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Monday, March 28, 2005

In news from Illinois: The Associated Press reports today that “Case raises ethical dilemma for justice; Karmeier presiding over State Farm case; company contributed to his campaign.”

In related coverage, last week The St. Louis Post-Dispatch contained an article headlined “Justice looks at changing how judges are chosen” that begins, “In the wake of last year’s bitter and expensive Illinois Supreme Court race in Southern Illinois, the court’s chief justice quietly convened a meeting of the state’s top legal minds Tuesday to lay groundwork for what could be a major overhaul of the way Illinois selects its judges.”

Posted at 9:35 AM by Howard Bashman

In today’s edition of The Los Angeles Times: An article reports that “Rare Bugs Arrest a Development; A Texas man, backed by property rights advocates, is trying to get the Supreme Court to hear his challenge to the Endangered Species Act.”

And in other news, “Schiavo Called Beyond Saving; Seeing their daughter ‘declining rapidly,’ the woman’s parents are done with courtroom efforts to keep her alive, a spokesman says” and “‘Culture of Life’ Issues Split GOP.”

Posted at 8:20 AM by Howard Bashman

“Death and Congress: What the Terri Schiavo case says about America and American politics.” In the April 4, 2005 issue of The New Yorker, Hendrik Hertzberg has a “Talk of the Town” comment in which he writes, “Terri Schiavo has become a metaphor in the religio-cultural struggle over abortion. This–along with the advantages of demonizing the judiciary in preparation for the coming battle over Supreme Court nominees–explains the eagerness of Republican politicians to embrace her parents’ cause.”

Posted at 6:42 AM by Howard Bashman

“The fight for the courts: The Terri Schiavo case has demonstrated the importance of an independent judiciary, but Republicans are determined to pack the courts with ideologues.” This editorial appears today in The St. Petersburg Times.

The Houston Chronicle today contains an editorial entitled “The constitutional role of an independent Senate is more important than the confirmation of a handful of ideological judicial nominees.”

The Winston-Salem Journal contains an editorial entitled “Save the Filibuster.”

The Minnesota Daily contains an editorial entitled “Nuclear tyranny in the Senate: Deploying the ‘nuclear option’ will both destroy bipartisanship and damage debate.”

And in The Tufts Daily, Mark DeVoto has an essay entitled “Republicans consider the ‘nuclear option.’

Posted at 6:40 AM by Howard Bashman

“High Court Prepares for Case Against File Sharing; The entertainment and tech industries will face off over piracy and who is liable for it”: The Los Angeles Times contains this article today.

The San Francisco Chronicle today contains articles headlined “Music file-sharing case before high court; Ruling could have major effect on future of entertainment industry, consumer rights“; “Latest battle between Hollywood and tech industry could be most crucial one yet“; and “The sharing goes on; Industry clampdown hasn’t hurt its popularity on college campuses.”

The Washington Times reports that “Artists to tune in to court case.”

And The New York Times today contains an editorial entitled “When David Steals Goliath’s Music.”

Posted at 6:32 AM by Howard Bashman