How Appealing

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

“Santorum reads nuke polls, applies the brakes”: Thursday’s edition of The Hill will contain an article that begins, “Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), a leading advocate of the ‘nuclear option’ to end the Democrats’ filibuster of judicial nominees, is privately arguing for a delay in the face of adverse internal party polls.”

The McClatchy Newspapers report that “Congressional showdown over judicial nominees could begin Thursday.”

Thursday’s edition of The Dallas Morning News will report that “Filibuster issue leads to rallies; Right, left aim to seize moral ground in dispute on judicial nominations.”

Thursday’s edition of Financial Times contains an article headlined “Republican politicking muddies fight on judicial posts” and an editorial entitled “Trouble on the Hill.”

From South Dakota, The Associated Press reports that “U.S. Senate battle over rules could risk state highway money.”

The Jewish Week reports that “Judicial Wars Turning Uglier: With showdown over nominees nearing, conservatives’ message that ‘religion is under attack’ is rankling Jewish leaders and Democrats.”

The Scripps Howard News Service reports that “Salazar calls tactics of Focus on the Family ‘un-Christian.’

Washington Square News reports that “Filibusters topic of debate at law school.” Participating in the debate were Nan Aron and Bruce Fein, while Adam Cohen of The New York Times Editorial Board served as moderator.

In commentary, The Montgomery Advertiser today contains an editorial entitled “Playing ‘religion card’ misguided tactic.”

The Pitt News today contains an editorial entitled “Faith-based anti-filibuster campaign a bust.”

The Chattanooga Times Free Press contains an editorial entitled “Bill Frist’s demagoguery.”

The Tennessean yesterday contained an editorial entitled “Dangerous mix of faith into filibuster debate.”

The News Tribune of Tacoma, Washington yesterday contained an editorial entitled “GOP’s Frist should shun dirty attack on judiciary.”

Last Friday, The Peoria Journal Star contained an editorial entitled “Wrong to discard Senate filibuster.”

Today in The New York Observer, columnist Joe Conason has an essay entitled “Frist and allies use piety for profit; Republicans morph opposition of judicial nominees into ‘war on people of faith.’

Columnist James Lileks has an essay entitled “This Time, McCain Doesn’t Get a Pass.”

Today in The Christian Science Monitor, Jonathan Zimmerman has an op-ed entitled “Losing our religion.”

In the current issue of The Forward, Rabbi Arthur Waskow has an essay entitled “Thou Shalt Not Revile the Judges.”

Yesterday in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, columnist Tony Norman had an op-ed entitled “Christians in lion’s clothing.”

Finally for now, James Ridgeway’s current “Mondo Washington” column online at The Village Voice is entitled “The GOP’s Fright Wing: DeLay and Frist light the torches for a crusade against ‘activist’ judges.”

Posted at 11:22 PM by Howard Bashman

“GOP Frets Over Public’s Economic Worries”: Thursday’s edition of The Washington Post will contain a front page news analysis piece that begins, “Inflation and interest rates are rising, stock values have plunged, a tank of gas induces sticker shock, and for nearly a year, wages have failed to keep up with the cost of living. Yet in Washington, the political class has been consumed with the death of a brain-damaged woman in Florida, the ethics of the House majority leader, and the fate of the Senate filibuster.”

Posted at 11:05 PM by Howard Bashman

“2 Winona High students at center of hot-button issue”: Thursday’s edition of The Minneapolis Star Tribune will contain an article that begins, “Two Winona High School students have found themselves in hot water with school officials. Why? Because after Carrie Rethlefsen attended a performance of the play ‘The Vagina Monologues’ last month, she and Emily Nixon wore buttons to school that read: ‘I [heart] My Vagina.'”

Posted at 11:00 PM by Howard Bashman

Also available online from In addition to Tony Mauro’s article noted in the post immediately below this one, the following articles are also available online tonight.

An article reports that “Ex-Gulf War POWs Plead Their Case to Supreme Court; Former hostages say they should have right to sue Iraq for torture sustained during Persian Gulf War.”

Jonathan Ringel has a very interesting article headlined “11th Circuit Judge Stands Ground on Sentencing Rules; Judge Edward E. Carnes fights criticism from colleagues, 7th Circuit.”

Jeff Chorney reports that “Deputy AG Comey to Step Down.”

And in news from California, “Ex-Partners Sue Townsend for Cut of Fees.”

Posted at 10:44 PM by Howard Bashman

Someone identified as “a judge” uses the internet to defend Tom DeLay’s comments condemning judges for using the internet: Something about this anonymous email posted at “The Corner” strikes me as fishy. Maybe it’s the anonymous emailer’s use of “appellant judges” where he or she clearly means “appellate judges”?

Posted at 10:00 PM by Howard Bashman

“Judge Brotman looks back on decades of serving V.I. through storm and change”: This article appeared last Thursday in The Virgin Islands Daily News.

