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Saturday, August 31, 2013

"Supreme Court justice holds court at the Academy": The Academy Spirit, the official base newspaper for the Air Force Academy, had this report yesterday.
Posted at 09:08 PM by Howard Bashman


"Legal experts weigh in on Supreme Court case concerning Chemical Weapons Convention": Earlier this week, Indiana University Media Relations issued this news release.
Posted at 11:58 AM by Howard Bashman


"Ninth Circuit Nominees Face Uncertain Prospects": Scott Graham of The Recorder has this report (registration required).
Posted at 11:55 AM by Howard Bashman


"Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the offensive": Columnist Ruth Marcus had this op-ed earlier this week in The Washington Post.
Posted at 10:28 AM by Howard Bashman


"Atheist Pledge Of Allegiance Case Goes To Massachusetts' Supreme Court": Religion News Service has an article that begins, "Massachusetts' highest court on Wednesday (Sept. 4) will consider whether the daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance is a violation of students' rights."
Posted at 10:27 AM by Howard Bashman


"Biological father of Baby Veronica files appeal with Oklahoma Supreme Court": The Tulsa World has this report.
Posted at 10:24 AM by Howard Bashman


"Supreme Court's campaign finance case gets new firepower; Nation's leading opponent of campaign finance restrictions also fought McCain-Feingold a decade ago and won Citizens United case for unlimited corporate spending": Richard Wolf of USA Today has this report.
Posted at 10:22 AM by Howard Bashman


"Supreme Court is urged to reject Michigan affirmative action ban; California's attorney general calls on justices to overturn a voter initiative banning race-based 'preferential treatment'; A similar California ban may be affected": David G. Savage has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.
Posted at 10:20 AM by Howard Bashman


Friday, August 30, 2013

"Ginsburg will be first justice to officiate same-sex wedding": Robert Barnes of The Washington Post has this news update.
Posted at 08:24 PM by Howard Bashman


Ninth Circuit affirms the denial of a preliminary injunction against a California law banning the production and sale of foie gras: You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at this link.

In earlier coverage of the law, in July 2012 The Huffington Post reported that "California Foie Gras Ban Kicks In."

Update: In coverage of today's ruling, Maura Dolan of The Los Angeles Times reports that "California ban on foie gras upheld by federal appeals court."

Bloomberg News reports that "California Ban on Sale of Foie Gras Upheld by Court."

And The Associated Press reports that "Court upholds California's foie gras ban."
Posted at 01:45 PM by Howard Bashman



"Money manager Vilar's conviction upheld, new sentence ordered": Reuters has this report.

And The Associated Press reports that "NY federal appeals court upholds conviction of philanthropist Vilar on fraud charges."

You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit at this link.

Update: Alison Frankel's "On the Case" from Thomson Reuters News & Insight has a post titled "U.S. criminal laws don't apply to conduct abroad: 2nd Circuit."
Posted at 11:56 AM by Howard Bashman



"Secret Service Must Produce White House Visitor Records": Bloomberg News has this report on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued today.
Posted at 11:50 AM by Howard Bashman


The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania agrees to hear a major false light/invasion of privacy case on the very same day that the lone plaintiff in the case passes away: Yesterday, Pennsylvania's highest court granted allowance of appeal in a case raising, among other things, the following two issues:
Does Pennsylvania recognize a cause of action for false light invasion of privacy by an elected official for publications discussing her public, not private, actions?

If Pennsylvania recognizes a false light invasion of privacy claim in such circumstances, may the claim proceed where the court has found that the First Amendment bars a defamation action based on the same publications?

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports today that yesterday also happened to be when the lone plaintiff in the case passed away.The newspaper's obituary for the plaintiff is headlined "Phila. political fixture Joan Krajewski dies at 79."

Now the lawyers for the opposing parties and the court will need to decide whether this type of lawsuit can and should continue to proceed under Pennsylvania law following the plaintiff's death.
Posted at 10:30 AM by Howard Bashman



Thursday, August 29, 2013

"No circuit split on charity-only settlements: Facebook, Public Citizen." Alison Frankel's "On the Case" from Thomson Reuters News & Insight has this report.
Posted at 08:22 PM by Howard Bashman


"Appeals Court Upholds School Discipline for Off-Campus Threats": At the "School Law" blog of Education Week, Mark Walsh has this post reporting on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued today.
Posted at 04:26 PM by Howard Bashman


"Court withdraws ruling in BP insurance dispute": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "A federal appeals court reversed course Thursday on its earlier ruling favoring BP in a multimillion-dollar insurance dispute, handing at least a temporary setback to the energy giant as it seeks to defray some of the enormous costs associated with the huge 2010 Gulf oil spill."

You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit -- vacating the earlier decision and certifying questions to the Supreme Court of Texas -- at this link.
Posted at 04:11 PM by Howard Bashman



"The majority's holding that use of a thermal lance, when ignited to burn through and melt metal automated teller machine vaults during a bank robbery, does not involve the use of fire under 18 U.S.C. sec. 844(h)(1) is counter to the ordinary and common definition of fire." So writes Circuit Judge Mary H. Murguia, dissenting from a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued today.

Update: At her "Trial Insider" blog, Pamela A. MacLean has a post titled "Too Hot to Handle, but Not Fire."
Posted at 03:28 PM by Howard Bashman



"I write individually to acknowledge 'the elephant in the room': to whom does one go for review when an application for an exemption from PACER fees has been denied?" So begins a concurring opinion that Circuit Judge Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain issued today. Judge O'Scannlain also wrote the opinion of the court (but sadly no dissenting opinion, thereby missing the appellate judging trifecta by that much) that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued today dismissing for lack of appellate jurisdiction an appeal filed by two journalists with the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Update: At her "Trial Insider" blog, Pamela A. MacLean has a post titled "Reporters Must Pay for Court Documents."
Posted at 03:22 PM by Howard Bashman



"New York's Highest Court to Hear Appeals in Fracking Case": Bloomberg News has this report.
Posted at 01:48 PM by Howard Bashman


"California gay conversion therapy ban upheld": Howard Mintz of The San Jose Mercury News has this update.

Bloomberg News reports that "California Gay Conversion Therapy Ban Upheld in Appeal."

And The Associated Press reports that "Court upholds 1st ban on gay-to-straight therapy."

You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at this link.

Update:Maura Dolan of The Los Angeles Times has a news update headlined "Court upholds law banning therapy to change sexual orientation."

And at her "Trial Insider" blog, Pamela A. MacLean has a post titled "Gay Conversion Therapy Ban Upheld."
Posted at 01:45 PM by Howard Bashman



"Prison rift deepens among California Democrats": Today's edition of The Sacramento Bee contains a front page article that begins, "Senate leader Darrell Steinberg has rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to spend $315 million on more prison beds and is instead urging him to settle the lawsuit brought by inmate advocates who have convinced the courts that California's prisons are inhumanely overcrowded."

And The Associated Press reports that "Dems spar over plan to reduce Calif inmate count."
Posted at 10:32 AM by Howard Bashman



"California juice maker waging court battles on two fronts": Michael Doyle of McClatchy Washington Bureau has this report.
Posted at 10:28 AM by Howard Bashman


"Amazon asks Supreme Court to hear N.Y. state sales-tax case; The online retailer has hired former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson to convince the nation's highest court to review the constitutionality of a New York tax law": This article appears today in The Seattle Times.

And WSJ.com's "Digits" blog has a post titled "Amazon Asks Supreme Court to Decide Sales Tax Fight."
Posted at 08:42 AM by Howard Bashman



"Township files brief to Supreme Court in Mt. Holly Gardens case": The Burlington County (N.J.) Times has this report.
Posted at 08:40 AM by Howard Bashman


"First year reader: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to speak at UD Sept. 19." The University of Delaware issued this news release yesterday.
Posted at 08:30 AM by Howard Bashman


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

"How a contrarian appellate judge helped brokers in Merrill race case": Alison Frankel's "On the Case" from Thomson Reuters News & Insight has this report.
Posted at 08:42 PM by Howard Bashman


"Owner of America's 'dirtiest' hotel loses TripAdvisor lawsuit": Jonathan Stempel of Reuters has this report.

And The Associated Press reports that "Court tosses out hotel's lawsuit over TripAdvisor review; 'Dirtiest hotels' list wasn't defamatory, says judge in rejecting Tennessee resort's appeal, since it was based on opinions."

You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit at this link.
Posted at 08:27 PM by Howard Bashman



"Renee Gill Pratt's conviction upheld, but not her 7-year prison sentence": The Times-Picayune of New Orleans has this news update reporting on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued today.
Posted at 08:16 PM by Howard Bashman


"Time for Justice Ginsburg to Step Aside to Save Her Legacy: In a blunt interview, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg admitted past mistakes and said she was staying on the Supreme Court; But if she really cared about her legacy, she would step aside." Law professor Adam Winkler has this essay online at The Daily Beast. (Update: Link corrected.)
Posted at 05:42 PM by Howard Bashman


In today's mail: I received a copy of the book "Unprecedented: The Constitutional Challenge to Obamacare," by law professor Josh Blackman. The book's official publication date is September 10, 2013, but it is available for purchase now.

