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Thursday, January 19, 2006

“Why Lawyers Are Liars; Apparently, It’s All In a Life’s Work”: Michael Kinsley will have this op-ed Friday in The Washington Post.

Posted at 11:58 PM by Howard Bashman

“More Democrats Say They Will Oppose Alito; But Filibuster Less Likely, Strategists Note”: This article will appear Friday in The Washington Post.

Posted at 10:24 PM by Howard Bashman

“Pact by 14 senators set the stage for Alito’s possible confirmation”: James Kuhnhenn of Knight Ridder Newspapers provides this report.

Posted at 10:10 PM by Howard Bashman

“Feds after Google data”: Today in The San Jose Mercury News, Howard Mintz has an article that begins, “The Bush administration on Wednesday asked a federal judge to order Google to turn over a broad range of material from its closely guarded databases. The move is part of a government effort to revive an Internet child protection law struck down two years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court.” The newspaper has posted online the federal government’s motion to compel at this link.

Posted at 2:38 PM by Howard Bashman

Add this to the list of things Immigration Judges probably shouldn’t say during an on-the-record hearing: According to an opinion that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued today, Immigration Judge Donald Ferlise said on the record during an asylum hearing, “You have to understand, the whole world does not revolve around you and the other Indonesians that just want to live here because they enjoy the United States better than they enjoy living in Indonesia. It is not a world that revolves around you and your ethnic group.” In a footnote to the Third Circuit’s discussion of those remarks, the court notes, “This is not the first time we have been troubled by the conduct of the IJ who presided over the proceedings in this case.”

Posted at 1:45 PM by Howard Bashman

“Top Democrat Leahy to vote against Alito; Democrat Nelson to support Supreme Court nominee”: provides this report.

Posted at 1:40 PM by Howard Bashman

“Post-Hearing Report on the Nomination of Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court: ‘The Wrong Nominee at the Wrong Time.'” The organization People For the American Way has issued this report today.

Posted at 12:10 PM by Howard Bashman

The Wall Street Journal is reporting: In today’s newspaper, Jess Bravin reports that “High Court Returns Abortion Case, Balking on Major Change to Law” (pass-through link).

And the newspaper today also contains a front page article headlined “Legal Setback; A Career in Courts Leads to Trouble For Seymour Lazar; For 50 Years, He Consorted With Stars and Financiers; ‘Did I Hurt Anybody?’; An Ankle Bracelet at Age 78” (pass-through link). According to the article, “Mr. Lazar, long a legal thorn in the side of others, is facing the legal fight of his life. In an indictment unsealed in June, a federal grand jury in Los Angeles accused him of criminal acts related to more than 50 lawsuits, filed over more than 25 years, in which he or a family member served as lead plaintiff. They charged him with receiving ‘more than $2.4 million in secret and illegal kickback payments’ from a New York law firm. Mr. Lazar’s case is intertwined with a long-running federal investigation of that firm, Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach, one of the nation’s largest class-action law firms before it split in two in 2004.”

Posted at 10:33 AM by Howard Bashman

The battle over activist judges, in Canada: The Toronto Globe and Mail today contains a front page article headlined “Harper warns of activist judges; Tory leader says some appointed to bench by Liberals promote social agendas.” The newspaper also contains an article headlined “Does politics dictate top court appointments?

And The Toronto Star today reports that “Tory leader tempers his comments on judiciary; Cotler: Remarks are ‘disrespectful of the rule of law’; Minister says all members of bench are independent.”

Posted at 10:00 AM by Howard Bashman

“Democrats Poised Against Alito; Most senators in the party seem set to oppose his confirmation to the Supreme Court, but few express enthusiasm for mounting a filibuster”: This article appears today in The Los Angeles Times.

The Boston Globe reports today that “Democrats doubt they can stop Alito; A liberal coalition calls for filibuster.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that “Alito tests loyalties of newest senator; The Democrat’s vote on his fellow New Jersey native risks alienating his party or his state constituents.”

The Asbury Park (N.J.) Press reports that “Menendez prepares for a vote on Alito; He’ll meet with court nominee today.”

The St. Petersburg Times reports that “Chat with Alito has Nelson wary; ‘I didn’t hear from him what I wanted to hear,’ he says; GOP’s Martinez will vote to confirm.”

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that “‘Evasive’ Alito troubles Nelson; Senator meets with nominee.”

The Baxter (Ark.) Bulletin reports that “Pryor fears Alito’s conservative stance.”

And The Salem (Ore.) Statesman Journal reports that “Coalition urges ‘no’ vote on Alito; Group delivers a petition with 32,000 signatures to Gordon Smith’s office.”

In commentary, The Philadelphia Daily News contains an editorial entitled “Alito for the Supreme Court; While his views are troubling, he remains a qualified nominee.”

The Poughkeepsie Journal contains an editorial entitled “Alito earns confirmation.”

And in The Hartford Courant, Emanuel Margolis has an op-ed entitled “Biden And Co. Botched Easy Case Against Alito.”

Posted at 7:25 AM by Howard Bashman

“Justices Reaffirm Emergency Access to Abortion”: Linda Greenhouse has this article today in The New York Times.

Today in The Los Angeles Times, David G. Savage reports that “In Abortion Ruling, High Court Finds Middle Path.”

In USA Today, Joan Biskupic reports that “Justices send back abortion case; N.H. dispute returns to lower court.”

The New York Sun reports that “Court Hands Down a Poser On Abortion.”

Charlie Savage of The Boston Globe reports that “Justices refuse to reject N.H. abortion law; Order lower court to revisit ruling on parental notice.” And an editorial is entitled “A dodge on abortion.”

The Houston Chronicle reports that “Justices say throwing out abortion law goes too far; Panel tells lower courts to fix flaw in state measure that restricts teens.”

In The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Michael McGough reports that “Supreme Court crafts compromise in abortion law appeal.”

The Washington Times reports that “High court faults rulings against N.H. abortion law.”

The Manchester (N.H.) Union Leader contains articles headlined “NH abortion law sent back” and “Law’s backers, foes find something to like in ruling.” And an editorial is entitled “Ayotte’s partial victory: AG persuades court, with an exception.”

The Washington Post contains an editorial entitled “Life-and-Death Decisions.”

And The Baltimore Sun contains an editorial entitled “Abortion status quo.”

Posted at 7:15 AM by Howard Bashman

“Bill seeks abortion’s end in Ohio; Backers say it could help overturn Roe v. Wade”: The Cincinnati Enquirer contains this article today.

Posted at 7:02 AM by Howard Bashman

“Justices Restore L.A. Man’s Conviction; The high court faults the 9th Circuit, saying its reversal exceeded the authority that federal judges have in decisions by state courts”: David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times provides this report today.

And today in The San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko reports that “3rd strike sentence reinstated.”

Posted at 6:50 AM by Howard Bashman

“What Substantive Lessons Should We Learn from the Alito Hearings?” FindLaw commentator Edward Lazarus has this essay today.

Posted at 6:40 AM by Howard Bashman