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Tuesday, May 24, 2005

“Justices to Rule on Abortions for Minors”: David G. Savage has this article today in The Los Angeles Times, along with an article headlined “Supreme Court Upholds Fees for Beef Ads; Justices say farmers and ranchers can be forced to pay for government-sponsored promotions, a ruling likely to extend to other products.”

Jan Crawford Greenburg of The Chicago Tribune reports that “High court to rule on abortion notification.” She was also featured in this segment (transcript with links to video and audio) on yesterday evening’s broadcast of the PBS program “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.”

In USA Today, Joan Biskupic has articles headlined “Supreme Court to review N.H. abortion law” and “Court: Shackles sway jurors in death cases.”

The Boston Globe reports that “Abortion ruling to get review; Parent notification in N.H. law at issue.”

In The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Michael McGough has articles headlined “Supreme Court to hear abortion appeal; Parental notice center of dispute” and “Justices issue a flurry of decisions; Shackle ban in court, ads for beef upheld.”

The Washington Times reports that “High court will review repeal of abortion law.”

In The Baltimore Sun, Gail Gibson reports that “High court to take up abortion case in fall; Focus on issue comes amid talk of retirements.”

The Miami Herald reports that “Justices to revisit abortion; The Supreme Court is returning to the abortion debate with a case that could determine the constitutionality of a new Florida law on parental notification.”

The Arizona Daily Sun reports that “High court ruling may not affect Ariz. law.”

The Nashua Telegraph contains an article headlined “Lynch says he’d back repeal of law” that begins, “Gov. John Lynch would support repealing the state law that requires a minor to notify a parent before getting an abortion, his spokeswoman said Monday.”

The Manchester Union Leader reports that “Parental notification supporters delighted.”

The Concord (N.H.) Monitor contains articles headlined “High court to hear N.H. abortion law; At issue: parental notification” and “Court at a crossroads.” The newspaper also contains an editorial entitled “Notifying parents: State will defend a bad law before the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Foster’s Online of Dover, New Hampshire reports that “N.H. legislators respond on abortion case.”

Relatedly, The Anchorage Daily News reports that “Alaska abortion law before the Alaska Supreme Court.”

The Houston Chronicle reports that “Death row case returns to Texas; Supreme Court says state must review conviction of Mexican killer.”

In The Dallas Morning News, Allen Pusey reports that “Supreme Court rejects appeal by Mexican national; Houston death-row inmate says he was denied consulate help.”

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that “Texas Death Row inmate’s appeal rejected.”

The Daily Democrat of Woodland, California reports that “Yoloans dispute consul access decision; Feel Mexican on death row should get help.”

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that “Court limits shackling of murder defendants.”

The Sacramento Bee reports that “Farmers must pay for ads; High court upholds beef industry’s mandatory fees.”

The Denver Post reports that “Beef ad fund upheld; Justices say mandatory fee doesn’t hurt ranchers’ speech rights.”

The Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune reports that “Some producers have a beef with court’s checkoff ruling.”

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that “High court upholds beef checkoff.”

In cert. denied-related news, The Times-Picayune reports that “Plaquemines oyster farmer suit dead; Nation’s highest court declines to hear case.”

In rehearing denied-related news, The Finger Lakes Times reports that “High court sticks by Oneida ruling.”

Finally for now, online at the First Amendment Center, Tony Mauro has essays entitled “High court says beef is what’s for dinner” and “Majority backs Oklahoma’s primary-election rules.”

Posted at 11:55 PM by Howard Bashman

“Frist issues new warning on filibusters; Will seek rule change if Democrats block other nominees”: Tom Curry, national affairs writer for MSNBC, provides this report.

Posted at 11:50 PM by Howard Bashman

“Pryor, Moore clash again with confirmation vote near”: The Associated Press provides an interesting report that begins:

Acting U.S. Circuit Judge William Pryor’s ruling in an evolution case triggered fresh attacks by a former ally Tuesday, a day after a Senate compromise all but guaranteed Pryor’s appointment would become permanent.

Roy Moore, ousted as Alabama’s chief justice after defying a court order concerning a Ten Commandments display, had asked the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for permission to present arguments in a Georgia case about evolution disclaimer stickers in school textbooks.

In a decision dated May 20 but received by Moore on Tuesday, Pryor denied Moore’s legal brief but accepted several others. Pryor explained in the ruling that Moore’s arguments weren’t relevent because they essentially asked the appeals court to overturn Supreme Court precedent.

If I receive a copy of the Eleventh Circuit‘s ruling, I will post it online. You can access former Alabama Chief Justice Roy S. Moore’s proposed amicus brief in the Cobb County, Georgia evolution disclaimer sticker case at this link.

Posted at 11:44 PM by Howard Bashman

In news from Washington State: The Seattle Times reports today that “GOP focuses on election ‘fraud.’” The Seattle Times reporter assigned to the trial is blogging the case in real time.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that “GOP dealt blow in vote trial; Judge says late fraud argument can’t be a key to tossing governor’s election.”

And The Olympian of Olympia, Washington reports today that “Republicans allege fraud in King County; GOP opens election trial.”

