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Friday, July 15, 2005

“Will Rehnquist pass justices left and right? Incentive to stay may be rooted in chance to reach top of tenure list.” Allen Pusey will have this article Saturday in The Dallas Morning News.

In Saturday’s issue of The Chicago Tribune, Jan Crawford Greenburg will report that “Rehnquist’s words cool retirement rumors but change little for Bush.”

James Kuhnhenn of Knight Ridder Newspapers reports that “Senators gear up for Supreme Court confirmation battle.”

And this evening’s broadcast of the PBS program “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” contained a segment entitled “President Weighs Court Nominees” (transcript with link to audio).

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Recent rulings of note from the Supreme Court of Wisconsin: On Wednesday, the court issued its unanimous ruling in Olstad v. Microsoft Corp., causing The Associated Press to report that “Court lets Microsoft litigation proceed; Decision called a big win for state consumers.”

Yesterday, the court issued a ruling that is the subject of an article in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel headlined “State’s high court lifts caps on pain, suffering awards; Legislators scramble to rework law on malpractice limits.” And The Capital Times of Madison, Wisconsin reports today that “GOP promises to reverse court’s malpractice ruling.”

Finally, today The Capital Times provides a news update headlined “Paint firms liable for lead woes; Only true in Wis., justice says” about this ruling issued today.

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“A Good Woman Isn’t Hard to Find”: William Kristol will have this essay in the July 25, 2005 issue of The Weekly Standard.

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“McConnell has fans, detractors; His short tenure on federal bench makes him hard to gauge”: The Rocky Mountain News contains this article today.

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“In Rare Case, Vermont Jury Backs Death for a Killer”: This article appears today in The New York Times.

The Boston Globe reports today that “Jury votes death for Vermont killer; Sentence is first in 50 years in Vt.

And The Rutland Herald contains articles headlined “The verdict: Death; Jury says Fell should die for slaying of North Clarendon woman“; “Partisans keep death penalty debate alive“; “What did the jurors believe?“; “Many in Rutland support verdict“; and “Relief, sorrow at jury’s decision.”

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“Rare Statute Figures in Rove Case; A 1982 law that criminalizes identifying operatives may be too pointed, and that may help the White House deputy chief of staff”: This article appears today in The Los Angeles Times.

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“Not Proven: Arlen Specter is nobody’s hero, but he just might save the day.” Terence Samuel has this essay online today at The American Prospect.

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Ninth Circuit‘s ruling causes Canadian cows to be glad, not mad: The New York Times reports today that “Despite Concerns on Mad Cow, Court Allows Canada Imports.”

The Toronto Globe and Mail today contains a front page article headlined “U.S. ruling raises hope for end to cattle ban.”

The Sacramento Bee reports that “Ban lifted on Canadian cattle; An appeals court backs the USDA’s finding of ‘minimal’ mad cow risk.”

The Associated Press reports that “Canadian Ranchers Elated at Border Opening.”

And Reuters reports that “Canadian ranchers skeptical U.S. border will open.”

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BREAKING NEWS — Another federal appellate court rules on the issue of journalists and anonymous sources: Circuit Judge Ed Carnes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, on behalf of a unanimous three-judge panel, today issued an opinion that begins:

In the Spring of 2003 Mike Price was head coach of the University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide football team. Given the near-fanatical following that college football has in the South, the head coach at a major university is a powerful figure. However, as Archbishop Tillotson observed three centuries ago, “they, who are in highest places, and have the most power . . . have the least liberty, because they are most observed.” If Price was unaware of that paradox when he became the Crimson Tide’s coach, he learned it the hard way a few months later in the aftermath of a trip he took to Pensacola, Florida.

While in Pensacola to participate in a pro-am golf tournament Price, a married man, visited an establishment known as “Artey’s Angels.” The name is more than a little ironic because the women who dance there are not angels in the religious sense and, when he went, Price was not following the better angels of his nature in any sense. Scandal ensued, and as often happens in our society, litigation followed closely on the heels of scandal.

Out of that litigation came this interlocutory appeal about whether Sports Illustrated magazine and one of its writers are protected under Alabama law or by the federal Constitution from being compelled to reveal the confidential source for an article they published about Price and his activities in Pensacola.

On Wednesday of this week, as I previously noted here, The Wall Street Journal published an article about this matter headlined “Playing Defense: A Coach’s Lawsuit Poses Challenge For Time Inc.; Publisher’s Sports Illustrated Relied on Unnamed Source For a Raunchy Expose; A Dancer Called ‘Destiny’” (pass-through link).

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“Social Selection: Support for Roe v. Wade does not a moderate justice make.” Jonathan Chait will have this essay (pass-through link) in the July 25, 2005 issue of The New Republic.

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“Rehnquist Plans To Stay on Court As Health Permits”: Jess Bravin has this article (pass-through link) today in The Wall Street Journal.

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Today’s rulings of note from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit: The Associated Press, in an article headlined “Court: Military Panels to Try Detainees,” reports that “A federal appeals court put the Bush administration’s military commissions for terrorist suspects back on track Friday, saying a detainee at the Guantanamo Bay prison who once was Osama bin-Laden’s driver can stand trial.” And Reuters reports that “US appeals court says Guantanamo trial can procede.” You can access today’s ruling in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld — the case involving the Guantanamo detainee alleged to have been Osama bin Laden’s personal driver — at this link.

A separate ruling issued today revives, at least for now, a proceeding that began when seven Native Americans petitioned the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to cancel the registrations of six trademarks used by the Washington Redskins football team.

The AP offers a report headlined “Court: FEC Opened Loopholes in New Law” about another decision that a divided three-judge D.C. Circuit panel issued today.

And finally, The AP has a report headlined “Court Nixes Regulating Greenhouse Gases” concerning today’s fourth D.C. Circuit opinion of note.

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“Falwell says he will not recommend any nominee to Supreme Court”: This article appears today in The News & Advance of Lynchburg, Virginia.

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Just one more reason why Sandra Day O’Connor is unlikely to become Chief Justice of the United States: Today in The Los Angeles Times, David G. Savage reports that “Chief Justice Isn’t Retiring; Rehnquist, fighting cancer, says he’ll stay as long as his health allows; With one vacancy to fill on the high court now, Bush’s task is tougher.”

In The Chicago Tribune, Jan Crawford Greenburg has an article headlined “Rehnquist: I’m staying on the job; Justice wants to end ‘unfounded’ rumors.”

In The Baltimore Sun, Gail Gibson reports that “Rehnquist ‘not about to announce retirement’; Ailing chief justice says he’ll stay on bench as long as health permits.”

The Washington Times reports that “Chief justice says not retiring.” reports that “Rehnquist silences retirement speculation.”

And in a pre-no-retirement-announcement article, The Independent (UK) reports that “Bush eyes second Supreme Court vacancy.”

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