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Friday, February 10, 2012

"High court asked to undo Mont. campaign money ban": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "Corporations are asking the Supreme Court to allow them to spend freely to influence upcoming elections in Montana, despite a state high court ruling upholding a ban on independent corporate campaign spending."

And at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times," Marcia Coyle has a post titled "Montana Independent Expenditure Challengers Ask Justice Kennedy To Stay Lower Court Ruling."

Update: You can view the stay application filed in the U.S. Supreme Court at this link.
Posted at 12:30 PM by Howard Bashman




Friday, February 10, 2012

Programming note: Due to an out-of-town court appearance related to an appeal that I'm working on, additional posts will not appear here until midday today.
Posted at 05:14 AM by Howard Bashman




Thursday, February 9, 2012

"Mike Lee continues lonely fight against Obama": The Salt Lake Tribune has a news update that begins, "Sen. Mike Lee voted against a judicial nominee from California on Thursday, keeping up his lonely protest against President Barack Obama's recess appointments."
Posted at 08:20 PM by Howard Bashman




Thursday, February 9, 2012

"Federal Judge OKs School Prayer Settlement, Answers Critics": Mark Walsh has this very interesting post at the "School Law" blog of Education Week.
Posted at 08:16 PM by Howard Bashman




Thursday, February 9, 2012

"Obama, Congress must fill lower federal court openings": Law professor Carl Tobias has this essay online at the McClatchy Newspapers web site.
Posted at 08:14 PM by Howard Bashman




Thursday, February 9, 2012

"Senate Judiciary Approves Bill Requiring Cameras in Supreme Court": Tony Mauro has this post at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times."

And Reuters reports that "Senate panel approves bill to televise high court."
Posted at 04:26 PM by Howard Bashman




Thursday, February 9, 2012

"Gay Marriage Advocates Hope for Sweeping Supreme Court Ruling, Right? Wrong!" Ariane de Vogue of ABC News has this blog post.
Posted at 02:16 PM by Howard Bashman




Thursday, February 9, 2012

"Both sides arguing pardons case today": Today's edition of The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Mississippi contains an article that begins, "Based on arguments presented today, the Mississippi Supreme Court could decide that most of former Gov. Haley Barbour's 200-plus pardons are not valid. Or, the state high court could decide the governor's pardon power is absolute and cannot be reviewed by judges."

The Supreme Court of Mississippi's live oral argument video stream can be accessed by clicking here.
Posted at 12:03 PM by Howard Bashman




Thursday, February 9, 2012

"Gambling With Gay Marriage": Law professor David Cole has this blog post online at The New York Review of Books.
Posted at 12:00 PM by Howard Bashman




Thursday, February 9, 2012

"States line up to challenge stringent Section 5 voting rights provision": Robert Barnes of The Washington Post has this report.
Posted at 11:52 AM by Howard Bashman




Thursday, February 9, 2012

"Bill Would Allow Cameras in the Supreme Court": Coverage of this morning's Senate Judiciary Committee executive business meeting to consider the bill is available live now via C-SPAN3.
Posted at 10:02 AM by Howard Bashman




Thursday, February 9, 2012

"The Last Line of Defense: An unlikely crusader, Diana Holt wages a heroic, long-odds battle against the death penalty." Raymond Bonner will have this article in the March 2012 issue of The Atlantic Monthly. The article is adapted from Bonner's forthcoming book, "Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case Gone Wrong."
Posted at 09:27 AM by Howard Bashman




Thursday, February 9, 2012

"Suit filed over Jesus statue": This article appears today in The Daily Inter Lake of Kalispell, Montana.

And The Associated Press reports that "Lawsuit filed over Jesus statue on public land."
Posted at 08:11 AM by Howard Bashman




Thursday, February 9, 2012

"Group wants Supreme Court to save war memorial": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "Supporters of a war memorial cross deemed unconstitutional last year by a federal court plan to ask the Supreme Court to reverse the decision, amid a growing fight nationwide over the use of religious symbols to honor fallen troops."
Posted at 08:06 AM by Howard Bashman




Wednesday, February 8, 2012

"Malaysian professor on 'no-fly' list wins chance to argue her case in U.S. courts": The San Jose Mercury News has this update.

