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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"Comcast agrees to settle 10-year-old class-action suit": The Philadelphia Inquirer has this news update.
Posted at 10:44 PM by Howard Bashman




"Amendment 3 would let outgoing governor name judges -- an unnecessary power, critics say": The Tampa Bay Times has an article that begins, "Florida voters are being asked to approve a little-noticed amendment to the state Constitution that would rewrite the way judges are appointed to the state's highest courts and strengthen the powers of governors who are leaving office."
Posted at 10:32 PM by Howard Bashman




"More turmoil for House GOP lawsuit against Obama": Josh Gerstein and Maggie Haberman of Politico.com have this report.
Posted at 10:03 PM by Howard Bashman




"Yates, A Fishy Case": Richard M. Re has this post at "Re's Judicata."
Posted at 09:56 PM by Howard Bashman




"Virginia Supreme Court hears Yelp Internet speech case": Frank Green has this article in today's edition of The Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Posted at 09:55 PM by Howard Bashman




"SCOTUSblog on camera: Laurence H. Tribe (Part six)." "SCOTUSblog" has this post today.
Posted at 09:52 PM by Howard Bashman




"The Supreme Court Should Stay Far Away from the Vesting Clause in Zivitofsky": Julian Davis Mortenson has this post today at the "Lawfare" blog.
Posted at 09:47 PM by Howard Bashman




"Danger Zone: A Supreme Court Misstep On Voting Rights." Linda Greenhouse has this essay online at The New York Times.
Posted at 09:42 PM by Howard Bashman




"Wearing unearned medal can be a crime; free-speech claim rejected": Bob Egelko of The San Francisco Chronicle has this news update.

And Courthouse News Service reports that "'Stolen Valor' Precedent Won't Help Lying Marine."

You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at this link.
Posted at 09:24 PM by Howard Bashman




"Court of Appeal rules that Section 377A that criminalises sex between men is constitutional": The Straits Times of Singapore has this report.

And Bloomberg News reports that "Singapore's Ban on Gay Male Sex Is Upheld by Top Court."

The ruling of Singapore's Court of Appeal does not yet appear to be freely available online.

Update: You can access the ruling at this link (via Jurist's "Paper Chase").
Posted at 08:27 PM by Howard Bashman




"In Passport Case, Alyza Lewin Steps Into Her Father's Shoes": Tony Mauro of The National Law Journal has this Supreme Court Brief. You can freely access the full text of the article via Google.
Posted at 05:46 PM by Howard Bashman




"Missouri man's execution on hold indefinitely": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 05:44 PM by Howard Bashman




"Outside money pouring into state Supreme Court race": The Chicago Tribune has this report.

And the subject of today's broadcast of The Diane Rehm Show was "Campaign Spending On State Judicial Elections."
Posted at 05:40 PM by Howard Bashman




"'As Kim Kardashian is with her husband, I'm not going to keep you long.'" Today at his "Southern District of Florida Blog," David Oscar Markus has a post that begins, "That was Chief Judge Ed Carnes today at Robin Rosenbaum's investiture. It was a great event with lots of good speeches."
Posted at 05:33 PM by Howard Bashman




"Can Authorities Cut Off Utilities And Pose As Repairmen To Search A Home?" This audio segment -- featuring both Nina Totenberg and Tom Goldstein -- appeared on today's broadcast of NPR's "Morning Edition."
Posted at 04:35 PM by Howard Bashman




"Search Party: A 30-year-old loophole increasingly gives police officers a pass when they violate the Fourth Amendment." Nathan Freed Wessler has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.
Posted at 03:55 PM by Howard Bashman




"Health overhaul's subsidies at Supreme Court": Mark Sherman of The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 03:54 PM by Howard Bashman




"Ala. judge's spousal abuse case has some seeking his resignation": This video segment, featuring disturbing audio from the wife's 911 call from the hotel room, appeared on yesterday's broadcast of the CBS Evening News.
Posted at 02:58 PM by Howard Bashman




"Quick fix unlikely in bid to fill McCaffery's seat": Angela Couloumbis and Craig R. McCoy have this front page article in today's edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

And in today's edition of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Brad Bumsted has an article headlined "Bipartisan deal in works to stock Pa. Supreme Court."
Posted at 01:37 PM by Howard Bashman




"Court focuses on late filing in prayer case": Today's edition of The Danville (Va.) Register & Bee contains a front page article that begins, "The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit heard oral arguments in the Pittsylvania County public prayer case Tuesday, and focused most of their questions on whether the county had filed an appeal on time."
Posted at 01:22 PM by Howard Bashman




"Lobbyists, Bearing Gifts, Pursue Attorneys General": Eric Lipton has this front page article in today's edition of The New York Times.
Posted at 01:14 PM by Howard Bashman




"Justice Ginsburg Tells Students She Pulls All-Nighters, Too; Supreme Court Justice Says Emergency Appeals Can Require Working Till Dawn": Jess Bravin has this article in today's edition of The Wall Street Journal. You can freely access the full text of the article via Google.

In addition, at WSJ.com's "Speakeasy" blog, Bravin has a post titled "On 'The Death of Klinghoffer,' Justice Ginsburg Finds for the Defense."
Posted at 01:11 PM by Howard Bashman




Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Programming note: On Wednesday morning, I will be arguing two related appeals on behalf of the plaintiffs-appellees before a three-judge panel of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. Consequently, new posts will next appear here on Wednesday afternoon.

You can view the Briefs for Appellees that I filed in the appeals here and here.

In Wednesday's edition of The Legal Intelligencer, P.J. D'Annunzio will have an article previewing the oral arguments headlined "Multimillion-Dollar Topamax Cases Headed to Argument." You can freely access the full text of the article via Google.

Update on 10/29: The oral argument (combined into 15 minutes for both cases) went very well for plaintiffs. The Legal Intelligencer and Law360.com had reporters present to cover the argument, and I will link to that coverage when it becomes available.
Posted at 11:54 PM by Howard Bashman




"Illinois Supreme Court retention vote raises specter of brutal 2004 race": The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has this report.
Posted at 11:44 PM by Howard Bashman




"ND Supreme Court OKs restriction on drug-induced abortions, despite three of five justices finding it unconstitutional": The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, North Dakota has this news update. According to the article, "Tuesday's opinion hinged on the North Dakota Constitution's requirement that at least four members of the Supreme Court be in agreement to declare a statute unconstitutional."

And The Associated Press reports that "North Dakota court bans use of drug in abortions."