And I also received a copy of the book "The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind -- and Changed the History of Free Speech in America," by law professor Thomas Healy. In this most recent issue of Sunday Book Review section of The New York Times, law professor Alan M. Dershowitz had this review of the book.
Posted at 12:52 PM by Howard Bashman



"Why First Amendment still matters to students: Kids have rights, too; Just ask one person who took her case to court, and won." Tony Mauro has this op-ed today in USA Today.
Posted at 08:50 AM by Howard Bashman


"Judge Ervin will run again for Supreme Court": The News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina has this blog post.
Posted at 08:45 AM by Howard Bashman


"Supreme Court Asked to Decide Scope of Privacy Law": Main Justice has this report.
Posted at 08:44 AM by Howard Bashman


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

"Dismissing an appeal as equitably moot should be rare, occurring only where there is sufficient justification to override the statutory appellate rights of the party seeking review." So ruled a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in a bankruptcy-related decision issued today.
Posted at 11:34 PM by Howard Bashman


"Appellate court strikes down conviction, says body cavity search shocked conscience": The Associated Press has this report on a ruling that a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued yesterday.
Posted at 11:28 PM by Howard Bashman


In the September 2013 issue of ABA Journal magazine: Mark Walsh has articles headlined "It was another big term for amicus curiae briefs at the high court" and "Justice Sotomayor presides over re-enactment of historic baseball case."

And the new installment of Bryan A. Garner's "On Words" column is headlined "Face a classic word challenge and increase your personal power."
Posted at 11:23 PM by Howard Bashman



"D.C. Circuit -- at heart of nomination battle -- has handed major victories to EPA": Jeremy P. Jacobs of Greenwire has this report.
Posted at 10:47 PM by Howard Bashman


Monday, August 26, 2013

"Indiana Supreme Court could echo Idaho ruling in RailCats foul ball lawsuit": The Times of Northwest Indiana has a news update that begins, "A recent decision by the Idaho Supreme Court could help a region woman partially blinded after being struck by a foul ball at a 2009 RailCats game convince the Indiana Supreme Court to allow her to sue the baseball team."
Posted at 09:52 PM by Howard Bashman


"Supreme Court dismisses shareholder case against UBS": Lawrence Hurley of Reuters has this report.
Posted at 09:50 PM by Howard Bashman


"The Robber, The Judge, And the Case For Leniency": Adam Liptak will have this new installment of his "Sidebar" column in Tuesday's edition of The New York Times.
Posted at 09:38 PM by Howard Bashman


"Grumpy Old Justices: Scalia and Ginsburg are really disappointed in the Supreme Court; But only one of them is right to be." Dahlia Lithwick has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.
Posted at 08:50 PM by Howard Bashman


In Bashman news from Columbus, Georgia: The Ledger-Enquirer of Columbus, Georgia reports today that "Bike thieves bash man's head on Fourth Avenue."

Although I was in Georgia from Friday afternoon through this morning, my travels did not take me to the city of Columbus during this visit.
Posted at 08:32 PM by Howard Bashman



"Ginsburg Embraces Gay-Marriage Rulings as High Court Shuns Bold": Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News has a report that begins, "Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg hailed the U.S. Supreme Court's incremental approach on gay marriage, blamed her colleagues for inviting a deluge of political spending -- and suggested she's ready to spar over those issues for years to come."
Posted at 07:52 AM by Howard Bashman


Greetings from Savannah, Georgia: Where last night, we enjoyed a delicious meal at Alligator Soul, followed by a scoop of ice cream at Leopold's.

After taking a quick tour of Savannah this morning, it's back on the road to this evening's waypoint, Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.
Posted at 07:48 AM by Howard Bashman



Sunday, August 25, 2013

"Pa. Supreme Court to take on kindergarten attendance case": Matt Miller of The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania has this interesting report.
Posted at 07:56 AM by Howard Bashman


"Court Is 'One of Most Activist,' Ginsburg Says, Vowing to Stay": Adam Liptak has this front page article today in The New York Times.
Posted at 07:50 AM by Howard Bashman


"City urges Supreme Court to reject lacrosse case": Yesterday's edition of The Herald-Sun of Durham, North Carolina contained an article that begins, "Discounting claims of a philosophical dispute among federal judges, lawyers for the city on Friday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to avoid getting involved in the first of the lawsuits spawned by the Duke lacrosse case."
Posted at 07:48 AM by Howard Bashman


"Texas Supreme Court takes same-sex divorce cases": Chuck Lindell of The Austin American-Statesman has an article that begins, "The Texas Supreme Court announced Friday that it will determine whether same-sex couples, legally married in other states, can be granted a divorce in Texas."

This case could determine the validity of the theory that states that are against same-sex marriage should, in order to be consistent, favor same-sex divorce.
Posted at 07:45 AM by Howard Bashman



"Ginsburg Says Court Struck Right Balance on Gay Marriage": Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News has this report.
Posted at 07:42 AM by Howard Bashman


"Under the U.S. Supreme Court: In search of bin Laden death images." Michael Kirkland of UPI has this report.
Posted at 07:40 AM by Howard Bashman


Greeting from Atlanta: Where last night we enjoyed a delicious dinner at Sotto Sotto.
Posted at 07:38 AM by Howard Bashman


Friday, August 23, 2013

"Apple, Samsung Win Ruling to Keep Financial Data Secret": Bloomberg News has this report.

And at his "Patentlyo" blog, Dennis Crouch has a post titled "Federal Circuit: Secret Patent Trials are OK."

You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit at this link.
Posted at 10:25 PM by Howard Bashman



"Islamic charity founder Pete Seda 'vindicated' by ruling saying feds tried to turn tax fraud into terrorism": The Oregonian has this news update.

And The Register-Guard of Eugene, Oregon reports that "New trial ordered in tax case tied to terrorism."

You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at this link.
Posted at 10:20 PM by Howard Bashman



"Montana Gun Law Is a Barren Golden Goose": Courthouse News Service has an article that begins, "High hopes to market a rifle called the Montana Buckaroo, which would be free from federal firearms licensing requirements, deflated in the 9th Circuit on Friday."

You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at this link.
Posted at 10:14 PM by Howard Bashman



"Court Rules Against Argentina in Bond Case; Stage Set for Supreme Court Showdown as Potential Default Looms": Shane Romig and Chad Bray of The Wall Street Journal have this report. You can freely access the full text of the article via Google News.

The New York Times reports that "Hedge Funds Win Ruling in Argentina Bond Case."

The Los Angeles Times reports that "U.S. court rules against Argentina on debt default; U.S. appeals court rules that Argentina must pay full principal and interest to one group of bond investors if it wants to continue discounted payments to others."

Bloomberg News reports that "Argentina Loss Brings End of Defaulted Bond Fight Closer."

Nate Raymond and Jonathan Stempel of Reuters report that "Argentina loses appeal in $1.33 billion U.S. bondholder fight."

And The Associated Press reports that "Argentina loses appeal in US bond debt case."

You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit at this link.
Posted at 10:00 PM by Howard Bashman



"Appeals Court Upholds Convictions of Men in Bronx Synagogue Plot": This article will appear Saturday in The New York Times.

The New York Post reports that "Convictions stand for four men convicted over plot to bomb New York synagogues after they lose appeals."

Bloomberg News reports that "Synagogue Bomb Plot Entrapment Claim Rejected by Court"

And The Associated Press reports that "Appeals court upholds NY terror plot convictions."

You can access Thursday's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit at this link.
Posted at 09:48 PM by Howard Bashman



"The NRA takes on the courts": Lyle Denniston had this post yesterday at the "Constitution Daily" blog of the National Constitution Center.
Posted at 08:32 AM by Howard Bashman


"Hate Preach: An American brags that he's the father of the Ugandan anti-gay movement; Can he be prosecuted in the U.S.?" Dahlia Lithwick has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.
Posted at 08:30 AM by Howard Bashman


"Event discussing Supreme Court coverage to be held Sept. 9 at UGA": The University of Georgia issued this news release yesterday. "SCOTUSblog" appears to be the main focus of the event.
Posted at 08:27 AM by Howard Bashman


"Supreme Court deadline approaches: Parties submit U-M race policy briefs." The Detroit News contains this article today.
Posted at 08:24 AM by Howard Bashman


Greetings from Durham, North Carolina: Where last night I enjoyed the most delicious shrimp and grits at blu seafood and bar.
Posted at 08:22 AM by Howard Bashman


Thursday, August 22, 2013

On remand from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Seventh Circuit refuses to disturb its earlier rulings allowing two class action suits involving alleged defects in Kenmore-brand Sears washing machines to proceed: Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner issued this ruling today on behalf of a unanimous three-judge panel.
Posted at 09:10 PM by Howard Bashman


Carol Rosenberg of The Miami Herald is reporting: She has articles headlined "Guantanamo lawyer floats possible defense argument: 9/11 attack justified" and "9/11 trial lawyer: CIA had its finger on Guantanamo's mute button."
Posted at 08:55 PM by Howard Bashman


"New Mexico Supreme Court rules that photography business discriminated against gay couple": The Associated Press has this report.

