Saturday, December 23, 2006
"Kansas judge dismisses abortion charges; The outgoing attorney general's case against a doctor is tossed; 'This is war,' says the head of Kansans for Life": The Los Angeles Times today contains an article that begins, "Hours after the outgoing attorney general of Kansas charged one of the nation's few late-term abortion providers with illegally aborting viable fetuses, a judge dismissed the charges, ruling Friday that the attorney general had overstepped his authority"
The Kansas City Star reports today that "Kline's abortion charges derailed; A judge dismisses 30 counts filed by the attorney general against a Wichita doctor."
The Wichita Eagle reports that "Kline charges Tiller; Foulston intervenes."
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that "Kline speaks out against dismissal of charges."
And The Lawrence Journal-World reports that "Soon as filed, charges against abortion doctor dismissed; Outgoing AG's actions criticized."
"Man arrested at Qwest resigns; Prosecutor was allegedly having sex": This article appears today in The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Posted at 11:45 PM by Howard Bashman
"Condemned killer claims innocence 25 years later": Reuters provides a report that begins, "Condemned killer Mumia Abu-Jamal isn't getting his hopes up. The former radio reporter who was convicted of murdering a Philadelphia policeman in 1981 is appealing his death sentence on grounds that his lawyer Robert Bryan says offer his best chance yet of a new trial."
Posted at 11:18 PM by Howard Bashman
"A Matter of Degrees: John Roberts is Taking His Time to Reshape the High Court." Tony Mauro will have this article (free access) in next week's issue of Legal Times.
Posted at 02:00 PM by Howard Bashman
"Judicial hopeful steps aside; Bush's nominee for 5th Circuit withdrawing amid criticism": The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Mississippi today contains an article that begins, "Jackson lawyer Michael Wallace said he will ask President Bush on Tuesday to withdraw his nomination to the the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals."
Posted at 11:25 AM by Howard Bashman
"Web error reveals censure of U.S. judge; In a rare move only inadvertently made public, action is urged against Manuel L. Real of L.A. for misconduct": Today in The Los Angeles Times, Henry Weinstein has an article that begins, "A judicial discipline council has voted overwhelmingly to impose sanctions on a veteran Los Angeles federal judge who improperly seized control of a bankruptcy case to protect a probationer he was supervising. But it is far from clear when, or even whether, the decision of the judicial council of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco will become officially public."
The article goes on to report that "[t]he council's order was inadvertently posted for more than a week on the Internet by Thomson/West, a legal publishing service. Four legal scholars who reviewed the judicial council's opinion for The Times said the decision was well-grounded, and they expressed dismay that it had not been made public immediately."
"BALCO prosecutors urge jail for reporters; 18-month sentence sought for refusing to identify sources": Today in The San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko has an article that begins, "Two Chronicle reporters acted 'in furtherance of crimes' in obtaining leaked grand jury transcripts of athletes testifying about steroids, and should be jailed for up to 18 months for not revealing the source of the transcripts, federal prosecutors told an appeals court Friday."
Posted at 11:20 AM by Howard Bashman
"Appeals Panel Cuts Award in Valdez Spill by Exxon": This article appears today in The New York Times.
Today in The San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko reports that "Punitive damages in '89 Alaska spill cut nearly in half; Court rules Exxon's actions not malicious."
And The Anchorage Daily News reports today that "Exxon fine for oil spill is slashed on appeal; Punitive damages drop to $2.5 billion from $4.5 billion."
"'Lawyer' Accused of Doing a Little Too Much for a 'Client'": Adam Liptak has this article today in The New York Times.
And The Smoking Gun web site has an item headlined "Phony Lawyer In Jail Sex Ruse; Maryland woman impersonated attorney to orchestrate inmate tryst."