Friday, February 24, 2017
"Considering the Nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court": The American Constitution Society has posted this video on YouTube.
Posted at 08:32 AM by Howard Bashman
Thursday, February 23, 2017
"Ted Cruz predicts another Supreme Court vacancy coming 'this summer'": David Sherfinski of The Washington Times has this report.
Posted at 11:30 PM by Howard Bashman
"With New Clout At State Capitol, Republicans Hold Up Re-Appointment Of Supreme Court Justice": Edmund H. Mahony of The Hartford Courant has an article that begins, "With the new clout they acquired in the November election, Republicans at the state capital have taken aim at what they call judicial activism and incivility and, in a highly unusual move, held up the reappointment of one of the state's best-known and longest-tenured jurists."
Posted at 11:20 PM by Howard Bashman
"Dog The Bounty Hunter And A Top Conservative Lawyer Are Trying To Save The Bail Industry; A federal appeals court heard arguments on Thursday in a case that could shape the future of bail in the U.S." Ryan J. Reilly of The Huffington Post has this report.
Posted at 11:11 PM by Howard Bashman
"When Justices Recuse, and When they Refuse": Samuel Morse has this post at the "Empirical SCOTUS" blog.
Posted at 11:02 PM by Howard Bashman
"Arkansas Supreme Court reverses decision on Fayetteville civil rights ordinance": Todd Gill of The Fayetteville Flyer has an article that begins, "The Arkansas Supreme Court today reversed a circuit court decision to uphold Fayetteville's civil rights ordinance."
And Reuters reports that "Arkansas Supreme Court blocks local LGBT nondiscrimination measures."
"A rector who marched against Trump, gay blessings, gun control, Muslim outreach and 'climate crisis' solar panels on the roof: Meet Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's ultra-liberal church." The Daily Mail (UK) published this article earlier this month (via "GetReligion," which yesterday published a post titled "Judge Neil Gorsuch's Anglicanism is still a mystery that journalists need to solve").
Posted at 10:44 PM by Howard Bashman
"History Will Judge: A Look at Garland's Nomination in Polarized Washington; The GOP's obstruction of Garland was genuinely unprecedented and a threat to the institutional integrity of the Supreme Court." Ahmed Elbenni has this article online at The Politic, Yale University's undergraduate journal of politics.
Posted at 10:40 PM by Howard Bashman
"How will Trump's Supreme Court nominee rule on California union cases?" Adam Ashton of The Sacramento Bee has this report.
Posted at 10:24 PM by Howard Bashman
"Trinity Western law school fight heading to Supreme Court of Canada; B.C. and Ontario law societies argue TWU's Christian covenant discriminates against LGBTQ community": CBC News has this report.
And The Canadian Press reports that "Supreme Court to hear appeals about Trinity Western University law school."
"Ruth Bader Ginsburg Says Immigration Makes U.S. Great": Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News has this report.
Posted at 08:33 PM by Howard Bashman
"Trump's transgender move puts spotlight on Supreme Court case": Lawrence Hurley of Reuters has this report.
Posted at 08:27 PM by Howard Bashman
"Not best of times for US -- Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg": BBC News has this report.
Posted at 03:12 PM by Howard Bashman
"Maricopa County former official Brandon sues over firing; Ex-deputy county attorney claims her rights violated": Michael Kiefer had this article in The Arizona Republic back in May 2012.
Today. a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued this decision overturning the jury's verdict in favor of the plaintiff in the case.
Zetwick v. Yolo -- When hugging creates a sexually hostile work environment: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit today reissued this decision as a published opinion.
Posted at 01:50 PM by Howard Bashman
"Prosecutors: Who's paying Magbanua's legal fees?" Karl Etters of The Tallahassee Democrat has this report.
Rebeca Piccardo of The South Florida Sun-Sentinel has an article headlined "'That's what we went to go kill that man for': New details emerge in FSU professor's killing."
And at "Above the Law," Joe Patrice has a post titled "The Dan Markel Murder Case -- Defense Attorneys Dismiss It All As Fake News."
"Md. appeals court upholds 'assault weapon' ban: a new challenge to scope of Second Amendment? A federal appeals court in Maryland has upheld a law banning military-style weapons; If the case goes before the Supreme Court, justices will have to confront whether the weapons deserve protection under the Second Amendment." Amanda Hoover of The Christian Science Monitor has this report.
