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Friday, December 23, 2005

“In 1984 memo, Alito defends wiretapping protections for officials”: Jonathan S. Landay of Knight Ridder Newspapers provides this report.

Posted at 10:21 PM by Howard Bashman

“Supreme Court is asked to reconsider Richey case”: The Toledo Blade today contains an article that begins, “Kenneth Richey’s attorneys planned to ask the U.S. Supreme Court last night to reconsider a November decision reinstating his murder conviction and death sentence while sending part of his appeal back to a lower court.”

An even more recent report from The Associated Press is headlined “British death-row inmate seeks Supreme Court review.”

And The Press Association (UK) reports that “Death-row inmate seeks court review.”

Posted at 4:00 PM by Howard Bashman

“Santorum’s comments a surprise; A Christian law center’s counsel blames politics; The senator’s rival calls him a ‘flip-flopper’ on Dover case”: This article appears today in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Posted at 3:30 PM by Howard Bashman

“Wal-Mart Plans to Appeal $172M Judgment”: David Kravets of The Associated Press provides this report. No word yet on whether attorneys for Wal-Mart working on the appeal will be permitted to take lunch breaks.

Posted at 2:08 PM by Howard Bashman

“Nun freed after serving 3 years for war protest”: The Baltimore Sun today contains an article that begins, “Sister Ardeth Platte, 69, walked out of a federal prison in Danbury, Conn., yesterday morning filled with peace and joy, but not a bit of remorse for her crime.”

The Denver Post reports today that “3rd pacifist nun who defaced Weld missile silo is released.”

The Rocky Mountain News reports that “Peace activist nun gets out of prison.”

And The Danbury News-Times reports that “Pacifist nun out of prison; Dominican sister says time at FCI was ‘sacred.’

Posted at 12:18 PM by Howard Bashman

“David Letterman Gets Laughs From Restraining Order”: News Talk Radio 580 CFRA provides this report. According to the report, “A New Mexico state judge granted a termporary restraining order against Letterman to stay way from Colleen Nestler, who believes Letterman was sending her coded messages. In Thursday night’s monologue, Letterman said a joke he had just told wasn’t really a joke, but a ‘coded message.’ However, Letterman didn’t specifically mention the restraining order or Nestler.”

You can listen to last night’s Late Show monologue by clicking here (RealPlayer required).

Today, The Santa Fe New Mexican contains an article headlined “Advocate: Letterman order a ‘mistake.’” The article contains links to various court filings in the case, including “PDF of Letterman’s Motion to Quash TRO.”

Posted at 12:00 PM by Howard Bashman

“Wiretaps said to sift all overseas contacts; Vast US effort seen on eavesdropping”: Today in The Boston Globe, Charlie Savage has an article that begins, “The National Security Agency, in carrying out President Bush’s order to intercept the international phone calls and e-mails of Americans suspected of links to Al Qaeda, has probably been using computers to monitor all other Americans’ international communications as well, according to specialists familiar with the workings of the NSA.”

Posted at 11:50 AM by Howard Bashman

“Judge blocks video game limits”: Claire Cooper, legal affairs writer for The Sacramento Bee, has this article today.

The San Francisco Chronicle today contains articles headlined “Judge blocks ban on sale of violent video games to minors” and “Shoppers call judge’s video ruling irrelevant; Minors say they’ll get the games they want, legal or not.”

And The Los Angeles Times contains an article headlined “Judge Halts Limits on Game Sales to Kids; Once civil liberties advocate observes that the ruling follows a pattern of ‘…law passes, gets challenged, gets struck down; Rinse, lather, repeat.’

Posted at 11:30 AM by Howard Bashman

D.C. Circuit rejects lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch, Inc. arguing that U.S. Senate rule allowing the filibuster of judicial nominations is unconstitutional: You can access today’s ruling at this link. Senior Circuit Judge Stephen F. Williams is the author of the court’s opinion, and he also has an interesting separate concurrence.

My earlier coverage of the district court’s ruling, which reached the same result via somewhat different reasoning, is here.

Posted at 10:30 AM by Howard Bashman

“Kennedy calls for release of CAP archives; Says documents may shed more light on Alito’s views”: The Daily Princetonian provides this news update.

Posted at 9:10 AM by Howard Bashman

“National Archives Opens Additional Samuel Alito Records”: At 9 a.m. eastern time, just moments from now, the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (as detailed in this press release) is scheduled to make available via this link a new set of documents.

Posted at 8:58 AM by Howard Bashman

“Judges reverse lawsuit awards for LR officers; Panel: Release of files doesn’t reach ‘deliberate indifference'”: The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette contains this article today. My earlier coverage is here.

Posted at 7:18 AM by Howard Bashman

“Verdict tags Wal-Mart for $172 million; Alameda County jury decides retailer broke 2001 law guaranteeing workers’ lunch breaks”: This article appears today in The Oakland Tribune.

The San Francisco Chronicle today contains an article headlined “Gigantic verdict against Wal-Mart; Oakland jury orders $172 million paid for lack of lunch breaks.”

The Los Angeles Times reports today that “Wal-Mart Workers Win Suit; A jury orders the world’s largest retailer to pay $172 million for violations of a California law that requires meal breaks for employees.”

The New York Times reports that “Jury Rules Wal-Mart Must Pay $172 Million Over Meal Breaks.”

And The Washington Post reports that “Calif. Jury Backs Wal-Mart Workers; Thousands Claimed They Were Denied Lunchtime Breaks.”

Posted at 7:15 AM by Howard Bashman

“Unable to End ‘Unlawful’ Detention, Judge Says”: The Washington Post today contains an article that begins, “A federal judge in Washington ruled yesterday that the continued detention of two ethnic Uighurs at the U.S. prison facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is “unlawful,” but he decided he had no authority to order their release.”

The memorandum and order that District Judge Judge James Robertson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued yesterday are available online.

Posted at 7:10 AM by Howard Bashman