You can access today's very interesting ruling of the Supreme Court of North Dakota at this link.
Posted at 11:38 PM by Howard Bashman




"NC ultrasound law goes to 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals": Wednesday's edition of The News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina will contain an article that begins, " The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on Wednesday over a North Carolina law that would require health care workers to show pregnant women ultrasound images and describe them in detail just hours before providing abortions."
Posted at 11:30 PM by Howard Bashman




"Retailers do not have to keep a defibrillator on-site, court says": Bob Egelko of The San Francisco Chronicle has this report on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued today.
Posted at 11:27 PM by Howard Bashman




"How to diversify the Ivy League club that is the Supreme Court": Michael McGough has this essay online today at The Los Angeles Times.
Posted at 09:52 PM by Howard Bashman




Lyle Denniston is reporting: Today at "SCOTUSblog," he has posts titled "New birth-control rules found too demanding" and "Testing the status of Baker v. Nelson."
Posted at 09:48 PM by Howard Bashman




"SCOTUSblog on camera: Laurence H. Tribe (Part five)." "SCOTUSblog" has this post today.
Posted at 09:44 PM by Howard Bashman




"Justice Ginsburg Was Very Amused by John Oliver's Doggy Supreme Court": Jess Bravin has this post today at WSJ.com's "Law Blog."
Posted at 08:00 PM by Howard Bashman




"Our incoherent copyright law, cont'd": Today at "The Volokh Conspiracy," David Post has a post that begins, "Remember Aereo?"
Posted at 06:15 PM by Howard Bashman




"Freedom Summer, 2015": Jeffrey Toobin has this post online today at The New Yorker.
Posted at 06:14 PM by Howard Bashman




"New York law firm wins case over $44 million in fees charged to developer's widow": Reuters has a report that begins, "Rejecting claims that a Manhattan real estate mogul's widow fell under her lawyers' 'Svengali-like influence,' New York's top court has ruled that her estate must pay the law firm $44 million in fees for a few months' work. The Court of Appeals on Tuesday said Alice Lawrence, the widow of developer Sylvan Lawrence, was a sophisticated client who understood the risks she was taking in switching from an hourly-fee arrangement to a contingency agreement."

You can access today's ruling of the Court of Appeals of New York -- that state's highest court -- at this link.
Posted at 04:48 PM by Howard Bashman




"Naked Rambler could face a 'lifetime of imprisonments' after European court ruling": The Indepedent (UK) has this report.

BBC News reports that "Naked rambler Stephen Gough loses human rights case."

The Daily Mail (UK) has a report headlined "At last, something to thank the European court for! Strasbourg judge tells 'naked rambler' he DOESN'T have the right to roam as nature intended."

The Press Association (UK) reports that "Naked Rambler loses at European court over right to public nudity; Judges in Strasbourg rule Stephen Gough's detentions were due to 'violation of criminal law in full knowledge of consequences.'"

Bloomberg News reports that "U.K.'s 'Naked Rambler' Loses Bid to Make Nudity a Human Right."

And The Associated Press has a report headlined "Court tells UK man: Nudity is not a human right."

You can access today's ruling of the European Court of Human Rights at this link. A related press release from the court can be accessed here.
Posted at 04:40 PM by Howard Bashman




"Court battle continues over Marvel superheroes": The Associated Press has this updated report.
Posted at 03:44 PM by Howard Bashman




"If the Clean Air Act's on the docket, Keisler's on the case": Jeremy P. Jacobs of Greenwire has an article that begins, "Peter Keisler might be the only lawyer who's argued five cases before the Supreme Court and has appeared in a TV soap commercial."
Posted at 03:16 PM by Howard Bashman




"The Judges: Kim Chakanetsa hosts a conversation between Judge Khalida Rachid Khan, Pakistan's first woman judge, and Justice Mandisa Maya, the first black woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court of Appeal in South Africa." BBC World Service has posted the audio of the conversation online at this link.
Posted at 01:25 PM by Howard Bashman




"Now hiring: Supreme Court justice, legal experience needed but, please, no porn." Chris Brennan has this article in today's edition of The Philadelphia Daily News. The newspaper also contains an editorial titled "Justice Done."

The Associated Press reports that "Pennsylvania Supreme Court heads toward period of uncertainty following justice's retirement."

And today's edition of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette contains an editorial titled "Where's the merit? Another bad justice leaves the state's top court; And it's time to say good riddance to the system of electing judges in Pennsylvania."
Posted at 01:20 PM by Howard Bashman




"Va. Supreme Court to hear defamation case involving Yelp": Frank Green has this front page article in today's edition of The Richmond Times-Dispatch.

And Andrea Noble of The Washington Times has an article headlined "Yelp backed by Facebook, Google, Twitter in anonymous reviews case; Virginia Supreme Court ruling could have major impact on online free speech."
Posted at 01:14 PM by Howard Bashman




"Former Pennsylvania Justice Orie Melvin drops appeal": Jonathan D. Silver of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has this news update.

Brian Bowling of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has a news update headlined "Allegheny County DA questions content of Orie Melvin's apology letters."

And The Associated Press reports that "Former Justice Orie Melvin drops appeal, issues written apologies." You can view the text of the apology letter at this link.
Posted at 01:06 PM by Howard Bashman




"Constitution Check: Will the Supreme Court reinforce majority rule in Congress?" Lyle Denniston has this post today at the "Constitution Daily" blog of the National Constitution Center.
Posted at 10:30 AM by Howard Bashman




"Companies continue battle for Marvel superheroes": The Associated Press has this report on a case scheduled for oral argument today in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Posted at 10:25 AM by Howard Bashman




"The Appointment Process for U.S. Circuit and District Court Nominations: An Overview." The Congressional Research Service last week issued this report, written by Denis Steven Rutkus.
Posted at 09:38 AM by Howard Bashman




"Prayer goes to appeals court": Today's edition of The Danville (Va.) Register & Bee contains a front page article that begins, "Arguments in a local public prayer case three years in the making will be presented to the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday."
Posted at 08:17 AM by Howard Bashman




"George HW Bush Gallery: Justice Alito and Gov. Jeb Bush." You can now view the video of yesterday evening's National Constitution Center event online, on-demand via this link.
Posted at 08:12 AM by Howard Bashman




"Pornography scandal, other problems draw incredible end for one of Pennsylvania's most unlikely judges": Charles Thompson of The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania has this report.

And in today's edition of The Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania, Steve Esack and Peter Hall have a front page article headlined "Seamus McCaffery retires amid porn email scandal" in which I am quoted.
Posted at 08:05 AM by Howard Bashman




On this date in "How Appealing" history: In 2004, I celebrated my 40th birthday. And in 2009, I turned 45. On today's agenda -- preparing to present oral arguments tomorrow in two related cases to a three-judge panel of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.
Posted at 08:00 AM by Howard Bashman




Monday, October 27, 2014

"Are Our Courts for Sale?" Columnist Joe Nocera will have this op-ed in Tuesday's edition of The New York Times.
Posted at 10:14 PM by Howard Bashman




Tenth Circuit issues ruling in Citizens United v. Gessler: Today, a partially divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit issued this non-precedential ruling.

My earlier coverage of the Tenth Circuit's order on Citizens United's emergency motion for injunction pending appeal can be accessed here.
Posted at 10:08 PM by Howard Bashman




"Rock County judge to challenge Ann Walsh Bradley for Supreme Court": Patrick Marley of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has this news update.
Posted at 08:25 PM by Howard Bashman




"Voter I.D. contentious election issue without being on ballot": FoxNews.com has this report.
Posted at 08:15 PM by Howard Bashman




"Arguments in gay marriage cases from Louisiana and Texas set for January": The Times-Picayune of New Orleans has this news update.
Posted at 08:14 PM by Howard Bashman




"Jeb Bush, Justice Alito mark new George H.W. Bush gallery opening": This post appears at the "Constitution Daily" blog of the National Constitution Center.
Posted at 08:09 PM by Howard Bashman




"'Careful' discrimination is still discrimination": Jennifer Gratz has this essay online at The Washington Times.
Posted at 08:06 PM by Howard Bashman




"A vote of confidence for Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier": The Chicago Tribune has posted this editorial online today.
Posted at 08:03 PM by Howard Bashman




"Obama appeals ruling on NSA disclosure": Bob Egelko of The San Francisco Chronicle has this blog post today.
Posted at 07:55 PM by Howard Bashman




"N.Y. top court is good friend to global banks, foreign account holders": Alison Frankel's "On the Case" from Thomson Reuters News & Insight has this report today.
Posted at 05:27 PM by Howard Bashman




"Big unpublished opinion from the 11th Circuit reversing because of a judge's refusal to ask voir dire questions related to sexual preference prejudices": David Oscar Markus has this post today at his "Southern District of Florida Blog" discussing a non-precedential opinion that a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued today.

