How Appealing

Friday, March 30, 2007

“Gonzales Offers Defense on Prosecutors’ Dismissals”: This article will appear Saturday in The New York Times. Today’s newspaper, meanwhile, contains an editorial entitled “Story Time in the Senate.”

The Washington Post on Saturday will report that “Gonzales Repeats Explanation Of a Marginal Role in Firings.” And today’s newspaper contains an editorial entitled “Candor at the Capitol: A former aide provides some of the straight answers that have been lacking from the attorney general.”

The Los Angeles Times today contains articles headlined “Former aide contradicts Gonzales; D. Kyle Sampson tells senators that the attorney general played a key role in talks that led to the firing of U.S. attorneys” and “Gonzales’ former aide rode the fast track; Senators balk at D. Kyle Sampson’s limited experience as they look into Justice Department firings.”

And McClatchy Newspapers report that “Scandal gives Democrats a chance to investigate Rove.”

Posted at 11:15 PM by Howard Bashman

“A dog’s life: What’s it worth? Moves to raise the legal status of pets may lead to damage awards; But there are other issues.” The Los Angeles Times contains this article today.

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“Cover contraception: A federal court creatively interpreted the law to rule that health plans don’t have to cover contraception; That could amount to discrimination.” This editorial appears today in The Los Angeles Times.

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“Georgia public defender system on trial; The high cost of Brian Nichols’ death penalty case angers many in the state”: The Los Angeles Times contains this article today.

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“Gates is pushing to move terror trials from Guantanamo; The Defense secretary says he wants courts in the U.S. to hear the cases”: This article appears today in The Los Angeles Times.

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“Terror detainee will serve nine-month sentence in Australia”: Carol Rosenberg of The Miami Herald provides this report.

And The New York Times on Saturday will report that “Australian to Serve 9 Months in Terrorism Case.” According to this article, “The agreement for just nine additional months of imprisonment was remarkable for a detainee who, before the plea negotiations, had faced a potential life term and had become an international symbol of many of the 385 detainees here.”

Posted at 10:57 PM by Howard Bashman

“Abortion Plan in Mexico City Shakes a Heavily Catholic Land”: The New York Times on Saturday will contain an article that begins, “Dominated by liberals, Mexico City’s legislature is expected to legalize abortion in a few weeks.”

Posted at 10:50 PM by Howard Bashman

Dice-K to start tomorrow’s preseason game between the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park: And my son and I will be in attendance. Apparently the game is nearly a sell-out, with only standing-room seats remaining. We will also be attending Monday’s opening day game against the Atlanta Braves and Thursday’s business person’s special, also against the Braves. Any readers who felt that I had not attended enough Phillies games in past years may not feel that way this season.

More info on Dice-K can be accessed here.

Posted at 9:20 PM by Howard Bashman

“Judicial flap”: Beaver County (Pa.) Times today contains an article that begins, “A state Supreme Court justice who thinks topless dancing constitutes free speech in Erie has a different opinion of Pittsburgh lawyers who speak out against the court, a Duquesne University law professor said Thursday.”

And The York Dispatch today contains an editorial entitled “Arrogance from Pa.’s top court.”

My most recent earlier coverage, from yesterday, appears at this link. I spoke briefly with Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Ronald D. Castille about this matter before the start of the CLE event that he and I (along with many others) attended today at the National Constitution Center. And this latest pay raise-related dust-up will likely be the subject of the April 2007 installment of my “Upon Further Review” column for The Legal Intelligencer.

Posted at 8:55 PM by Howard Bashman

“A ‘Real Problem’ for Gonzales? Democrats Still Say Lam Was Tossed for Pursuing Corruption Case.” Lawrence Hurley has this article today in The Daily Journal of California.

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“Webcasts open a window to Texas Supreme Court; Transparency leads to accountability, new insight”: Today in The Houston Chronicle, Mark Trachtenberg has an op-ed that begins, “While the Texas Supreme Court falls below the U.S. Supreme Court in the judicial hierarchy, it leaped ahead of its federal counterpart last week in the transparency of its proceedings.”

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“Bush names Judge Elrod to 5th Circuit Court of Appeals; Perry appointee to district court would need Senate confirmation”: This article appears today in The Houston Chronicle.

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“Adult site’s legal battle could aid Web hosting services”: c|net provides a report that begins, “A federal appeals court ruling in a case involving an adult publisher appears to have delivered broader legal protections for online service providers against lawsuits claiming privacy violations and other illicit behavior by their users.”

And at “The Volokh Conspiracy,” Eugene Volokh has a post titled “Important Holding on Service Provider / Web Site Operator Immunity from State Intellectual Property Lawsuits.”

My earlier coverage of yesterday’s Ninth Circuit ruling can be accessed here.

Posted at 7:54 PM by Howard Bashman

“An officer may not use force solely because a suspect tells him he is incapable of complying with a request during the course of an ordinary pat-down.” Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski issued this interesting opinion today on behalf of a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The decision also holds that the fact that the driver of a car happens to have twenty to twenty-five pens and pencils on his person does not allow a police officer making a traffic stop to reasonably conclude that the driver posed an immediate threat.

Posted at 7:35 PM by Howard Bashman