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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

“Poll finds Americans want attorney general to resign; Majority also wants White House aides to testify under oath about the firing of prosecutors, an L.A. Times / Bloomberg Poll finds”: The Los Angeles Times provides this news update. You can access the details of the poll at this link. And today’s edition of The LATimes reports that “Senators press Gonzales for more documents; They say they think there’s more to learn about the firings of eight federal prosecutors last year.”

Bloomberg News reports that “Most Want Gonzales Out, Aides to Testify, Poll Shows.”

The Hartford Courant provides a news update headlined “O’Connor Joins A Weakened Gonzales.”

The Washington Post on Wednesday will contain a front page article headlined “House Panel Issues First Subpoena Over Firings.” And in today’s newspaper, columnist Richard Cohen has an op-ed entitled “Candor? Call the Special Prosecutor!

Wednesday’s edition of The New York Times will report that “House Subpoenas More U.S. Attorney Files.” And today’s newspaper reports that “Senators Press for More Files on Removing Prosecutors.”

The Wall Street Journal reports today that “Congress Follows Email Trail; White House Faces Queries Over Use Of Private Accounts” (free access).

The Washington Times reports that “Democrats want more Gonzales records.”

And The Associated Press reports that “Fight Over Fired Prosecutors Heats Up.”

Posted at 11:58 PM by Howard Bashman

“Opening up hidden cases”: The St. Petersburg Times today contains an editorial that begins, “Credit should go to Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice R. Fred Lewis for jumping on the issue of hidden cases and secret dockets when it first emerged in the media last year.”

Posted at 11:43 PM by Howard Bashman

BREAKING NEWS — “Duke Lacrosse Case Charges to Be Dropped; Three Players Were Facing Charges of First Degree Kidnapping, First Degree Forcible Sexual Offense”: ABC News provides a report that begins, “The office of Attorney General Roy Cooper will announce that he is dismissing all charges against three Duke Lacrosse players, ABC News has learned from sources close to the case. The reasons that will be cited for the dismissal are not yet known.”

Posted at 11:29 PM by Howard Bashman

“Roberts, Scalia strike similar chords on court; With a bond over style, substance and showmanship, conservative justices change tone of the bench”: Joan Biskupic has this front page article today in USA Today.

Posted at 11:20 PM by Howard Bashman

“Qaeda Ruling Could Spur Leniency”: Today in The New York Sun, Joseph Goldstein has an article that begins, “The nine-month prison sentence recently handed down at the Guantanamo Bay detainment camp to an Australian who served Al Qaeda could sway federal judges on the mainland toward leniency in terrorism-related cases, an expert in sentencing says.”

Posted at 11:15 PM by Howard Bashman

“Full Federal Appellate Court Will Revisit Abortion Issue in South Dakota”: The New York Times on Wednesday will contain an article that begins, “A South Dakota law that would require doctors to tell women seeking abortions that the procedure would ‘terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being’ will be revisited today by the 11 judges of the federal appeals court in St. Louis.”

And The Washington Times reports today that “Court to rule on law calling fetus a ‘human.’

My most recent earlier coverage appeared at this link.

Posted at 11:12 PM by Howard Bashman

“D.C. Asks Full Court To Study Gun Law; Appeals Panel Had Ruled Against Ban, Angering Officials”: The Washington Post contains this article today.

Posted at 11:05 PM by Howard Bashman

“Ex-official likely to return to state job; Thompson to receive $68,000 in back pay, possibly legal fees”: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel today contains an article that begins, “Former state purchasing supervisor Georgia Thompson – freed from prison last week after being acquitted by a federal appeals court – will likely return to a government job by the end of the month.”

And “The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times” provides a post titled “Wisconsin U.S. Attorney Feels Heat.”

My earlier coverage appears here and here.

Posted at 9:15 PM by Howard Bashman

Available online from National Public Radio: Today’s broadcast of “Morning Edition” contained an audio segment entitled “Padilla Case Trudges Toward Trial.”

Today’s broadcast of “Day to Day” contained an audio segment entitled “Legal News: Gonzales Subpoena, Padilla Trial” featuring Dahlia Lithwick.

And today’s broadcast of “Talk of the Nation” contained an audio segment entitled “Professors Banishes Laptops to Engage Students.”

RealPlayer is required to launch these audio segments.

Posted at 9:03 PM by Howard Bashman

Fifth Circuit reverses class certification in Cadillac DeVille side impact air bag replacement case alleging breach of express and implied warranties: You can access today’s ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit at this link. According to the opinion, reversal of the trial court’s order certifying this nationwide class action was necessary because “the district court abused its discretion in determining that the predominance requirement was satisfied.”

The air bag replacement was intended to remedy a defect that had caused the factory installed original side impact air bags to deploy in the absence of a collision.

Posted at 8:37 PM by Howard Bashman

“Chief Judge Dennis Jacobs of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit announced a new procedure, effective immediately, for the filing and posting of the Court’s decisions.” The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued this news release yesterday.

Instead of being posted to that court’s web site throughout the day, as in the past, now “all opinions and summary orders for the day will be filed and posted to the Court’s Internet site by 10:30 a.m. each morning.” This is welcome news.

Posted at 8:20 PM by Howard Bashman

“Judge Rejects Padilla Torture Argument”: The Associated Press provides a report that begins, “A federal judge refused to dismiss terrorism charges against a suspected al-Qaida operative over claims he was tortured in U.S. military custody, but the possibility that the allegations could resurface at his upcoming trial was left open.”

Reuters reports that “Judge refuses to dismiss Padilla case.”

And the “Southern District of Florida Blog” offers a post titled “Judge Cooke denies Jose Padilla’s motion to dismiss for outrageous government conduct.”” has posted yesterday’s ruling of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida at this link.

Posted at 7:40 PM by Howard Bashman

Programming note: Work will have me in court this morning. Additional posts will appear here later today.

Posted at 7:30 AM by Howard Bashman

“Court: MySpace Postings Are Free Speech.” The Associated Press provides a report that begins, “A judge violated a juvenile’s free-speech rights when he placed her on probation for posting an expletive-laden entry on MySpace criticizing a school principal, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled.”

You can access yesterday’s ruling of the Indiana Court of Appeals at this link.

Posted at 6:18 AM by Howard Bashman

“Lawsuit tossed against Web site that derided man”: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today contains an article that begins, “An Allegheny County judge has tossed out a defamation lawsuit against a Florida company whose Web site allowed women to anonymously deride former partners.”

My earlier coverage of yesterday’s ruling appears at this link.

Posted at 6:15 AM by Howard Bashman

“Soccer player’s suit can be tried; Court rules against UNC’s Dorrance”: The News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina contains this article today.

The Greensboro News-Record reports today that ‘Sexual harassment lawsuit against UNC back in court.”

The Daily Tar Heel reports that “Dorrance lawsuit reopened; Lower court judgment set aside.”

And in The New York Sun, Josh Gerstein reports that “Soccer Coach Suffers Setback in Sex Talk Case.”

My earlier coverage of yesterday’s en banc ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit appears at this link.

Posted at 6:12 AM by Howard Bashman