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Sunday, August 29, 2010

"Weaver to resign; Justice ends 16 years on Supreme Court": This past Thursday's edition of The Traverse City Record-Eagle contained an article that begins, "Justice Elizabeth Weaver, of Glen Arbor, whose frequent battles with fellow Republican justices over the past decade exposed deep political and personal rifts on the Michigan Supreme Court, plans to resign today." And Friday's edition of the newspaper reported that "Local judge to replace Weaver on court."

In Friday's edition of The Detroit Free Press, Dawson Bell had articles headlined "New appointment, Elizabeth Weaver's exit shake up Michigan Supreme Court; Elizabeth Weaver denies talks with Granholm to name Alton Davis were shady" and "Roots a boost for new justice; Davis, like Weaver, hails from Up North."

Friday's edition of The Detroit News reported that "Surprise Granholm appointment changes state Supreme Court makeup; Weaver steps down; Gov appoints appeals judge Davis" and "Davis could be consensus-builder state Supreme Court needs, lawyers say." And today's newspaper reports that "GOP picks Wayne judge to reclaim Supreme Court seat."

Friday's edition of The Petoskey News-Review reported that "Michigan high court's newest justice has local ties."

And Booth Newspapers reported on Friday that "Granholm's Supreme Court appointee following Justice Elizabeth Weaver's surprise resignation changes dynamics of court and fall election."
Posted at 09:38 AM by Howard Bashman




Saturday, August 28, 2010

"Court allows agents to secretly put GPS trackers on cars": At CNN.com, Dugald McConnell has a report that begins, "Law enforcement officers may secretly place a GPS device on a person's car without seeking a warrant from a judge, according to a recent federal appeals court ruling in California."
Posted at 05:02 PM by Howard Bashman




Saturday, August 28, 2010

"Iowa foes of same-sex marriage seek to oust judges who legalized it": This article appeared yesterday in The Washington Post.
Posted at 04:58 PM by Howard Bashman




Saturday, August 28, 2010

"Nine Justices and Ten Commandments": Linda Greenhouse has this post at the "Opinionator" blog of The New York Times.
Posted at 04:55 PM by Howard Bashman




Saturday, August 28, 2010

"Ginsburg talks about television and the high court": The Associated Press has this report.

And The Gazette of Colorado Springs, Colorado has a news update headlined "Supreme Court justice discusses advances for women."
Posted at 04:25 PM by Howard Bashman




Thursday, August 19, 2010

Programming note: Late every August since this blog began in May 2002, I have taken a one-week vacation from blogging. This year's vacation from blogging begins now. Additional posts will appear here on Saturday, August 28th. Until then, perhaps we will cross paths here, here, here, or here.
Posted at 11:00 PM by Howard Bashman




Thursday, August 19, 2010

"Leaving Big Law Behind: The many frustrations that cause well-paid lawyers to hang out their own shingles." Jill Priluck has this essay online at Slate.
Posted at 10:50 PM by Howard Bashman




Thursday, August 19, 2010

"Judge's book raises some eyebrows; Gertner memoirs focus on her decades as advocate for women": Jonathan Saltzman has this article today in The Boston Globe.
Posted at 10:48 PM by Howard Bashman




Thursday, August 19, 2010

"Court grants petition to unseal documents in Orie case": The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today contains an article that begins, "The state Supreme Court granted a petition by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Wednesday to unseal documents related to a grand jury probe of state Sen. Jane Clare Orie that resulted in numerous criminal charges against her and her sister, Janine Orie. The grand jury said the sisters assigned state employees to work on the state Supreme Court campaign of a third Orie sister -- Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin."

You can access yesterday's order of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania at this link.
Posted at 10:37 PM by Howard Bashman




Thursday, August 19, 2010

"Utah A.G. may join effort opposing violent video game ban": Robert Gehrke of The Salt Lake Tribune has this news update.
Posted at 10:32 PM by Howard Bashman




Thursday, August 19, 2010

Victoria's Secret must face trademark infringement trial over "Delicious" hot pink tank-top: 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




Thursday, August 19, 2010

"Court Rejects Challenge to Curriculum Guide on Genocide": Mark Walsh of Education Week has this post at his "School Law" blog.