Circuit Judge Beverly B. Martin wrote the majority opinion, in which Senior Judge Richard K. Eaton of the U.S. Court of International Trade joined. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle (N.D. Fla.) issued a dissenting opinion.
Posted at 04:50 PM by Howard Bashman




"NSA surveillance limits: The focus turns to courts." The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 04:44 PM by Howard Bashman




"SCOTUSblog on camera: Laurence H. Tribe (Part four)." "SCOTUSblog" has this post today.
Posted at 03:25 PM by Howard Bashman




"Seamus McCaffery retiring from PA Supreme Court": Chris Brennan of The Philadelphia Daily News has a blog post that begins, "Seamus McCaffery, a former Philadelphia police officer elected in 2007 to the state's highest court, is retiring today, one week after four of his fellow justices voted to suspend him from the bench."

Jeremy Roebuck, Craig R. McCoy, and Angela Couloumbis of The Philadelphia Inquirer have a news update headlined "McCaffery steps down from Pa. Supreme Court."

The Harrisburg Patriot-News has an update headlined "Justice Seamus McCaffery resigns from Pa. Supreme Court in wake of state email investigation."

Brad Bumsted of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has a news update headlined "Suspended justice retires because of porn emails."

Steve Esack of The Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania has a news update headlined "PA Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery retires amid email scandal, investigation."

The Associated Press reports that "Pennsylvania justice in porn email scandal retires."

And Bloomberg News reports that "Pennsylvania's 'Eagles Court' Judge Retires Amid Porn Probe."

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania today issued this related order. In addition, Justice Debra McCloskey Todd issued a concurring statement.

Also today, the Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania issued this news release.
Posted at 01:36 PM by Howard Bashman




"Not a Difficult Decision: Why the Court Shouldn't Grant Cert. in King v. Burwell." Brianne Gorod has this post today at "Balkinization."
Posted at 01:33 PM by Howard Bashman




In the November 2014 issue of ABA Journal magazine: Mark Walsh has an article headlined "Fisherman convicted of violating Sarbanes-Oxley will be heard by the Supreme Court."

David L. Hudson Jr. has an article headlined "NY high court says anti-cyberbullying law won't pass First Amendment muster."

Lorelei Laird has an article headlined "Cities get mired in civil rights disputes in trying to deal with growing homeless populations."

And the new installment of Bryan A. Garner's "On Words" column is headlined "How to regain the joy of reading."
Posted at 01:30 PM by Howard Bashman




"A conversation with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg": The Aspen Institute has posted the video of Justice Ginsburg's recent AspenX conversation with law professor Jeffrey Rosen on YouTube at this link.
Posted at 01:16 PM by Howard Bashman




"Supreme Court, With Terse Orders, Has Judges and Lawyers Reading Tea Leaves": Adam Liptak will have this new installment of his "Sidebar" column in Tuesday's edition of The New York Times.
Posted at 01:04 PM by Howard Bashman




"OJ Simpson appeal in hands of Nevada Supreme Court": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 12:00 PM by Howard Bashman




"The Joseph Story Distinguished Lecture: Repointing the Constitution." Last Wednesday, D.C. Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown delivered this Heritage Foundation lecture, which you can view online via YouTube.

Today at National Review Online, Quin Hillyer has a related essay titled "On 'Repointing' the Constitution: It is not for judges to stand above the Constitution and impose their version of justice."
Posted at 11:55 AM by Howard Bashman




"Actually, the Founders Rejected the Death Penalty: Washington, Adams and others embraced views of an Italian writer who opposed the punishment." Law professor John Bessler has this op-ed in today's edition of The National Law Journal.

You can freely access the full text of the op-ed via Google.
Posted at 11:50 AM by Howard Bashman




"Ex-judges raise concerns about pending execution": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "Several former judges will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to halt the execution of a Missouri man because they say a mistake by his attorneys denied him his right to a federal court appeal."
Posted at 11:10 AM by Howard Bashman




"Ask the author: Chief Judge Katzmann on statutory interpretation." Ronald Collins has this post today at "SCOTUSblog."
Posted at 10:17 AM by Howard Bashman




"Fear Of Blowing Big Calls May Affect How Umpires Do Their Jobs": This audio segment appeared on today's broadcast of NPR's "Morning Edition."
Posted at 09:54 AM by Howard Bashman




"Court in Va. examines death row isolation policy": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "Virginia's practice of automatically holding death row inmates in solitary confinement will be reviewed by a federal appeals court in a case that experts say could have repercussions beyond the state's borders."
Posted at 09:51 AM by Howard Bashman




"Former U.S. Solicitor General shares insights with law students": The Daily Beacon of the University of Tennessee has this report.
Posted at 08:02 AM by Howard Bashman




"Ted Olson: 'Point of no return' on gay marriage passed." USA Today has this report.
Posted at 07:55 AM by Howard Bashman




"Star challenging publication ban that keeps identities of toddler and parents who killed her secret; The publication ban is the latest in a series of obstacles preventing the public from easily accessing Ontario's court system": The Toronto Star has this report.
Posted at 07:53 AM by Howard Bashman




"Law School honors Supreme Court justices": This article appears in today's edition of The Yale Daily News.
Posted at 07:44 AM by Howard Bashman




"High praise for special counsel to troubled Pa. high court": In today's edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Jeff Gammage has a front page article that begins, "Colleagues say Robert Byer practices law with the precision of a diamond-cutter: Disciplined, dispassionate, and led by keen intelligence."

And in today's edition of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Bill Toland has an article headlined "Scandals raise question about whether Pennsylvania judges should be elected."
Posted at 07:40 AM by Howard Bashman




Sunday, October 26, 2014

"Carr brothers case thrusts Kansas Supreme Court into governor's race; Victims' families fighting to remake court for overturning death sentences": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 11:11 PM by Howard Bashman




"UVa law school plays strong role in Supreme Court cases": The Daily Progress of Charlottesville, Virginia has this report.
Posted at 09:52 PM by Howard Bashman




"Supreme Court Keeps a Widow Waiting": Kenneth Jost has this post today at his blog, "Jost On Justice."
Posted at 09:28 PM by Howard Bashman




"'Never dance with a Cuban,' Sotomayor says": Robert Barnes has this entry today at the "Post Politics" blog of The Washington Post.
Posted at 05:16 PM by Howard Bashman




"The good justice: 'Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice.'" Judge David Wecht of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania has this review of Joan Biskupic's newest book in today's edition of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Posted at 05:12 PM by Howard Bashman




"Pa. Supreme Court in 'sad state' as scandals tarnish reputation": Brad Bumsted has this front page article in today's edition of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Posted at 05:06 PM by Howard Bashman




"How to put order back in Pa. courts": Lynn A. Marks and Suzanne Almeida of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts have this op-ed in today's edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Posted at 04:36 PM by Howard Bashman




"Chuck Schumer: Supreme Court Will Thwart Democrats For Decades If We Lose Midterms." Zach Carter of The Huffington Post has this report.
Posted at 04:25 PM by Howard Bashman




"A boy's passport becomes a big Supreme Court case": Richard Wolf of USA Today has this report.