Posted at 11:23 PM by Howard Bashman

“Justice Could Rekindle Filibuster Fight in the Senate”: This article will appear Wednesday in The New York Times, along with articles headlined “Many Republicans Are Already Eager to Challenge Agreement on Filibusters” and “A Compromise With Overtones for 2008.”

Wednesday’s edition of The Washington Post will contain articles headlined “Senate Votes to End Debate on Owen; Deal Last Night Paves Way to End Impasse on Controversial Judicial Nominee“; “In a Polarized Senate, A Victory for the Middle“; “For GOP, Deeper Fissures and a Looming Power Struggle“; and “Warner, Allen Perspectives Lead to Opposing Stances.”

The Los Angeles Times on Wednesday will contain articles headlined “Owen Gets Her Vote as Senators Take Heat for Compromise“; “Filibuster Battle Will Be Defined by What Happens Next“; and “Nelson, Lott Help to Douse Legal Confrontation.”

Wednesday’s edition of The Dallas Morning News will contain articles headlined “Senate clears way for vote on Owen; Lawmakers OK end to filibuster; Texan’s approval likely today” and “Both sides can agree: ‘Gang of 14’ won’t last.”

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Wednesday will report that “Senate likely to OK Owen for appeals court.”

The Hill on Wedneday will contain articles headlined “McCain eclipses Frist…” and “…but Frist hangs tough on ‘nuclear.’

The Scripps Howard News Service reports that “Graham weathers storm after cutting deal.”

Wednesday’s edition of The Independent (UK) reports that “Republicans face backlash after Senate deal over Bush’s judges.”

Wednesday’s edition of The Telegraph (UK) reports that “Bush gets his judges after four-year Senate battle.”

Online at, Farhad Manjoo has an article headlined “Judging the filibuster deal: Activists from both the left and right say averting the nuclear option won’t end their fight for the judges they want.” And David Paul Kuhn has an article headlined “McCain vs. Frist: The Arizona moderate knocked out the Tennessee right-winger in the filibuster showdown; Does his victory foreshadow the 2008 primary?

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday will contain an editorial entitled “‘Nuclear’ retraction: Americans and their Constitution are the winners in Senate deal on filibusters and judicial nominees” and an op-ed by James Lileks entitled “Filibuster bridge will lead to regret.”

USA Today on Wednesday will contain an editorial entitled “Partisans fume as Senate disarms ‘nuclear option.’

Wednesday’s edition of Financial Times contains an editorial entitled “Ceasefire in Senate over filibuster.”

And Wednesday’s edition of The Seattle Post-Intelligencer will contain an editorial entitled “Filibuster Deal: Judging from the center.”

Posted at 11:00 PM by Howard Bashman

In newz from New Zealand: Wednesday’s edition of The New Zealand Herald contains an article headlined “Pitcairners stay free till British hearing” that begins, “The six Pitcairn Islanders found guilty of child sex crimes lost their bid to have the verdicts overturned yesterday, but will not serve their sentences in the foreseeable future.”

The Times of London reports that “Pitcairn sex convicts will bring appeal to UK.”

BBC News reports that “Pitcairn sex case men lose appeal; An appeal by six men found guilty of sexually abusing young girls on a remote UK territory in the South Pacific has failed.”

The Associated Press reports that “Court rejects appeal by Pitcairn sex abusers.”

Reuters reports that “Pitcairn Island men lose appeal on sex sentences.”

And United Press International reports that “Pitcairn men lose sex assault appeal.”

Posted at 10:50 PM by Howard Bashman

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution publishes a three-part series on the Atlanta courthouse shootings entitled “Echoes of a Deadly Day: The Fulton County Courthouse Shootings.” The series began Sunday with an article headlined “It should have been business as usual at the Fulton County Courthouse on March 11; Instead, dozens of lives were forever changed.”

The series continued yesterday with an article headlined “A spreading terror, a painful truth; A killer was loose; Victims’ families got the word; Nothing could undo what had been done.”

And the series concluded today with an article headlined “Out of loss, new directions; Victims of the courthouse tragedy piece their lives back together.” Today’s newspaper also contains a related article headlined “17 on DA’s staff decide to leave; Some cite courthouse shootings as reason for decision.”

Posted at 10:30 PM by Howard Bashman

“Judicial Nominations Move Forward Following Senate Deal”: This segment (transcript with link to audio) appeared on this evening’s broadcast of the PBS program “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.” reports that “‘Nuclear Option’ Averted, Senate Vote on Owen Expected.”

And from the Knight Ridder Newspapers, James Kuhnhenn reports that “Senate’s judicial nominee compromise may be delaying inevitable.” And Steven Thomma reports that “Controlled by center, Congress challenges Bush.”

Posted at 10:20 PM by Howard Bashman

In news and commentary from Hawaii: The Honolulu Star-Bulletin today contains an article headlined “Chevron loses in Supreme Court; Some isle station owners will receive back rent refunds” and an editorial entitled “U.S. Supreme Court strikes blow to judicial activism.”