Posted at 5:45 PM by Howard Bashman

“Supreme Court Reins In Suits By Shareholders”: Jess Bravin has this article (pass-through link) today in The Wall Street Journal.

Posted at 4:44 PM by Howard Bashman

“Frist’s Folly: The Senate filibuster is inherently conservative; That’s why we need it.” Jacob Weisberg today has this essay online at Slate.

Posted at 3:55 PM by Howard Bashman

Access online the Solicitor General’s reply brief in the Solomon Amendment case: The reply brief is now available at this link. The other materials filed with the U.S. Supreme Court can be accessed via this post of mine from yesterday. The case is scheduled to be conferenced on April 29, 2005, and thus we may learn whether review has been granted as early as Monday, May 2, 2005. I continue to believe that the Supreme Court is very likely to accept this case for review.

Posted at 3:24 PM by Howard Bashman

“Canada Approves Cannabis Spray; The drug will be used to treat pain from multiple sclerosis; Medicinal marijuana advocates see decision as furthering their cause in the U.S.” This article appears today in The Los Angeles Times.

Posted at 3:18 PM by Howard Bashman

“Sen. Jeffords Won’t Seek Re-Election”: The Associated Press reports here that “Sen. Jim Jeffords, an independent who triggered one of the most dramatic upheavals in U.S. Senate history when he quit the GOP four years ago, announced Wednesday he would retire at the end of his term next year, citing his and his wife’s health.”

Posted at 2:32 PM by Howard Bashman

An international law ruling that Tom DeLay might applaud: Reuters has a report headlined “Italian Court Rules Woman’s Feeding Tube Must Stay” that begins, “Italy’s Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a man’s appeal to remove a feeding tube keeping his daughter alive, weeks after a bitter row over brain-damaged Terri Schiavo divided the United States.”

Posted at 2:22 PM by Howard Bashman

“The case is a symphony of frivolousness.” So writes Seventh Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner, on behalf of a unanimous three-judge panel, in a must-read attorney sanction opinion issued today.

On a somewhat unrelated note, the Seventh Circuit recently changed the way that its opinions are made available over the internet. Compare the link that I have provided to the opinion in the preceding paragraph of this post to the link that appears in your web browser’s window once the file opens. I’d be curious to hear from any readers who can explain why a court would have its opinions open at what appear to be “temporary” link addresses that will prove useless to anyone who later wants to revisit the decisions. Or am I simply ignorant about what’s going on here?

Posted at 2:00 PM by Howard Bashman

“Accused 9/11 Conspirator to Plead Guilty Friday”: Reuters provides this report. This will be Moussaoui’s second attempt at pleading guilty, and according to Reuters the hearing is scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. eastern daylight time this Friday. A copy of the federal district court’s docket entries in this case can be accessed here.

Zacarias Moussaoui’s first attempt to plead guilty occurred on July 25, 2002, and it concluded with the trial court’s rejection of the guilty plea, as I reported here that afternoon. Later that day, I linked here to a transcript of that day’s guilty plea proceedings.

Posted at 1:45 PM by Howard Bashman

In news from Washington State: The Seattle Post-Intelligencer today contains articles headlined “Court agrees Arco biased against Sikh-owned contractor; But $5 million damage award found too high” and “GOP analysis gives Rossi 100-vote win; But Democrats say state law doesn’t allow counting like that.”

And The Seattle Times today contains an article headlined “Snohomish district lifts suspension over T-shirt” that begins, “The Snohomish High School student who was suspended for wearing a ‘SNOHOS’ T-shirt to school in February will be allowed to wear the shirt to school after all.”

Posted at 11:44 AM by Howard Bashman

“Slate’s Jurisprudence: A Public Balancing Act for Judges.” This interesting segment (featuring Emily Bazelon) about judges who speak out in public appeared on yesterday’s broadcast of NPR‘s “Day to Day.” RealPlayer is required to launch the audio segment.

Posted at 10:35 AM by Howard Bashman

DeLay disclaimer — this post discusses foreign law that I learned about by using the internet: In appellate news from the Supreme Court of Cambodia, The Associated Press offers a report headlined “Brewery Claims Victory Over Anheuser-Busch” that begins, “Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar said Wednesday it won the latest round of its global legal battle against U.S. beer giant Anheuser-Busch Ltd., gaining the right to sell its beer under its original brand names in Cambodia. The company said Cambodia’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Czech brewery earlier this month in a case dating back to 2000.” The web site of Budejovicky Budvar can be accessed here. The web site of the Supreme Court of Cambodia does not appear to exist.

And in other news from Cambodia, Reuters reports that “30 Years After ‘Year Zero,’ Cambodia Seeks Justice.”

Posted at 10:15 AM by Howard Bashman