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Tuesday, March 8, 2005

“Smugglers tell of how truck driver was recruited”: The Houston Chronicle provides a news update that begins, “A confessed human-smuggler who recruited truck driver Tyrone Williams said today that he cooperated with prosecutors to wipe the memory of 19 illegal immigrants’ deaths from his conscience.”

Posted at 11:45 PM by Howard Bashman

In news from Mississippi: The Associated Press offers a report headlined “House votes to allow religious texts in public buildings” that begins, “The Ten Commandments, the motto “In God We Trust” and Jesus’ teachings from the Sermon on the Mount could be displayed in any Mississippi public building, under a bill that cleared the House on today.”

Posted at 8:50 PM by Howard Bashman

“Bloggers Beware: Threats to the status quo are always ripe for ‘reform.'” John Samples has this essay online today at Reason.

Posted at 8:28 PM by Howard Bashman

“Abortion collides with bankruptcy in Senate; Schumer fails at effort to pass provision aimed at violent protesters”: Tom Curry, national affairs writer for MSNBC, provides this report.

Posted at 8:15 PM by Howard Bashman

“Court Nominee Explains Lack of Law License”: Jesse J. Holland of The Associated Press provides this report. The article states that “The committee’s chairman, Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., may hold one more confirmation hearing before the Easter recess to consider White House staff secretary Brett Kavanaugh, who also wants a seat on the D.C. Circuit.”

Posted at 5:22 PM by Howard Bashman

“Feds halt parents’ access to Matt Hale”: The Associated Press reports here that “Jailed white supremacist leader Matthew Hale, one focus of a massive investigation into the shooting deaths of a federal judge’s husband and mother, can no longer receive visits from his parents or talk to them on the phone, Hale’s father said Tuesday.”

Posted at 5:00 PM by Howard Bashman

“Tsunami Suit Shows Need to Curb Lawyers, Critics Say”: Reuters provides a report that begins, “A lawsuit against Thailand, U.S. weather forecasters and a luxury resort over the South Asian tsunami disaster is fueling calls for greater curbs on what critics say are frivolous cases brought by lawyers out to make a quick buck.”

Posted at 4:32 PM by Howard Bashman

“Senators Grill D.C. Circuit Pick; Questions focus on D.C., Utah Bar status, controversial statements about Title IX”: Legal Times offers this news update.

Posted at 3:58 PM by Howard Bashman

“Gay marriage proponents, foes prepare for Supreme Court hearing”: The Associated Press provides this report from Washington State.

The Washington State Supreme Court will hear oral argument in a case presenting the question “Whether Washington’s Defense of Marriage Act, which prohibits same-sex marriages, is unconstitutional under the state constitution” at 4:30 p.m. eastern time today.

TVW, Washington State’s public affairs network, plans to broadcast the oral argument live online. You can access the live broadcast via this link starting at 4:20 p.m. eastern time.

Posted at 3:30 PM by Howard Bashman

“Supreme Court ruling puts ‘3 strikes, out’ laws in doubt; Court limits prior conviction evidence”: Michael McGough of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has this article today.

Posted at 1:50 PM by Howard Bashman

“Ruling overturns death sentence; A prosecutor manipulated evidence, the court finds”: Claire Cooper, legal affairs writer for The Sacramento Bee, has this article today.

Bob Egelko of The San Francisco Chronicle reports that “Murder verdict rejected; Burglary made 1980 killing at motel a capital crime.”

The Associated Press reports that “Death Row Inmate Found Wrongly Convicted.”

You can access yesterday’s ruling by an eleven-judge en banc panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at this link.

Posted at 10:30 AM by Howard Bashman

In today’s edition of The Los Angeles Times: An article reports that “Santa Ana Acts to Retain Appellate Court; City hires two lobbying firms to prevent the institution from moving to UC Irvine’s campus.”

Claire Luna has an article headlined “Girl a Willing Sex Partner, Witness at Haidl Trial Says; O.C. judge clashes with a lawyer for one rape defendant as testimony for the defense begins.”

And in other news, “ACLU Backs Student Editor; Group says her article on sexual orientation at a Fullerton high school was protected by law.”

Posted at 10:20 AM by Howard Bashman

“U.S. May Still Charge ‘Enemy Combatant,’ Gonzales Says; The attorney general admits that it may be difficult to build a case against Jose Padilla”: This article appears today in The Los Angeles Times.

Posted at 10:05 AM by Howard Bashman

“Bay judge weighs rights of bloggers; Journalists’ shield claimed in response to Apple’s lawsuit”: This article appears today in The San Francisco Chronicle.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that “Judge asked to dismiss lawsuit; Apple accuses web site of misusing trade secrets.”

And BusinessWeek contains a news analysis headlined “Are Bloggers Journalists? A judge didn’t think so, thus his ruling that three blogs must reveal their sources; The decision has sparked a debate and may chill such sites.”

Posted at 8:35 AM by Howard Bashman

“Immigrant deaths trial opens today; The Supreme Court refused to hear truck driver’s penalty appeal”: Harvey Rice has this article today in The Houston Chronicle.

Posted at 8:30 AM by Howard Bashman