Terry Baynes of Reuters reports that "Former doctoral student can sue over no-fly list."

The Associated Press has a report headlined "Court: Stanford student on 'no-fly list' can sue."

And at Wired.com's "Threat Level" blog, David Kravets has a post titled "Court Revives Challenge to No-Fly List."

You can access today's ruling of a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at this link.
Posted at 10:40 PM by Howard Bashman




Wednesday, February 8, 2012

"PETA's whale slavery suit tossed": Greg Moran of The San Diego Union-Tribune has this news update.

And The Associated Press reports that "Judge tosses case seeking rights for orcas."
Posted at 10:30 PM by Howard Bashman




Wednesday, February 8, 2012

"Ganging up on Ginsburg -- way too quickly": Columnist Jeff Jacoby has this op-ed today in The Boston Globe.
Posted at 10:22 PM by Howard Bashman




Wednesday, February 8, 2012

"Gay marriage foes weigh their next move": Howard Mintz of The San Jose Mercury News has this update.
Posted at 10:12 PM by Howard Bashman




Wednesday, February 8, 2012

"Whose Conscience?" Linda Greenhouse has this post at the "Opinionator" blog of The New York Times.
Posted at 10:08 PM by Howard Bashman




Wednesday, February 8, 2012

"Appeals court halts deportation of 7 immigrants": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "A San Francisco-based federal appeals court is putting the Obama administration's new immigration directive to the test by halting the deportation of seven immigrants alleged to be in the country illegally."
Posted at 05:10 PM by Howard Bashman




Wednesday, February 8, 2012

"California's Gay Marriage Ban Case May Be Quickly Headed to Supreme Court": Bloomberg News has this report.

And today's broadcast of NPR's "Morning Edition" contained an audio segment entitled "Calif. Ban On Gay Marriage Ruled Unconstitutional."
Posted at 01:14 PM by Howard Bashman




Wednesday, February 8, 2012

"US Supreme Court won't permit Ohio execution": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 11:40 AM by Howard Bashman




Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sesame Street: Sonia Sotomayor -- "The Justice Hears a Case." Video of Justice Sotomayor's recent appearance on "Sesame Street" is now available online via YouTube at this link.

My earlier coverage appears here.
Posted at 11:33 AM by Howard Bashman




Wednesday, February 8, 2012

"Experts: Marriage ban's path to high court unclear." The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 07:49 AM by Howard Bashman




Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Available online from National Public Radio: Today's broadcast of "Talk of the Nation" contained an audio segment entitled "The Next Step For California's Gay Marriage Ban" featuring Nina Totenberg.

And this evening's broadcast of "All Things Considered" contained an audio segment entitled "California's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Is Unconstitutional, Court Says."
Posted at 10:34 PM by Howard Bashman




Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Dissenting opening paragraph of the day: Tenth Circuit Judge Neil M. Gorsuch today issued a dissenting opinion that begins:
In the richness of the English language, few things can create as much mischief as piling prepositional phrase upon prepositional phrase. The child says, "I saw the man on the hill with the telescope." Did the child use the telescope to see the man on the hill? Or did the child see a man -- or even a hill -- bearing a telescope? A newspaper headline heralds, "Brothers Reunited after 20 Years on a Roller Coaster." Did the brothers recently bump into each other at an amusement park? Or were they the long suffering experimental subjects of some evil genius?
You can access today's ruling of a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit at this link.
Posted at 10:28 PM by Howard Bashman




Tuesday, February 7, 2012

"States Target Foreign Law; Critics Say Bills Curbing Judges' Discretion Are Unneeded, Show Anti-Islam Bias": Ashby Jones and Joe Palazzolo have this article today in The Wall Street Journal.
Posted at 10:20 PM by Howard Bashman




