How Appealing

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

“Point Man for Miers Juggles Allegiances; Legal Conservative Risks Credibility By Helping Bush Defuse Criticism Of High Court Nominee”: In Wednesday’s edition of The Wall Street Journal, Jeanne Cummings will have this article (free access) about Leonard Leo.

Posted at 10:14 PM by Howard Bashman

You can never be too thin, too rich, or have too many pieces of legislation under consideration to split the Ninth Circuit: Tomorrow afternoon, as I earlier noted here, a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on legislation to divide the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. And, if that is not enough, the House Judiciary Committee tomorrow afternoon will be holding its mark-up of separate legislation to split the Ninth Circuit. Of course, if it were up to the House, the Ninth Circuit would have been split long ago. But the Senate keeps cooling the saucer, so to speak.

Posted at 10:00 PM by Howard Bashman

“The End of Federalism?” Online at the web site of the Claremont Institute, John C. Eastman has an essay that begins, “Why has there been such a firestorm over President Bush’s most recent nominee to the Supreme Court?”

Posted at 5:24 PM by Howard Bashman

“Revisiting Proposals to Split the Ninth Circuit: An Inevitable Solution to a Growing Problem.” The witness list for tomorrow afternoon’s hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee‘s Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts can now be accessed here.

Posted at 4:38 PM by Howard Bashman

“On Tuesday, October 25, Americans for Better Justice, announced the launch of ABJ’s national advertising campaign to urge President Bush to withdraw his nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.” You can view the ad by clicking here, while the Americans for Better Justice web site can be accessed here.

Posted at 3:40 PM by Howard Bashman

“High court opposites dazzling off the bench”: Today in The Chicago Sun-Times, columnist John O’Sullivan has an essay from Melbourne, Australia that begins, “Most legal reporters would burn their briefs to overhear U.S. Supreme Court discussions between Justices Antonin Scalia and Stephen Breyer, respectively the leading conservative and liberal minds on the court.”

Additional coverage is available in a post titled “A Judicial SIGHT-ation from Down Under: Nino and Steve’s Excellent Adventure!” at “Underneath Their Robes.”

Posted at 2:48 PM by Howard Bashman

Divided Third Circuit panel affirms dismissal of federal civil rights claims filed by self-styled “campus-evangelist” whose preaching on the evils of pre-marital sex, drinking, and homosexuality nearly sparked a riot on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania: You can access today’s ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit at this link.

News coverage of the underlying dispute can be accessed here, here, here and here.

Posted at 2:20 PM by Howard Bashman

“Nina Totenberg discusses Supreme Court scene”: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today contains an article that begins, “If Harriet Miers is still looking for a ‘crash course’ on the U.S. Supreme Court, she could have picked up a few pointers last night from Nina Totenberg, National Public Radio’s court correspondent.”

Posted at 12:12 PM by Howard Bashman

In today’s mail: I’m very pleased to have received in today’s mail a copy of Joan Biskupic‘s new book, “Sandra Day O’Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice.” Apparently the book has gone on-sale in bookstores across the USA today [USA Today pun largely accidental].

A little birdie tells me that Joan will be visiting the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia to talk about her book (and sign copies of it) on the evening of December 1, 2005. Let’s hope Joan remembers Justice O’Connor’s advice to be on the lookout for the falling beams.

Posted at 11:45 AM by Howard Bashman

“Sen. Baucus Demands That Miers Release Her Tax Returns (As Must Tax Court Judges)”: This post appears today at “TaxProf Blog.”

Posted at 11:10 AM by Howard Bashman

Priscilla Owens and Harriet Mier: Via The Washington Post’s “Campaign for the Court” blog, I have come across a Google cache of D Magazine‘s April 2005 interview entitled “Tracy Rowlett Interviews Harriet Miers.” The interview is interesting, but be forewarned that Fifth Circuit Judge Priscilla R. Owen‘s last name is misspelled. See, e.g., NPR‘s “All Things Considered” segment from May 25, 2005, “It’s Pronounced Owen: One Person, Singular” (RealPlayer required).

Posted at 10:15 AM by Howard Bashman

“Execution Closer for ‘a Model of Humanity'”: Today in The Los Angeles Times, Henry Weinstein has an article that begins, “Lawyers and religious figures on Monday launched what is expected to be a vigorous battle to save the life of Stanley ‘Tookie’ Williams, the reputed co-founder of the Crips street gang, after a judge set Dec. 13 as his execution date.”

The San Francisco Chronicle reports today that “Execution for Nobel nominee killer set.”

And in The San Jose Mercury News, Howard Mintz reports that “Judge orders execution of gang founder/activist; Death penalty debate begins to flare up.”

Posted at 9:54 AM by Howard Bashman

“The ‘Krauthammer factor'”: At “SCOTUSblog,” Lyle Denniston has a post that begins, “Almost from the beginning, the Supreme Court nomination of Harriet E. Miers has been in trouble with prominent conservative columnists.”

Posted at 7:15 AM by Howard Bashman

“Appeals court rules judges may keep their papers secret”: The Chicago Sun-Times today contains an article that begins, “The justices of the Supreme Court of Illinois have an ‘absolute privilege’ to keep secret any memos and documents they circulate among themselves, a state appellate court ruled Monday.”

Posted at 6:54 AM by Howard Bashman

“Bush Refuses to Release Miers’ Files; He says letting senators see the high court pick’s White House records is a ‘red line I’m not willing to cross’; Lawmakers suggest a compromise”: This article appears today in The Los Angeles Times.

The Washington Post reports today that “Conservatives Escalate Opposition to Miers; Web Sites and Ad Campaign Seek Nominee’s Withdrawal.”

The Dallas Morning News reports that “Bush won’t share records on Miers’ White House time; Privilege cited; senators say they must know more before hearings.”

The Denver Post reports that “Miers’ silence on leak may be on shaky footing; Experts say the Supreme Court nominee can’t claim attorney-client privilege on all Plame-related queries.”

In The Boston Globe, Charlie Savage reports that “Bush says he won’t air memos from Miers; Sparks standoff with both parties.”

The Houston Chronicle contains articles headlined “Bush: Records of Miers’ legal advice off-limits; Details on her work as counsel to president sought” and “Bush gets help from home; Texas senators take high-profile roles in defending the White House.”

The Washington Times reports that “Bush refuses to disclose conversations with Miers” and “Leaders on right call for new pick.”

And The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that “Bush balks on data tied to Miers’ counsel.”

In commentary, The Seattle Times contains an editorial entitled “Miers not qualified for Supreme Court.”

Bloomberg News columnist Andrew Ferguson has an essay entitled “Miers Joins Long March of Mediocrity to Court.”

In The Boston Globe, columnist Thomas Oliphant has an op-ed entitled “Missteps on Miers.”

In The Washington Times, Bruce Fein has an op-ed entitled “Set-aside baggage.”

In The Rocky Mountain News, columnist Paul Campos has an op-ed entitled “Miers gets royal treatment.”

And in The San Francisco Chronicle, columnist Debra J. Saunders has an op-ed entitled “Slap them silly.”

Posted at 6:44 AM by Howard Bashman