In commentary, Alison Frankel's "On the Case" from Thomson Reuters News & Insight has a post titled "Second Amendment does not apply to assault weapons: en banc 4th Circuit."
The New York Daily News has an editorial titled "A win for the living: Reasonable limits on weapons of war."
And online at National Review, David French has an essay titled "A Federal Court of Appeals Goes to War against the Second Amendment; A court decides that criminals should outgun citizens," while Charles C.W. Cooke has an essay titled "The Fourth Circuit Runs Roughshod over Heller and the Second Amendment; In upholding Maryland's 'assault weapons' ban, the court employed dubious legal reasoning to trample on American constitutional rights."
"Docs vs. Glocks Shows the Threat to Free Speech Is the Pro-Gun Right: Florida Republicans argue that the Second Amendment trumps the First Amendment; They're wrong." Mark Joseph Stern has this jurisprudence essay online today at Slate.
Posted at 11:53 AM by Howard Bashman
"Citing Racist Testimony, Justices Call for New Sentencing in Texas Death Penalty Case": Adam Liptak has this article in today's edition of The New York Times.
David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times reports that "Supreme Court, citing racial bias, reopens the case of Texas death row inmate."
And on yesterday evening's broadcast of NPR's "All Things Considered," Nina Totenberg had an audio segment titled "Supreme Court Rules Racial Testimony Influenced Inmate's Death Sentence."
"Open Chambers Revisited: Demystifying the Inner Workings and Culture of the Georgia Court of Appeals." Vice Chief and Presiding Judge Stephen Louis A. Dillard of the Court of Appeals of Georgia recently published this updated version of his earlier article on this subject in the Mercer Law Review.
Posted at 11:40 AM by Howard Bashman
"Six Questions Senators Should Ask Neil Gorsuch": Jeffrey Toobin has this post online today at The New Yorker.
Posted at 10:22 AM by Howard Bashman
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
"The Supreme Court Just Made Life Worse for Patent Holders": Law professor Noah Feldman has this essay online at Bloomberg View.
Posted at 11:06 PM by Howard Bashman
"Neil Gorsuch and beyond: Trump's Supreme Court picks." Penn Law has posted this video on YouTube.
Posted at 06:11 PM by Howard Bashman
"Justice Sotomayor Takes Aim at Lethal Injection: In a striking dissent, the justice slams the 'horrifying deaths' that result from 'our most cruel experiment yet.'" Mark Joseph Stern has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.
Posted at 01:45 PM by Howard Bashman
"Appeals Court Upholds Maryland Ban on Military-Style Weapons; Court also allows 10-round limit on gun magazines": Joe Palazzolo of The Wall Street Journal has this report.
Cristian Farias of The Huffington Post reports that "'Military-Style' Firearms Aren't Protected By Second Amendment, Court Rules; An appeals court upheld a Maryland ban on a wide range of popular semiautomatic weapons."
And Reuters reports that "U.S. appeals court upholds Maryland's ban on assault rifles."
"Supreme Court says race-based testimony discriminated against black death row inmate": Robert Barnes of The Washington Post has this report.
David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times reports that "Supreme Court rejects use of 'racial stereotypes' in death penalty cases."
Mike Ward of The Houston Chronicle reports that "Supreme Court grants Texas death row inmate Duane Buck new hearing."
Jordan Rudner of The Dallas Morning News reports that "Texan whose jury was told blacks more likely to be dangerous can appeal, Supreme Court rules."
Ariane de Vogue of CNN.com reports that "Supreme Court rules in favor of death row inmate."
And Jolie McCullough of The Texas Tribune reports that "U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of Texas death row inmate; The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Texas death row inmate Duane Buck, agreeing that his case was prejudiced by an expert trial witness who claimed Buck was more likely to be a future danger because he is black."
"Ivanka Trump Beats Her Father to Supreme Court": Jess Bravin has this post at WSJ.com's "Washington Wire" blog.
Posted at 11:52 AM by Howard Bashman
In the March 2017 issue of ABA Journal magazine: Mark Walsh has an article headlined "Can Trump triumph in the Supreme Court? Presidents' rates of winning cases have been declining."