And Reuters reports that "Refusal to photograph New Mexico same-sex couple ruled illegal."

You can access today's ruling of the Supreme Court of New Mexico at this link.
Posted at 08:52 PM by Howard Bashman



"On Tape: Richard Nixon Talks Judicial Nominations." Todd Ruger has this post today at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times."
Posted at 08:36 PM by Howard Bashman


"High Court Decision Cited in Rejection of Apartheid Liability": The New York Law Journal has this report.

My earlier coverage of yesterday's Second Circuit ruling can be accessed here.
Posted at 07:54 AM by Howard Bashman



"Secret Court Rebuked N.S.A. on Surveillance": Charlie Savage and Scott Shane have this front page article today in The New York Times. The ruling can be accessed here.
Posted at 07:50 AM by Howard Bashman


"Pa. court bans judicial aides from law work for pay": Craig R. McCoy has this front page article today in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

You can access the amendment to the Pennsylvania Rules of Appellate Procedure that the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania approved yesterday via order at this link.
Posted at 07:48 AM by Howard Bashman



Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Programming note: On Thursday morning, I will embark on a road trip to the Druid Hills neighborhood of Atlanta to take my son to begin his first year of college. My trip home will include a detour through Savannah, Georgia. Between now and the evening of Tuesday, August 27th, posts will appear here less frequently than usual.
Posted at 11:54 PM by Howard Bashman


"Minnesota Supreme Court: HIV-positive man wrongly convicted of passing disease; It sided with an appeals court in overturning Daniel Rick's conviction for giving a sexual partner HIV." The Minneapolis Star Tribune has this news update.

And The Associated Press reports that "Minn. Supreme Court sides with HIV-positive man."

You can access today's ruling of the Supreme Court of Minnesota at this link.
Posted at 11:50 PM by Howard Bashman



"Imagining the Court": Linda Greenhouse has this post at the "Opinionator" blog of The New York Times.

And online at Slate, law professor Eric Posner has an essay titled "Frisk Aversion: Judge Shira Scheindlin's stop-and-frisk opinion is poorly reasoned and full of flaws."
Posted at 11:42 PM by Howard Bashman



Upcoming Washington, DC event: I will be among the speakers at the Cato Institute's upcoming symposium titled "The Supreme Court: Past and Prologue -- A Look at the October 2012 and 2013 Terms." The symposium will take place in Washington, DC on Tuesday, September 17, 2013.
Posted at 11:00 PM by Howard Bashman


"Accepting Scalia's Offer, Arizona Sues Obama Administration On Voting Rights": Sahil Kapur of TPMDC has this report.
Posted at 10:54 PM by Howard Bashman


"Federal appeals court rejects DiMasi bid to overturn conviction": The Boston Globe has this news update.

And The Associated Press has a report headlined "Conviction of ex-Mass. House speaker DiMasi upheld."

You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit at this link.
Posted at 10:35 PM by Howard Bashman



"Burbank PD may be liable in suit by cop who alleged misconduct": Maura Dolan of The Los Angeles Times has this news update reporting on a ruling that an 11-judge en banc panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued today.

And at her "Trial Insider" blog, Pamela A. MacLean has a post titled "Burbank Officer's Retaliation Lawsuit Reinstated."
Posted at 10:28 PM by Howard Bashman



"We conclude that, if presented with the opportunity, the Supreme Court of Illinois would deem the single-publication rule applicable to the Internet." A defamation and false light suit brought by former NBA superstar Scottie Pippen against various news organizations produced this decision today, which Chief Judge Frank H. Easterbrook issued today on behalf of a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Posted at 10:20 PM by Howard Bashman


"Michigan ACLU denied request for FBI records on race, ethnic data use in terrorism investigations": MLive.com has this report.

And The Associated Press reports that "Court sides with FBI in lawsuit over racial data."

You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit at this link.
Posted at 10:08 PM by Howard Bashman



"State Supreme Court rules partly in Trib''s favor in open records request": The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has this news update.

And The Associated Press reports that "Pa. justices give courts wide role in resolving disputes over release of government records."

Yesterday's ruling of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania consisted of a majority opinion, a concurring opinion, and two dissenting opinions (here and here). The case was argued at the Pa. Supreme Court nearly two years ago, on September 13, 2011.
Posted at 09:58 PM by Howard Bashman



"Chief Justice Castille Explains the Supreme Court's Work and Efficiency Ethic": The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has posted online this essay.

An earlier related post of mine can be accessed here.
Posted at 09:54 PM by Howard Bashman



"Pornographers Seek to Overturn Condom Law": Courthouse News Service has a report that begins, "Pornographic film producers have appealed a ruling upholding a Los Angeles County law that actors must wear condoms."
Posted at 09:50 PM by Howard Bashman


"Judge sides with FWCS on boobies bracelet ban; Says maturity levels at school affect meaning": The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne, Indiana has this report.

And today at the "School Law" blog of Education Week, Mark Walsh has a post titled "Federal Judge Upholds School District's Ban on 'Boobies' Bracelets."
Posted at 09:48 PM by Howard Bashman



"Court: Apartheid suits vs. companies in US barred." The Associated Press has a report that begins, "Two automakers and a technology company cannot be held liable in the U.S. for abuses committed by South Africa's government, a federal appeals court said Wednesday in a blow to class-action lawsuits that had tried to hold American, Canadian and European companies liable for the claims of millions of people who say they suffered under apartheid."

You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit at this link.
Posted at 01:50 PM by Howard Bashman



"Colorado's Amazon tax law scores win in federal appeals court": The Denver Post has this report on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit issued yesterday.
Posted at 01:47 PM by Howard Bashman


"Gibson Dunn Hires Philip Alito, Son of Supreme Court Justice": Tony Mauro has this post today at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times."
Posted at 01:44 PM by Howard Bashman


Programming note: Due to a meeting with co-counsel this morning on a pending appeal, additional posts will not appear until this afternoon.
Posted at 08:46 AM by Howard Bashman


"Newest Spy Court Pick Is a Democrat but Not a Liberal": Charlie Savage has this article today in The New York Times.
Posted at 08:44 AM by Howard Bashman


"Justice Kagan talks about high court on personal level to R.I. audience": Kate Mulvaney has this article today in The Providence Journal.
Posted at 08:42 AM by Howard Bashman


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

"The Ultimate Dissent": Kyle Graham has this post at his blog, "noncuratlex.com."
Posted at 09:02 PM by Howard Bashman


Carol Rosenberg of The Miami Herald is reporting: Today, she has articles headlined "Guantanamo judge holds first secret hearing of 9/11 trial" and "Alleged 9/11 conspirator complains about food service at Guantanamo."
Posted at 08:33 PM by Howard Bashman


"Justice Kagan: Technology and privacy will be big issue for high court." The Providence (R.I.) Journal has this news update.
Posted at 05:58 PM by Howard Bashman


"Court requires EPA to review sewage sludge incinerator standards": Jeremy P. Jacobs of Greenwire has this report on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued today.
Posted at 03:38 PM by Howard Bashman


"New Abortion Restrictions in States Are 0 for 8 in Courts": Andrew Harris of Bloomberg News has this report.
Posted at 03:34 PM by Howard Bashman


"Kagan: Justices not tech savvy, send paper memos." The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 03:33 PM by Howard Bashman


"D.C. Circuit Goes 'Capriccioso' in Goat Case": Todd Ruger has this post at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times" reporting on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued today.
Posted at 01:17 PM by Howard Bashman


"Supreme Court Justice is draw for conservative fundraiser": Today's edition of The Bozeman (Mont.) Daily Chronicle contains an article that begins, "U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia doesn't have high opinions of moderate judges or even most justices on the U.S. Supreme Court."
Posted at 10:03 AM by Howard Bashman


Monday, August 19, 2013

"New appeals process works, Supreme Court clerk says; High court required to produce written rulings on all cases": The Charleston (W. Va.) Gazette has this news update.
Posted at 11:45 PM by Howard Bashman


"Christie's newest Supreme Court nominee will get a hearing, Sweeney says": The Star-Ledger of Newark, New Jersey has this news update.
Posted at 11:44 PM by Howard Bashman


"EA plans to appeal Keller case to Supreme Court": USA Today has a report that begins, "Video game manufacturer Electronic Arts plans to appeal two cases involving the use of college athletes' names and likenesses to the U.S. Supreme Court, the company said in a court filing Monday."
Posted at 11:40 PM by Howard Bashman


"Supreme Court Petition Challenges Secrecy of Bin Laden Images": Marcia Coyle has this post today at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times."

And at Wired.com's "Threat Level" blog, David Kravets has a post titled "Osama Bin Laden Photo Flap Heading to Supreme Court."
Posted at 11:38 PM by Howard Bashman



"Roberts names judge to panel that hears rare appeals of surveillance court rulings": In Tuesday's edition of The Washington Post, Robert Barnes will have an article that begins, "Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. appointed a longtime federal judge to the panel that reviews rare government appeals when a special court that oversees the nation's surveillance system turns down a Justice Department request."
Posted at 09:54 PM by Howard Bashman


"Scalia: Court shouldn't 'invent new minorities.'" The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 08:55 PM by Howard Bashman


"Barkett to leave appeals court": Bill Rankin of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a news update that begins, "Judge Rosemary Barkett will leave the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Sept. 30, opening up another vacancy to fill for President Barack Obama."