The Hill has a blog post titled "Zivotofsky v. Kerry: Jerusalem status in the hands of SCOTUS."

And at the "Lawfare" blog, Jodie Liu has a post titled "Oral Argument Preview: Zivotofsky v. Kerry."
Posted at 04:22 PM by Howard Bashman




"Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg confirms she's a diva at Arena Stage": Veronica Toney has this entry at the "Reliable Source" blog of The Washington Post.
Posted at 11:54 AM by Howard Bashman




Saturday, October 25, 2014

"Swift justice": In Sunday's edition of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Joseph Sabino Mistick will have an op-ed that begins, "Meteorologists tell us that lightning can strike on a sunny day. And when it happens, folks talk about little else. And so it is with the suspension of Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery by his fellow justices last week."
Posted at 10:44 PM by Howard Bashman




"National money flows into Montana Supreme Court race": The Missoulian has this report.

And The Associated Press reports that "Colleague questions candidate's skills for Montana Supreme Court."
Posted at 10:40 PM by Howard Bashman




"Partisan groups have keen interest in non-partisan NC Supreme Court races": The Charlotte Observer has this report.
Posted at 10:34 PM by Howard Bashman




"Justice French: Court the 'backstop' for GOP legislation." The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch has this blog post.
Posted at 10:32 PM by Howard Bashman




"A Call to Expose the Unnecessary Secrets of the Supreme Court: One justice publicly announced an error in her dissent, but such candor is rare." Law professor Richard L. Hasen -- author of the "Election Law Blog" -- will have this op-ed in Monday's edition of The National Law Journal.

You can freely access the full text of the op-ed via Google.
Posted at 08:44 PM by Howard Bashman




"Justices who graduated from Yale Law School hold court": Robert Barnes will have this article in Sunday's edition of The Washington Post.

In Sunday's edition of The New York Times, Adam Liptak will have an article headlined "Three Supreme Court Justices Return to Yale."

The Associated Press reports that "US Supreme Court justices concerned over lack of diversity in the bench."

At "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times," Tony Mauro has a post titled "Three Justices Swap Stories at Yale Law School." You can freely access the full text of the post via Google.

And Yale Law School issued a news release titled "Supreme Court Justices Thomas '74, Alito '75, and Sotomayor '79 Receive Award of Merit."

You can view the conversation with the Justices via YouTube in a video titled "2014 Alumni Weekend Award of Merit Ceremony."
Posted at 08:36 PM by Howard Bashman




"The Courts' Baffling New Math: By what logic do hundreds of thousands of people simply stop counting?" Dahlia Lithwick has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.

In response at his "Simple Justice" blog, Scott H. Greenfield has a post titled "Horse-Trading Constitutional Rights" (via Senior U.S. District Judge Richard G. Kopf's post at his "Hercules and the Umpire" blog titled "The evisceration of Dahlia Lithwick").
Posted at 01:18 PM by Howard Bashman




"State Supreme Court rejects McDaniel appeal": This front page article appears in today's edition of The Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Mississippi.

And Reuters reports that "Mississippi Supreme Court rejects McDaniel Senate primary challenge."

You can access yesterday's ruling of the Supreme Court of Mississippi at this link.
Posted at 01:10 PM by Howard Bashman




"Republic sues state to reveal info on lethal injections": Michael Kiefer has this article in today's edition of The Arizona Republic.
Posted at 12:51 PM by Howard Bashman




"Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor gives UNH students 'nuggets' for life": This front page article appears in today's edition of The New Haven Register.

And at 2:45 p.m. eastern time today, Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel A. Alito, Jr., and Sonia Sotomayor will receive Yale Law School's Award of Merit. You can view the ceremony, and a conversation among the Justices to follow, live on YouTube via this link.
Posted at 12:46 PM by Howard Bashman




"Despite hype, House still hasn't sued Obama": Josh Gerstein of Politico.com has this report.
Posted at 12:24 PM by Howard Bashman




"Court tosses Saab suit against GM": The Detroit News has this report.

The Flint Journal has an article headlined "Appeals court: GM not on the hook for botched 200 million euro Saab deal."

And Jonathan Stempel of Reuters reports that "U.S. appeals court rules for GM over Spyker's Saab sale."

My earlier coverage of yesterday's Sixth Circuit ruling appears at this link.
Posted at 10:00 AM by Howard Bashman




"Judge nixes opposite-sex couple's bid to join same-sex marriage lawsuit; Judge ruled Phillip and Sandra Unruh have no legal right to join suit": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "A federal judge has spurned an effort by a heterosexual couple to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the Kansas ban on gay marriage."
Posted at 09:47 AM by Howard Bashman




"Kathy Ruemmler drops out of attorney general race": Politico.com has this report.

And The Associated Press reports that "Former Obama lawyer nixes attorney general offer."
Posted at 09:45 AM by Howard Bashman




"Oklahoma County judge rules against abortion doctor in effort to put new law on hold": Today's edition of The Oklahoman contains this front page article.

Today's edition of The Tulsa World contains a front page article headlined "Judge refuses to block challenged law putting restrictions on abortions."

The Associated Press reports that "Judge rules Oklahoma abortion law can take effect."

And Bloomberg News reports that "Oklahoma Abortion Doctor Privileges Law Upheld by Court."
Posted at 09:44 AM by Howard Bashman




"Man accused of smashing Oklahoma Ten Commandments monument is identified; A man told authorities he smashed his car into the Ten Commandments monument outside the Oklahoma state Capitol because Satan told him to do it": This front page article appears in today's edition of The Oklahoman.

And today's edition of The Tulsa World contains a front page article headlined "Authorities: Suspect says Satan told him to destroy the State Capitol's Ten Commandments monument; Ten Commandments monument will be rebuilt, governor says."
Posted at 09:37 AM by Howard Bashman




"Court upholds Scott Roeder's conviction in George Tiller's murder but orders resentencing": The Wichita Eagle contains this front page article today.

Today's edition of The Topeka Capital-Journal contains an article headlined "Kansas Supreme Court vacates Roeder's 'Hard 50' sentence; U.S. Supreme Court decision cited for resentencing of abortion doctor's killer."

Tony Rizzo of The Kansas City Star reports that "Kansas Supreme Court orders new sentencing in the killing of Wichita abortion doctor."

And The Associated Press reports that "Kansas court affirms verdict in abortion shooting."

You can access yesterday's ruling of the Supreme Court of Kansas at this link.
Posted at 09:32 AM by Howard Bashman




"Abortion Capital of Bible Belt? Tennessee Vote Tests That Idea." This front page article appears in today's edition of The New York Times.

