How Appealing

Sunday, April 15, 2007

“Dog case may set murder standard; Infamous attack and subsequent trial consumed San Francisco and sparked a nationwide debate over killer dogs”: Maura Dolan will have this article Monday in The Los Angeles Times.

Posted at 11:45 PM by Howard Bashman

Available online from National Public Radio: This evening’s broadcast of “All Things Considered” contained audio segments entitled “Gonzales Admits Missteps in Attorney Firings” and “Home Health Aides Seek Labor Protections.”

And today’s broadcast of “Weekend Edition Sunday” contained audio segments entitled “Jury Selection to Begin at Padilla Trial” and “Durham Seeks Calm After Duke Lacrosse Case.”

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Posted at 10:44 PM by Howard Bashman

“‘Nothing to Hide,’ Gonzales Insists Before Senate Hearing”: This article will appear Monday in The New York Times.

The Washington Post on Monday will report that “Ex-Justice Official’s Statements Contradict Gonzales on Firings.”

Monday’s edition of The Los Angeles Times will report that “Gonzales to insist attorney firings were appropriate; In Tuesday Senate hearings, the attorney general plans to acknowledge mistakes in the dismissals, but will maintain that none of the prosecutors were fired for political reasons.”

And McClatchy Newspapers report that “Gonzales declares he has `nothing to hide.’

Posted at 10:30 PM by Howard Bashman

“Dropped Duke Charges Renew Hope in Georgia”: The New York Times on Monday will contain an article that begins, “When North Carolina’s attorney general said last week that an overreaching prosecutor lacked the evidence to support charges of rape against three former Duke University lacrosse players, some in this neighboring state hoped that tremors from his pronouncement would help free a former star high school football player. But as Georgia’s legislative session neared a close, the odds were against them. The former football player, Genarlow Wilson, is serving 10 years without parole for having consensual oral sex with a 15-year-old girl at a New Year’s Eve party, an offense that constituted aggravated child molesting even though he was 17 at the time.”

Posted at 10:25 PM by Howard Bashman

“US antiterror tactics crimp new terror case: Some of the strongest evidence against Jose Padilla, whose trial begins Monday, was coerced and can’t be used in court.” Warren Richey will have this article Monday in The Christian Science Monitor.

Posted at 7:18 PM by Howard Bashman

“Tombstone case may bury free speech”: Today in The Chicago Tribune, columnist John Kass has an op-ed in which he writes, “The case is now pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago and could end up before the U.S. Supreme Court, which may mark the first time that the high court’s justices decide what may be printed on fake tombstones in your front yard.”

You can access via this link the briefs and appendix filed in the case on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The Seventh Circuit heard oral argument in the case on April 4, 2007, and you can download the oral argument audio via this link (6 MB mp3 file).

Posted at 3:25 PM by Howard Bashman

“Gonzales: Keeping his distance, or deficient? Some say the attorney general delegates and doesn’t worry about the details; Others question his priorities.” The Los Angeles Times contains this article today, along with an article headlined “3 fired U.S. attorneys were tried by border policing; Documents show the Justice Department and prosecutors were often at odds over how to control illegal immigration.”

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports today that “Politics had no role, Biskupic says; U.S. attorney was unaware his job was in jeopardy during prosecution of state official, he says.”

In The Washington Post, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales has an op-ed entitled “Nothing Improper.” In addition, Scott Turow has an op-ed entitled “It’s Up to Gonzales Now.”

And The New York Times contains an editorial entitled “The Fantasy Behind the Scandal.”

Posted at 3:04 PM by Howard Bashman

“In Mexico, Powerful Forces Drive a Furious Debate Over Abortion; Catholic Church Fights Legislation”: The Washington Post contains this article today.

Posted at 2:24 PM by Howard Bashman

“The politics of life and death: An inmate’s fate often hinges on luck of the draw.” This article appears today in The Cincinnati Enquirer. According to the newspaper’s summary of the article’s findings, “An Enquirer analysis of the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati shows that judges appointed by Republicans vote against inmates 85 percent of the time, while those appointed by Democrats vote for them 75 percent of the time.” (Via “Sentencing Law and Policy“).

Posted at 12:00 PM by Howard Bashman

“The Supremes: Just what are top justices really afraid of?” Columnist Lisa Scottoline had this op-ed yesterday in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Posted at 11:42 AM by Howard Bashman

“A case starts to unravel: District Attorney Mike Nifong brusquely rejects defense lawyers’ overtures and an offer to share information; The emerging evidence does not support his certainty.” This article — part two in a five-part series, appears today in The News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina. I previously linked here to part one of the series, published yesterday.

And The Herald-Sun of Durham, North Carolina today contains articles headlined “Brodhead defends Duke handling of case” and “City officials counter botched investigation claims.”

Posted at 11:24 AM by Howard Bashman