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Friday, June 17, 2005

“Thomas, the sole black justice, a critic of discrimination claims”: Stephen Henderson of Knight Ridder Newspapers provides this report.

Posted at 7:35 PM by Howard Bashman

Former D.C. Circuit Judge Kenneth W. Starr moderates a debate between Ninth Circuit Judges Stephen Reinhardt and Alex Kozinski: Thanks to C-SPAN, you can access the debate online, on-demand by clicking here (RealPlayer required).

C-SPAN’s web site describes the event as follows:

At the 13th Annual California Court Panel, Ninth Circuit Judges Alex Kozinski and Stephen Reinhardt discuss “Where Will Another Right Turn Take Us?” The panelists will analyze and discuss — from a liberal and conservative perspective — recent Supreme Court decisions and potential decisions on cases still pending before the 2004-05 U.S. Supreme Court term. The panel is moderated by Ken Starr.

The event was sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and was videotaped this past Wednesday in Beverly Hills, California.

Posted at 5:24 PM by Howard Bashman

“State Supreme Court limits ruling on sentences”: The Seattle Times today contains an article that begins, “The state Supreme Court yesterday significantly limited the scope of a 2004 U.S. Supreme Court decision that critics worried would shorten the sentences of countless inmates.”

And The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports today that “Court limits inmate appeals of extra-long sentences.”

Posted at 5:00 PM by Howard Bashman

“Court Sets Punitives Guidelines; Businesses, plaintiffs both claim win as justices interpret ‘State Farm'”: Jeff Chorney has this article today in The Recorder of of San Francisco, California.

Posted at 2:44 PM by Howard Bashman

“Therapist to appeal to Supreme Court”: The Denver Post today contains an article that begins, “A federal appeals court Thursday dealt a major setback to a civilian Colorado Springs therapist hoping to stay out of jail, saying an Air Force judge in Texas acted properly in ordering her arrest for withholding rape-counseling records from the Air Force.”

And The Rocky Mountain News reports today that “Court rules against therapist; Appeals judges back military in dispute over patient records.”

Posted at 2:10 PM by Howard Bashman

“Catching drunk drivers paramount, court rules”: The Toronto Globe and Mail today contains an article that begins, “Police in Manitoba had a right to assess the sobriety of two drivers at a roadside check even though the men had not been instructed of their right to legal counsel, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled yesterday.”

You can access yesterday’s ruling of the Supreme Court of Canada at this link.

Posted at 11:50 AM by Howard Bashman

Battle over the Unabomber’s stuff is argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit: A three-judge Ninth Circuit panel — consisting of Chief Judge Mary M. Schroeder, Circuit Judge Michael Daly Hawkins, and Senior Circuit Judge William C. Canby (all of whom, coincidentally, are based in Phoenix) — yesterday heard oral argument in San Francisco of an appeal involving whether Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski possesses the right to donate writings and other belongings seized from his Montana cabin to his alma mater, the University of Michigan.

As I mentioned here last night, David Kravets of The Associated Press covered the oral argument in a report headlined “Fight Over Unabomber Materials in Court.”

Thanks to the Ninth Circuit’s web site, you can download the oral argument audio (Windows Media format) in this interesting case by right-clicking on this link and saving the audio file to your computer.

Posted at 11:35 AM by Howard Bashman

BREAKING NEWS — Unanimous Supreme Court of Iowa rebuffs challenge to Iowa trial court’s order dissolving a Vermont same-sex civil union: You can access today’s ruling at this link. The court holds that the order’s challengers, because they were not parties to the trial court proceeding, lack standing to have their objections decided on the merits.

Update: Yesterday at the blog “A Stitch in Haste,” KipEsquire previewed the ruling in a post titled “The Court Not Giveth, But the Court Still Taketh Away?

Posted at 9:58 AM by Howard Bashman

“Ruling expected today on gay divorce challenge”: The Sioux City Journal today contains an article that begins, “The Iowa Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling today on whether a Woodbury County judge acted properly in granting a lesbian couple a divorce two years ago, a case that inspired outrage from opponents of gay marriage. The couple, both Iowans, had traveled to Vermont to obtain a civil union, which in that state gives gay couples many of the same legal benefits of marriage. Once the relationship ended, the couple sought a divorce in Iowa because Vermont only allows divorces for people who have lived there for a year.”

Posted at 7:28 AM by Howard Bashman

“What Exactly Is Judicial Activism? The Charges Made Against the President’s Judicial Nominees.” FindLaw commentator John W. Dean has this essay online today.

Posted at 7:25 AM by Howard Bashman

“Boyle goes to full Senate; Committee OKs judicial nominee”: The News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina contains this article today.

The Charlotte Observer reports today that “Judge’s quest may hit a filibuster; Democrats object to Senate panel endorsing Boyle for U.S. court.”

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that “Nominee for court advances; Committee votes 10-8 to forward Boyle’s name for full Senate vote.”

And The Washington Times reports that “Panel approves Boyle nomination.”

Posted at 7:15 AM by Howard Bashman