How Appealing

Thursday, November 10, 2005

“Rove re-emerges at conservative lawyers’ group; President’s advisor addresses the Federalist Society”: Tom Curry, national affairs writer for MSNBC, provides this report.

Posted at 11:28 PM by Howard Bashman

“Alito Denies 1990 Vow, 2002 Case Conflict”: Jesse J. Holland of The Associated Press provides this report.

The Washington Post on Friday will report that “Alito Defends His Actions In Two Appeals Court Cases; In Letter to Senators, Nominee Denies Conflict of Interest.”

Newsday provides an update headlined “Alito denies ethical slips; He defends his hearing of appeals involving investment firms despite 1990 pledge to Senate.”

And Thomas Ferraro of Reuters reports that “High-court nominee denies conflicts of interest.”

Via The Washington Post, you can access at this link the letter that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) sent today to Samuel A. Alito, Jr. on this subject, while Judge Alito’s response can be viewed here.

Posted at 11:25 PM by Howard Bashman

Press releases available online from Liberty Counsel: Today the organization issued a press release entitled “Kentucky Counties Vote to Take Ten Commandments Case to Trial.”

And earlier this week, the organization issued a press release entitled “California Parents Will Ask for Rehearing of Ninth Circuit Court’s Ruling on Outrageous Sex Questionnaire Given to First Through Third Grade Children; Liberty Counsel joins the fight and becomes lead counsel for the parents.”

Posted at 4:05 PM by Howard Bashman

“For all these reasons we conclude that, absent diversity jurisdiction and the requisite amount in controversy, a district court does not have subject matter jurisdiction to decide an indemnification payment dispute between the surety on a bond posted in federal court and that surety’s indemnitor.” Circuit Judge Ed Carnes issued this interesting opinion today on behalf of a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. The case involves a federal criminal defendant who failed to appear for sentencing and the neighbor who posted security for the $60,000 in bail that had secured the defendant’s pre-sentencing release.

Posted at 3:02 PM by Howard Bashman

“US House backs bill to improve court protection”: Reuters provides a report that begins, “The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill on Wednesday to increase penalties for crimes against judges, lawyers and other courthouse personnel and help state and local governments improve court security.”

And yesterday, the Ohio State Law Journal held a symposium entitled “The Madness in the Shadows of Modern Life: Judicial Security and Politics in the 21st Century.”

Posted at 11:35 AM by Howard Bashman

“Nigro calls vote to oust him ‘an irrational thing’; The Pa. Supreme Court justice says he was the wrong target for voters’ outrage over the pay raise”: L. Stuart Ditzen has this article today in The Philadelphia Inquirer. The newspaper also contains an editorial entitled “High Court Benching: Voters say take a hike.”

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports today that “Anger over pay spelled defeat for Justice Nigro.”

The Harrisburg Patriot-News reports that “State’s most discontented areas toppled Nigro.”

The York Daily Record reports that “Pay raises cost one judge his job; York and Adams counties’ voters voted down the retention of both judges.”

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review contains articles headlined “Voters batter Nigro, Newman” and “Help wanted: Bench warmer for Pa. court.” The newspaper also contains an editorial entitled “Rejecting Nigro: It is a revolution.”

The Express-Times of Easton, Pennsylvania reports that “State-level judge likely won’t be the last to go.”

And The Associated Press reports that “GOP helps judge duck pay-raise backlash; One justice keeps seat while another loses Supreme Court post.”

In commentary, meanwhile, The Philadelphia Daily News contains an editorial entitled “Angry voters spill some blood; Now let’s use that ire to propel real reform.” And columnist John Baer has an op-ed entitled “Tuesday’s vote: The lion is loose.”

Posted at 10:20 AM by Howard Bashman

“I have evaluated the situation and conclude that neither federal statutes, nor federal rules, nor the Model Code of Judicial Conduct of the American Bar Association provide that a judge should disqualify himself in any case involving a mutual fund company simply because the judge owns mutual funds that the company manages”: Law Professor Ronald D. Rotunda provides his opinion at the request of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) (via National Review Online’s “Bench Memos“).

Posted at 10:10 AM by Howard Bashman

“Is Bankruptcy Chopped Liver?” At “Crescat Sententia,” Will Baude has a post taking issue with the assertion, contained in today’s article by Linda Greenhouse of The New York Times, that a case argued yesterday “was the Roberts Court’s first encounter with the unfinished business of the Rehnquist Court’s federalism revolution, during which the court curbed Congress’s power to make federal law binding on the states.”

Posted at 9:55 AM by Howard Bashman

“Cox: Fieger made threat over affair; He wanted campaign probe dropped, attorney general says.” This article appears today in The Detroit Free Press.

The Detroit News today contains articles headlined “Sex scandal: Tearful Cox admits affair, claims political foe Fieger tried to extort him by threatening to reveal it” and “Political experts gauge impact; They say admission is more likely to hurt attorney general than his challenger, Fieger.”

And The Detroit News has also posted online the text of “Mike Cox’s statement.”

Posted at 9:00 AM by Howard Bashman

“Alito May Favor Recruitment; Nomination means more controversy over military recruitment on campus”: Daniel J. Hemel today has this article, in which I am quoted, in The Harvard Crimson.

Posted at 6:50 AM by Howard Bashman

“Democrats Press Court Designee Over Mutual Fund Case”: The New York Times contains this article today. And in commentary, Law Professor John F. Manning has an op-ed entitled “Balancing Act.”

The Washington Post reports today that “Democrats Query Nominee On Ethics; At Issue Is Alito’s Failure to Recuse Himself Twice.”

The Los Angeles Times reports that “Alito Case Raises Question of Conflict; Democrats request data on why the high court nominee did not recuse himself from hearing a suit involving Vanguard, with which he has funds.”

The Boston Globe reports that “Alito reviewed ’95 case involving sister’s firm; Questions persist about conflicts.”

Newsday reports that “Dems vet Alito’s link to mutual fund.”

The Newark Star-Ledger reports that “Democrats press Alito on fund case.”

The Trinidad & Tobago Express reports that “Trini objects to US Supreme Court nominee.”

The Washington Times reports that “Top Democrats say Alito likely to get nod.” And in commentary, Thomas Sowell has an op-ed entitled “Irrelevant questions.”

The New York Post reports that “Alito grows on Chuck.”

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that “Feingold, Alito find some common ground; But concerns remain after two meet.”

The Forum of Fargo, North Dakota reports that “Conrad ‘hits it off’ with Alito.”

And The Argus Leader of Sioux Falls, South Dakota reports that “Thune praises nominee Alito: Passion for law impresses senator; S.D. senator says Alito has Roberts’ qualities.”

In commentary, The Allentown Morning Call contains an op-ed by Flavia Colgan entitled “Judge Alito isn’t what conservatives, liberals think he is.”

In The Jersey Journal, columnist Joe Albright has an op-ed entitled “Alitos, father and son, have done a lot for our state.”

And in The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, columnist John Sonderegger has an op-ed entitled “Christian right in St. Charles is supportive of Alito.”

Posted at 6:40 AM by Howard Bashman

“Cameras Could Get Rolling on High Court Sessions; A Senate panel looks at proposals to let federal and Supreme Court proceedings be televised”: This article appears today in The Los Angeles Times.

Posted at 6:35 AM by Howard Bashman