How Appealing

Saturday, May 5, 2007

“A Scandal That Keeps Growing”: The New York Times on Sunday will contain an editorial that begins, “Attorney General Alberto Gonzales declared recently, while batting down bipartisan calls for him to resign, that he had many things to do and ‘can’t just be focused on the U.S. attorneys situation.’ It’s not surprising that Mr. Gonzales wants to change the subject. At best, the firing of eight United States attorneys, most of them highly respected, is an example of such profound incompetence that it should cost Mr. Gonzales his job. At worst, it was a political purge followed by a cover-up. In either case, the scandal is only getting bigger and more disturbing.”

Posted at 10:30 PM by Howard Bashman

“‘We had to fight our way out,’ Shirley Lute says; After 29-year ordeal, freedom tastes sweet; A change in how courts view battered spouses led her to a long-awaited reunion with daughters”: This article appears today in The Kansas City Star.

And The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports today that “Woman paroled after 29 years.”

Posted at 10:15 PM by Howard Bashman

“Court: Home-based knitters ruled employees.” The Burlington Free Press today contains an article that begins, “Several home-based knitters who work for Fleece on Earth, a Chittenden apparel company, are employees — not independent contractors, according to the state Supreme Court. The court ruled 3-2 Friday to uphold a ruling by the Department of Employment and Training’s Employment Security Board that requires Fleece on Earth to pay unemployment taxes for people working from home for the company.”

You can access yesterday’s ruling of the Supreme Court of Vermont at this link.

Posted at 10:03 PM by Howard Bashman

“The Green Scare: Rod Coronado gave a talk in San Diego and the feds called his words ‘terrorism’; How new laws are equating environmentalists with Al Qaeda.” This article appears in the current issue of Los Angeles CityBeat.

Posted at 4:57 PM by Howard Bashman

“Law Clerks and Book Proposals”: At “Concurring Opinions,” Steve Vladeck has a post that begins, “There’s a fairly disturbing (at least to me) book proposal making its way around the e-mail universe, disturbing not because of the subject (the current debate over habeas and the war on terrorism), but because of the occupation of the authors / editors — two current D.C. Circuit law clerks.”

Posted at 4:55 PM by Howard Bashman

“Paris dedication of Cornell’s American law center is July 17”: The Ithaca Journal today contains an article that begins, “A center on American law will be dedicated by Cornell Law School this summer in Paris.”

The article goes on to report that “The July 17 dedication ceremony will take place during a first-ever conference attended by the chief justices of European Union countries and the United States. Expected to be in attendance are U.S. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony M. Kennedy and Stephen G. Breyer. The conference will be chaired by Lord Phillips, the Chief Justice of England and Wales.”

A related news release from Cornell Law School can be accessed at this link.

Posted at 1:45 PM by Howard Bashman

“Talking trash: Supreme Court rules on fate of local garbage.” Wednesday’s edition of The Bristol (Conn.) Press contained an article that begins, “A regional trash agency is hailing this week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that local governments can force trash haulers to follow ordinances that dictate where garbage will go.”

Posted at 1:40 PM by Howard Bashman

“Bush veto threat stirs activists”: The Washington Times today contains an article that begins, “President Bush’s threat to veto any effort by the Democrat-led Congress to expand federal funding for abortion or stem-cell research drew strong responses yesterday from activists.”

Posted at 1:14 PM by Howard Bashman

“Sealed Cases To Be Reviewed; Some ‘Level 2s’ Involve Prominent Corporate Leaders, Judges”: The Hartford Courant today contains an article that begins, “The state’s judicial branch will review about 500 sealed civil and family cases, some involving high-profile corporate leaders and Superior Court judges, to determine whether more information about the cases should be released to the public.”

Posted at 12:42 PM by Howard Bashman