My earlier coverage of last week's First Circuit ruling appears at this link.
Posted at 05:10 PM by Howard Bashman




Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"Elect judges so they can be held accountable": Tom Parker, an Associate Justice serving on the Supreme Court of Alabama, has this op-ed today in The Des Moines Register.
Posted at 11:24 PM by Howard Bashman




Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"9th Circuit Panel for Prop 8 Appeal Won't Be Known for Months": Kate Moser of The Recorder has this report.
Posted at 11:21 PM by Howard Bashman




Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"Conrad Black's lawyers, federal prosecutors clash over 2007 conviction; Lawyers for former media baron say government can't prove trial error was harmless": Ameet Sachdev had this article yesterday in The Chicago Tribune.

The Toronto Star reported yesterday that "Conrad Black's lawyers urge court to drop all convictions."

And Bloomberg News reports that "Conrad Black's Criminal Conviction Should Stand, U.S. Tells Appeals Court."
Posted at 11:18 PM by Howard Bashman




Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"Keller still fighting 'public warning'": The Houston Chronicle has this report.
Posted at 11:15 PM by Howard Bashman




Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"Court says lying about Medal of Honor no crime": Bob Egelko has this article today in The San Francisco Chronicle.

And The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports today that "Ruling on Stolen Valor Act upsets vets."

My earlier coverage of yesterday's Ninth Circuit ruling appears at this link.
Posted at 11:12 PM by Howard Bashman




Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"Lawyer: Expect 'powerful' statement from Supreme Court on Westboro case; Sean Summers spoke to a Rotary Club of York lunch crowd today about the case involving church protesters and a military funeral." The York (Pa.) Daily Record has this news update.
Posted at 11:08 PM by Howard Bashman




Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"Kentucky commandments backers plan appeal optimistic of new Supreme Court": The Louisville Courier-Journal has this report.
Posted at 11:06 PM by Howard Bashman




Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"Court: Crosses along Utah highways unconstitutional." The Salt Lake Tribune has a news update that begins, "The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that 14 crosses placed along Utah highways to honor fallen Utah Highway Patrol troopers violate the U.S. Constitution."

The Deseret News has an update headlined "Court rules in favor of atheist group; highway crosses for fallen troopers unconstitutional; Utah's attorney general strongly disagrees with appeals court."

Warren Richey of The Christian Science Monitor reports that "Roadside crosses for fallen Utah police unconstitutional, court rules; The 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that 12-foot-high crosses honoring fallen members of the Utah Highway Patrol effectively endorse Christianity -- and violate the separation of church and state -- by going beyond the 'more humble spirit of small roadside crosses.'"

Bill Mears of CNN.com reports that "Federal appeals court says highways' crosses are unconstitutional."

And The Associated Press reports that "Appeals court rules against Utah memorial crosses."

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




Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"State won't defend abortion law": The Omaha World-Herald has a news update that begins, "Saying an appeal would be a waste of money with little chance of winning, Attorney General Jon Bruning said Wednesday that he will not appeal a judge's ruling that blocked a new Nebraska anti-abortion law."

And The Associated Press reports that "Neb. AG won't defend law on abortion screenings."

My earlier coverage of last month's ruling appears at this link.
Posted at 02:47 PM by Howard Bashman




Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"How 1997 ruling might thwart Prop. 8 appeal": Bob Egelko has this article today in The San Francisco Chronicle.
Posted at 01:33 PM by Howard Bashman




Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"Harvard Leads Among Supreme Court Law Clerks": Tony Mauro has this post at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times."
Posted at 01:32 PM by Howard Bashman




Wednesday, August 18, 2010

"7th Circuit Nominee's Net Worth: Nearly $20M." At "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times," David Ingram has a post that begins, "Victoria Nourse, a nominee for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, would likely leap into the ranks of the wealthiest federal judges if she is confirmed."
Posted at 01:30 PM by Howard Bashman




Tuesday, August 17, 2010

"3rd Circuit Gives Thumbs Down to 'Fraud-Created Market' Theory": Shannon P. Duffy has this article today in The Legal Intelligencer reporting on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued yesterday.
Posted at 08:46 PM by Howard Bashman




Tuesday, August 17, 2010

"Ruling: Foreign countries owe no NYC property tax." The Associated Press has this report on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued today.
Posted at 08:40 PM by Howard Bashman




Tuesday, August 17, 2010

"Appeal in Pa. soldier's electrocution is rejected": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "An appeals court has refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the parents of a Pittsburgh-area soldier electrocuted in an Army barracks shower in Iraq."