Alyson M. Palmer of The Fulton County (Ga.) Daily Report has an article headlined "Barkett Leaving 11th Circuit For Hague Post."

And at the "Southern District of Florida Blog," David Oscar Markus has a post titled "Judge Rosemary Barkett is leaving the 11th Circuit."
Posted at 08:52 PM by Howard Bashman



Today's Pa. Supreme Court victory: As noted in the beginning of this earlier post, back on November 27, 2012, I represented the plaintiff in presenting oral argument to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on the following issue:
Did the Commonwealth Court err or otherwise abuse its discretion in ruling on summary judgment in favor of the MCARE Fund that Dr. S.'s negligence constituted only one rather than two occurrences of medical malpractice for purposes of the MCARE Act?
Today, a unanimous Pa. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the plaintiff on that issue, overturning the Commonwealth Court's entry of summary judgment and remanding the matter for trial.

You can access the majority opinion at this link and a concurring opinion at this link.
Posted at 06:07 PM by Howard Bashman



And we are back: I wish the explanation for this blog's disappearance today was something more sexy than the expiration of law.com's credit card in the files of this blog's web hosting service and the apparent departure from law.com of those people designated to receive notice of an expired credit card, but sadly that is not the case.

In any event, now having paid the overdue charges out of my own pocket for the time being, "How Appealing" is back!
Posted at 05:55 PM by Howard Bashman



"Judge blocks Oklahoma 'morning after' pill law": The Oklahoman has this news update.

And The Tulsa World has a news update headlined "Judge blocks Oklahoma morning-after pill law."
Posted at 01:27 PM by Howard Bashman



"Supreme Error: North Carolina's new voter suppression law shows why the Voting Rights Act is still necessary." Law professor Richard L. Hasen -- author of the "Election Law Blog" -- has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.
Posted at 01:25 PM by Howard Bashman


Sunday, August 18, 2013

"New Twist on Same-Sex Marriage Front: A gay man in an inheritance dispute asks a court to declare him the common-law husband of his late companion." Jess Bravin will have this article in Monday's edition of The Wall Street Journal.
Posted at 10:12 PM by Howard Bashman


"Death Row Improvises, Lacking Lethal Mix": This article will appear in Monday's edition of The New York Times.
Posted at 10:09 PM by Howard Bashman


"Some of Guantanamo's hardest cases to get new look": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 10:08 PM by Howard Bashman


"U.S. Supreme Court justice, in Newport, lauds George Washington letter": The Providence (R.I.) Journal has a news update that begins, "Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan on Sunday recalled her Polish-Russian Jewish roots in praising President George Washington's vision of religious inclusion, as Washington's letter to the congregation of Touro Synagogue was read aloud for the 66th year."
Posted at 09:32 PM by Howard Bashman


"Supreme Court asked to revive Virginia's anti-sodomy law": Robert Barnes will have this new installment of his "The High Court" column in Monday's edition of The Washington Post.
Posted at 08:22 PM by Howard Bashman


"States revisit mandatory sentences for juveniles": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 01:42 PM by Howard Bashman


"Stanford Ponzi scheme case headed soon to U.S. Supreme Court": The Times-Picayune of New Orleans has this report.
Posted at 01:25 PM by Howard Bashman


"To Oklahoma's American Indian tribes, Veronica is a battle cry for cultures": This article appears today in The Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina.

And today's edition of The Tulsa World contains an article headlined "Baby Veronica case: Victory unlikely for either side as mediation begins."
Posted at 01:24 PM by Howard Bashman



"Under the U.S. Supreme Court: Future of 'stop-and-frisk' may be dim." Michael Kirkland of UPI has this report.
Posted at 10:48 AM by Howard Bashman


Saturday, August 17, 2013

"Justice at the Opera": Jesse Wegman will have this "Editorial Notebook" essay in the Sunday Review section of tomorrow's edition of The New York Times.
Posted at 09:57 PM by Howard Bashman


"Hundreds sentenced as juveniles could appeal after Iowa Supreme Court ruling; Iowa justices say mandatory life prison terms -- or the functional equivalent -- for juveniles are unconstitutional": Today's edition of The Des Moines Register contains an article that begins, "Hundreds of Iowa inmates sentenced as juveniles to lengthy prison terms could apply to have their sentences reviewed under three decisions handed down Friday by a divided Iowa Supreme Court."

Yesterday's three rulings of the Supreme Court of Iowa can be accessed here, here, and here.
Posted at 01:14 PM by Howard Bashman



"Ethics Law Necessary to Keep High Court Justices in Line; Public deserves bill requiring Supreme Court justices to follow Code of Conduct": Law professor William Yeomans will have this essay in Monday's issue of The National Law Journal.
Posted at 12:51 PM by Howard Bashman


"Porn industry suffers setback with judge's ruling on condom law": The Los Angeles Times has a news update that begins, "The porn industry suffered a defeat Friday when a federal judge rejected its contention that requiring adult film performers to wear condoms is unconstitutional."

XBIZ Newswire reports that "Judge Issues Key Rulings in Measure B Case."

And AVN News reports that "Judge Pregerson Issues Split Decision on Measure B; Judge upholds constitutionality of the mandatory condom law while restricting the County's ability to enforce it."

You can access yesterday's ruling of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California at this link.
Posted at 12:46 PM by Howard Bashman



"'Fuzzy' Cuban-American judge gets Christie's nomination for N.J. Supreme Court": The Star-Ledger of Newark, New Jersey has this report.
Posted at 10:18 AM by Howard Bashman


"Tobacco Companies Seek Supreme Court Cert in Engle Case": Ross Todd of The Am Law Litigation Daily has this report.

You can view the petition for writ of certiorari at this link.
Posted at 10:16 AM by Howard Bashman



Friday, August 16, 2013

"The Regulatory Court: The D.C. Circuit takes center stage, one more time." Adam J. White has this article in the August 26, 2013 issue of The Weekly Standard.
Posted at 11:22 PM by Howard Bashman


"The Influence of Amicus Curiae Briefs on U.S. Supreme Court Opinion Content": Pamela Corley, Paul M. Collins Jr., and Jesse Hamner have posted this article online at SSRN (via "Legal Theory Blog").

According to the article's abstract, the authors used "plagiarism detection software to assess the ability of amicus briefs to shape the content of judicial opinions."
Posted at 10:52 PM by Howard Bashman



"New Balance at the California Supreme Court: The second year of the Cantil-Sakauye Court shows emerging trends among the justices." Law professor Gerald F. Uelmen has this article in the August 2013 issue of California Lawyer.
Posted at 10:25 PM by Howard Bashman


"U.S. appeals on cellphone privacy": Lyle Denniston has this post at "SCOTUSblog," which has posted the petition for writ of certiorari at this link.
Posted at 10:09 PM by Howard Bashman


"Second Circuit Affirms Conviction Despite 'Insufficient' Evidence at Trial": Will Baude has this post today at "The Volokh Conspiracy" about a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued Wednesday.
Posted at 10:03 PM by Howard Bashman


"Baby Veronica case: Court hearings end, mediation agreement filed." The Tulsa World has this news update.

The Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina has a news update headlined "Oklahoma hearings in Veronica custody dispute come to close after five hours of deliberations, but results remain mystery."

And The Associated Press reports that "Mediation papers filed in Cherokee custody battle."
Posted at 05:52 PM by Howard Bashman



"NYC begins appeal of police stop-and-frisk ruling": The Associated Press has this report.

Update: In other coverage, Bloomberg News reports that "New York City Appeals Rulings Attacking Stop-And-Frisk."
Posted at 03:15 PM by Howard Bashman



"Court Favors Yale in Suit Involving Fake Degree": This article appears today in The New York Times.

And Mark Hamblett of New York Law Journal reports that "Circuit Rejects Korean University's Defamation Suit Against Yale."

My earlier coverage of yesterday's Second Circuit ruling appears at this link.
Posted at 03:08 PM by Howard Bashman



"DOMA Ruling Looms Large in Court Fight Over Striking Gay Jurors": Scott Graham of The Recorder has this report.
Posted at 03:04 PM by Howard Bashman


Access online today's nude dancing decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit: At this link.
Posted at 01:32 PM by Howard Bashman


The religion of atheism, part two: Today, a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a decision that begins, "This is our second encounter with Wisconsin inmate James Kaufman's effort to compel the prison system to treat atheism, which he follows, on the same footing as other religious beliefs."

The Seventh Circuit's first encounter with the case resulted in a 2005 ruling that I previously covered in a post that you can access here.
Posted at 01:28 PM by Howard Bashman



"Circuit court sent clear message in 'Boobies' case": Law professor Jeffrey Shulman has this post today at the "Constitution Daily" blog of the National Constitution Center.
Posted at 09:22 AM by Howard Bashman


"Brown ordered to appear with Veronica during Oklahoma court hearing": The Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina contains this article today.

