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Friday, June 24, 2005

“Lawmakers consider providing protections against eminent domain”: The Associated Press provides this report from Connecticut.

The Wall Street Journal Online offers “A Closer Look at Eminent Domain; What the High Court’s Decision May Mean for Homeowners” (pass-through link).

The Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star reports that “Ruling sanctions property seizures.”

Religion News Service reports that “Experts Warn Houses of Worship at Risk After Court Ruling.”

The Daily Leader of Brookhaven, Mississippi reports that “Eminent domain ruling surprises area mayors.”

CNN/Money provides a report headlined “Eminent domain: A big-box bonanza? Court’s ruling OKed land grab for business like Target, Home Depot, CostCo, Bed Bath & Beyond.”

Saturday’s edition of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel will contain an editorial entitled “A troubling court ruling.”

And Pfizer Inc today issued a press release entitled “Key Facts Regarding U.S. Supreme Court Hearing.”

Posted at 8:50 PM by Howard Bashman

“Marshals Service Director Resigns”: The Associated Press provides a report that begins, “Under criticism over inadequate security for federal judges, the director of the U.S. Marshals Service announced his resignation Friday.”

The letter of resignation and the Attorney General’s response can be accessed here.

Posted at 6:10 PM by Howard Bashman

“To Confirm Their Judge, Republicans Abandoned Their Ideas”: Jonathan Rauch has this essay online today at National Journal.

Posted at 6:04 PM by Howard Bashman

“An Important Sentencing Ruling from the California Supreme Court: Despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s Recent Sentencing Upheaval, California’s System is Held to Be Valid.” FindLaw commentator Vikram David Amar has this essay today.

Posted at 5:54 PM by Howard Bashman

“Justice Janice Rogers Brown”: Today at, Larry Pratt has an essay that begins, “Oh, how the liberals love to hate this jurist.”

Posted at 5:38 PM by Howard Bashman

“It’s Time for a Tribute: Women voters are losing faith in the GOP; Could Bush win them back with an unexpected pick to lead the Supreme Court?” Eleanor Clift has this essay online this afternoon at Newsweek’s web site.

Posted at 5:33 PM by Howard Bashman

Does a bartender terminated for refusing to wear makeup possess a valid claim for sex discrimination in violation of Title VII? On Wednesday, an eleven-judge en banc panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit heard oral argument in Jesperson v. Harrah’s Operating Company. You can download the en banc oral argument audio (Windows Media format) by right-clicking on this link and saving the audio file to your computer.

Posted at 5:00 PM by Howard Bashman

U.S. District Judge refuses to take judicial notice of Jessica Simpson‘s hotness:Class Maledictorian” and “Life, Law, Libido” both ask whether the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California has entered an injunction blocking the release of the new “Dukes of Hazzard” movie.

See for yourself: I have posted the district court’s order here and opinion here. The question of Jessica Simpson’s hotness (referenced on page 24 of the district court’s opinion), to the extent that it remains relevant, now appears to be pending on appeal before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Update: An update to the original post at L-Cubed now notes that the litigation has settled (details here, 11th item), making the question of Jessica Simpson’s hotness moot from an Article III perspective.

Posted at 3:10 PM by Howard Bashman

“The right court: George W. Bush’s quest for conservative justice.” At, Luiza Ch. Savage has this essay.

Posted at 2:45 PM by Howard Bashman

“High court upholds eminent domain; Private homes, businesses can be seized as part of economic revitalization; Cities are handed broad powers”: Gail Gibson has this article today in The Baltimore Sun, which also contains a related article headlined “Acquisitions fueled a rebirth.”

The Chicago Tribune reports today that “Ruling on property rights makes owners vulnerable.”

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that “Developers score in court; ‘Public use’ can be financial as eminent domain evolves.”

The Toronto Globe and Mail reports that “U.S. property laws starting to resemble Canada’s, experts say.”

The Des Moines Register reports that “D.M. projects unfazed by U.S. justices’ ruling; The Supreme Court backs a law, like Iowa’s, that lets officials take land for redevelopment,” while a related editorial is entitled “Court rightly preserves key redevelopment tool; It’s OK to take private property for economic renewal.”

The Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that “Hawaii leads way to ruling on property seizure; A Supreme Court decision on the taking of property will not affect the state.”

The Arizona Republic contains articles headlined “Private property ruling stirs concerns; Justices widen cities’ power to seize land” and “Court boosts city’s leverage; Downtown sites could be condemned.”

The Arizona Daily Star reports that “Arizona opposition likely to high-court land ruling.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer contains an article headlined “Court: Cities may seize homes; ‘Eminent domain’ includes economic development” and an editorial entitled “Court cripples property rights.”

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that “Ruling’s impact could be felt soon in local suburbs.”

The Dayton Daily News reports that “Riverside says court ruling backs its plan; Reclaimed properties to prepare for new development.”

The New York Daily News contains articles headlined “Home’s up for grabs; Ruling ramps up anxiety in city” and “Unfair & un-American, biz cries.”