And today's edition of The Tennessean contains an article headlined "Abortion amendment backers urged to sit out gov's race."
Posted at 09:16 AM by Howard Bashman




Friday, October 24, 2014

"Judge's One Wrong Word Overturns 50-Year Sentence": Pamela A. MacLean has this post at her "Trial Insider" blog reporting on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued yesterday.

And in other coverage, Courthouse News Service reports that "Judge's Error Leads 9th Circuit to Grant Habeas."
Posted at 04:58 PM by Howard Bashman




"Free bird": Benjamin Gould has this post today at his blog, "Appellate Briefs," discussing a ruling that the U.S .Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued today.
Posted at 04:52 PM by Howard Bashman




"The Supreme Court's devotees go DIY": Robert Barnes of The Washington Post has this report.
Posted at 04:48 PM by Howard Bashman




"2014 Supreme Court Roundup: An explanation of the Court's affirmations of our right not to go along." Michael Stokes Paulsen has this article in the November 2014 issue of First Things.
Posted at 04:06 PM by Howard Bashman




"The Political Scene: President Obama's Judicial Legacy." The New Yorker has posted online this podcast featuring Jeffrey Toobin.
Posted at 01:20 PM by Howard Bashman




"Driver smashes Oklahoma Ten Commandments statue": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "Authorities say someone drove across the Oklahoma Capitol lawn and knocked over a Ten Commandments monument that a group has been suing to have removed, smashing it to pieces."

And The Oklahoman has a news update headlined "Car smashes Ten Commandments monument outside Capitol building; A car smashed into the Ten Commandments statue outside the Oklahoma State Capitol building Thursday night."
Posted at 01:11 PM by Howard Bashman




"Saab * * * sued General Motors Company for tortious interference with economic expectancy under Michigan law, claiming that GM made public statements that caused a transaction between Saab and a Chinese investor to fall through, thereby driving Saab into bankruptcy." Today, a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued a ruling that affirmed a district court's order dismissing Saab's lawsuit.
Posted at 01:03 PM by Howard Bashman




"Supreme Court Becomes Night Court in October of Oddities": Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News has this report.
Posted at 12:00 PM by Howard Bashman




"Why I am also #waitingforSutton": Kevin C. Walsh has this post today at the "Mirror of Justice" blog.
Posted at 11:04 AM by Howard Bashman




"Tort Blowout Preventer: An opportunity for the Supreme Court to clarify class-action law." This editorial appears in today's edition of The Wall Street Journal.

You can freely access the full text of the editorial via Google.
Posted at 10:42 AM by Howard Bashman




"SCOTUSblog on camera: Laurence H. Tribe (Part three)." "SCOTUSblog" has this post today.
Posted at 10:28 AM by Howard Bashman




"Brownback doubles down on statements that justice hosted Davis event; Kansas State Troopers PAC endorses Davis": The Topeka Capital-Journal has an article that begins, "Republican Gov. Sam Brownback doubled down Thursday on a TV ad and statement he made during a debate earlier this week charging a Kansas Supreme Court justice had hosted a fundraiser for his Democratic challenger."
Posted at 10:25 AM by Howard Bashman




"If GOP takes back Senate, will parties flip views on filibuster, again?" Jack Pitney has this blog post online today at The Christian Science Monitor.
Posted at 10:24 AM by Howard Bashman




"Michigan Supreme Court rejects motion to reconsider 'juvenile lifers' ruling": MLive.com has this report.
Posted at 10:20 AM by Howard Bashman




"Omar Khadr wins right to expand lawsuit against Ottawa; A Federal Court ruling means Omar Khadr can significantly expand his $20-million civil lawsuit in which he accuses Ottawa of complicity in what he claims was his torture at the hands of the Americans": The Canadian Press has this report.
Posted at 10:18 AM by Howard Bashman




"Suspended Pa. Supreme Court Justice McCaffery won't be charged over wife's referral fees": The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has this report.

And in today's edition of The Philadelphia Daily News, columnist Christine M. Flowers has an essay titled "Judging judges who shouldn't be judging."
Posted at 09:57 AM by Howard Bashman




"Sixth Circuit agrees to rehear 'heckler's veto' decision": Eugene Volokh has this post at "The Volokh Conspiracy."

You can view yesterday's order of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit granting rehearing en banc at this link. My earlier coverage of the divided three-judge panel's now-vacated ruling in the case can be accessed here.
Posted at 09:44 AM by Howard Bashman




"On Race and Voter ID, John Roberts Wants It Both Ways; Once, the chief justice said the only way to stop discriminating on race was to stop discrimination on race; Now his tune isn't so clear": Law professor Garrett Epps has this essay online at The Atlantic.
Posted at 09:40 AM by Howard Bashman




Thursday, October 23, 2014

"Supreme Court grants Law School clinic petition; Henderson v. U.S. to appear before Court in February": The Cavalier Daily has this report.
Posted at 10:58 PM by Howard Bashman




"Utah governor: Gay marriage may drive religious-freedom law; Herbert also says LGBT anti-discrimination laws should be left to cities." The Salt Lake Tribune has this news update.
Posted at 10:56 PM by Howard Bashman




"Utah Supreme Court lifts same-sex adoption stay": The Salt Lake Tribune has this news update.

And The Deseret News has an update headlined "Stay lifted on adoptions by same-sex parents in Utah."
Posted at 10:52 PM by Howard Bashman




"Eleventh Circuit Chief Declares End to Emergency": Alyson M. Palmer of The Fulton County (Ga.) Daily Report has an article that begins, "With his court back to nearly full strength, the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has announced the end of a court emergency." You can freely access the full text of the article via Google.

You can view General Order No. 42, which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued last Friday, at this link.
Posted at 10:34 PM by Howard Bashman




"Conservatives and Liberals Agree: Don't Trust Courts." Francis Barry has this essay online at Bloomberg View.
Posted at 09:04 PM by Howard Bashman




"Couple seeks to defend state's same-sex marriage ban; Phillip and Sandra Unruh argue in court filing their marriage would be harmed": The Topeka Capital-Journal has this news update.
Posted at 08:54 PM by Howard Bashman




"Brownback supports effort to get voters to oust 2 Kansas Supreme Court justices in election": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 08:52 PM by Howard Bashman




"The Disgust Election": Online at The New York Times, Timothy Egan has an essay that begins, "Justice Anthony Kennedy doesn't strike me as the kind of guy I'd want to share a beer and a brat with, or be stuck next to on a long flight. But I would like for the most influential swing voter on the Supreme Court to step away from his legal aerie, and wade through some of the muck that he and four fellow justices have given us with the 2014 campaign."
Posted at 08:33 PM by Howard Bashman




"Criminal defense lawyers' group: no reason to shun Koch Industries' money." Alison Frankel's "On the Case" from Thomson Reuters News & Insight has this report today.
Posted at 05:42 PM by Howard Bashman




"Lewinsky mistreated by authorities in investigation of Clinton, report says": Rosalind S. Helderman of The Washington Post has this news update.
Posted at 04:42 PM by Howard Bashman




"Broadcasters win preliminary injunction against Aereo": Reuters has this report.

