How Appealing

Wednesday, December 7, 2005

“Failed case seen as blow to terror war; But many Muslim-Americans see the acquittal of Sami al-Arian as a vindication of US justice”: Warren Richey will have this article Thursday in The Christian Science Monitor. Earlier today, I collected additional coverage here.

Posted at 5:15 PM by Howard Bashman

Best, as in “most popular”: The 2005 Weblog Awards are now accepting votes (once per day, per computer, per type of web browser) for “Best Law Blog.”

Posted at 4:04 PM by Howard Bashman

“Because the Court does not appear to have developed a ‘coherent or stable conception of the appropriate role of precedent in constitutional adjudication,’ it is difficult to predict when the Court will rely on stare decisis and when it will depart from it.” That’s the conclusion of a recently-issued Congressional Research Service report titled “The Supreme Court’s Overruling of Constitutional Precedent: An Overview.”

Posted at 3:55 PM by Howard Bashman

“Split Decision: Republicans want to break up ‘the 9th Circus,’ the San Francisco-based liberal federal appeals court; Whose side are you on?” The current issue of SF Weekly contains an article that asks, “Are you an apologist for the 9th Circuit? Take our quiz and find out!”

Posted at 3:40 PM by Howard Bashman

“Schiavo forms watchdog PAC; The political action committee will inform voters where politicians stand on end of life issues and promote living wills”: This article appears today in The St. Petersburg Times.

Posted at 3:24 PM by Howard Bashman

“Al-Arian Verdict Deals a Blow To U.S. Anti-Terror Campaign”: Josh Gerstein has this article today in The New York Sun.

The New York Times reports today that “Not Guilty Verdicts in Florida Terror Trial Are Setback for U.S.

The Washington Post contains a front page article headlined “Fla. Professor Is Acquitted in Case Seen as Patriot Act Test.”

The Los Angeles Times reports that “Ex-Professor Acquitted in Patriot Act Test Case.”

The Orlando Sentinel reports that “Al-Arian acquitted on 8 terror counts; Trial tests power of Patriot Act after 9-11.”

The St. Petersburg Times today contains articles headlined “8 times, Al-Arian hears ‘Not guilty’; The former USF professor and his co-defendants relieved after long, complicated case; Jurors can’t decide many counts; ‘Evidence making these guys terrorists just wasn’t there’“; “Verdicts elicit mixed reactions on USF campus“; “As jurors debated verdict, tensions, pressure grew“; and “For family, affirmation has a cost; Sami Al-Arian promised his wife in their early days that their lives might be hard; On Tuesday, it seemed worth it.”

The Tampa Tribune contains articles headlined “No Guilty Verdicts In Al-Arian Trial“; “Even With Acquittal, Al-Arian Unlikely To Return To USF“; and “Muslims Express Pride In Justice System.”

And today’s broadcast of NPR‘s “Morning Edition” contained a segment entitled “Jury Partially Acquits Professor in Florida Terror Trial” (RealPlayer required).

Posted at 3:05 PM by Howard Bashman

“Detainee’s Lawyer Says Captors Foment Mistrust”: Neil A. Lewis has this article today in The New York Times. The detainee in question is Salim Ahmed Hamdan, whose case is pending on the merits before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Posted at 2:54 PM by Howard Bashman

“State high court rejects killer’s bid to practice law”: The Arizona Republic provides a news update that begins, “James Hamm, the convicted murderer who earned a law degree, was denied the right to practice law when the Arizona Supreme Court issued a ruling Wednesday that he had failed to prove he was of good moral character.”

And The Associated Press reports that “Murderer Denied Admission to Bar in Ariz.

You can access today’s ruling of the Supreme Court of Arizona at this link.

Posted at 2:42 PM by Howard Bashman

Three-judge Eighth Circuit panel divides over appropriate remedy after jury in federal civil rights suit involving claim for the use of excessive force during pretrial detention awards plaintiff $75,000 in “nominal damages”: The disagreement between the majority and the dissenter in today’s ruling centers around whether the trial court appropriately reduced the award to $1 or whether a new trial should have been granted.

Posted at 12:04 PM by Howard Bashman

“North Dakota’s narrowly tailored do-not-call statute significantly furthers the state’s interest in residential privacy. The Act does not substantially limit charitable solicitations and is not unconstitutionally overbroad.” A divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reaches that conclusion in a decision issued today. Today’s decision overturns a district court ruling that struck-down a portion of North Dakota’s do-not-call statute as a content-based regulation that failed strict scrutiny.

Posted at 11:50 AM by Howard Bashman

“Hoax Case Turned On Court Docket; Police Compared Bomb Calls, Case Lists”: The Hartford Courant today contains an article that begins, “Javier Rodriguez didn’t want to drive to Superior Court in Danielson last Friday morning – his driver’s license had been suspended. And he had already been convicted five times of failing to appear in court. So instead of risking another arrest, he told police, he called in a series of bomb threats.”

I previously collected press coverage of last Friday’s bomb threat-related closure of Connecticut’s judicial system at this link.

Posted at 9:44 AM by Howard Bashman

“Michael Schiavo joins the fray; Terri Schiavo’s husband starts a PAC devoted to defeating the Bible-thumping politicians who used his comatose wife as a football”: Michael Scherer has this report today at

Posted at 9:40 AM by Howard Bashman

“N.Y. Court Ruling Raises Hopes on Eminent Domain”: The New York Sun today contains an article that begins, “Property owners angered by the Supreme Court’s decision this year that the government can seize their homes and businesses received a psychological boost when a federal appeals court ruled that a New York village had overstepped its eminent domain authority.”

Monday’s ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit can be accessed here.

Posted at 7:20 AM by Howard Bashman