How Appealing

Saturday, February 11, 2006

On this date in “How Appealing” history: On February 11, 2005, I had a post titled “May your federal appellate decision not be lacking in circumcision humor.” And I linked here to an article headlined “Droopy drawers law takes a hike; After global mirth, committee kills bill on breeches of etiquette” published one year ago today in The Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Meanwhile, two years ago today, this blog featured posts titled “Oh how the South is changing“; “Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg visits Hawaii“; and “Law Professor Eugene Volokh has posted online a letter from a majority of the judges serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit opposing proposed Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 32.1.” In addition, I had a post linking to a newspaper article headlined “Has murder of Luna stumped investigators?” published that day in The Lancaster New Era.

Posted at 10:22 PM by Howard Bashman

“Lawyers practice for showdown in high court”: This past Thursday’s edition of The Burlington Free Press contained an article that begins, “Attorney General William Sorrell stepped to the lectern, faced the black-robed panel and set out to argue the constitutionality of Vermont’s 1997 campaign finance law.”

Posted at 7:54 PM by Howard Bashman

“Judges complain of poisoned atmosphere; Judicial Council unseals documents revealing a feud in Brampton courthouse”: The Toronto Globe and Mail today contains an article reporting that “At the centre of the storm is Judge Marvin Morten, 61, an Ontario Court Justice who allegedly denigrated one of his fellow judges as a ‘jerk’ and a ‘wimp,” and another as ‘a pathetic piece of work.’ There’s more: He complained vociferously about their work habits, and they did the same about his. Judge Morten was accused of spying on them, and he was told he was ‘rude and hostile.’ Even the judges’ parking arrangements were a point of dispute.”

Posted at 2:35 PM by Howard Bashman

“Death Row inmate’s lawyers accused; Statements believed to be from jurors are alleged forgeries”: Today in The San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko has an article that begins, “Prosecutors of a Stockton man scheduled to be executed this month alleged for the second time Friday that his lawyers — one of them Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel in the impeachment of President Bill Clinton — had submitted forged documents in support of their application for clemency.”

The Los Angeles Times reports today that “Forgery Is Alleged in Killer’s Clemency Bid; Prosecutors say five of six sworn statements of jurors seeking to halt execution were falsified.”

Claire Cooper, legal affairs writer for The Sacramento Bee, has an article headlined “New bid to halt Morales execution; Defense says prosecutor used false testimony to win the death sentence.”

And David Kravets of The Associated Press has an article headlined “Prosecutors: Jury’s Morales letters faked.”

A reader has forwarded to me an email that Nathan Barankin, Communications Director for California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, sent yesterday to members of the news media. Attached to the email were: (1) “DA Press Release – the press release details the discovery and substance of the false and forged declarations from the jurors and the witness”; (2) “New Declarations – this document contains each of the sworn statements from the jurors and witness confirming that the documents submitted by Morales were false and forged”; and (3) “Petition – a petition from the DA requesting leave of the Governor to consider these additional clemency materials.”

Posted at 2:15 PM by Howard Bashman

“Inquiry Into Wiretapping Article Widens”: The New York Times on Sunday will contain an article that begins, “Federal agents have interviewed officials at several of the country’s law enforcement and national security agencies in a rapidly expanding criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding a New York Times article published in December that disclosed the existence of a highly classified domestic eavesdropping program, according to government officials.”

Posted at 1:50 PM by Howard Bashman