And The Tulsa World reports that "Baby Veronica adoptive parents file motion to bring her to court."
Posted at 08:26 AM by Howard Bashman



"Oklahoma's ban on Sharia law thrown out by federal judge": This article appears today in The Tulsa World.

And The Associated Press reports that "U.S. judge permanently bans Oklahoma Islamic law vote."

Update: In other coverage, Bloomberg News reports that "Oklahoma Ban on Applying Islamic Law Halted by U.S. Court."
Posted at 08:24 AM by Howard Bashman



Thursday, August 15, 2013

"Oregon Supreme Court finds Portland law prohibiting loaded guns in public places constitutional": The Oregonian has this news update reporting on a ruling that the Supreme Court of Oregon issued today.
Posted at 11:04 PM by Howard Bashman


"Supreme Court Justice Mark Massa denies request to step aside on Rockport case": The Indianapolis Star has this report.

Yesterday, "The Indiana Law Blog" had this post linking to the order.
Posted at 10:56 PM by Howard Bashman



"D.C. Circuit Issues Stay in Hatim v. Obama": The "Lawfare" blog has this post tonight.
Posted at 10:06 PM by Howard Bashman


"Court: Ability to police U.S. spying program limited." Friday's edition of The Washington Post will contain an article that begins, "The leader of the secret court that is supposed to provide critical oversight of the government's vast spying programs said that its ability do so is limited and that it must trust the government to report when it improperly spies on Americans."

The newspaper will also contain a related article headlined "NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds."
Posted at 10:04 PM by Howard Bashman



"Government appeals ruling striking SCOTUS protest ban": At Politico.com, Tal Kopan has a blog post that begins, "The U.S. government has appealed a district court ruling that struck down the Supreme Court's ban on protests on court grounds."
Posted at 05:55 PM by Howard Bashman


"How to define a market rate for fees in class action megacases": Alison Frankel's "On the Case" from Thomson Reuters News & Insight has this report discussing a Seventh Circuit ruling issued yesterday.
Posted at 05:00 PM by Howard Bashman


"Arrestee DNA Collection to be Reargued": Pamela A. MacLean has this post at her "Trial Insider" blog.

My earlier coverage of yesterday's Ninth Circuit order appears at this link.
Posted at 04:38 PM by Howard Bashman



"Legislative Prayer Goes Back to the Supreme Court: And this time, the Obama administration is on the side of prayer." Law professor Christopher C. Lund has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.
Posted at 04:32 PM by Howard Bashman


"Circuit Split Watch: Patricia Millett's Last Supreme Court Case?" Michelle Olsen has this post today at her "Appellate Daily" blog.
Posted at 01:33 PM by Howard Bashman


"Court wants hearings in dispute over gospel song": The Associated Press has this report on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued today.
Posted at 01:30 PM by Howard Bashman


"NY court rejects S. Korean vs. Yale lawsuit": The Associated Press has this report on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued today.

Perhaps because Yale's former deputy general counsel is now a Second Circuit judge, the appeal was decided by three judges sitting by designation from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Posted at 01:28 PM by Howard Bashman



"DNA Law Gets a Third, SCOTUS-Inspired Look": Courthouse News Service has this report on an order granting a second en banc reargument that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued yesterday.

The Ninth Circuit has this web page devoted to the case providing free access to significant appellate filings. And you can view the video of the original en banc reargument in the case via this link.
Posted at 08:34 AM by Howard Bashman



"Federal appeals court overturns convictions for two in Road Dog racketeering case": Today's edition of The Modesto Bee contains this article reporting on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued yesterday.

Yesterday's opinion begins, "We must decide whether an FBI investigation qualifies as an 'official proceeding' under a federal statute criminalizing obstruction of justice." The opinion then proceeds to observe that "The facts of this case read like an episode of the fictional television drama Sons of Anarchy."
Posted at 08:30 AM by Howard Bashman



Wednesday, August 14, 2013

"Gov. Fallin issues ultimatum to Baby Veronica's biological father": The Tulsa World has this news update.

And The Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina has a news update headlined "As governor issues ultimatum, Capobiancos see early results of Oklahoma trip to retrieve Veronica."
Posted at 10:00 PM by Howard Bashman



"The Supreme Court's First Amendment Cowardice: They should have overturned a ruling that bars gruesome abortion photos; Instead, they ducked." Emily Bazelon has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.
Posted at 08:46 PM by Howard Bashman


"No rehearing in contraception case": Lyle Denniston has this post at "SCOTUSblog."

My earlier coverage of today's Third Circuit order appears at this link.
Posted at 08:36 PM by Howard Bashman



"The Supreme Court's Gilded Age redux": Richard White has this essay online at Reuters.
Posted at 08:32 PM by Howard Bashman


"Feds Crack Encrypted Drives, Arrest Child Porn Suspect": David Kravets has this post at Wired.com's "Threat Level" blog.

And in local coverage, Bruce Vielmetti of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that "Prosecutors charge man with child porn in encryption case."
Posted at 08:30 PM by Howard Bashman



"Appeals court sides with Brentwood on Contributor sales": The Tennessean has this news update.

And Brentwood Home Page has a report headlined "Court rules in city's favor in Contributor lawsuit" that begins, "The Sixth District Court of Appeals in Cincinnati issued an opinion in favor of the City of Brentwood Wednesday in the First Amendment case between the city and The Contributor newspaper."

You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit at this link.
Posted at 03:24 PM by Howard Bashman



"Michigan's anti-begging statute cannot withstand facial attack because it prohibits a substantial amount of solicitation, an activity that the First Amendment protects, but allows other solicitation based on content." A unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued this ruling today.

Update: In early news coverage, The Grand Rapids Press has an article headlined "Michigan's begging law violates First Amendment: federal appeals court."
Posted at 11:20 AM by Howard Bashman



"Vermont Can't Shut Entergy Nuclear Plant, Court Rules": Bloomberg News has this report.

The Associated Press has a report headlined "Court: Vt. can't use law to close nuclear plant."

Nate Raymond of Reuters reports that "Vermont wins partial appeal victory over Entergy nuclear plant."

And Vermont Public Radio reports that "Court Rules Against State In Vt. Yankee Federal Preemption Case."

You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit at this link.
Posted at 11:04 AM by Howard Bashman



By a vote of 7-to-5, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has denied rehearing en banc of ruling that rejected a company's religious challenge to Obamacare's contraceptive mandate: You can view today's order denying rehearing en banc at this link (via Michael A. Scarcella).
Posted at 10:48 AM by Howard Bashman


"Google's Glass goes to Guantanamo": Carol Rosenberg of The Miami Herald has this report.
Posted at 09:42 AM by Howard Bashman


"Judge finds no evidence of eavesdropping on Guantanamo meetings": Reuters has this report.
Posted at 09:36 AM by Howard Bashman


"Yucca Nuclear Debate Seen Revived as Court Rebuffs NRC": Bloomberg News has this report.

Update: In other coverage, The New York Times reports today that "Government Must Continue Review of Nevada Nuclear Waste Site, Court Says."

The Los Angeles Times reports that "Nuclear agency violating law at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, court says."

Michael Doyle of McClatchy Washington Bureau reports that "Feds told to stop stalling on Yucca Mountain nuclear waste decision."

The Christian Science Monitor has an article headlined "Yucca Mountain waste site: Court orders nuclear agency back to work; The Nuclear Regulatory Commission was ordered to comply with federal law and complete its review of a license application for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site, which Congress now refuses to fund."

The Las Vegas Sun reports that "Few barriers between Nevada and nation's nuclear waste."

Emily Yehle of Greenwire reports that "Split judicial panel orders NRC to resume license review."

At "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times," Matthew Huisman has a post titled "Court Orders Yucca Mountain Licensing to Resume."

And today's edition of The Wall Street Journal contains an editorial titled "Problems With Authority: Lawless regulators and the White House earn a judicial rebuke."
Posted at 09:32 AM by Howard Bashman



"Baby Veronica's adoptive parents come to Oklahoma": This article appears today in The Tulsa World.

The Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina reports today that "Capobiancos in Oklahoma on quest to bring Veronica home, press conference set for today."

The Associated Press reports that "Judge holds new adoption hearing on Cherokee girl."

And Reuters reports that "Oklahoma governor says won't intervene quickly in Cherokee adoption case."
Posted at 09:30 AM by Howard Bashman



Tuesday, August 13, 2013

"NM ruling: Non-English speakers can be jurors." The Associated Press has a report that begins, "The New Mexico Supreme Court is cautioning trial courts and lawyers in the heavily Hispanic state that citizens who don't speak English have the right to serve on juries -- a right enshrined in the state constitution even if people are non-English speakers."

You can access yesterday's ruling of the Supreme Court of New Mexico at this link.
Posted at 10:35 PM by Howard Bashman



"Florida will ask Supreme Court to limit Georgia's water use": The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has this news update.

The Orlando Sentinel has a news update headlined "Another Fla.-Ga. water war looming."

