How Appealing

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

“G.O.P. Aides Add Voices to Resistance Over Nominee”: This article will appear Wednesday in The New York Times, along with an article headlined “First Lady Enters Debate Over Nomination for Court.”

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Wednesday will report that “Details emerge about conversation between Rove, Christian leader.”

Financial Times on Wednesday reports that “Laura Bush sees sexism in Miers’s critics.”

Wednesday’s edition of The Guardian (UK) contains an article headlined “You’re cool, court nominee told Bush in private letter.”

Newsday on Wednesday will contain an article headlined “When flattery is the best policy.”

In Wednesday’s edition of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bob Barr will have an op-ed entitled “President ought to take mulligan on Miers pick.”

And at, Michael Scherer has an essay entitled “Quag-Miers: As conservative opposition to his Supreme Court nominee stiffens, Bush faces the prospect of a humiliating defeat.”

Posted at 11:00 PM by Howard Bashman

But will he be pro-death penalty? The Associated Press provides a report headlined “Fieger to run for Michigan attorney general in 2006” that begins, “Geoffrey Fieger, the lawyer who gained fame defending Jack Kevorkian and later won the 1998 Democratic nomination for governor, said Tuesday he plans a run next year for state attorney general.” A related press release can be accessed here.

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“Emerging supporter of Harriet Miers: businesses; Her experience in corporate law is needed on the court, they say.” This article will appear Wednesday in The Christian Science Monitor.

Posted at 5:40 PM by Howard Bashman

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to hear oral argument in United States v. Extreme Associates, Inc. on Wednesday, October 19, 2005 in Pittsburgh: You can access the oral argument list at this link. Background on this case, in which a federal district court held federal obscenity statutes unconstitutional, can be accessed via this link. And the district court’s ruling is here.

The three-judge Third Circuit panel assigned to hear the case consists of Circuit Judge D. Brooks Smith and Senior Circuit Judges Walter K. Stapleton and Richard L. Nygaard.

Posted at 5:08 PM by Howard Bashman

“Iowan Gets Death Penalty in Drug Slayings”: The Associated Press provides a report that begins, “A drug dealer convicted of killing five people – including two children – to protect his methamphetamine operation was sentenced Tuesday to die by lethal injection, becoming the first person in more than 40 years to receive a death sentence in Iowa.” The article notes that Iowa repealed its death penalty law in 1965; today’s sentence was imposed under federal law.

In other coverage, The Cedar Rapids Gazette provides a news update headlined “Honken casts blame during sentencing; Former drug kingpin to be executed.”

Posted at 4:30 PM by Howard Bashman

“Cianci’s last chance for new trial denied”: The Providence Journal provides a news update that begins, “The U.S. Supreme Court declined today to hear a request by former Providence Mayor Vincent A. Cianci Jr. for a new trial, putting an end to his quest to overturn his federal corruption conviction.”

Posted at 4:28 PM by Howard Bashman

“EU Court Rules on Anheuser-Busch Case”: The Associated Press provides a report that begins, “Anheuser-Busch Ltd. cannot sell beer under the brand name Budweiser in Portugal, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday in the latest round of a global legal battle between the U.S. beer company and Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar.”

Today’s ruling of the European Court of Human Rights can be accessed here (in French), while the Court’s press release about the ruling is available here (in English).

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“Interest Groups Rethink Their Strategy on Miers’ Nomination”: Lawrence Hurley has this article in today’s edition of The Daily Journal of California.

Posted at 3:40 PM by Howard Bashman

“Senator Lindsey Graham Speaks on Harriet Miers and Judicial Issues”: The “South Carolina Appellate Law Blog” provides this report on today’s luncheon meeting of the Greenville County Federalist Society.

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“One Photojournalist Gets An Inside Look At The Supreme Court”: Photo District News provides a report that begins, “The U.S. Supreme Court is notoriously camera shy, banning news cameras from virtually all of its business. The rare exception is the investiture of a new justice, when the court’s public information office invites one pool photographer to take pictures on behalf of the media.”

Posted at 2:18 PM by Howard Bashman

“Nathan and Harriet: Bush’s imaginary friend and her not-so-imaginary confessor.” Bruce Reed of Slate’s “The Has-Been” offers this post.

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“As president, I, too, would pick a buddy to be justice”: Columnist Bill McClellan has this op-ed today in The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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“Web Site Owner Remains In Jail; Chris Wilson has a hard time posting bail for hundreds of obscenity charges”: The Ledger of Lakeland, Florida today contains an article that begins, “Chris Wilson, the owner of an amateur porn Web site that stirred international controversy with its pictures allegedly portraying dead Iraqi insurgents, is having trouble making bail.”

Posted at 10:34 AM by Howard Bashman

“First nations for the first court: Our rulings on treaty law and restorative justice could be greatly enriched by an aboriginal Supreme Court appointment.” Peter Russell has this op-ed today in The Toronto Globe and Mail.

Posted at 10:14 AM by Howard Bashman

Today’s U.S. Supreme Court Order List: You can access the Order List at this link. It appears that the Court has granted review in three separate matters and has called for the views of the Solicitor General in four other cases. And the Order List also notes the denial of certiorari in a case involving pharmaceutical manufacturers in which a total of three members of the Court were recused.

Lyle Denniston has an early report at “SCOTUSblog” titled “No action again on Hamdan.”

The Associated Press reports that “Supreme Court to Take Up Wetlands Cases.” The AP’s Gina Holland reports that “Wiccan Priestess Loses High Court Appeal” and “High Court Won’t Hear Cheaper Drugs Case.” And The AP also reports that “High Court Declines to Hear Investor Case.”

Posted at 10:00 AM by Howard Bashman

“Council officially adopts existing policy on prayer before meetings”: The Anderson (S.C.) Independent-Mail yesterday contained an article that begins, “Anderson Mayor Richard Shirley opened Monday night’s City Council meeting according to his custom of reading from a collection of invocations of a former U.S. Senate chaplain. ‘Through Jesus Christ Our Lord,’ the prayer ended. Those words, uttered countless times in the city council chambers over the years, have now become a potential liability for the council in the wake of an appeals court decision prohibiting sectarian prayer before public meetings.”

Posted at 9:50 AM by Howard Bashman