How Appealing

Monday, March 28, 2005

“Keller resigns from Supreme Court”: The Lexington Herald-Leader provides a news update that begins, “Kentucky Supreme Court Justice James E. Keller of Lexington, known for his work in establishing drug courts in the state, will step down from the bench, effective May 31.”

Posted at 11:28 PM by Howard Bashman

“High court hears Houston death case; Justices grapple with foreigners’ rights, constitutional issues”: Allen Pusey will have this article Tuesday in The Dallas Morning News.

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“Bush Decision to Comply With World Court Complicates Case of Mexican on Death Row”: Linda Greenhouse will have this article Tuesday in The New York Times.

Posted at 9:55 PM by Howard Bashman

On this date in “How Appealing” history: One year ago today, I had a post titled “Tonight’s broadcast of ’60 Minutes’ will contain an interview with Fifth Circuit recess appointee Judge Charles W. Pickering, Sr.” A transcript of that “60 Minutes” segment remains available online at this link, while Judge Pickering himself no longer remains on the Fifth Circuit because his recess appointment expired last December.

Also one year ago today, I linked here to an article published that day in The Detroit News headlined “Bush likely to opt for court nominee with Federalist ties; Right-wing legal society grows in political clout since 1982 inception.” The concluding sentence of that article states, “Court watchers consider [Jeffrey S.] Sutton, who now serves on the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, as Supreme Court material.”

Posted at 7:33 PM by Howard Bashman

Playing the role of Dahlia Lithwick in this evening’s performance is Emily Bazelon: Online at Slate this evening, Emily Bazelon has a Supreme Court dispatch headlined “You Picked a Fine Time To Leave Me: President Bush ditches Texas in front of the Supreme Court” that begins, “Let’s start with the obvious: I’m not Dahlia Lithwick. To Dahlia’s devotees–and you are legion–who are thinking of me as Kirstie Alley on Cheers, or the subbed-in Luke on the Dukes of Hazzard, well, sorry about that. But think about it this way: It’s not as if Slate has killed Dahlia off. She’d just rather not give birth to her new baby in court. So, until she comes back, skinnier if not well-rested, I’ll be keeping an eye on her nine other babies.”

Posted at 7:11 PM by Howard Bashman

“Chief Justice Rehnquist Returns to Bench”: The Associated Press reports here that “Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, ailing with thyroid cancer, went to the hospital over the weekend after experiencing breathing problems but returned to the bench Monday.”

Posted at 6:02 PM by Howard Bashman

“High court shows Pryor restraint”: The Birmingham News today contains an editorial that begins, “Even the U.S. Supreme Court won’t consider removing former Alabama Attorney General Bill Pryor from the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Why doesn’t the U.S. Senate simply carry out its responsibility and vote Pryor’s nomination up or down?”

Posted at 5:40 PM by Howard Bashman

“Imagine Terri Were a Toaster… An economist considers the Schiavo case.” Steven E. Landsburg today has this everyday economics essay online at Slate.

What I have yet to see — perhaps because I’m not looking in the right places — is anyone who has remarked on all the good that could have been accomplished had the money and resources consumed by the U.S. Congress and President Bush in passing and signing the federal law applicable to Terri Schiavo’s case — a law that proved to be of no help to those seeking to keep Ms. Schiavo alive — been used instead to assist those in need whose lives that money could have saved or improved substantially for the better. What was the price tag for the Schiavo law, and how might that money been used instead actually to save or improve the lives of others in need? Enquiring minds want to know.

Posted at 5:15 PM by Howard Bashman

“The war over downloading: The debate over Internet piracy has raged for years; Now the Supreme Court is about to weigh in.” CNN/Money provides this report.

Posted at 4:33 PM by Howard Bashman

“Bible Reading Thwarts Colo. Murder Case”: The Associated Press reports here that “The Colorado Supreme Court threw out the death sentence Monday of a man convicted of raping and killing a cocktail waitress because jurors consulted the Bible during deliberations.” You can access today’s 3-2 ruling of the Supreme Court of Colorado at this link.

Posted at 4:20 PM by Howard Bashman

Law Professor Jeffrey Rosen — here, there, and everywhere: Yesterday, Professor Rosen had an op-ed in The Washington Post entitled “It’s The Law, Not the Judge; But These Days the Bench Is the Hot Seat.” Today, The Washington Post hosted Professor Rosen’s online chat on the subject of that op-ed.

Professor Rosen also appeared on this past Saturday’s broadcast (RealPlayer required) of C-SPAN‘s “America & the Courts,” where he discussed his article “Rehnquist the Great? Even liberals may come to regard William Rehnquist as one of the century’s most successful chief justices” (subscription required), which appears in the April 2005 issue of The Atlantic Monthly.

Posted at 2:45 PM by Howard Bashman

“Daniel Benitez, key plaintiff in Mariel boatlift case, dead at 49”: The Associated Press reports here that “One of two Mariel Cubans whose cases against the U.S. government led to the Supreme Court decision barring the indefinite detention of illegal migrants died Monday, his attorney said.” The U.S. Supreme Court issued the ruling in question on January 12, 2005.

Posted at 1:00 PM by Howard Bashman

“Justice’s family to back BWI renaming; Thurgood Marshall’s wife, son to urge legislators to honor civil rights pioneer; Bill passed House, sits in Senate”: This article appears today in The Baltimore Sun.

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“Both sides find ammo in Pryor’s record; Whether his federal judgeship should be permanent debated”: This article appears today in The Birmingham News.

Posted at 11:55 AM by Howard Bashman