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Monday, April 25, 2005

Wife of Supreme Court justice pleas, agrees to cooperate in judicial bribery trial”: From Mississippi, The Associated Press reports here that “The ex-wife of Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Oliver Diaz Jr. pleaded guilty Monday to attempted tax evasion and agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors in the bribery case against the justice, U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton confirmed.”

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“State: Plate no place for religion.” The Rutland Herald contains this article today. An application for a “JOHN316” vanity license plate is at the center of this controversy.

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“The Filibuster, the Constitution Outside the Courts, and the Press’s Failure”: Paul Horwitz has this post today at “PrawfsBlawg.”

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“If Senate shuts down, who’s to blame? Facing Bush judicial nominees, eager interest groups, and the ‘nuclear option,’ a divided Senate keeps raising the stakes.” This article will appear Tuesday in The Christian Science Monitor.

Tuesday’s edition of Financial Times will contain an article headlined “Reid increases attack on Frist over US court nominees.”

The public radio program “Here & Now” today contained a segment entitled “Faith and the Filibuster” (RealPlayer required).

Online at, Michelle Goldberg has an essay entitled “The right to impose Christianity: The religious right worked itself into a righteous fury at ‘Justice Sunday,’ using the stalemate over judges to tar Democrats as enemies of God.”

And online at The Village Voice, James Ridgeway’s “Mondo Washington” column today is entitled “Democrats Go Nuclear on Values: Republicans May Spend Political Capital to Blow Up the Senate Filibuster, But Dems Will Implode for Free.”

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“Meet The People For The American Way: Out Of The Mainstream Organization Providing Democrats With Resources To Block President Bush’s Judicial Nominee.” The Republican National Committee has issued this research briefing today.

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“Virtuoso role reversals mark filibuster struggle; Five years ago Republican used delaying tactics to stymie Clinton’s judicial picks; now Democrats do likewise to Bush nominees”: Tom Curry, national affairs writer for MSNBC, provides this report.

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“Moussaoui’s Mom Urges France to Save Son”: The Associated Press provides this report. As I noted here back on February 8, 2003, Zacarias Moussaoui’s mother has previously been in the news.

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“Hate the Filibuster? You Might Want to Nuke the Entire Senate.” That’s the title of Law Professor Rick Hasen’s op-ed today in Roll Call. You can access the op-ed via this post at Rick’s “Election Law” blog.

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“How the Republicans Lost Their Majority: Triggering the ‘nuclear option’ resulted in a Supreme Court that scared the public and hurt Republicans.” Stuart Taylor Jr. has this essay in today’s edition of National Journal.

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Today’s U.S. Supreme Court Order List: The Court today granted certiorari in five cases. And the Court asked for the views of the Solicitor General in an additional case. You can access today’s Order List at this link.

In early press coverage, Hope Yen of The Associated Press reports that “Court to Hear Dispute Over Student Loans” and “Supreme Court Declines to Hear POWs’ Case.” The AP also reports that “Supreme Court Takes Up Death Penalty Issue” and “Court Takes Case of Fallen Postal Customer.” James Vicini of Reuters reports that “Supreme Court Rejects Appeal by 1991 POWs in Iraq.” Reuters also reports that “US Court to Decide on Guilt Evidence at Sentencing.” And at “SCOTUSblog,” Lyle Denniston provides this coverage.

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“Raped by statute: Eighteen-year-old Matthew Limon is serving 17 years for having consensual oral sex with another boy; His case reveals our society’s bigotry — and our inability to think straight about teenage sexuality.” Ayelet Waldman has this article online today at

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“A loaded box of stereotypes: Despite ‘Batson,’ race, gender play big roles in jury selection.” This article appears in today’s issue of The National Law Journal.

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