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Friday, May 18, 2007

“Witness Describes Training Padilla Reportedly Received”: This article will appear Saturday in The New York Times.

The Miami Herald provides a news update headlined “Padilla trial witness describes al Qaeda camp.”

The Los Angeles Times provides a news update headlined “Witness says Padilla’s al-Qaeda training was religious.” Today’s newspaper, meanwhile, contains an article headlined “Fingerprint expert takes stand in Padilla trial; The government’s key evidence bears the defendant’s prints, but where it was during his incarceration is unclear.”

And The Associated Press provides a report headlined “Padilla Trial Witness: al-Qaida Ran Camp.”

Posted at 11:30 PM by Howard Bashman

“Porn evidence must be shared; State Supreme Court rules on three Pierce County child-sex cases”: This article appears today in The News Tribune of Tacoma, Washington.

My earlier coverage appears at this link.

Posted at 10:48 PM by Howard Bashman

“Descendants of Jewish art collector Margarete Mauthner (collectively, ‘the Orkins’) claim that their ancestor was wrongfully dispossessed of a painting during Hitler’s Nazi regime, entitling them to ownership of the painting, which was later purchased by actress Elizabeth Taylor.” So begins an opinion that a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued today.

The opinion’s opening paragraph goes on to say, “In this appeal, we conclude that the Holocaust Victims Redress Act does not create a private right of action and that the Orkins’ state law claims are barred by the statute of limitations. We affirm the judgment of the district court, dismissing the complaint.”

Posted at 2:15 PM by Howard Bashman

“Court Upholds Pentagon Labor Policies”: The Associated Press provides a report that begins, “A federal appeals court said Friday the Pentagon has the authority to pick and choose what labor issues it will negotiate with unions representing more than 600,000 civilian employees. The policy has been on hold since early last year when a federal judge said it eroded collective bargaining rights. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overturned that ruling Friday, saying in a 2-1 decision that Congress temporarily authorized the policy change until 2009.”

You can access today’s ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit at this link. Circuit Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh wrote the majority opinion. in which Senior Circuit Judge Stephen F. Williams joined. Circuit Judge David S. Tatel dissented.

Posted at 1:42 PM by Howard Bashman

Programming note: In connection with an interesting appeal that I will be arguing next Tuesday before a three-judge panel of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, I’ll be meeting with co-counsel this morning at their offices in Center City Philadelphia. Additional posts will appear here this afternoon.

Posted at 7:58 AM by Howard Bashman

“Gonzales falls under renewed assault; Another GOP senator calls for the attorney’s resignation, as two Democrats prepare a no-confidence resolution for the chamber’s vote”: This article appears today in The Los Angeles Times. The newspaper also contains an editorial entitled “Gonzales’ sick-bed appeal: His hospital visit to John Ashcroft shows why the administration shouldn’t get the benefit of the doubt on wiretapping.”

Today in The New York Sun, Josh Gerstein reports that “Comey Testimony May Spell Trouble for White House; Ex-Official Describes Appeal to Ailing Ashcroft on Wiretapping.”

The Washington Times reports that “Gonzales faces Senate no-confidence vote.”

Bloomberg News reports that “Democrats to Offer No-Confidence Vote on Gonzales.”

And The Washington Post contains an editorial entitled “Caller ID: It’s not whether the president called; It’s what he did,” along with an op-ed by Law Professor Douglas W. Kmiec entitled “Testimony in a Teacup: What’s Overlooked in Comey’s Histrionics.”

Posted at 7:55 AM by Howard Bashman