The Tampa Bay Times has a news update headlined "Governor sues Georgia over water as Rubio and Nelson blame Army for lost oyster industry."

The Tampa Tribune reports that "Gov. Scott to sue Georgia over water consumption."

The Times of Gainesville, Georgia has a news update headlined "Fla. governor says state will sue Georgia over water."

AL.com reports that "Florida to file suit over Georgia's water use in Supreme Court."

Reuters reports that "Florida to sue Georgia over lost oyster beds in water rights battle."

Bloomberg News reports that "Florida to Sue Georgia in U.S. Supreme Court Over Water."

And The Associated Press reports that "Scott says state will sue Georgia over water."
Posted at 10:32 PM by Howard Bashman



"Judge with Western Pa. ties to lead Pa. Superior Court": The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has this news update.

And The Associated Press reports that "Bender named state Superior Court president judge, takes over for Stevens, newest Pa. justice."
Posted at 10:20 PM by Howard Bashman



For those who believe every high court should have its own Justice Kennedy: The News-Herald of Willoughby, Ohio reports that "Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy reflects on her first eight months on the bench."
Posted at 10:12 PM by Howard Bashman


"Ex-Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway starts prison sentence": The Detroit News has this update.
Posted at 10:08 PM by Howard Bashman


"On a splintered Court, who rules?" Lyle Denniston of "SCOTUSblog" has this post.

My earlier related post can be accessed here.
Posted at 10:06 PM by Howard Bashman



"Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116" (pronounced "Albin"): Online at Slate, Dahlia Lithwick has an essay headlined "Can You Name Your Baby Messiah? One judge in Tennessee says no; Should judges be allowed to change awful names like Tiny Hooker or Adolf Hitler?"
Posted at 10:04 PM by Howard Bashman


"The Lies Aren't What Makes Obama's NSA Stance So Awful": Law professor Jeffrey Rosen has this essay online at The New Republic.
Posted at 01:27 PM by Howard Bashman


"Akin Gump Names New Co-Leader for its Supreme Court Practice": Tony Mauro has this post today at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times."
Posted at 01:23 PM by Howard Bashman


Counting to five under Marks v. United States, 430 U.S. 188 (1977) -- now featuring Venn diagrams: Three judges issued separate opinions concurring in the D.C. Circuit's denial of rehearing en banc in a criminal case today, and those separate opinions make for some very interesting reading.

Update: At his blog "Hercules and the Umpire," Senior U.S. District Judge Richard G. Kopf has a related post titled "Reading tea leaves."
Posted at 12:11 PM by Howard Bashman



"U.S. court demands decision on Nevada nuclear waste project": Lawrence Hurley and David Ingram of Reuters have this report.

And The Associated Press has a report headlined "Appeals court: Obama violating law on nuke site."

You can access today's ruling of a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit at this link.

Update: In other coverage, The Las Vegas Review-Journal has a news update headlined "Federal court orders NRC to restart licensing process for Yucca Mountain."

Bloomberg News reports that "Yucca Mountain Nuclear Storage Bid Must Be Processed."

And Politico.com reports that "Court tells NRC to revive Yucca Mountain review,"
Posted at 12:04 PM by Howard Bashman



"Behind the bench: Q&A with Missouri Supreme Court Justice Mary Rhodes Russell." The Missouri Times has posted this interview online today.
Posted at 09:58 AM by Howard Bashman


"Racial Justice Act case heads to NC Supreme Court": The Charlotte Observer has this report.
Posted at 09:56 AM by Howard Bashman


"Ex-justice Hathaway to begin prison term": Michigan Radio has a report that begins, "Former Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway is expected to report to federal prison Tuesday."

The former Michigan Supreme Court justice has been assigned to serve her sentence at the Alderson Federal Prison Camp in West Virginia, nicknamed "Camp Cupcake."
Posted at 09:50 AM by Howard Bashman



"Supreme Court Coverage in the Digital Age": C-SPAN has posted online at this link the video of a stellar panel that was part of the program last Thursday at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference in Washington, DC.

Panelists included Adam Liptak of The New York Times, Robert Barnes of The Washington Post, Pete Williams of NBC News, and Tony Mauro of National Law Journal. At one point in the discussion, "How Appealing" is mentioned.
Posted at 08:51 AM by Howard Bashman



"Oklahoma's Challenge to Obama Health-Care Law to Proceed": Bloomberg News has this report.
Posted at 08:42 AM by Howard Bashman


"Charleston County Sheriff's Office: Working to extradite Dusten Brown, searching for Veronica." This article appears today in The Post and Gazette of Charleston, South Carolina.

The Tulsa World reports today that "Biological father in Baby Veronica case turns himself in."

And The Associated Press reports that "Dispute over Cherokee girl's adoption intensifies."
Posted at 08:35 AM by Howard Bashman



Monday, August 12, 2013

"This lawsuit has been their reward." So writes Chief Judge Frank H. Easterbrook in an interesting sculpture copyright-related lawsuit in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued a ruling today.

For those keeping score at home, it appears that Circuit Judge Diane P. Wood is first in line to replace Easterbrook as the Seventh Circuit's chief judge when his seven-year tenure in that post comes to an end in November 2013.
Posted at 08:57 PM by Howard Bashman



Water Pik your nose: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit today issued an opinion that begins, "The parties to this trademark dispute make consumer products for rinsing sinus cavities."

More information about the Water Pik device can be accessed here.
Posted at 08:54 PM by Howard Bashman



"California schools and diabetes: State high court allows school employees to give insulin shots." Howard Mintz of The San Jose Mercury News has this update.

Maura Dolan of The Los Angeles Times has a news update headlined "Schools don't need licensed nurses to give medications, court rules."

Denny Walsh of The Sacramento Bee has a news update headlined "California Supreme Court: Unlicensed school personnel may administer insulin shots."

And The San Francisco Chronicle has a news update headlined "Insulin ruling aids diabetic kids, families."

You can access today's ruling of the Supreme Court of California at this link.
Posted at 08:35 PM by Howard Bashman



"US Supreme Court ruling on attorneys could cost Delaware millions; Case burden becomes challenging for officials": Sean O'Sullivan will have this article Tuesday in The News Journal of Wilmington, Delaware.
Posted at 08:30 PM by Howard Bashman


"Gov. Brown again asks Supreme Court to halt inmate releases": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 08:27 PM by Howard Bashman


"Christie announces he will not renominate N.J. Supreme Court Justice Helen Hoens": The Newark Star-Ledger has this report.

The Record of Hackensack, New Jersey has a news update headlined "Christie won't renominate Supreme Court Justice Hoens; picks Camden County judge."

And Bloomberg News reports that "Christie Won't Renominate N.J. Supreme Court Justice Hoens."
Posted at 08:20 PM by Howard Bashman



"Supreme Court urged to open up": Richard Wolf will have this article in Tuesday's edition of USA Today.
Posted at 08:00 PM by Howard Bashman


"Civil Rights, Cambodia, and Cuba: Memos That Made History; A newly released collection of legal documents reveals what high officials thought about the major events of their times." Andrew Cohen has this essay online today at The Atlantic.
Posted at 06:22 PM by Howard Bashman


"Does the Chief Justice Have Too Much Power? John Roberts appointed every judge on the secretive and influential FISA court; Maybe it's time to spread around the authority." Law professor Garrett Epps has this essay online today at The Atlantic.
Posted at 06:20 PM by Howard Bashman


"First 100 Pages of Aaron Swartz's Secret Service File Released": Kevin Poulsen has this post at Wired.com's "Threat Level" blog.
Posted at 06:18 PM by Howard Bashman


"Gershengorn Named Principal Deputy Solicitor General": Tony Mauro has this post today at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times."
Posted at 02:40 PM by Howard Bashman


"When Lawyers Cut Their Clients Out of the Deal": Adam Liptak will have this new installment of his "Sidebar" column in Tuesday's edition of The New York Times.
Posted at 02:38 PM by Howard Bashman


Sunday, August 11, 2013

"Utah Supreme Court ruling could change police chases, attorney says; Utah Supreme Court overturns lower-court decision, says police have a 'duty of care' to the people they're pursuing": This article appeared in Thursday's edition of The Salt Lake Tribune.

