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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

“Lengthy Practices Prepare Court Nominee for His Senate Hearings”: This article will appear Thursday in The New York Times.

Thursday’s issue of USA Today will report that “Bipartisan intro set for Roberts hearings.”

In commentary, meanwhile, tomorrow’s issue of USA Today will contain some suggested confirmation hearing questions, along with an op-ed by Paul Sracic entitled “A revealing hearing? It could happen.”

And in Friday’s edition of The Forward, Marc Stern will have an essay entitled “Question Time for John Roberts.”

Posted at 10:10 PM by Howard Bashman

“Hot Topics: Information on John Glover Roberts, Jr., Supreme Court Nominee.” The University of Michigan Law Library has collected an impressive amount of information at this link.

Posted at 8:40 PM by Howard Bashman

“Adelphia drops Boies’ law firm over family ties to data company”: Bloomberg News provides this report.

And CNN/Money reports that “Adelphia, Boies firm part ways; Cable company severs ties with firm after learning of connection between Amici and Boies’ children.”

The Wall Street Journal contained articles on this subject both yesterday and today (via “Adam Smith, Esq.“).

Other blog-based coverage can be found here and here via “Ideoblog” and here via “Corporate Compliance Prof Blog.”

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“Would Roberts practice the restraint he preaches? Judges should judge, nothing more, says High Court nominee.” Warren Richey will have this article in Thursday’s edition of The Christian Science Monitor.

Posted at 7:02 PM by Howard Bashman

“The Myth of the Ginsburg Precedent,” featuring U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY): The American Constitution Society is hosting this event tomorrow. The most recent email that I have received from the ACS reports that the location of the event has changed to Room 538, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Corner of First St. and C St., NE in Washington, DC.

Posted at 4:58 PM by Howard Bashman

“The offices of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana are closed until further notice. By order of Chief Judge Helen G Berrigan, all deadlines and delays in matters pending before this court are suspended until ordered otherwise.” So reports the web site of the New Orleans-based federal district court.

Posted at 4:32 PM by Howard Bashman

“Hurricane Katrina and the Federal Courts”: The blog “Underneath Their Robes” offers this post, which among other things wonders how those law students hoping to obtain a clerkship with a Fifth Circuit judge who has his or her home chambers in New Orleans are to submit their applications next week.

Posted at 4:00 PM by Howard Bashman

Today’s rulings of note from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit: In Arakaki v. Lingle, today a three-judge panel has reversed the dismissal of a suit claiming that Office of Hawaiian Affairs programs that are funded by state tax revenue violate the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The opinion begins, “In this case we are called on, yet again, to hear a challenge to state programs restricting benefits to ‘native Hawaiians’ or ‘Hawaiians.'”

And in a separate decision issued today, a three-judge panel divides on the question of what constitutes “forced accompaniment” under a federal criminal statute that provides:

Whoever, in committing any offense defined in this section [dealing with bank robbery], or in avoiding or attempting to avoid apprehension for the commission of such offense, or in freeing himself or attempting to free himself from arrest or confinement for such offense, kills any person, or forces any person to accompany him without the consent of such person, shall be imprisoned not less than ten years, or if death results shall be punished by death or life imprisonment.

You can access the complete opinion at this link.

Posted at 1:45 PM by Howard Bashman

“Empty Files: Where is the case Democratic case against John Roberts? There is none.” Roger Clegg has this essay today at National Review Online.

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“Wife given quick divorce from gay hubby; Judge agrees law for fast divorce discriminates”: This article appears today in The Province of Vancouver, Canada.

Canadian Press reports that “Husband’s gay affairs still grounds for divorce; Adultery includes same-sex relations, B.C. Supreme Court judge rules.”

BBC News reports that “Canada recognises ‘gay adultery’; A Canadian woman has won a legal battle allowing her to divorce her husband for having an affair with another man.”

And The Associated Press reports that “Canadian judge rules homosexual affair is grounds for divorce.”

Posted at 12:20 PM by Howard Bashman

“We seriously doubt Batson and its progeny extend federal constitutional protection to a venire panel member’s sexual orientation”: So opines a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in two related appeals decided today (see here and here). As the quoted passage suggests, the Eighth Circuit found it unnecessary to decide whether the government may exclude a potential juror from jury service based on the potential juror’s sexual orientation.

Posted at 11:54 AM by Howard Bashman

“U.S. Moves to Bolster Rights Of Guantanamo Terror Defendants”: Jess Bravin has this article (pass-through link) today in The Wall Street Journal.

Posted at 11:28 AM by Howard Bashman

“Ernie the Attorney” has successfully left New Orleans: Details here. The front page of today’s edition of the Times-Picayune of New Orleans can be accessed online here, while the rest of today’s newspaper is available via this link.

Posted at 7:02 AM by Howard Bashman

“Reagan Library Finds Thousands of Additional Roberts Documents”: This article appears today in The New York Times.

The Los Angeles Times reports today that “More Documents on Supreme Court Nominee Found; The Reagan library says papers related to John Roberts had been overlooked.”

The Washington Times contains articles headlined “More Roberts papers discovered” and “Blacks see Roberts racially ‘secluded.’

USA Today contains an article headlined “Gonzales: Some abortion queries OK; Attorney general says John Roberts could give views without revealing how he’d rule.”

The Washington Post reports that “Alliance Assails Roberts on Rights; Liberal Groups Press Uphill Battle.”

And The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “Liberal advocacy group opposes Roberts.”

In commentary, The Los Angeles Times today contains an op-ed by Law Professor Erwin Chemerinsky entitled “Once again, just too conservative.”

In USA Today, Law Professor Jonathan Turley has an op-ed entitled “Roberts: The Before and The After,” while Craig Wilson has an essay entitled “Kids and politics? You bet your Buster Browns!

And Newsday contains an op-ed by Sol Wachtler and David Gould entitled “What kind of conservative?

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