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Saturday, March 17, 2007

“Guantanamo Detainee Aims to Stall Trial”: The Associated Press provides a report that begins, “Lawyers for an Australian detainee at the U.S. military camp at Guantanamo Bay said Saturday they have filed an injunction to stall his trial on charges of providing material support for terrorism.”

Posted at 11:59 PM by Howard Bashman

“Court Saga Left Bruises, Balm”: Today in The Hartford Courant, Lynne Tuohy has an article that begins, “One year ago today, Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced that Supreme Court Chief Justice William J. Sullivan was resigning as helmsman of the judicial branch and that she would nominate Justice Peter T. Zarella to succeed him as chief justice.”

Posted at 11:48 PM by Howard Bashman

“Why Democrats are raising a stink: Congressional investigations into the firing of U.S. attorneys are about checks and balances, not politics.” U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has this op-ed today in The Los Angeles Times.

Posted at 11:44 PM by Howard Bashman

“Anger of Swing State Republicans Eased U.S. Attorney Toward Exit”: This article will appear Sunday in The New York Times. Today, meanwhile, the newspaper contains an article headlined “Investigation Thrusts Former Counsel Back Into the World of Politics” and a news analysis headlined “With Shifting Explanations, White House Adds to Storm.”

The Los Angeles Times today contains articles headlined “Attorney firing inquiry reaches impasse; The White House delays decisions on documents and testimony; the House Judiciary Committee threatens subpoenas” and “Blogs can top the presses; Talking Points Memo drove the U.S. attorrneys story, proof that Web writers with input from devoted readers can reshape journalism.”

And The Washington Times reports that “White House seeks time to explain firings.”

Posted at 5:38 PM by Howard Bashman

“Probe of Al-Qaeda Leader’s Handling Sought; Senators Urge Inquiry After Mohammed Alleges Abuse”: This article appears today in The Washington Post.

Posted at 5:27 PM by Howard Bashman

Certiorari improvidently granted in “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” case? Lyle Denniston considers the possibility in this post today at “SCOTUSblog.”

Posted at 5:20 PM by Howard Bashman

“Courts to Release Trial Tapes Online”: The Associated Press provides a report that begins, “A computer and an Internet connection may soon be all that are needed for anyone to hear closing arguments in a corruption trial or listen to the testimony of a mob turncoat. The federal judiciary approved a pilot program this week to make free audio recordings of court proceedings available online.”

Posted at 5:18 PM by Howard Bashman

“Outspoken judge to face disciplinary hearing”: The Arkansas News Bureau today provides a report that begins, “In a 5-3 vote, the state Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission decided Friday to conduct a disciplinary hearing to determine whether public comments by state Court of Appeals Judge Wendell Griffen violated the judicial code. The nine-member panel found that probable cause exists to hold a disciplinary hearing over comments Griffen made criticizing the Bush administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina, objecting to the nomination of John Roberts for chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and supporting a proposed minimum wage increase, among other comments.”

Posted at 11:12 AM by Howard Bashman

“Is He to Be Guilty, Or Not to Be Guilty? Legal Eagles Flock to the Kennedy Center To Judge Prince Hamlet’s State of Mind.” This article appears today in The Washington Post.

Posted at 11:06 AM by Howard Bashman

“Judge Pryor on Judicial Independence”: The new issue of The Harvard Law Record contains an article that begins, “The Harvard Federalist Society brought Judge William H. Pryor of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit to a packed Hark South on Friday to speak on the controversial topic of judicial independence. He addressed recent, public claims made by former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and many other important members of the legal profession that the independence of the judiciary is currently at risk due to excessive public criticism, legislative usurpations, and physical threats against judges.”

Posted at 11:05 AM by Howard Bashman

“Justice gives campus talk”: Thursday’s issue of The Independent Collegian of the University of Toledo contained this article reporting on Justice Antonin Scalia’s visit.

Posted at 11:04 AM by Howard Bashman