I have uploaded at this link today's opinion and order of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Update: At the "Hollywood, Esq." blog of The Hollywood Reporter, Eriq Gardner has a post titled "Judge Issues Aereo Injunction, Stops Short of Enjoining Time-Shifting; The ruling mostly grants what the TV broadcasters were seeking after the Supreme Court issued its own opinion."
Posted at 04:25 PM by Howard Bashman




"Roberts at 10: The Evolving Story of John Roberts and Congress's Commerce Clause and Spending Clause Powers." The Constitutional Accountability Center has posted online its latest installment -- written by Brianne Gorod -- of its year-long project titled "Roberts at 10."
Posted at 03:32 PM by Howard Bashman




"Millions view talking dogs online spoof of U.S. Supreme Court": Lawrence Hurley of Reuters has a report that begins, "A comedy sketch with dogs portraying members of the U.S. Supreme Court -- picture Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a Chihuahua -- had scored more than two million YouTube views by Thursday, drawing attention to the high court's secretive ways via some cheap laughs."

You can access the video on YouTube by clicking here.
Posted at 03:14 PM by Howard Bashman




"Justice Ginsburg Issues Timely Correction in Texas Voter ID Dissent": Today at WSJ.com's "Washington Wire" blog, Jess Bravin has a post that begins, "Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg may have made history a second time with her dissent from last week's Supreme Court order allowing Texas to implement its voter-identification law in next month's election."

And yesterday at the "First Draft" blog of The New York Times, Adam Liptak had a post titled "Supreme Court Edits a Dissent, and Admits It."
Posted at 01:42 PM by Howard Bashman




"The Al Bahlul Argument: Article III, Conspiracy, and Precepts of International Law." Peter Margulies has this post today at the "Lawfare" blog.

At "Just Security," Steve Vladeck has a post titled "Due Process and the Military Commissions."

In related news coverage, Jess Bravin has an article headlined "Judges Question Use of Conspiracy Charges for Terror Suspects; Appeals Court Hears Arguments on Using Military Courts for Offenses Other Than War Crime" in today's edition of The Wall Street Journal. You can freely access the full text of the article via Google.

And The Telegraph (UK) reports that "Guantanamo Bay war crimes tribunals face shutdown over legal challenge; War crimes tribunals being faced by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other 9/11 accused may be unconstitutional and should be closed, US Appeals Court hears."
Posted at 01:28 PM by Howard Bashman




Seventh Circuit decides case involving the Video Privacy Protection Act, "[e]nacted in 1988 in response to the Washington City Paper's publication of then-Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork's video rental history": You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit at this link.
Posted at 01:20 PM by Howard Bashman




"Playing Politics With the Supreme Court Over Obamacare": Elizabeth B. Wydra has this blog entry today at The Huffington Post.
Posted at 01:14 PM by Howard Bashman




"Comparing Justices Sotomayor and Kagan": Josh Blackman has this blog post today.
Posted at 01:03 PM by Howard Bashman




"Olympian Jim Thorpe's remains should not be moved: U.S. court." Jonathan Stempel of Reuters has this report.

And The Associated Press reports that "Pennsylvania town can keep Jim Thorpe's body."

My earlier coverage of today's Third Circuit ruling can be accessed here.
Posted at 12:56 PM by Howard Bashman




"The legal inquiry into Justice Lori Douglas must end": Online at The Toronto Globe and Mail, Kyle Kirkup has an essay that begins, "Associate Chief Justice Lori Douglas -- a judge from Manitoba whose former husband allegedly posted private, sexually explicit photos of her on the Internet without her consent -- appears to have been the victim of revenge porn."
Posted at 11:36 AM by Howard Bashman




"Third Circuit Holds NAGPRA Does Not Require Repatriation of Jim Thorpe's Remains": At the "Turtle Talk" blog, Matthew L.M. Fletcher has this post about a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued today.
Posted at 11:25 AM by Howard Bashman




"SCOTUSblog on camera: Laurence H. Tribe (Part two)." "SCOTUSblog" has this post today.
Posted at 10:58 AM by Howard Bashman




"McCaffery should resign": Today's edition of The Scranton (Pa.) Times-Tribune contains an editorial that begins, "Suspended state Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery has reached that sad place where his own resignation is the only legitimate act of public service that he can perform."
Posted at 08:42 AM by Howard Bashman




"Meme Supreme: Justice Ginsburg's internet fame." Hunter Harris has this essay online at The Berkeley Beacon.

And The Washington Post reports that "Ruth Bader Ginsburg takes the stage at Arena for Friday's 'Our War' performance."
Posted at 08:40 AM by Howard Bashman




"What Justice Department vacancies mean for Obama": CBS News has this report.
Posted at 08:33 AM by Howard Bashman




"Constitution Check: Will a brief 1972 ruling stop the same-sex marriage movement?" Lyle Denniston has this post today at the "Constitution Daily" blog of the National Constitution Center.
Posted at 08:30 AM by Howard Bashman




"Americans' Support for Death Penalty Stable": Gallup.com has this report.
Posted at 08:26 AM by Howard Bashman




"Pennsylvania law aims to curb Mumia Abu-Jamal's 'obscene celebrity'; Gov. Tom Corbett signed a first-in-the-nation law allowing crime victims the right to seek an injunction against offenders on grounds that speech could cause 'mental anguish'; Civil rights groups are likely to challenge law in court": Stacy Teicher Khadaroo of The Christian Science Monitor has this report.
Posted at 08:23 AM by Howard Bashman




"Montana Supreme Court race takes on partisan edge": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "A nonpartisan race for Montana Supreme Court has taken a distinctly partisan edge, with challenger Lawrence VanDyke trying to cast Justice Mike Wheat as a liberal activist judge as his Republican backers pour tens of thousands of dollars into ads to support that message."
Posted at 08:20 AM by Howard Bashman




"Republicans Set to Gain From Laws Requiring Voter IDs": William Selway, Mark Niquette, and Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News have this report.
Posted at 08:15 AM by Howard Bashman




"3 states deny gay unions despite appellate rulings": Mark Sherman of The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 08:14 AM by Howard Bashman




Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"Denied Survivor's Benefits After Wife's Death, Texas Widow Files a Federal Suit": Erik Eckholm will have this article in Thursday's edition of The New York Times.
Posted at 11:15 PM by Howard Bashman




"'It makes me sick.' Judges, lawyers weigh Pa. court's latest scandal": In Thursday's edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Joseph A. Slobodzian will have an article that begins, "For a profession that burnishes an image of dispassion and decorum, what's happening with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is like a food fight at a very public banquet."

And in Thursday's edition of The Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania, Steve Esack will have an article headlined "McCaffery suspension may pit king's power against will of the people."
Posted at 10:58 PM by Howard Bashman




"Gay Pride Charade: U.S. Progress On Gay Rights Is More Modest Than It Appears." Omar G. Encarnacion has this essay online at Foreign Affairs.
Posted at 10:55 PM by Howard Bashman




"Shame on Texas and the U.S. Supreme Court": Andrew Cohen has this op-ed online at The Los Angeles Times.
Posted at 10:50 PM by Howard Bashman




"Supreme Court to hear 1985 murder case; Three men were shot execution-style in a San Diego auto repair shop": The San Diego Union-Tribune has this report.
Posted at 10:48 PM by Howard Bashman




"State appeals to 9th U.S. Circuit Court to restore Alaska's same-sex marriage ban": Alaska Dispatch News has this report on a petition for initial en banc review that the State of Alaska filed today in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Posted at 10:14 PM by Howard Bashman




"McCaffery is new poster boy for merit selection": Bill White has this essay online at The Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Posted at 07:58 PM by Howard Bashman




"Judge Mark Fuller's 2012 divorce files unsealed": Brian Lyman of The Montgomery Advertiser has this report.