And The Honolulu Advertiser today contains articles headlined “State gets closer to capping gas prices“; “In search of the innocent behind bars“; and “Extreme-fighting law has ‘no teeth.’

Posted at 8:18 PM by Howard Bashman

“Reid claims triumph; Ensign concerned about precedent”: This article appears today in The Las Vegas Review-Journal.

At National Review Online, you can access an editorial entitled “Dealing with the Deal.” Andrew C. McCarthy has an essay entitled “The Deal’s No ‘Victory’: Republicans have been rolled.” And Quin Hillyer has an essay entitled “Capitulation: The Senate deal is not fair to the nominees who were lost in the trade.”

Online at The American Prospect, Michael Tomasky has an essay entitled “Thumbs (Sort Of) Up: Consulting Federalist Paper No. 66? That’s exactly what senators are supposed to do.”

Online at The Nation, John Nichols has a blog post titled “Bad Deal on Judges,” while David Corn has a blog post titled “The No-Nuke Deal.”

Mickey Kaus has a post at “kausfiles” titled “Kick the Can Down the Road II: Guess what the Senate did?

And at “The Huffington Post,” you can access posts titled “Score A Big One for the Republican Split“; “Senate Democrats Cave“; “The Republic Stands! The Constitution Survives!“; “We’ve Saved the Republic!“; and “The Frist Filibuster Drinking Game” written by various purportedly important people.

Posted at 6:10 PM by Howard Bashman

In Wednesday’s edition of The Christian Science Monitor: Tomorrow’s newspaper will contain articles headlined “From Senate strife, a center takes hold“; “How Senate fracas may shape ’08; The filibuster fight may help cast midterm elections and give McCain a boost in the next presidential race“; and “High court vacancy?

Tomorrow’s newspaper will also contain an editorial entitled “Defining ‘Extraordinary’: In Senate pact on court nominees, words matter.”

Posted at 5:44 PM by Howard Bashman

Available online from National Public Radio: Today’s broadcast of “Day to Day” contained segments entitled “Senate Reaches Compromise on Judicial Filibusters“; “Sen. Pryor on the ‘Gang of 14’ Filibuster Deal“; and “Slate’s Jurisprudence: Defusing the ‘Nuclear Option’” (featuring Emily Bazelon).

Today’s broadcast of “Talk of the Nation,” meanwhile, contained segments entitled “Compromise Averts Filibuster” and “Blogging Poses New Workplace Issues.”

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Posted at 5:33 PM by Howard Bashman

“Slap at evolution cut out in Cobb”: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today contains an article that begins, “Amir Mirsajedin did his work quietly Monday. No scientist heralded him. No judge applauded. No creationist peered over his shoulder. Then again, the stickers didn’t put up much of a fight as Mirsajedin and 13 others began removing them from Cobb County’s textbooks. Is evolution ‘a theory, not a fact,’ as the disclaimer printed on the stickers says? Within a matter of weeks, no student here will be able to point to that crib note stuck by the school board onto the inside of the textbooks’ front cover.”

Posted at 4:58 PM by Howard Bashman

In Washington State, you can display “JOHN3:16” on your car’s license plate, but perhaps not “C9H13N”: Last week, I noted here an article published in The News Tribune of Tacoma, Washington headlined “State says ‘JOHN3:16’ plate’s OK.”

Today, The Seattle Times reports that “Vanity plate shows formula for meth.” According to the article, “The plate appears to violate state law that bans vanity plates making reference to alcohol or illegal substances.” No word yet on whether Vermont (which bans “JOHN316” from a car’s license plate) permits a license plate to display the formula for methamphetamine.

Posted at 3:00 PM by Howard Bashman

“High court hears arguments in suit against chief justice”: The Providence (R.I.) Journal provides a news update that begins, “Four members of the state Supreme Court heard arguments this morning in the lawsuit that claims Frank J. Williams is no longer the high court’s chief justice now that he’s on a military review panel.”

Posted at 2:54 PM by Howard Bashman

“Supreme Court justice speaks at Indy conference”: The Indianapolis Star today contains an article that begins, “U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens delivered a brief address on judicial independence to the 7th Circuit Bar Association conference in Indianapolis on Monday night.”

Posted at 2:50 PM by Howard Bashman

D.C. Circuit rejects challenge to the constitutionality of sec. 514 of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act, which implements Article 18 of the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works: The challenged provision, according to today’s ruling, “establishes copyright in various kinds of works that had previously entered the public domain, and plaintiffs argue that any such provision violates the Copyright and Patent Clause of the U.S. Constitution.” You can access today’s ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit at this link.

Posted at 11:00 AM by Howard Bashman

“Jury decides to put doctor on Death Row; Podiatrist ‘attacked system,’ juror says”: The Chicago Tribune today contains an article that begins, “A jury on Monday imposed the death penalty–for only the second time in the recent history of Chicago’s federal court–on a podiatrist convicted of murdering a former patient to keep her from testifying against him in a Medicare fraud probe.”

And The Chicago Sun-Times today reports that “Jury sentences podiatrist to death.”

Posted at 9:52 AM by Howard Bashman