The Sacramento Bee reports that “Redevelopment staff pleased in Sacramento.”

The Indianapolis Star reports that “Ruling’s effect on Indiana evaluated; City attorney sees little impact since state’s law is different from Connecticut’s.”

The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne reports that “Local fallout likely limited, officials say.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “Eminent-domain ruling dismays N.J., Pa. owners in bulldozers’ path.”

The Harrisburg Patriot-News contains articles headlined “Ruling expands power to take homes; Ruling lets your town take your home” and “State laws can offer protection, opinion says.”

The Denver Post reports that “Court spurs mixed reaction; Experts say Colo. law restricts use of eminent domain, but critics still worry.”

The Rocky Mountain News contains an article headlined “Area leaders divided over impact of ruling” and an editorial entitled “Dark days ahead for property owners; Supreme Court broadens eminent domain.”

The Durango Herald reports that “Durango flinches at eminent domain ruling.”

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that “Washington Constitution limits ’eminent domain’ takings.”

The Deseret Morning News reports that “Justices’ ruling favors cities in use of eminent domain; Utah Legislature limits will likely mitigate ruling.”

The Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger contains articles headlined “Court rules cities can seize homes; Towns receive expanded powers to foster economic development” and “In 55 N.J. towns, planners watch as the light turns green.”

The Gloucester County Times reports that “Redevelopment foes remain firm despite eminent domain ruling.”

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel contains an article headlined “A looser rein on eminent domain; High court affirms use in developments; local projects may benefit.”

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that “Opinion split over ruling’s effect in Minnesota.”

The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports that “Officials say decision will have little impact here.”

The Natchez Democrat reports that “Court ruling may affect local communities.”

The Clarion-Ledger reports that “High court OKs Conn. land seizure; Ruling says federal government has no jurisdiction in state eminent domain cases.”

The Miami Herald reports that “Ruling on land is vital locally; Hollywood leaders took notice on Thursday when the U.S. Supreme Court upheld state and local governments’ power to take private land for economic development.”

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that “Family vows to fight to keep building that Hollywood wants for redevelopment.”

The Bradenton Herald reports that “Eminent domain ruling not yet a factor in local projects.”

The Orange County Register reports that “Land seizure upheld; High court eminent-domain ruling favors cities’ rights, but California has tough laws.”

The Press-Enterprise of Riverside, California reports that “Justices dilute land rights; The court says private property can be seized and converted to more profitable private use.”

The Ventura County Star reports that “California law likely to blunt effects of decision.”

The San Mateo County Times reports that “Ruling comes too late for Redwood City.”

The Boston Herald reports that “High court bolsters municipal land grabs.”

The Huntsville Times reports that “Local governments know issue ‘sensitive.’

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that “Eminent-domain ruling likely backs state law, attorneys say.”

The Northwest Arkansas Times reports that “City attorney says Supreme Court’s ruling on eminent domain likely won’t affect Fayetteville development.”

The Journal News of Westchester, New York reports that “High court ruling stirs IKEA battle memories.”

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that “Supreme Court ruling might revive Richmond bid.”

And The Pantagraph of Bloomington, Illinois reports that “Eminent domain ruling won’t affect Normal.”

In commentary, The Detroit Free Press contains an editorial entitled “Condemnation: Michigan standard a model for other states.”

The Providence Journal contains an editorial entitled “The little people get hit.”

And The Bangor Daily News contains an editorial entitled “Takings Advantage.”

Posted at 12:00 PM by Howard Bashman

“Disputed tactic stalled court attack response”: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today contains an article that begins, “Two months before the courthouse shootings, Fulton County sheriff’s officials changed the way they responded to emergencies at the downtown complex, a change that may have cost valuable time in responding to the crisis — and perhaps lives.”

Posted at 11:48 AM by Howard Bashman

“Court: Michigan must provide lawyers for poor who plead guilty, appeal.” Michael McGough has this article today in The Toledo Blade.

Posted at 11:40 AM by Howard Bashman

Not a great case for the Nation’s most homophonic-phobic judge: At “PrawfsBlawg,” Kaimi Wenger considers the precedents that would be in play if a town decided, based on thermal imaging, which homes to condemn for economic redevelopment purposes.

Posted at 11:20 AM by Howard Bashman

Not dead or retired yet: The Washington Post yesterday afternoon published online the following correction:

A headline and article summary that appeared to indicate that Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist had either retired or died was inadvertently published on and through a RSS feed on June 23. The headline and summary have been retracted and no longer appear on the site.

More details here, and click here for the screen shot. (Via “Life, Law, Libido.”)

Update: The headlines remain available here (at least as of this moment; scroll down to the bottom of the page) via Bloglines, but the links themselves fail to bring up the articles.

Posted at 10:55 AM by Howard Bashman

“US judiciary under the gun”: The Australian today contains an article that begins, “For all the recent criticism that Australian politicians don’t lend enough support to judges at times of controversy or crisis, members of the local judiciary are faring reasonably well compared with their US counterparts.”

Posted at 10:50 AM by Howard Bashman