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Tuesday, March 1, 2005

In news from Oklahoma: Today’s edition of The Oklahoman contains an article headlined “Judge Lile resigns” that begins, “Judge Steve Lile resigned Monday from the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, ending an attorney general’s investigation into his actions.” The newspaper has also posted online the judge’s resignation letter and a statement from Oklahoma’s Attorney General. The Oklahoman has collected additional articles on the matter at this link.

Posted at 9:40 AM by Howard Bashman

On the agenda: Today’s Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Ninth Circuit nominee William Gerry Myers III is scheduled to get underway one hour from now, at 9:30 a.m. The announcement of hearing can be accessed at this link. Once underway, live streaming video of the hearing can be accessed here (RealPlayer required).

Myers is the first previously filibustered judicial nominee to come before the new U.S. Senate for a confirmation hearing, and thus today’s hearing may prove to be more interesting than his last one, which if I recall correctly was rather boring.

Also, at 10 a.m. today, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to issue one or more decisions in argued cases.

Posted at 8:30 AM by Howard Bashman

“Cruise Line Gets Towed Into Court; Justices hear case of a disabled passenger who wants U.S. anti-bias laws applied to ocean travel”: David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times has this article today.

Charles Lane of The Washington Post reports that “High Court Reviews Access for Disabled on Foreign-Flag Cruise Ships.”

Joan Biskupic of USA Today reports that “Court weighs disabled access on cruise ships.”

And The Houston Chronicle reports that “High court takes up cruise case; Justices question applying U.S. laws to foreign ships.”

In news coverage of yesterday’s other U.S. Supreme Court oral argument, Michael McGough of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports today that “Court skeptical on new trial plea; Prisoner says he was misled on sentence.”

Posted at 7:20 AM by Howard Bashman

“High Court to Rule on 2 States’ Displays of 10 Commandments; In separate cases, justices will decide whether monuments in Texas and Kentucky violate constitutional division of church and state”: David G. Savage has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.

The Houston Chronicle reports that “Abbott to argue statue’s ‘historical role’; State AG to make case to high court for keeping the Commandments on Capitol grounds.”

The San Antonio Express-News reports that “Texas AG maps defense of Ten Commandments.”

The Washington Times reports that “Court to hear Commandments cases.”

The Baltimore Sun today contains articles headlined “Commandments debate evokes strong emotions; A U.S. Supreme Court case could resolve a battle over principles in two Maryland towns” and “Idealistic vision becomes focus of church, state fight; Fraternal group began Commandments effort as ethical guide to young.”

And The Guardian (UK) reports that “Supreme court to rule on Ten Commandments.”

Posted at 7:10 AM by Howard Bashman

“Judicial Nominee to Face Senate Panel Again; William G. Myers III, ex-Interior solicitor, is opposed by Indian and environmental groups”: Henry Weinstein of The Los Angeles Times has this article today.

The Chicago Tribune reports today that “Gonzales steps into fray over judges; Attorney general calls for swift Senate votes, renewal of Patriot Act.”

The Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania contains an editorial entitled “Calm leadership is of prime importance as judicial nomination wars continue.”

And The Washington Times contains an editorial entitled “A contradictory Biden.”

Posted at 6:45 AM by Howard Bashman

“Judge’s husband, mother found dead”: The Chicago Tribune provides a news update that begins, “The federal judge whom white supremacist Matthew Hale attempted to have murdered found her husband and mother lying dead in her house when she returned home Monday night, police said.”

And The Chicago Sun-Times offers an AP report headlined “Two found dead in home of federal judge.”

Additional coverage of this developing story is available online via the web sites of cbs2 and NBC5.

Posted at 12:14 AM by Howard Bashman