You can access last Tuesday's ruling of the Supreme Court of Utah at this link.
Posted at 10:52 PM by Howard Bashman



"Strip club owner to take tax fight to Supreme Court": The Daily Gazette of Schenectady, New York has this report.
Posted at 10:48 PM by Howard Bashman


"Justice Kennedy: Legal community isn't doing enough to attract country's finest into its ranks." The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 10:45 PM by Howard Bashman


"Hoover businessman at center of U.S. Supreme Court case on contribution limits": AL.com has this report.
Posted at 10:36 PM by Howard Bashman


"N.J. Supreme Court centrist Jaynee LaVecchia stuck in a political stalemate": The Record of Hackensack, New Jersey contains this front page news analysis today.
Posted at 10:34 PM by Howard Bashman


"Lawmakers say obstacles limited oversight of NSA's telephone surveillance program": This lengthy front page article appears today in The Washington Post.
Posted at 10:32 PM by Howard Bashman


"State Supreme Court to review UW System's ban on Jeffrey Decker from campuses": In Monday's edition of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Patrick Marley and Karen Herzog will have an article that begins, "Jeffrey Decker won't leave campus. University of Wisconsin System officials have suspended him, banned him from all UW System property, had him arrested and pursued a court injunction against him."
Posted at 10:27 PM by Howard Bashman


"Supreme Court to consider prayer at government meetings; Baltimore-area localities vary widely in practice": This front page article appears today in The Baltimore Sun.
Posted at 10:25 PM by Howard Bashman


"Exclusion of Gay Juror Tees Up 'Suspect Class' Question": Scott Graham of The Recorder has this report.
Posted at 10:22 PM by Howard Bashman


"After Guantanamo, Another Injustice": John Grisham has this essay in the Sunday Review section of today's edition of The New York Times.
Posted at 10:16 PM by Howard Bashman


"California's Continuing Prison Crisis": This editorial appears today in The New York Times.
Posted at 10:14 PM by Howard Bashman


"Apple Asks Appeals Court to Halt Alleged Samsung Copying": Bloomberg News has this report.
Posted at 09:46 AM by Howard Bashman


"Under the U.S. Supreme Court: Fort Hood accused setting up appeal?" Michael Kirkland of UPI has this report.
Posted at 09:44 AM by Howard Bashman


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Programming note: In honor of the current "SCOTUSblog" hiatus, "How Appealing" will also be taking a very short hiatus. Additional posts will appear here on Saturday night.
Posted at 09:14 AM by Howard Bashman


"Court ruling forbids arrests based on illegal immigration suspicions; Decision comes in case involving Salvadoran woman detained in Frederick": Today's edition of The Baltimore Sun contains this article reporting on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued yesterday.
Posted at 09:10 AM by Howard Bashman


"Green Day's Fair Use of Scream Icon": At her "Trial Insider" blog, Pamela A. MacLean has this post reporting on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued yesterday.
Posted at 09:05 AM by Howard Bashman


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

"Too Much Work?" Linda Greenhouse has this post at the "Opinionator" blog of The New York Times.
Posted at 09:44 PM by Howard Bashman


"U.S. backs government prayer": Lyle Denniston, who refuses to comply with the supposed hiatus at "SCOTUSblog" this week, has this post today.
Posted at 08:01 PM by Howard Bashman


"Ken Cuccinelli's Sodomy Obsession: The frightening legal implications of the Virginia politician's crusade against oral and anal sex." Dahlia Lithwick has this jurisprudence essay online today at Slate.
Posted at 04:26 PM by Howard Bashman


"Van Hollen asks federal court to reinstate state abortion law": In today's edition of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Patrick Marley has an article that begins, "Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen on Tuesday appealed a federal court ruling blocking until a November trial a Wisconsin law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges."
Posted at 04:25 PM by Howard Bashman


"Unusual Law Clerk Hire for D.C. Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown": Today at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times," Tony Mauro has a post that begins, "Shon Hopwood's unique career in the law has taken a dramatic new turn."

Sadly, Shon did not realize that I would be in Seattle last month until after I had already returned back home. Perhaps now I will have a chance to catch up with him in Washington, DC during his upcoming D.C. Circuit clerkship.
Posted at 04:22 PM by Howard Bashman



Tuesday, August 6, 2013

"Apple, Samsung's next big showdown could reshape patent law": Howard Mintz will have this article Wednesday in The San Jose Mercury News.
Posted at 10:05 PM by Howard Bashman


"Newest D.C. Circuit Judge Gears Up for Arguments": Zoe Tillman has this post today at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times."
Posted at 04:08 PM by Howard Bashman


"Calif v. Idaho Turf War Over Judge Seat Still On": Today at her "Trial Insider" blog, Pamela A. MacLean has a post that begins, "It was too early to declare a truce in the nine-year California vs. Idaho war to fill the vacancy for Judge Stephen Trott's seat on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals."
Posted at 04:06 PM by Howard Bashman


"Students win breast-cancer bracelet case": In today's edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer, John P. Martin has an article that begins, "Is the U.S. Supreme Court ready for boobie bracelets?"

My earlier coverage of yesterday's en banc Third Circuit ruling appears at this link.
Posted at 03:46 PM by Howard Bashman



"In Supreme Court, Republicans Defend Opening Prayers": Todd Ruger has this post today at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times."

And Roll Call has a report headlined "Congressional Prayer Under Threat?"
Posted at 01:17 PM by Howard Bashman



"US Supreme Court receives response to Va. AG's petition to stay anti-sodomy law ruling": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 01:14 PM by Howard Bashman


"Constitution Check: Is the Chief Justice's power to pick judges of the secret wiretap court a bad idea?" Lyle Denniston has this post today at the "Constitution Daily" blog of the National Constitution Center.
Posted at 01:11 PM by Howard Bashman


"Ex-NYS Senate leader Bruno loses bid to throw out fraud case": Reuters has this report on a summary order that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued today.
Posted at 12:14 PM by Howard Bashman


"NY appeals court reinstates poker conviction": The Associated Press has this report.

And The New York Post has a related news update, although the headline is currently so inaccurate that I cannot bring myself to quote it.

You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit at this link.

A who's who of the nation's most talent appellate practitioners appeared on behalf of the defendant/appellee and his amicus supporters, but the Second Circuit nevertheless sided with the federal government. According to today's ruling, "the question of whether skill or chance predominates in poker is inapposite to this appeal."

Update: In other coverage, Nate Raymond of Reuters reports that "U.S. appeals court reinstates poker conviction."
Posted at 12:08 PM by Howard Bashman



"Work of Scalia, Ginsburg inspiration for new opera": Mark Sherman of The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 11:56 AM by Howard Bashman


Monday, August 5, 2013

"Religious Objections To Health Law Multiply; Controversies involving private firms being required to offer contraceptive coverage are likely headed to U.S. Supreme Court": Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal has this report.
Posted at 09:51 PM by Howard Bashman


"Why Your Cell Phone's Location Isn't Protected by the Fourth Amendment": Orin Kerr has this blog post online today at The New Yorker.
Posted at 09:47 PM by Howard Bashman


"Judges attend lavish conferences on taxpayer dime amid budget cuts": Stephen Dinan of The Washington Times has this report on a letter that U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) issued last Friday.
Posted at 09:44 PM by Howard Bashman


"Chris Christie's Legal Position on Gay Marriage Is Pure Nonsense: The New Jersey governor's court brief reads like a bad student paper." Nathaniel Frank has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.
Posted at 09:40 PM by Howard Bashman


"Ohio nonprofit gets new trial over 'bachelor pad'": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "Fair housing advocates on Monday won a new trial in a federal lawsuit against an Ohio company that advertised an apartment as 'a great bachelor pad' for men looking to 'hook up.'"

You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit at this link.
Posted at 09:22 PM by Howard Bashman



"Miami killer John Errol Ferguson executed": The Miami Herald has this news update.
Posted at 07:50 PM by Howard Bashman


"Taken: Under civil forfeiture, Americans who haven't been charged with wrongdoing can be stripped of their cash, cars, and even homes; Is that all we're losing." Sarah Stillman has this article in the August 12, 2013 issue of The New Yorker.
Posted at 07:35 PM by Howard Bashman


"Congress Pushes Supreme Court on Ethics Rules": Todd Ruger has this post today at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times."
Posted at 06:17 PM by Howard Bashman


"The Irony of Justice Scalia's California Prison Rant; His dissenting opinion on Brown v. Plata has nothing to do with the subject at hand: prisoners and the Eighth Amendment." Andrew Cohen has this essay online at The Atlantic.
Posted at 06:15 PM by Howard Bashman


"Easton Area School District: Struck down 'I Heart Boobies' bracelet ban leaves schools 'defenseless.'" The Express-Times of Easton, Pennsylvania has this news update.

The Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania has a news update headlined "Federal court strikes down 'I (heart) boobies' ban."

The Associated Press has a report headlined "US court: Pa. school can't ban 'boobies' bracelets."

And at the "School Law" blog of Education Week, Mark Walsh has a post titled "Full Appeals Court Upholds 'Boobies' Bracelets in Schools."

