Wednesday, December 21, 2011
"Utah Supreme Court rules unborn children qualify as minors": Today's edition of The Deseret News contains an article that begins, "The state's high court has determined that an unborn child qualifies as a minor child and, therefore, wrongful death lawsuits may be filed on behalf of those who die before birth. The decision stemmed from a case of a Utah County couple who filed a lawsuit after their child was stillborn in 2006. While the Utah Supreme Court justices did not issue a single majority opinion in the case, four of the five justices, through differing logic, came to the same conclusion."
And The Salt Lake Tribune reports today that "Utah high court OKs wrongful death suits over fetuses; Couple sued government-subsidized clinic in Provo over delivery of stillborn boy in 2006."
"Supreme Court Short List: Who Will Be America's Next Top Conservative Justice?" Mike Sacks of The Huffington Post has this report.
Posted at 08:40 PM by Howard Bashman
"Challenge to NY campaign finance laws fails: US appeals court." Reuters has a report that begins, "A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday tossed out a challenge to New York City anti-corruption campaign finance laws, finding the so-called 'pay to play' rules do not violate free speech rights."
"Texas pushes its election map": Lyle Denniston has this post at "SCOTUSblog." The post currently includes a "Note to Readers" that begins, "All briefs have now been filed in the Texas redistricting cases."
Posted at 04:26 PM by Howard Bashman
"Advertising Sex for World Series Tickets Is Not Attempted Prostitution": Eugene Volokh has this post at "The Volokh Conspiracy." Eugene helpfully links to this online copy of yesterday's unpublished memorandum opinion of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.
Yesterday, I had this post collecting news coverage of the ruling.
"Court affirms $295 million De Beers settlement": Terry Baynes of Reuters has this report.
Posted at 03:00 PM by Howard Bashman
"Newt and His Surprising Liberal Allies: He's not the only one who thinks there is a huge problem with giving the Supreme Court final say on the Constitution." Law professor Eric Posner has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.
Posted at 02:10 PM by Howard Bashman
"Judges question Belle Meade Country Club membership after colleague's reprimand": This article appears today in The Tennessean.
Posted at 02:04 PM by Howard Bashman
"Gingrich Leads Revolt Against Judges": Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News has this report.
Posted at 01:44 PM by Howard Bashman
"Full appeals court to review whether Chafee can refuse to turn over accused killer in possible death-penalty case": The Providende (R.I.) Journal has a news update that begins, "The full 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will consider whether Governor Chafee has the right to refuse to surrender an accused murderer to federal authorities."
You can access here the successful petition for rehearing en banc that the federal government filed in the case.
In the news: In today's edition of The Legal Intelligencer, Philadelphia's daily newspaper for lawyers, Gina Passarella has an article headlined "3rd Circuit Revives $295 Million Antitrust Settlement With De Beers" in which I am quoted. My earlier coverage of yesterday's 171-page en banc Third Circuit ruling appears at this link.
And today's edition of The Times Leader of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania contains an article headlined "Health trust appeal decision to come soon; Judge says he will rule on matter before his time on the bench ends Dec. 30" in which I am mentioned.