Tuesday, February 7, 2012

"For Prop 8, No Hollywood Endings: Today, the most liberal judges in the most liberal state could have made history; Instead, they opted for much less." Dahlia Lithwick has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.
Posted at 08:40 PM by Howard Bashman




Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The latest target of the Seventh Circuit's ire for not living up to that court's expected standards is the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius: You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit at this link. Chief Judge Frank H. Easterbrook, writing for a unanimous three-judge panel, explains (among other expressions of dissatisfaction found in the opinion) that "Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP, which represents Northrop, should be able to tell the difference between residence and domicile, and should not have any difficulty complying with Rule 38."

Looking on the bright side, however, Morgan Lewis's client did nevertheless win the appeal.
Posted at 08:22 PM by Howard Bashman




Tuesday, February 7, 2012

"Prop 8 Ruling: Same-Sex Marriage Ban Rests Unconstitutionally On Dislike Of Gays, 9th Circuit Says." Mike Sacks of The Huffington Post has this report.
Posted at 06:07 PM by Howard Bashman




Tuesday, February 7, 2012

"In Prop. 8 Ruling, the Liberal Lion Coos; Stephen Reinhardt's opinions sometimes have a short shelf life, but this one seems to be built to last": Law professor Garrett Epps has this essay online at The American Prospect.

And online at The Atlantic, Andrew Cohen has an essay entitled "What's Next for Proposition 8? Same-sex marriage supporters are celebrating today's 9th Circuit ruling; But the real question is whether the opinion will persuade the Supreme Court."
Posted at 05:06 PM by Howard Bashman




Tuesday, February 7, 2012

"Appeals court puts 5 deportation cases on hold": In today's edition of The San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko has an article that begins, "A sharply divided federal appeals court put five deportation cases on hold Monday and asked the government how the immigrants, mostly longtime residents with U.S. citizen children, fit into the Obama administration's plan to focus on removing the most dangerous illegal entrants."
Posted at 04:53 PM by Howard Bashman




Tuesday, February 7, 2012

"Court upholds CDC counselor's firing over same-sex marriage flap": Bill Rankin of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has this news update.

And The Associated Press reports that "US court sides with CDC over fight with counselor."

You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit at this link.
Posted at 02:43 PM by Howard Bashman




Tuesday, February 7, 2012

"Initial Thoughts on 9th Circuit Prop. 8 Decision": Law professor Rick Hasen has this post at his "Election Law Blog."

And at "The Volokh Conspiracy," law professor Orin Kerr looks ahead in a post titled "Supreme Court Grants Cert in Prop 8 Case."

Update: Also at "The Volokh Conspiracy," Eugene Volokh has a post titled "Thoughts on the Ninth Circuit's Same-Sex Marriage Decision."

And at National Review Online's "Bench Memos" blog, Ed Whalen has a post titled "Initial Assessment of Ninth Circuit's Anti-Prop 8 Ruling."
Posted at 02:40 PM by Howard Bashman




Tuesday, February 7, 2012

"A U.S. appeals court rules Prop. 8 unconstitutional": Bob Egelko of The San Francisco Chronicle has this news update.

Maura Dolan of The Los Angeles Times has a blog post titled "Prop. 8: Gay-marriage ban unconstitutional, court rules."

Howard Mintz of The San Jose Mercury News has an update headlined "California gay marriage ban struck down by federal appeals court."

Joan Biskupic of USA Today has a news update headlined "Appeals court strikes down Calif.'s gay marriage ban."

Geoffrey A. Fowler and Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal have a news update headlined "Appeals Court Rejects Gay Marriage Ban."

The New York Times has a news update headlined "Court Strikes Down Ban on Gay Marriage in California."

Robert Barnes of The Washington Post has a news update headlined "Calif. same-sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional."

The Sacramento Bee has a blog post titled "Appeals court upholds gay marriage."

And The San Diego Union-Tribune has a news update headlined "Court rejects ban on same-sex marriage."
Posted at 01:30 PM by Howard Bashman



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