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Tuesday, May 3, 2005

“Some judges’ rulings create active opposition”: The Wichita Eagle yesterday contained an article that begins, “Tune in to talk radio or listen to a stump speech, and you’ll realize: The issue of ‘activist judges’ is at the fore.”

Today The Virginian-Pilot contains an editorial entitled “Robertson ignores facts on judges.”

And in Sunday’s edition of The New York Daily News, Gloria Borger had an op-ed entitled “Republicans need to cool court tactics.”

Posted at 11:24 PM by Howard Bashman

Available online from Jonathan Ringel has an article headlined “11th Circuit: Nancy Grace ‘Played Fast and Loose’ With Ethics; Federal appeals court raps former prosecutor.”

In other news, “Lawyers Seek Pass From Privacy Law; Attorneys: FTC insistence on meeting act’s privacy provisions may be hurting clients rather than bolstering their rights.”

An article is headlined “N.Y. High Court: Partnerships Can’t Invoke Fifth Amendment Privilege.”

And an article reports that “Slain Soldier’s E-Mail Spurs Legal Debate; Ownership of deceased’s messages at crux of issue.”

Posted at 11:05 PM by Howard Bashman

“Frist begins to squeeze the trigger”: Wednesday’s edition of The Hill will contain an article that begins, “Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s (R-Tenn.) chief of staff has told conservative activist leaders and business-community representatives that Frist will soon trigger the so-called ‘nuclear option’ to end threatened Democratic filibusters of President Bush’s judicial nominees this month.”

And online at MSNBC, David Shuster has a report headlined “Filibusters and our Founding Fathers; Move currently threatens to rip the Senate apart.”

Posted at 10:44 PM by Howard Bashman

“Roberts joins the short list”: Michael Kirkland, UPI legal affairs correspondent, today has a news analysis that begins, “A rumor swept Washington briefly Monday that Chief Justice William Rehnquist was about to announce his retirement, causing several prominent journalists to be in the Supreme Court on that day.”

Posted at 7:48 PM by Howard Bashman

“Monument now in fitting place”: The Montgomery Advertiser today contains an editorial that begins, “The granite monument to the Ten Commandments that came to symbolize the constitutional argument over separation of church and state as much as the commandments themselves is back in Alabama. This time, however, it is in an entirely appropriate place — not in a government building, but in a private setting.”

Posted at 7:34 PM by Howard Bashman

“U.S. bill takes aim at violence against judges; Rash of attacks prompts Tyler lawmaker to seek stiffer sentences and other changes”: The Houston Chronicle published this article on Sunday.

In somewhat related news, last Wednesday’s edition of The Peoria Journal Star reported that “Hale sent to Colorado prison; SuperMax facility houses the most dangerous inmates in federal system.”

And Thursday’s edition of The Chicago Sun-Times reported that “Hale held with worst of worst.”

Posted at 7:30 PM by Howard Bashman

“Why all the hubbub over Bush’s nominees? The controversial judicial picks are heroes to some, villains to others; And they’re fueling an escalating Senate fight.” This article appeared Sunday in The Chicago Tribune.

Posted at 7:14 PM by Howard Bashman

The rapper formerly known as “C-Murder” faced a similar problem: The State Journal-Register of Springfield, Illinois today contains an article headlined “Attorney worries jury will rush to conclusions; Says client’s name may lead to prejudice in DUI case.”

The article begins, “A Sangamon County judge on Monday turned down a motion to change the name of a defendant in a reckless homicide case, but he also warned attorneys not to make any unnecessary references to the defendant’s last name. That’s because the case also accuses the woman – Doris Lush – of driving under the influence of alcohol.”

Posted at 4:35 PM by Howard Bashman

“Shifting Arguments Color Filibuster Debate”: The Associated Press provides this report.

The Honolulu Advertiser reports today that “Filibuster squabble may stall vote on Akaka bill.”

The Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star today contains an article headlined “Eying presidential bid, Hagel turns gaze to N.H.” in which U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) is quoted expressing his opposition to the so-called “nuclear option.”

Online at The Village Voice, James Ridgeway’s “Mondo Washington” column today is entitled “Speaking of Filibusters: There’s a long, rich history of big-time talkers; You have a few hours?

In The Kentucky Post, Kent Ostrander has an op-ed entitled “Church right to join filibuster debate.”

In The Daily Barometer of Oregon State University, James Lester has an op-ed entitled “Knee-jerk reactions and the nuclear option.”