And AL.com reports that "Judge Fuller divorce records reveal little, show parties struggled over keeping proceedings secret."
Posted at 06:15 PM by Howard Bashman




"Business groups swarm against federal agency rulemaking in SCOTUS case": Alison Frankel's "On the Case" from Thomson Reuters News & Insight has this report today.
Posted at 06:02 PM by Howard Bashman




"U.S. court tosses Argentina appeal over funds held by BNY Mellon": Nate Raymond of Reuters has this report.
Posted at 05:16 PM by Howard Bashman




"Supreme Court's next move will reveal its true intent toward voting rights": Carl P. Leubsdorf has this essay online at The Dallas Morning News.
Posted at 04:42 PM by Howard Bashman




"Silent treatment: The Supreme Court and voting rights." Steven Mazie has this post today at the "Democracy in America" blog of The Economist.
Posted at 04:30 PM by Howard Bashman




"Big Tech winning battle with 'patent trolls'": Andrew Chung and Dan Levine of Reuters have this report.
Posted at 04:12 PM by Howard Bashman




"Appeal sought in Puerto Rico gay marriage case": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 02:33 PM by Howard Bashman




"Chimpanzees are people, too: The moral case for protecting their basic rights." Professor Peter Singer has this essay online at The New York Daily News.
Posted at 02:08 PM by Howard Bashman




"Appeals court ponders future of war crimes trials": Lyle Denniston has this post today at "SCOTUSblog."

Update: You can access via this link (31.6 MB mp3 audio file) the audio of today's D.C. Circuit oral argument in Ali Hamza Ahmad al Bahlul v. United States, No. 11-1324.
Posted at 02:06 PM by Howard Bashman




"A Holder Legacy: Shifting Terror Cases to the Civilian Courts, and Winning." Matt Apuzzo has this article in today's edition of The New York Times.
Posted at 02:03 PM by Howard Bashman




"Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer with Thane Rosenbaum": You can view at this link the video of last night's event at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.
Posted at 01:58 PM by Howard Bashman




"Court of Appeals considers neo-Pagan tax exemption case; Jurists weigh denial of religious tax break": Robert Gavin has this article in today's edition of The Times Union of Albany, New York (via "Religion Clause").
Posted at 11:06 AM by Howard Bashman




"Proving Non-Obviousness with Ex-Post Experimental Evidence?" At the "Patently-O" blog, Dennis Crouch has a post that begins, "The Federal Circuit has rejected BMS's petition for en banc rehearing in its chemical compound obviousness case. However, four additional opinions either concurring or dissenting show that the court does not speak with one-mind on the issue."
Posted at 11:04 AM by Howard Bashman




"Academic Hubris and the Puzzling Case of Judge Posner": Neil H. Buchanan had this interesting blog post yesterday at "Dorf on Law."
Posted at 11:02 AM by Howard Bashman




"SCOTUSblog on camera: Laurence H. Tribe (Part one)." "SCOTUSblog" has this post today.
Posted at 10:58 AM by Howard Bashman




"Undocumented immigrant Jose Godinez-Samperio tells of becoming lawyer": This article appears in today's edition of The Tampa Bay Times.
Posted at 09:40 AM by Howard Bashman




"PA Supreme Court Scandal Leads To Calls For Statewide Court Reform": Cherri Gregg of KYW Newsradio has this report.

Today's edition of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette contains an editorial titled "Justice sidelined: Pa. would be better off if McCaffery resigned."

And in today's edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Phil Goldsmith has an op-ed titled "Court saga is disgraceful and ongoing."
Posted at 09:05 AM by Howard Bashman




"Constitution Check: When the Supreme Court acts silently, what does it mean to say?" Lyle Denniston had this post yesterday at the "Constitution Daily" blog of the National Constitution Center.
Posted at 09:00 AM by Howard Bashman




"Supreme Retirements and the Habit of Politics": Richard M. Re had this post yesterday at "PrawfsBlawg."
Posted at 08:57 AM by Howard Bashman




"Retired U.S. Supreme Court justice in Grand Rapids: John Paul Stevens thinks Constitution will be amended." MLive.com has this report.
Posted at 08:55 AM by Howard Bashman




"Otter requests review of gay marriage ruling": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "Gov. C. L. 'Butch' Otter is asking the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for an 11-judge panel to review the three-judge ruling that overturned Idaho's gay marriage ban last week."

And Chris Geidner of BuzzFeed reports that "Idaho Governor Asks Appeals Court To Reconsider Same-Sex Marriage Ruling."
Posted at 08:54 AM by Howard Bashman




"Pill mill doctor's life sentence to be reconsidered, U.S. Supreme Court orders": The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch has this report.
Posted at 08:50 AM by Howard Bashman




"Rare U.S. Supreme Court ruling keeps wife killer behind bars for life; Cypress businessman Marvin Vernis Smith could have walked free if the Supreme Court had not ruled the way it did": This article appears in today's edition of The Orange County Register.
Posted at 08:46 AM by Howard Bashman




Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"McCaffery ordered to turn in court-issued equipment": In Wednesday's edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Angela Couloumbis and Jeremy Roebuck will have an article that begins, "The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday told Justice Seamus P. McCaffery to turn over computers and other court-issued equipment, and moved swiftly to cancel the Internet service it provides at McCaffery's Northeast Philadelphia home."

And in Wednesday's edition of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Brad Bumsted will have an article headlined "Justice blames feud for his ouster; chief of court admits he did seek to remove him."
Posted at 11:26 PM by Howard Bashman




"Federal appeals court overturns conviction in D.C. child sex predator case": The Washington Times has this news update reporting on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued today.
Posted at 10:54 PM by Howard Bashman




"Foreign Chefs Get Treat in Court's Visa Ruling; Appeals Judges Find Brazilian Steakhouse's Cooks Have Specialized Knowledge": Joe Palazzolo will have this article in Wednesday's edition of The Wall Street Journal. You can freely access the full text of the article via Google.

And at the "Federal Eye" blog of The Washington Post, Jerry Markon and Tim Carman have an entry titled "Fogo de Chao wins meaty case in visa fight with Homeland Security."

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.
Posted at 10:50 PM by Howard Bashman




"Appeals Court Rejects Police Handcuffing of Elementary Student": Mark Walsh has this post at the "School Law" blog of Education Week.
Posted at 10:42 PM by Howard Bashman




"Puerto Rico Federal Judge: Only Supreme Court Can Allow Same-Sex Marriage." Chris Geidner of BuzzFeed has this report.
Posted at 09:20 PM by Howard Bashman




"Washington Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Backpage Case": Boise State Public Radio has this report.

KIRO-TV reports that "Backpage.com lawsuit could have major effect on sex trafficking."

