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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

“Senators join on judgeship interviews”: The Richmond Times-Dispatch today contains an article that begins, “Virginia’s senators — from opposing political parties — are jointly interviewing candidates for two seats on the Richmond-based federal appeals court.”

Posted at 11:35 PM by Howard Bashman

“Big Law Firm Won’t Face Criminal Charges in Tax Case”: The New York Times on Thursday will contain an article that begins, “A ruling by a federal appeals court yesterday could jeopardize a criminal case against former employees of the accounting firm KPMG — a case that has been cited by prosecutors as the showpiece of a broad investigation into the sale of questionable tax shelters that helped wealthy investors evade billions of dollars in taxes.”

You can access today’s ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit at this link.

Posted at 11:20 PM by Howard Bashman

“Goodling Says Politics Was an Issue in Hiring”: The Washington Post provides this news update. The newspaper has also posted online this transcript of today’s hearing.

The Los Angeles Times provides a news update headlined “In House testimony Goodling denies key role in U.S. attorney firings; She points to former Deputy Atty. Gen. Paul McNulty for possible wrongdoing.”

McClatchy Newspapers report that “Aide testifies that Gonzales discussed firings of U.S. attorneys.” reports that “Monica Goodling Admits to ‘Crossing the Line’; Denies Major Role in Attorney Firings.”

The Associated Press provides a report headlined “Goodling: Gonzales Tried to Review Story.”

Bloomberg News reports that “Goodling Accuses Colleague of Misleading Congress.”

Reuters reports that “Former Gonzales aide admits ‘crossing the line.’

This evening’s broadcast of NPR’s “All Things Considered” contained an audio segment entitled “Goodling Acknowledges Politicizing Staff Picks” (RealPlayer required).

And this evening’s broadcast of the PBS program “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” contained a segment entitled “Former Gonzales Aide Denies Major Role in Attorney Firings” (transcript with link to audio).

Posted at 8:50 PM by Howard Bashman

“New Supreme Court Rule Would Force Advocacy Groups to Reveal Membership Rolls”:’s Tony Mauro provides this report.

Posted at 5:23 PM by Howard Bashman

“Abortion Foes Criticize One of Their Own”: The Associated Press provides a report that begins, “Anti-abortion leaders are accusing one of their own, Focus on Family founder James Dobson, of misrepresenting a Supreme Court decision that upheld a ban on late-term abortions.”

Posted at 3:30 PM by Howard Bashman

“R.I. court to rule on same-sex marriage”: The Providence Journal today contains an article that begins, “Faced with the question of how a lower court should proceed with a divorce case, the state Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments about whether a same-sex marriage performed in Massachusetts should be recognized in Rhode Island.”

Posted at 10:05 AM by Howard Bashman

“Lazar Incompetence Assertion Disavowed”: Today in The New York Sun, Josh Gerstein has an article that begins, “A psychologist who testified that a defendant was not competent to stand trial in a federal criminal case against a leading class action law firm now says that assertion was mistaken. Prosecutors have argued that a finding of incompetence on the part of the defendant, Seymour Lazar, 79, would mean that he would be automatically placed in the custody of the attorney general for hospital care, an outcome his lawyers seem eager to avoid.”

Posted at 9:00 AM by Howard Bashman

“Government shouldn’t judge morality for us”: Monday in The Miami Herald, columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. had an op-ed that begins, “Sherri Williams took sex toys to the Supreme Court last week. Again. The first time was in 2005, but justices declined to hear the case. Williams is hoping for better luck this time. Otherwise, a Valentine’s Day ruling by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will stand and a ban on the purchase of sex toys in Alabama — enacted in 1998 but not enforced pending the outcome of litigation — will go into effect.”

Posted at 8:54 AM by Howard Bashman

“The American Liberal Liberties Union: The ACLU is becoming very selective about what it considers ‘free’ speech.” Today in The Wall Street Journal, Wendy Kaminer has an op-ed (free access) in which she writes, “One of the clearest indications of a retreat from defending all speech regardless of content is the ACLU’s virtual silence in Harper v. Poway, an important federal case involving a high-school student’s right to wear a T-shirt condemning homosexuality.”

Posted at 8:47 AM by Howard Bashman

“Goodling: a Power player behind Justice’s scenes; The former Justice insider, a mystery to many, is set to testify under immunity in Congress on the U.S. attorneys’ firings.” This article appears today in The Los Angeles Times. In addition, David C. Iglesias has an op-ed entitled “‘Cowboy up,’ Alberto Gonzales; A fired U.S. attorney calls on the attorney general to serve the people, not politics.”

The Washington Post reports today that “Officials Describe Interference by Former Gonzales Aide.”

And The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today contains an editorial headlined “When blind loyalty transcends duty: Evidence of partisan fervor likely to reveal Gonzales and others were expected to follow suit.”

Former Justice Department White House Liaison Monica Goodling is scheduled to testify today before the House Judiciary Committee. The hearing will get underway at 10:15 a.m. eastern time, and the committee will provide a live webcast that you can access by clicking here (RealPlayer required).

Posted at 8:42 AM by Howard Bashman

“Guilty of Insufficient Overreaching”: Today in The Washington Post, columnist Ruth Marcus has an op-ed that begins, “Patrick Philbin is an unlikely victim of the war on terror. In fact, he’s one of its chief legal architects. Philbin’s conservative bona fides are unimpeachable. Law clerk for federal appeals judge Laurence Silberman, the ideological godfather of scores of conservative lawyers, then for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.”

Posted at 8:30 AM by Howard Bashman

“Court hears prayer issue”: The Associated Press provides a report that begins, “A federal appeals court in New Orleans is taking a second look at whether boards that run public school systems can open their meetings with a prayer, as Congress and state legislatures do — and whether the prayer can mention Christ.”

Posted at 7:45 AM by Howard Bashman

“Google Wins the Right to Display Thumbnails and to ‘Frame’ Copyrighted Material Used Without Permission: A Mostly Sensible Ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.” Michael C. Dorf has this essay online today at FindLaw.

Posted at 6:20 AM by Howard Bashman