And People For the American Way has issued a report titled “The Myth of the Constitutionally Required Up or Down Vote: The True History of Checks and Balances, Advice and Consent in the Senate.”

Posted at 3:20 PM by Howard Bashman

“Boss favored lovers; now it’s top court’s case”: Claire Cooper, legal affairs writer for The Sacramento Bee, has this article today.

Posted at 12:55 PM by Howard Bashman

“State again halts teen’s abortion; A Palm Beach County judge ruled that a 13-year-old foster child is free to end an unwanted pregnancy, but state officials again intervened before she could act”: This article appears today in The Miami Herald.

The Palm Beach Post contains articles headlined “Judge: State can’t bar girl’s abortion; The 13-year-old, now in her second trimester, became pregnant after running from a state group home” and “Judge Alvarez a champion of children’s rights.”

And The South Florida Sun-Sentinel contains an article headlined “Judge grants abortion request by Palm Beach County girl, 13.”

Posted at 10:44 AM by Howard Bashman

“Law firm’s leader gets challenge from afar; In a scathing memo, a Chicago partner of Holland & Knight urges Howell Melton to resign for the firm’s sake”: The St. Petersburg Times today contains an article that begins, “A sexual-harassment case that rocked the Tampa office of Holland & Knight when it was disclosed a month ago has caused tremors halfway across the United States – and an open call for its leader’s resignation.”

Earlier coverage of this matter from The SPTimes can be found in articles headlined “The cold shoulder“; “E-mail to firm calls for loyalty; Holland & Knight’s top female lawyer throws her support behind its managing partner“; “Law firm runs into new sex, race quips imbroglio; Holland & Knight, which recently demoted a partner, faces a flap over comments made at a training session“: “Holland & Knight leader apologizes; In an e-mail, the managing partner writes that he ‘made mistakes’ and regrets causing controversy“; and “A law firm’s sexual harassment case: An inside story.”

Posted at 10:20 AM by Howard Bashman

“A Journalist’s Guide to the Federal Courts”: The Administrative Office of the United States Courts has posted online this guide, “intended to assist reporters assigned to court coverage.” You can access the table of contents here.

Posted at 9:10 AM by Howard Bashman

“GOP wins key issue, keeps alive vote suit; But judge backs Democrats, too, in hearing on election case”: This article appears today in The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

The Seattle Times reports today that “GOP legal challenge to election kept alive.”

The News Tribune of Tacoma reports that “GOP gets to count contest its way; Analysis could overturn governor’s election.”

And The Spokesman-Review of Spokane reports that “GOP, Dems each claim upper hand.”

Posted at 8:45 AM by Howard Bashman

“When is violent speech still free speech? The case of Ali al-Timimi, an extremist Muslim scholar, tests our Constitution at a time when the fear of terrorism can blur the lines.” Law Professor Jonathan Turley has this op-ed today in USA Today.

Posted at 8:40 AM by Howard Bashman

“The woman who could detonate the ‘nuclear option’; The looming filibuster showdown is likely to be triggered by Priscilla Owen, who was accused of judicial activism by an unlikely foe — Alberto Gonzales”: Eric Boehlert has this article today at

The Los Angeles Times reports that “Interest Groups Intensify Ad War Over Filibuster, Judicial Nominees; Liberal and conservative organizations target the same senators on a potential rule change.” And David Greenberg has an op-ed entitled “The Republicans’ Filibuster Lie; They seem to have forgotten the Fortas case.”

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that “Bush backers run anti-filibuster ads on Arkansas TV.”

The Newark Star-Ledger reports that “Filibuster in no peril at Frist’s alma mater; Princeton students still at it after a week.”

The Birmingham News contains an editorial entitled “Truth should matter on judicial candidates.”

The Joplin Globe contains an editorial entitled “‘Nuke option’ should be last resort.”

The Aberdeen American News contains an editorial entitled “Filibuster necessary evil in U.S. Senate.”

In The Washington Times, Bruce Fein has an op-ed entitled “Constitution imperiled.”

In The Philadelphia Daily News, Christine M. Flowers has an op-ed entitled “Advise & Dissent.”

In The Harvard Crimson, Matthew A. Busch has an op-ed entitled “The New Perversion: Dr. Frist uses the lowest common denominator.”

And in The Rocky Mountain Collegian, Tyler Wittman has an essay entitled “Beware the anti-Christ! Democrats inconsistent in efforts to block judges.”

Posted at 7:15 AM by Howard Bashman