How Appealing

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

“Legal Victory by Militant Cuban Exile Brings Both Glee and Rage”: This article will appear Thursday in The New York Times.

The Miami Herald provides a news update headlined “Posada will return to Miami as free man.”

And this evening’s broadcast of NPR’s “All Things Considered” contained an audio segment entitled “Posada Charges Dropped, Venezuela Fumes” (RealPlayer required).

You can access yesterday’s ruling of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas at this link. Additional, related documents from the federal district court’s file can be accessed via this link.

Posted at 11:58 PM by Howard Bashman

“A Few Fractious Furlongs to Go”: Syndicated columnist James J. Kilpatrick has an essay that begins, “As May began, the Supreme Court had decided only 36 of the 88 cases it has heard since its term began last October. In terms of the Kentucky Derby, the court has almost five full furlongs still to go.”

Posted at 9:00 PM by Howard Bashman

“Law Clerks and Book Proposals” — the final chapter for now: I recently linked here to this post at “Concurring Opinions.”

Today, in a post you can access here, Emma Schwartz at “The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times” reports that the book proposal in question has been withdrawn.

Posted at 7:18 PM by Howard Bashman

“Panel: Detainee Trials Could Take Years.” The Associated Press provides a report that begins, “It will take several years to complete military commission trials for 60 to 80 Guantanamo Bay detainees if the Bush administration decides to conduct that many, a House subcommittee was told Wednesday.”

Posted at 6:02 PM by Howard Bashman

“Lawyers Face Less Access to Detainees; Government Seeks Protective Order on Communications”: Lawrence Hurley has this article today in The Daily Journal of California.

Posted at 3:10 PM by Howard Bashman

“Attorney reprimanded for ‘monkey’ brief; Free-speech rights violated, Abbott says”: This article appears today in The News Journal of Wilmington, Delaware.

Posted at 11:45 AM by Howard Bashman

“Gonzales: Time to Move Past Firings.” The Associated Press provides a report that begins, “Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is challenging a House panel to move past the furor over the firings of U.S. attorneys and allow the Justice Department to focus on its mission: fighting crime. In testimony prepared for his appearance on Capitol Hill Thursday, Gonzales also acknowledged that he should have been more personally involved in the process. He apologized for the way Justice handled the firings.”

The Kansas City Star reports today that “Senator Bond’s office faulted Todd Graves; Staff raised possibility of replacing U.S. attorney as patronage questions arose.”

And The News Journal of Wilmington, Delaware yesterday contained an article headlined “Freebery says she’s victim of Republican witch hunt; Filing cites investigation of U.S. attorney firings.” Today’s newspaper, meanwhile, contains an editorial entitled “Freebery’s conspiracy theory assumes awful lot of outside interest.”

Posted at 11:44 AM by Howard Bashman

“Judge rules in favor of abortion protesters”: From Chicago, The Associated Press provides a report that begins, “A federal judge issued a final judgment Tuesday reiterating what the U.S. Supreme Court said more than a year ago — that federal extortion and racketeering laws cannot be used against anti-abortion protesters. The judgment from U.S. District Judge David Coar cites the 8-0 decision by the high court in February 2006 that sides with defendants, including Chicago-based anti-abortion leader Joseph Scheidler.”

I have posted online at this link yesterday’s judgment of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Posted at 8:37 AM by Howard Bashman

“Court Rules for Grasso in Pay Case”: This article appears today in The New York Times.

The Washington Post reports today that “N.Y. Court Dismisses 4 Charges in Grasso Case.”

The Los Angeles Times reports that “N.Y.’s case against Grasso trimmed by court.”

In The New York Sun, Joseph Goldstein reports that “Grasso Gains In Suit Filed By Spitzer.”

And reports that “N.Y. Court Narrows AG’s Suit Against Grasso Over $187M Pay Package; In Tuesday decision affecting ex-NYSE chairman, court majority cites separation of powers.”

My earlier coverage of yesterday’s 3-2 ruling of the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, can be accessed here.

Posted at 8:30 AM by Howard Bashman

“Immigration officials allegedly drugged deportees; An ACLU lawyer condemns the incidents in L.A. as ‘horrifying’; Both men remain in the U.S. while appealing their cases”: The Los Angeles Times contains this article today.

Posted at 8:23 AM by Howard Bashman

“Snubbed by mainstream, scrappy scientist sues; The Palm Harbor man wants the courts to force his detractors to take his ideas seriously”: This article appears today in The St. Petersburg Times.

Posted at 8:17 AM by Howard Bashman

“Enron’s Enablers: The Finance Firms That ‘Drove the Getaway Car.'” Today in The Washington Post, columnist Harold Meyerson has an op-ed that begins, “‘We recognize,’ federal appellate Judge Jerry Smith wrote in a March opinion tossing out a lawsuit by Enron shareholders against the banks that helped the company cook its books, ‘that our ruling on legal merit may not coincide, particularly in the minds of aggrieved former Enron shareholders who have lost billions of dollars in a fraud they allege was aided and abetted by the defendants at bar, with notions of justice and fair play.’ Nothing like a judicial edict that acknowledges it violates common decency.”

Posted at 8:15 AM by Howard Bashman

“Chance for Reform: House Democrats could move to restore habeas corpus rights to foreign prisoners.” The Washington Post contains this editorial today.

Posted at 8:10 AM by Howard Bashman

“Judge frees Posada, rips feds’ tactics; A federal judge in El Paso dismissed a criminal indictment against Cuban exile militant Luis Posada Carriles, who is now free — unless immigration authorities detain him”: The Miami Herald contains this article today.

The El Paso Times reports today that “Alleged Cuban terrorist free after case dropped.”

And today’s broadcast of NPR’s “Morning Edition” contained an audio segment entitled “Charge Dropped Against Former CIA Op” (RealPlayer required).

Posted at 7:55 AM by Howard Bashman

“Jurors Seated in Terror Trial of Padilla and 2 Others”: This article appears today in The New York Times.

The Los Angeles Times reports today that “Jury selected for Padilla trial; An ethnically diverse panel will hear the case against the alleged Al Qaeda operative and two co-defendants.”

The Miami Herald reports that “Angry lawyers finally pick Padilla jury; In a preview of next week’s terror trial of Jose Padilla, lawyers bitterly bickered over the selection of jurors.”

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that “Jury finalized in Dade terror trial; Ex-Broward man, 2 others face charges.”

The Associated Press reports that “Jury Seated for Padilla Terror Trial.”

And Reuters reports that “Jury chosen in former ‘enemy combatant’ trial.”

Posted at 7:50 AM by Howard Bashman

“The President’s Disingenuous Arguments Against Expanding the Federal Hate Crime Law”: Michael C. Dorf has this essay online today at FindLaw.

Posted at 6:35 AM by Howard Bashman