You can access today's ruling of the en banc U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit at this link.
Posted at 06:10 PM by Howard Bashman



"N.Y. City Asks Top State Court to Review Large-Soda Ban": Bloomberg News has this report.
Posted at 06:05 PM by Howard Bashman


Programming note: A meeting later this morning with co-counsel in a case in which the appellate briefs are due approximately two weeks from now will have me away from the computer for a bit. Additional posts will appear here this afternoon.
Posted at 09:24 AM by Howard Bashman


"Judges Extend High Court Same-Sex Ruling; Weeks After Key Part of Federal Marriage Act Is Struck Down, Preliminary Findings Show Decision Could Reshape Laws": Ashby Jones has this article today in The Wall Street Journal.
Posted at 07:46 AM by Howard Bashman


"Florida Ignores the Supreme Court": This editorial appears today in The New York Times.
Posted at 07:44 AM by Howard Bashman


"Confessions of an Application Reader: Lifting the Veil on the Holistic Process at the University of California, Berkeley." In the Education Life section of yesterday's edition of The New York Times, Ruth A. Starkman had this essay.
Posted at 07:40 AM by Howard Bashman


"Supreme Court may need to decide how private a cellphone is": In today's edition of The Washington Post, Robert Barnes has this new installment of his "The High Court" column.
Posted at 07:35 AM by Howard Bashman


Sunday, August 4, 2013

"Opening Up Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court": Kenneth Jost has this post today at his blog, "Jost on Justice."
Posted at 05:36 PM by Howard Bashman


"As Trial Begins in Fort Hood Spree, Experts See Landmark Case": Manny Fernandez will have this article in Monday's edition of The New York Times.
Posted at 01:23 PM by Howard Bashman


"Under the U.S. Supreme Court: Taking the cuffs off political money." Michael Kirkland of UPI has this report.
Posted at 08:54 AM by Howard Bashman


Saturday, August 3, 2013

"State Supreme Court: New rules needed to guard against racism; High court agrees racism prevalent in jury selection; splits on how to stop it." SeattlePI.com has this report.

And The Associated Press reports that "State justices seek protections against racial bias in jury selection."

You can access Thursday's ruling of the Supreme Court of Washington State -- a ruling in which five of the nine justices wrote separately, combining to produce a 110-page decision -- at this link.
Posted at 10:48 PM by Howard Bashman



"NLRB rulings stalled pending Supreme Court review; Apparent victories by workers on hold until decision on contested 2012 appointments by President Barack Obama": This article will appear in Sunday's edition of The Chicago Tribune.
Posted at 10:44 PM by Howard Bashman


"Harry Reid should be ready to go 'nuclear' over judicial nominees": Michael McGough has this essay online at The Los Angeles Times.
Posted at 07:22 PM by Howard Bashman


"San Diego clerk ends bid to revive Prop. 8": Maura Dolan of The Los Angeles Times has this news update.
Posted at 07:16 PM by Howard Bashman


"Smithkline Beecham Corporation v. Abbott Laboratories ('Sexual Orientation of Jurors')": As I noted in this earlier post, Tuesday's edition of The New York Times contained this week's installment of Adam Liptak's "Sidebar" column headlined "Court to Decide if Lawyers Can Block Gays From Juries."

Given the interest in the case, on Thursday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit posted online this web page providing free access to the most significant filings in the appeal.

Moreover, on Wednesday a three-judge panel issued an order announcing that oral argument in the case will occur in San Francisco on September 18, 2013. The order also directed the parties to submit supplemental briefing addressed to the Batson-sexual orientation issue.

If Wednesday's order is any indication, it appears that the three-judge Ninth Circuit panel assigned to hear and decide the case consists of Circuit Judges Stephen Reinhardt and Marsha S. Berzon and Senior Circuit Judge Mary M. Schroeder. This appears to be a very favorable draw for those those who favor recognizing Batson rights based on sexual orientation.
Posted at 10:33 AM by Howard Bashman



"Contraception and Corporations": This editorial appears today in The New York Times.
Posted at 10:24 AM by Howard Bashman


"Court upholds dismissal of suit in 6-year-old boy's sex assault case": At the "Proof & Hearsay" blog of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Bruce Vielmetti has this post reporting on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued yesterday.
Posted at 10:18 AM by Howard Bashman


Friday, August 2, 2013

"Portland longshoreman who fell drunkenly at worksite denied workers' comp": The Oregonian has this news update.

And The Associated Press has a report headlined "Court: No workers' comp in drunk dockworker case."

You can access last Friday's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at this link.
Posted at 09:02 PM by Howard Bashman



"Ruth Bader Ginsburg: the supreme court's leading lady shouldn't leave yet; As Ginsburg celebrates 20 years on the court, some want her to step down; They underestimate her skills and strength." Jason Farago has this essay online at The Guardian (UK).
Posted at 08:57 PM by Howard Bashman


"NYT journalist fights ruling nixing reporter's privilege": Josh Gerstein of Politico.com has this blog post.

You can access at this link the petition for rehearing en banc filed today in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. In addition, a large number of media companies filed this amicus brief in support of the petition.
Posted at 05:28 PM by Howard Bashman



"9th Circuit Judge Nominee Ends Nine-Year Wait": Pamela A. MacLean has this post at her "Trial Insider" blog.
Posted at 04:20 PM by Howard Bashman


"P&G Pampers Class-Action Settlement Undone by Appeals Court": Bloomberg News has this report on a ruling that a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued today.
Posted at 04:15 PM by Howard Bashman


"Jerry Brown loses bid to delay prison crowding releases": The Los Angeles Times has this news update.

The Associated Press reports that "High court refuses to delay Calif. prison releases."

And at "SCOTUSblog," Lyle Denniston has a post titled "No delay of prisoner release."

You can access today's order of the U.S. Supreme Court, and Justice Antonin Scalia's dissent therefrom, at this link.
Posted at 04:10 PM by Howard Bashman



"Court Rulings Blur the Line Between a Spy and a Leaker": Adam Liptak will have this article in Saturday's edition of The New York Times.
Posted at 02:35 PM by Howard Bashman


"Theory on Pain Is Driving Rules for Abortions": Erik Eckholm has this front page article today in The New York Times.
Posted at 02:34 PM by Howard Bashman


"Texas prison system running out of execution drug": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 10:56 AM by Howard Bashman


"GOP Telegraphs Mass Filibuster Of Obama's Top Judges": Sahil Kapur of TPM DC has this report today.
Posted at 10:42 AM by Howard Bashman


"Two lawyers from same California firm nominated for 9th Circuit": Maura Dolan of The Los Angeles Times has this report.

Scott Graham of The Recorder reports that "Obama Taps Two Munger Partners for 9th Circuit Seats."

And the Public Information Office of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has issued a news release titled "White House Announces Two Nominees for Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals."
Posted at 08:50 AM by Howard Bashman



"Since end-of-term rulings, a significant decrease in Supreme Court favorability among blacks": This post appears today at the "Fact Tank" blog of the Pew Research Center.
Posted at 08:42 AM by Howard Bashman


"Supreme Court Ethics Act Proposed In Response To Controversial Behavior By Justices Scalia, Thomas": Nick Wing of The Huffington Post has this report.
Posted at 08:34 AM by Howard Bashman


"Hiring Supreme Court Clerks: The $500,000 Gamble; Snagging one of the coveted 39 lawyers doesn't come cheap, and it won't always pay off, either." Marisa M. Kashino has this post at the "Capital Comment" blog of Washingtonian magazine.
Posted at 08:30 AM by Howard Bashman


"N.J. handgun law heads to state's top court": The Star-Ledger of Newark, New Jersey has an article that begins, "For the first time in nearly half a century, the state Supreme Court will hear a landmark case that could redefine gun rights in New Jersey."
Posted at 08:26 AM by Howard Bashman


"Obamacare's Legal Hurdles Seen Leading to New High Court Review": Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News has this report.
Posted at 08:20 AM by Howard Bashman


"All Corporations Go to Heaven: The Supreme Court will soon decide if CEOs can impose their religious convictions on the people who work for them." Dahlia Lithwick has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.
Posted at 08:16 AM by Howard Bashman


Thursday, August 1, 2013

"White House names S.F., L.A. lawyers to powerful federal appeals court": Howard Mintz of The San Jose Mercury News has an update that begins, "The White House on Thursday nominated two California lawyers to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, including a San Francisco law firm partner who has been involved in the legal challenges to the state's now-defunct gay marriage ban."
Posted at 07:58 PM by Howard Bashman


"Kan. Justice Moritz nominated to 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; Moran, in making announcement, says he will support confirmation": The Topeka Capital-Journal has this news update.

You can access the official Kansas Supreme Court biography for Justice Nancy Moritz at this link.
Posted at 07:52 PM by Howard Bashman



"Swearing-in of Judge Correale Stevens to PA Supreme Court": Pennsylvania Cable Network has posted online the video of Tuesday's swearing-in at this link.
Posted at 07:50 PM by Howard Bashman


"Patricia Millett, DC Circuit Court Nominee, Clears Senate Judiciary Committee": Jennifer Bendery of The Huffington Post has this report.

And at WSJ.com's "Washington Wire" blog, Brent Kendall has a post titled "Senate Panel Splits on Judge Nominee."
Posted at 04:18 PM by Howard Bashman



"Four Smart Moves Obama Has Made on Judicial Nominations": Law professor David Fontana has this essay online today in The New Republic.
Posted at 04:15 PM by Howard Bashman


"Virginia Gay Couples Ask U.S.Court to End Marriage Ban": Tom Schoenberg and Andrew Harris of Bloomberg News have this report.
Posted at 01:12 PM by Howard Bashman


"Cellphone privacy issue heats up": Lyle Denniston has this post today at the "Constitution Daily" blog of the National Constitution Center.
Posted at 01:07 PM by Howard Bashman


In posts of interest from Todd Ruger at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times." He has posts titled "Patricia Millett D.C. Circuit Nomination Heads to Full Senate" and "Senate Confirms New Federal Circuit Judge."
Posted at 01:06 PM by Howard Bashman






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