Posted at 10:32 AM by Howard Bashman
Access today's rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court in argued cases: The Court today issued rulings in three argued cases.
1. Justice Elena Kagan delivered the opinion of the Court in Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools, No. 15-497. Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. issued an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment, in which Justice Clarence Thomas joined. You can access the oral argument via this link.
2. Justice Sonia Sotomayor delivered the opinion of the Court in Life Technologies Corp. v. Promega Corp., No. 14-1538. Justice Alito issued an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment, in which Justice Thomas joined. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. did not participate in the ruling. You can access the oral argument via this link.
3. And Chief Justice Roberts delivered the opinion of the Court in Buck v. Davis, No. 15-8049. Justice Thomas issued a dissenting opinion, in which Justice Alito joined. You can access the oral argument via this link.
In early news coverage, The Associated Press reports that "Supreme Court orders new hearing for black Texas inmate"; "Justices side with Michigan girl in dispute over service dog"; and "High court ruling limits international reach of patent laws."
From Reuters, Lawrence Hurley Reports that "U.S. top court backs Texas death row inmate in race case." And Andrew Chung reports that "U.S. top court sides with disabled girl in dispute over service dog" and "Thermo Fisher did not infringe genetic-testing patent, U.S. top court says."
And Richard Wolf of USA Today reports that "Supreme Court blocks death sentence over racial bias" and "Supreme Court issues Wonder-ful ruling for disabled girl, service dog."
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
"Medical care in Indiana prisons draws scrutiny": Back in September 2016, Virginia Black of The South Bend Tribune had this report on a case argued before the en banc U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
"Appeals court dismisses Virginia case seeking party ID in local elections": Graham Moomaw of The Richmond Times-Dispatch has this report on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued today.
Posted at 09:50 PM by Howard Bashman
"Trump takes new immigration fight to 9th Circuit": Josh Gerstein of Politico.com has this blog post.
Posted at 09:44 PM by Howard Bashman
"Court Ruling Gives Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Investors Limited Room for Claims; Court disallows most claims but orders additional proceedings on others": Brent Kendall and Nick Timiraos of The Wall Street Journal have this report.
And Andrew Harris and Joe Light of Bloomberg News report that "Hedge Funds Can't Sue Over Investments in Fannie and Freddie."
"Federal Appeals court upholds Maryland assault rifle ban": Ian Duncan of The Baltimore Sun has this report.
Ann E. Marimow of The Washington Post reports that "Appeals court upholds Maryland ban on semiautomatic, military style guns."
And Brian Witte of The Associated Press reports that "Maryland's assault weapons ban upheld by US appeals court."
"Justices Weigh Agent's Cross-Border Shooting of Mexican Teenager": Adam Liptak of The New York Times has this report.
Robert Barnes of The Washington Post reports that "Justices divided on cross-border shooting that left Mexican teenager dead."
David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times reports that "Supreme Court justices appear split over whether Constitution extends to Mexican teenager shot across the border."
Michael Doyle of McClatchyDC reports that "A lethal shooting at the U.S.-Mexico border divides the Supreme Court."
Kevin Diaz of The Houston Chronicle reports that "U.S. Supreme Court weighs rights of Mexican family in Border Patrol shooting."
Bill Mears of FoxNews.com reports that "Supreme Court appears divided on cross-border shooting by US agent."
On this evening's broadcast of NPR's "All Things Considered," Nina Totenberg had an audio segment titled "Supreme Court Considers If Mexican Nationals Can Sue For Border Shooting."
Cristian Farias of The Huffington Post reports that "Supreme Court Torn Over Whether Constitution Should Apply To Cross-Border Shootings; Civil liability is the only avenue left for parents of a Mexican teenager shot to death by a U.S. Border Patrol agent."
Chris Geidner of BuzzFeed News reports that "Justices Question Whether Mexican Family Can Sue Over Cross-Border Shooting."
And in commentary, online at The Atlantic, law professor Garrett Epps has an essay titled "Is the Southern Border a Constitution-Free Zone? The Supreme Court considers a case involving a youth on the Mexican side of the border killed by an American border patrol agent on the U.S. side."