And The Associated Press reports that "Backpage.com ask high court to throw out lawsuit."
Posted at 09:14 PM by Howard Bashman




"Ruth Bader Ginsburg gets ready for her close-up": Politico.com has this report.
Posted at 08:44 PM by Howard Bashman




"Corbett in Phila. signs 'Mumia bill'": Joe Dolinsky of The Philadelphia Inquirer has a news update that begins, "Just a few feet from the site where Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner was gunned down by Mumia Abu-Jamal in 1981, Gov. Corbett on Tuesday signed into law a bill that would censor former offenders from causing victims mental anguish."
Posted at 08:40 PM by Howard Bashman




"Pa. Justice McCaffery agrees to drop suit against Inquirer": The Philadelphia Inquirer has a news update that begins, "State Supreme Court Justice Seamus P. McCaffery agreed Tuesday to withdraw his defamation suit against The Inquirer for articles detailing how his wife collected lucrative referral fees from personal-injury law firms while serving as his judicial aide."
Posted at 08:32 PM by Howard Bashman




"McCaffery, Rapaport Drop Defamation Suit": Gina Passarella of The Legal Intelligencer has this news update. You can freely access the full text of the article via Google.

And The Associated Press has a report headlined "Seamus McCaffery adviser: No official misconduct charge expected."
Posted at 06:21 PM by Howard Bashman




"Law signed to curb Abu-Jamal's 'obscene celebrity'": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "Ignoring the chants of protesters on the block where a police officer was killed and the cause celebre of Mumia Abu-Jamal was born, Gov. Tom Corbett signed into law Tuesday a measure he said would curb the 'obscene celebrity' cultivated by convicts at the expense of victims."
Posted at 05:50 PM by Howard Bashman




"Porn and consequences: McCaffery is suspended from Pa. high court." Chris Brennan has this article in today's edition of The Philadelphia Daily News.
Posted at 03:52 PM by Howard Bashman




"States, enviros slam ozone limits in contentious court hearing": Jeremy P. Jacobs of Greenwire has this report.
Posted at 03:32 PM by Howard Bashman




"A closer look at Bashman's winning brief": Matthew Stiegler has this very kind post today at his "CA3blog."
Posted at 02:40 PM by Howard Bashman




"State's highest court reinstates slander suit against Syracuse University, Boeheim": The Syracuse Post-Standard has this news update.

And The Associated Press has a report headlined "NY court: Ex-ball boys can sue Boeheim for slander."

You can access today's ruling of the Court of Appeals of New York at this link.
Posted at 12:18 PM by Howard Bashman




"U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor visits San Jose State": Howard Mintz has this article in today's edition of The San Jose Mercury News.
Posted at 12:15 PM by Howard Bashman




"When Ron Castille Called Seamus McCaffery a 'Sociopath': The chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court weighs in on his colleague." Joel Mathis has this blog post today at Philadelphia Magazine.

John L. Micek of The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania has an essay titled "Castille's scathing opinion lays bare dysfunction on Pa.'s highest court."

And today's edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer contains an editorial titled "Rough justice."
Posted at 12:10 PM by Howard Bashman




"Obama: Let schools use race in admissions." The Detroit News has this report.
Posted at 12:03 PM by Howard Bashman




"Feds' child slavery case fizzles, suspect gets 21 months": The Detroit Free Press has this report.

My earlier coverage of the Sixth Circuit's August 2014 ruling in this case can be accessed here.
Posted at 12:00 PM by Howard Bashman




Monday, October 20, 2014

"Supreme Court Will Consider Police Searches of Hotel Registries": Adam Liptak will have this article in Tuesday's edition of The New York Times.

Robert Barnes of The Washington Post has a news update headlined "Supreme Court to decide police access to hotel registries."

And Richard Wolf of USA Today reports that "Justices to rule on police searches of hotel registries."
Posted at 09:45 PM by Howard Bashman




"Appeals court revives Syngenta, Bunge GMO lawsuit": The Associated Press has this report on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit issued today.
Posted at 09:33 PM by Howard Bashman




"Abbas son, magazine face off in court": Josh Gerstein has this blog post today at Politico.com.
Posted at 09:23 PM by Howard Bashman




"Supreme Court suspends McCaffery over porn e-mails": Angela Couloumbis of The Philadelphia Inquirer has a news update that begins, "The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has suspended Justice Seamus McCaffery following revelations that he sent pornographic e-mails to state employees from a private account."

The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania has news updates headlined "Pa. Supreme Court suspends Justice Seamus McCaffery in the wake of porn email scandal"; "Chief Justice Ronald Castille, in concurring opinion on McCaffery's suspension, goes after colleague in angry and personal terms"; and "Suspended PA Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery, in statement, blames rival and Chief Justice Ronald Castille for his suspension."

Kate Giammarise and Bill Toland of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette have a news update headlined "Pa. Supreme Court suspends Justice McCaffery."

Brad Bumsted of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has a news update headlined "State Supreme Court Justice McCaffery suspended in email porn scandal."

And The Associated Press reports that "Court justice suspended over role in porn scandal."

You can access this evening's three-page order of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania at this link. Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille issued a six-page concurring statement. And Justice Debra McCloskey Todd issued a two-page dissenting statement.
Posted at 08:50 PM by Howard Bashman




"Supreme Court to decide L.A. hotel-motel privacy case": David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times has this news update.
Posted at 01:00 PM by Howard Bashman




Access online today's Order List of the U.S. Supreme Court: The Court has posted today's Order List at this link. The Court granted review in three new cases and called for the views of the Solicitor General in one case.

The Court also granted a GVR in Volkman v. United States, No. 13-8827. Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. issued a concurrence, in which Justice Clarence Thomas joined.

In early news coverage, The Associated Press reports that "Justices will decide privacy case on hotel records"; "High court to review California death penalty case"; "Court to decide if convicted felon can sell guns"; "Justices won't revive Louisiana parish claims"; and "Court rejects appeal from Duane Reade Ex-CEO, CFO."

Lawrence Hurley of Reuters reports that "Supreme Court to decide police access to hotel guest registries"; "Supreme Court agrees to decide gun ownership case"; and "U.S. top court declines Duane Reade executives' appeals."

And at "SCOTUSblog," Lyle Denniston has a post titled "Privacy of hotel guest lists at issue."
Posted at 09:33 AM by Howard Bashman




"Crooner in Rights Spat: Are copyright laws too strict?" Louis Menand had this essay in the October 20, 2014 issue of The New Yorker.
Posted at 09:21 AM by Howard Bashman




"The Left Looks For Another Eric Holder; Progressives, for the most part invigorated by the work of the attorney general, look for a steady hand to take the reins at the Justice Department": Chris Geidner of BuzzFeed has this report.
Posted at 09:18 AM by Howard Bashman




"Do you think the Supreme Court is boring? What about puppies re-enacting Supreme Court sessions?" Jaime Fuller has this entry today at "The Fix" blog of The Washington Post.
Posted at 09:14 AM by Howard Bashman




"How the Supreme Court Made a Mess of Our Voting System": Michael Waldman has this essay online at Politico Magazine.
Posted at 08:12 AM by Howard Bashman




"Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and former President of the Supreme Court of Israel Dorit Beinisch in Conversation with Nina Totenberg": You can view at this link the video of last night's event at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.
Posted at 08:09 AM by Howard Bashman




"Porn excuse for a court": This editorial appears in today's edition of The Philadelphia Daily News.
Posted at 08:03 AM by Howard Bashman




"The Obama Brief: The President considers his judicial legacy." Jeffrey Toobin has this Annals of Law article in the October 27, 2014 issue of The New Yorker.
Posted at 08:00 AM by Howard Bashman







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