bob Egelko of The San Francisco Chronicle has a news update headlined "Torture suit too hot to be heard, U.S. says."

You can access the audio of today's oral argument in Mohamed v. Jeppesen Dataplan before an eleven-judge en banc panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit via this link (10.1MB Windows Media audio file).
Posted at 11:24 PM by Howard Bashman



"Commas key in battle to control Philly newspapers?" The Associated Press has a report that begins, "The future of Philadelphia's two major newspapers could turn on a pair of commas in the bankruptcy code. The newspapers' creditors seized on the commas to argue in a federal appeals court Tuesday for the right to use the $300 million owed them to bid for The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News."
Posted at 06:27 PM by Howard Bashman


"D.C. Circuit Takes Up Presidential Oath Case": Michael Newdow argued a case today before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, as Mike Scarcella reports in this post at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times."
Posted at 04:44 PM by Howard Bashman


"Sotomayor to make 1st Puerto Rico visit as justice": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 04:00 PM by Howard Bashman


"Gitmo detainees not free in US after prison": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 02:27 PM by Howard Bashman


"State Supreme Court limits police searches of cell phones": The Columbus Dispatch has this news update.

And The Associated Press has a report headlined "Ohio justices: Cell phone searches require warrant."

You can access today's 4-3 ruling of the Supreme Court of Ohio at this link. In addition, the court's public information office issued a news release headlined "Warrantless Search of Cell Phone Data Barred Unless Necessary for Officer's Safety or to Preserve Evidence."
Posted at 12:22 PM by Howard Bashman



"Torture Roulette: The Obama administration has picked the worst possible case for its first torture trial." Dahlia Lithwick has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.
Posted at 10:20 AM by Howard Bashman


"U.S. Said to Pick Illinois Prison to House Detainees": Charlie Savage has this article today in The New York Times.

The Washington Post reports today that "U.S. to announce transfer of detainees to Ill. prison."

The Chicago Tribune reports that "Illinois to take Gitmo detainees; U.S. to buy state prison in Thomson, source says."

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that "White House to announce Tuesday Thomson chosen for Guantanamo detainees."

The Rockford (Ill.) Register Star reports that "About 100 Gitmo detainees to come to Thomson Correctional Center; White House, Durbin confirm that announcement will be made Tuesday."

CNN.com reports that "Illinois to get some Gitmo detainees, official says."

The Associated Press has a report headlined "AP sources: Ill. prison to get Gitmo detainees."

Reuters has reports headlined "U.S. plans to transfer some Guantanamo detainees" and "U.S. shoe-bomber case weighs on Guantanamo detainees."

And Bloomberg News reports that "White House to Select Illinois Prison for Detainees."
Posted at 10:05 AM by Howard Bashman



"Court to rule on privacy of texting; Case involves messages sent on a pager owned by an employer": Robert Barnes has this article today in The Washington Post.

Today in The Los Angeles Times, David G. Savage reports that "Supreme Court takes up text privacy case; Police in Ontario, California, say their rights were violated when their boss read text messages sent on city-provided devices; The Supreme Court will hear an appeal in the case."

Warren Richey of The Christian Science Monitor reports that "Supreme Court to look at employees' privacy rights; An Ontario, Calif., police officer sued the city for violating his privacy rights when it went through personal messages sent from his department-issued pager; The Supreme Court is taking up the case."

The Washington Times reports that "High court to examine privacy at work case."

And The San Bernardino Sun contains articles headlined "High court to hear privacy suit against Ontario" and "Lawyer: Effects of case could be huge."
Posted at 08:35 AM by Howard Bashman



"Supreme Court rejects appeal of Chrysler bankruptcy exit": This article appears today in The Detroit News.

The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne, Indiana reports today that "Justices reject state pension case; Sale of Chrysler won't be reopened."

And Brent Kendall of Dow Jones Newswires reports that "Critics Of Chrysler Sale Find Positive In High Court's Order."
Posted at 08:30 AM by Howard Bashman



"Supreme Court to hear drug deportation case; The justices will consider the case of a legal immigrant in Texas ordered deported after two minor drug convictions; Some judges have ruled that two such charges constitute an 'aggravated felony'": David G. Savage has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.

And today in The San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko has an article headlined "Immigrant crimes: Who deserves deportation?"
Posted at 08:25 AM by Howard Bashman



"Colorado Supreme Court upholds ban of smoking on stage": The Denver Post today contains an article that begins, "In the first decision of its kind, the Colorado Supreme Court on Monday extinguished hopes that theater actors would be exempted from a statewide smoking ban after all but one justice voted to uphold lower-court decisions barring cigarette use in performances."

You can access yesterday's ruling of the Supreme Court of Colorado at this link.
Posted at 08:22 AM by Howard Bashman







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