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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

“4th Circuit’s 5-5 Split May Impact Hot-Button Cases; One closely watched case could set precedent on detention of ‘enemy combatants’ without a trial or the filing of charges”: provides this report.

Posted at 11:05 PM by Howard Bashman

“Supreme Court to Examine Lethal Injection, Voter Identification; Justices grant 17 new cases, perhaps in response to concerns about shrinking docket”:’s Tony Mauro provides this report.

Posted at 10:03 PM by Howard Bashman

“Review Doesn’t Halt Texas Executions”: The Associated Press provides a report that begins, “The nation’s busiest death penalty state executed another inmate Tuesday night, undeterred by a Supreme Court review of whether the lethal injection method most states use is cruel and unusual.”

Posted at 9:55 PM by Howard Bashman

“Levels of Deception”: In the current issue of CQ Weekly, columnist Kenneth Jost has this preview of Stoneridge Investment Partners v. Scientific-Atlanta, a case that will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on October 9, 2007.

Posted at 4:40 PM by Howard Bashman

“Justices to hear Kentucky lethal-injection case”: The Courier-Journal of Louisville provides this news update.

And The Associated Press provides a report headlined “Ky. Inmate Challenges Execution Method” that begins, “Ralph Baze admits he shot a sheriff and a deputy 15 years ago in eastern Kentucky. But he doesn’t want his death sentence carried out with the three-drug formula commonly used in lethal injections across the nation. Baze, 52, had been scheduled to be put to death Tuesday until the Kentucky Supreme Court issued a stay of execution earlier this month. Now the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear his appeal, agreeing to review the first direct challenge to the constitutionality of how 37 states conduct executions.”

Posted at 3:22 PM by Howard Bashman

“Mukasey Security Detail Filed Complaint”: The Associated Press provides a report that begins, “Emptying the trash, carrying groceries and toting golf clubs were among duties allegedly assigned to U.S. marshals protecting two federal judges in New York over the last decade – one of whom has been nominated to be the next U.S. attorney general. The valet-like chores were outlined in a complaint two years ago against Michael B. Mukasey, another judge and their wives by deputy marshals assigned to the judges’ security details.”

Posted at 3:15 PM by Howard Bashman

“Reopening a very old issue”: At “SCOTUSblog,” Lyle Denniston has a post that begins, “Not since March 17, 1879, has the Supreme Court faced a constitutional test over a method of carrying out the death penalty.”

Posted at 1:10 PM by Howard Bashman

“Lawyer requests $750,000; Gordon cites complexity of Jefferson desegregation case”: The Courier-Journal of Louisville, Kentucky today contains an article that begins, “The Louisville attorney who helped overturn Jefferson County Public Schools’ student-integration policy is asking a federal judge to order the district to pay him $750,000 in fees and bonuses.”

Posted at 1:05 PM by Howard Bashman

“Breaking News: Supreme Court Grants Cert in Indiana Voter Identification Case.” Rick Hasen has this post at his “Election Law” blog.

Posted at 10:26 AM by Howard Bashman

“Foreigners can’t sue police for violating their legal rights”: Today in The San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko has an article that begins, “Foreigners who are arrested in the United States can’t sue police for failing to tell them of their right to contact their consulate, despite a treaty requiring such notification, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.”

My earlier coverage of Monday’s Ninth Circuit ruling appears at this link.

Posted at 8:10 AM by Howard Bashman