You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit at this link.
Posted at 04:10 PM by Howard Bashman




Tuesday, August 17, 2010

"9th Circuit finds a right to lie": At his "Under the Radar" blog at Politico.com, Josh Gerstein has a post that begins, "In a major First Amendment decision Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit struck down a federal law making it a crime to falsely claim a military honor or decoration. In a 2-1 ruling, the appeals court panel found that the poetically-named Stolen Valor Act is unconstitutional."

You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at this link.
Posted at 04:05 PM by Howard Bashman




Tuesday, August 17, 2010

"U.S. Supreme Court refuses to toss out $20,000 in sanctions levied against 'Birther' attorney Orly Taitz": The Ledger-Enquirer of Columbus, Georgia contains this article today.
Posted at 01:08 PM by Howard Bashman




Tuesday, August 17, 2010

"Finally, a convict's third strike is struck; Gregory Taylor was a homeless man when he was arrested for trying to break into a church; His third strike brought a harsh sentence -- but now he's going free, thanks to two Stanford law students": This article appears today in The Los Angeles Times.
Posted at 12:52 PM by Howard Bashman




Monday, August 16, 2010

"Court halts Calif. gay marriages pending appeal": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "A federal appeals court put same-sex weddings in California on hold indefinitely Monday while it considers the constitutionality of the state's gay marriage ban."

The San Francisco Chronicle has a news update headlined "Appeals court puts same-sex ruling on hold."

And Howard Mintz of The San Jose Mercury News has an update headlined "Appeals court puts Proposition 8 ruling on hold, sets December hearing."

I have posted the order of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit granting a stay at this link.
Posted at 07:12 PM by Howard Bashman




Monday, August 16, 2010

"Supreme Court denies Keller appeal": Chuck Lindell of The Austin American-Statesman has this blog post.

And The Associated Press reports that "Judge's reprimand in death penalty case stands."
Posted at 02:00 PM by Howard Bashman




Monday, August 16, 2010

"Supreme Court upholds 'birther' sanction": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 10:32 AM by Howard Bashman




Monday, August 16, 2010

"Special-interest spending surges in state Supreme Court campaigns": Dan Eggen has this article today in The Washington Post.

The Washington Times reports today that "Judge-race funding doubles in a decade; Raises concern about influence brought to bear."

The Birmingham News reports that "Alabama judges spend far more on elections than other states in 2000-2009."

The Detroit Free Press reports that "Michigan supreme court races sure to draw big spenders, study says."

The Columbus Dispatch reports that "Ohio's high-court races are flush with cash."

The Philadelphia Inquirer contains an article headlined "Study: Pa. judicial elections big on special-interest donations."

The Associated Press has a report headlined "Report: Judicial spending doubles in last decade."

And today's broadcast of NPR's "Morning Edition" contained an audio segment entitled "Report: Too Much Money Going To State Court Races."

Today the Justice at Stake Campaign, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, and the National Insitutue of Money in State Politics issued a report titled "The New Politics of Judicial Elections, 2000-2009: Decade of Change." You can access the complete report by clicking here.
Posted at 09:37 AM by Howard Bashman




Sunday, August 15, 2010

"Recktenwald picked to lead high court; Lingle chooses the associate justice a week after the Senate rejects her initial nominee": This article appeared yesterday in The Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

And today's newspaper contains an article headlined "New pick, same judicial evaluation; The bar association's president defends its process as fair but says it will be reviewed."
Posted at 10:32 AM by Howard Bashman



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