Friday, December 15, 2017
Season 2, Episode 7 of "People Magazine Investigates" -- "Marked for Murder": Next Monday's episode on the Investigation Discovery network is described as follows: "Friends and family are stunned when an esteemed criminal law professor and father of two is executed in his garage. Investigators follow a series of leads that take them on a statewide hunt through Florida in search of the murderous masterminds."
"Judges to investigate Alex Kozinski as more women allege sexual misconduct": Maura Dolan of The Los Angeles Times has this report.
According to the article, "At least two of Kozinski's law clerks resigned on Thursday, according to a source knowledgeable about the situation. That source, who requested anonymity because of a professional connection with Kozinski, said it was almost unheard of for a circuit judge's clerk to resign from such a prestigious position midway through the term."
Access the 2009 statement of law professor Arthur D. Hellman to the House Committee on the Judiciary regarding the possible impeachment of former U.S. District Judge Samuel B. Kent (S.D. Tex.): At this link. CNN reported on the impeachment proceedings in an article headlined "Victims allege years of sexual misconduct by federal judge."
Kent ultimately served prison time after pleading guilty to the federal offense of obstruction of justice for having lied under oath during his judicial misconduct proceeding investigating charges of sexual abuse and sexual harassment. In August 2010, Lise Olson of The Houston Chronicle had an article headlined "Former federal judge Kent calls prison unfair, 'cruel.'"
According to the latest article from The Washington Post, attorney Susan Estrich is now representing Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski: In September 2016, Alessandra Stanley of The New York Times had an article headlined "The Curious Case of Susan Estrich."
And in August 2016, Paul Farhi of The Washington Post had an article headlined "What is feminist hero Susan Estrich doing representing Roger Ailes?"
"Judge Kozinski's Opinion in this 2001 Sexual Harassment Case Is Even More Alarming Now; Alex Kozinski has enormous power over his law clerks; He has even more over litigants who come before him": Sam Sankar has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.
Posted at 08:27 PM by Howard Bashman
"How the Trump White House and GOP senators fast-track judicial nominees": Ariane de Vogue and Joan Biskupic of CNN.com have this report.
Posted at 08:20 PM by Howard Bashman
"Nine more women say judge subjected them to inappropriate behavior, including four who say he touched or kissed them": Matt Zapotosky of The Washington Post has an article that begins, "Nine more women say that Alex Kozinski -- a high-profile judge who sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit -- subjected them to sexual comments or other conduct, including four who say he touched them inappropriately."
Posted at 07:53 PM by Howard Bashman
"Prominent Appeals-Court Judge Faces Sexual-Harassment Probe; Court opens investigation of Judge Alex Kozinski following claims of sexual misconduct by former law clerks": Sara Randazzo of The Wall Street Journal has this report.
Posted at 07:22 PM by Howard Bashman
"This federal justice has no business sitting in judgment of others": Columnist Ruth Marcus of The Washington Post has an essay that begins, "Of the deluge of sexual harassment stories gushing forth in recent weeks, one of the most disturbing -- one of the creepiest, really -- has also been one of the least noted: the allegations involving federal appeals court judge Alex Kozinski."
Posted at 07:14 PM by Howard Bashman
"Law School Is Hot Again as Politics Piques Interest; The number of people applying to law school has risen 12%, in the first significant boost in years": Sara Randazzo of The Wall Street Journal has this report.
Posted at 04:48 PM by Howard Bashman
The Second Circuit has won this round of the Judge Kozinski judicial misconduct sweepstakes: As Zoe Tillman of BuzzFeed News notes in a Tweet that you can access here. (A PDF copy of the letter from Chief Justice Roberts can be accessed here.)
The Third Circuit had been assigned the first round.
A list of the current members of the Judicial Council of the Second Circuit can be accessed here. Of the 13 members, seven are Second Circuit judges, while the remaining six are U.S. District Judges. Seven of the judges on the Second Circuit's Judicial Council are female, while the other six are male.
Update: In early news coverage, Ross Todd of The Recorder reports that "Kozinski Harassment Inquiry Is Routed to the Second Circuit; Chief Justice John Roberts has called on Second Circuit Chief Judge Robert Katzmann to head up an inquiry into sexual harassment complaints against Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski."
"First Amendment is at a crossroads in Supreme Court": Ariane de Vogue of CNN.com has this report.
Posted at 02:50 PM by Howard Bashman
Received in today's mail: A review copy of law professor Orly Lobel's new book, "You Don't Own Me: How Mattel v. MGA Entertainment Exposed Barbie's Dark Side."
Posted at 02:44 PM by Howard Bashman
SCOTUSDaily interviews Art Lien, a/k/a "Courtartist": You can read the interview at this link.
Posted at 02:00 PM by Howard Bashman
"Vulgar Clothing Trademark Deserves Legal Protection, Court Rules": Susan Decker of Bloomberg News has this report on a ruling that a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued today.
Posted at 01:45 PM by Howard Bashman
"Court rules for AP in reporter impersonation document fight": Jessica Gresko of The Associated Press has this report on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued today.
Posted at 01:36 PM by Howard Bashman
"Clerkships are invaluable for young lawyers. They can also be a setup for abuse. When things go wrong, too often law clerks -- about half of whom are women -- feel they have nowhere to turn." Law professor Catherine N. Crump has this essay online at The Washington Post.
Posted at 01:30 PM by Howard Bashman
"Blind Justices: The Supreme Court should've tried to put a stop to Judge Alex Kozinski's behavior; Instead, the court abetted it." Claire Madill has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.
Posted at 01:22 PM by Howard Bashman
"How Do You Solve A Problem Like Kozinski?" Scott H. Greenfield has this post at his "Simple Justice" blog.
Posted at 09:10 AM by Howard Bashman