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Monday, September 24, 2007

“Court Reinstates Terrorism Charges”: The Associated Press provides a report that begins, “A military appeals court sided with the Pentagon on Monday, overruling a judge who threw out terrorism charges against a Guantanamo Bay detainee.”

Tuesday’s edition of The New York Times will report that “Court Advances War Crime Trials.”

Carol Rosenberg of The Miami Herald provides a news update headlined “Panel reinstates captive’s war charges.”

And at “SCOTUSblog,” Lyle Denniston has a post titled “Military commissions’ powers broadened.”

Posted at 10:30 PM by Howard Bashman

“Federal court vacancies yet to be filled”: The Providence Journal today contains an article that begins, “U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democratic member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, last week said the time might have passed already for the White House to successfully nominate candidates for a vacancy on the U.S. District Court in Providence and for the vacant 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals seat long held by a Rhode Islander.”

Posted at 8:50 PM by Howard Bashman

“Mukasey’s Role in Terror Detention Is Questioned”: Joseph Goldstein of The New York Sun provides a news update that begins, “Following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, a judge who is now President Bush’s nominee for attorney general, Michael Mukasey, allowed prosecutors to keep a man behind bars for ten months without any criminal charges being filed against him.”

Posted at 8:47 PM by Howard Bashman

“A break for bloggers”: Today in The Philadelphia Daily News, Dan Gross has an item that reports, “The U.S. Court of Appeals Third Circuit has dismissed blueberry heir Anthony DiMeo III’s motion to reverse a lower court’s dismissal of the libel/defamation-of-character suit DiMeo filed against blogger Tucker Max.”

You can access last Wednesday’s non-precedential ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in DiMeo v. Max at this link.

Posted at 6:08 PM by Howard Bashman

“Judging Controversial Cases: A panel of judges, who ruled in controversial cases, talk about the pitfalls of presiding over high-profile cases, judicial independence and how their lives have changed since the rulings.” That was the title of this past Saturday’s broadcast of C-SPAN’s “America & the Courts” program. You can view the broadcast online by clicking here (RealPlayer required). C-SPAN has also posted online the entire panel discussion (RealPlayer required).

Posted at 4:10 PM by Howard Bashman

“Freud, the FCC & the doctrine of respondeat superior“: Online at the First Amendment Center, Ronald K.L. Collins has an essay that begins, “Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson tarted it up for the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. Compared to their ribald routine, the resulting legal show was Victorian. When the infamous bustier malfunction case came before the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently, black robes and dark, pinstriped, buttoned-down, tailored suits were the order of the day.”

Ensuring that there would be no possibility of a “wardrobe malfunction,” C-SPAN allows you to “watch” the Third Circuit oral argument audiotape by clicking here (RealPlayer required).

Posted at 4:05 PM by Howard Bashman

“6 stories in service of justice; The Orlando federal-courthouse annex is called ‘spectacular’ in a dedication after years of disagreement”: This article appeared Saturday in The Orlando Sentinel.

According to the article, “The six-story courthouse annex was dedicated during an hourlong ceremony that featured 500 guests, a long procession of robed federal judges and speeches from several dignitaries, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.” The article goes on to report that “Afterward, Thomas participated in several ribbon-cutting ceremonies with dignitaries and was mobbed like a rock star. He signed autographs, posed for pictures and chatted with the public.”

Posted at 3:58 PM by Howard Bashman

Does Article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations create judicially-enforceable rights that may be vindicated by foreign nationals who were arrested and detained without being advised of their right to have a consular officer notified as required by Article 36? The majority on a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit today issued a decision holding that the answer to that question is “no.”

Posted at 1:50 PM by Howard Bashman

“Deecy Gray, Douglas Ginsburg”: A wedding announcement that appeared yesterday in The New York Times begins, “Dorothy Stephens Gray, a public relations and government affairs consultant in Washington, was married last evening to Douglas H. Ginsburg, the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. officiated in the east conference room at the Supreme Court.”

Posted at 10:28 AM by Howard Bashman

“A matter of life or death”: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is in the midst of a four-day series on death penalty prosecutions. Part one of the series appeared in yesterday’s newspaper, while part two appears in today’s newspaper.

Posted at 8:48 AM by Howard Bashman

“Military back at Law Sch.; Following appeals court ruling, recruiters return for first time in two years”: This article appears today in The Yale Daily News.

Posted at 8:42 AM by Howard Bashman

“Ex-border agents appeal convictions”: The Washington Times today contains an article that begins, “Two former U.S. Border Patrol agents sentenced to lengthy prison terms for shooting a drug-smuggling suspect have asked a federal appeals court to overturn their convictions, saying they were charged with a nonexistent crime and convicted after the jury was given improper instructions by the trial judge.”

Posted at 8:39 AM by Howard Bashman

“Law dean known as gentleman and a scholar; Respected experience marks Chemerinsky’s long, strange trip to UCI”: The Orange County Register contains this article today. Yesterday’s newspaper, meanwhile, contained an article headlined “Chancellor’s trials have influenced perspective; Early problems with hospital helped initiate Michael Drake into world of leadership.”

And today in The Los Angeles Times, Maura Dolan has an article headlined “Verdict on chief justice’s letter to UCI: not unethical; Because his view was sought, it was OK for George to weigh in on new dean, experts say.”

Posted at 8:28 AM by Howard Bashman

“Europe does antitrust its way; The EU’s tough stance in the Microsoft case underscores a policy difference with the U.S.” Jim Puzzanghera has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.

Posted at 8:19 AM by Howard Bashman

“Closing Guantanamo lockup looks increasingly unlikely; As the 2008 elections approach, many in the GOP are seizing on the detention unit as a get-tough issue”: The Los Angeles Times contains this article today.

Posted at 8:16 AM by Howard Bashman

“The sting is in the small type: Antiwar T-shirts that list the names of troops killed in Iraq have angered relatives of the dead while fueling a debate over free speech.” This front page article appears today in The Los Angeles Times.

Posted at 8:15 AM by Howard Bashman