How Appealing

Sunday, June 26, 2005

“In Battle to Pick Next Justice, Right Says, Avoid a Kennedy”: Monday’s edition of The New York Times will contain a lengthy article that begins, “When Anthony M. Kennedy was nominated to the Supreme Court in 1987, he took the place of a fallen conservative icon, Robert H. Bork, whose defeat in a Senate conflagration still shapes judicial politics.” The article goes on to note, “In an interview last week, [Justice Kennedy] responded to a question about what it was like to be cast as a Judas justice.”

Posted at 10:45 PM by Howard Bashman

“Ethical Responsibility, At Issue With Grokster, Applies to Others, Too”: Lee Gomes will have this essay (free feature) Monday in The Wall Street Journal.

Posted at 10:22 PM by Howard Bashman

“Parties Gear Up for High Court Battle”: Monday’s edition of The Washington Post will contain an article that begins, “The White House gathered key political operatives at a strategy meeting Friday to prepare for a possible Supreme Court vacancy that officials believe could occur this week, leading to the first high court confirmation battle in a decade, according to Republicans informed about the session.”

Margaret Talev of McClatchy Newspapers reports that “As court’s session winds down, speculation about vacancies ramps up.”

The Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger today contains an article headlined “After Rehnquist: Forecasts of a fierce political storm.”

And David Sanders of the Arkansas News Bureau has an essay entitled “Looming battle for U.S. Supreme Court.”

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“Experts Handicap Grokster; Legal experts say the U.S. Supreme Court is unlikely to give either side exactly what it wants in the Grokster ruling”: Red Herring provides this report.

Posted at 9:57 PM by Howard Bashman

“Will Texas now hand out fewer death sentences? State gives juries the option of life without parole, raising questions about number of people who will be executed.” This article will appear Monday in The Christian Science Monitor.

Posted at 9:54 PM by Howard Bashman

“Proposal to Limit Kansas Court Fails”: The Associated Press provides a report that begins, “A proposal to rewrite the Kansas constitution to limit the state Supreme Court’s power failed in the Legislature Sunday, thwarting an effort by Republican leaders to punish the court for its recent order telling lawmakers to provide more money for public schools.”

Posted at 9:02 PM by Howard Bashman

“Justice abused terror-fighting tools, report says”: Shannon McCaffrey of Knight Ridder Newspapers provides a report that begins, “The Justice Department imprisoned dozens of Muslim men for months in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks based on secret evidence and often flimsy links to terrorism, two civil liberties groups charge in a new report to be made public on Monday. The report by the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch accuses the Justice Department of plunging at least 70 men ‘into a Kafkaesque world of indefinite detention.'”

And The New York Times on Monday will report that “Two Groups Charge Abuse of Witness Law.”

Posted at 9:00 PM by Howard Bashman

Available online from National Public Radio: On this evening’s broadcast of “All Things Considered,” Nina Totenberg had a segment entitled “Supreme Court to Wrap Up Current Term” (RealPlayer required). She also has a written report examining “Possible Successors to Chief Justice Rehnquist.”

And today’s broadcast of “Weekend Edition – Sunday” contained a segment entitled “Connecticut Families Plan to Fight Relocation” (RealPlayer required).

Posted at 8:45 PM by Howard Bashman

Boston Red Sox 12, Philadelphia Phillies 8: My son and I had an enjoyable if hot afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, where many representatives of the Red Sox Nation were present seeking a weekend sweep. Sox fans were a bit in shock as the Phillies battled back from an 8-1 deficit to tie the game, but Boston had the last laugh, bestowing on the Phillies their first Sunday home loss of the season. Wraps and box score here.

Posted at 5:54 PM by Howard Bashman

On Monday at 10 a.m. eastern time, the Supreme Court of the United States will announce rulings in the remaining six argued cases from this Term: You can access a list of those cases, including the questions that they present, at this link. Tomorrow will thus be a big news day even if no one on the Court announces plans to retire or resign.

Posted at 9:00 AM by Howard Bashman

“Court ruling on condemnation still leaves lots to fight about”: This article appears today in The Journal News of Westchester, New York.

In commentary, The Day of New London, Connecticut today contains an editorial entitled “It’s Time To Move Ahead: The product of the Kelo case should be something the city can be proud of, not enduring bitter feelings.”

The Baltimore Sun contains an editorial entitled “The right balance.”

The Times Union of Albany, New York contains an editorial entitled “Seizing property: The U.S. Supreme Court upholds eminent domain in cases involving private development projects.”

The Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle contains an editorial entitled “Power overload: The Supreme Court has gone too far with eminent domain.”

The Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star contains an editorial entitled “Use of eminent domain must benefit public.”

In The Los Angeles Times, Michael Kinsley has an op-ed entitled “GOP Judicial Activism Takes a Hit.” In addition, columnist Dana Parsons has an op-ed entitled “Home Is Where a Mini-mall Could Be.”

In The Boston Globe, columnist Jeff Jacoby has an op-ed entitled “Eminent injustice in New London.”

In The Chicago Tribune, columnist John Kass has an op-ed entitled “High court ruling steamrolls rights of the little guy.”

And in The Houston Chronicle, Loren Steffy has an op-ed entitled “Economic hype clouds judgment.”

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“Who May Succeed Rehnquist: If the ailing chief justice steps down, Bush will select a conservative; There are clear differences among a dozen likely candidates.” David G. Savage and Richard B. Schmitt have this article today in The Los Angeles Times.

Today in The Chicago Tribune, Jan Crawford Greenburg reports that “2 to watch for vacancy have much in common; Judges are friends and may be rivals for Supreme Court seat.”

In The Boston Globe, Charlie Savage reports that “GOP rift looms over high court nominations; Some want evangelicals to keep quiet during fight.”

In The Baltimore Sun, Gail Gibson reports that “Forces poised over court; Rehnquist may retire, but vacancy is not assured; Campaign ads are gearing up; Bruising fight expected over Supreme Court seat.”

The Denver Post contains an article headlined “Appeals judge has appeal – to some” that begins, “In reportedly placing Michael McConnell, a judge on the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, on its list of potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees, the White House has recognized a conservative legal scholar whose opposition to abortion and provocative ideas about church and state have prompted liberal groups to announce their opposition before he is even nominated.”

The Toledo Blade contains an article headlined “The Rehnquist question: With Chief Justice William Rehnquist’s retirement anticipated, partisan forces gear up for a fight over the future of the court.”

And The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that “Prospect of court row stirs activists; Factions on right, left brace for fight.”

In commentary, Foster’s Daily Democrat of New Hampshire contains an editorial entitled “Balance important for U.S. Supreme Court.”

In The Los Angeles Times, Law Professor Douglas W. Kmiec has an op-ed entitled “Judges: The Law Is the Law.” Edward Lazarus has an op-ed entitled “Boomerang Justices — Ouch! Presidents seeking an ideological legacy have often been sorely disappointed.” And Law Professor Vikram Amar has an op-ed entitled “Judges Rule — ‘Legislating from the bench’: It’s a matter of opinion.”

Finally for now, in The St. Petersburg Times, columnist Robyn E. Blumner has an op-ed entitled “After Rehnquist.”

Posted at 7:30 AM by Howard Bashman