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Thursday, September 27, 2007

“U.S. to Allow Key Detainees to Request Lawyers; 14 Terrorism Suspects Given Legal Forms at Guantanamo”: This article will appear Friday in The Washington Post.

Posted at 11:18 PM by Howard Bashman

Available online from An article is headlined “Filing a Malpractice Suit Against a Firm? Better Be Quick About It; Under unanimous Calif. Supreme Court ruling, former clients will have less time to hit their old firms with malpractice suits.” You can access today’s ruling of the Supreme Court of California at this link.

And in other news, “2nd Circuit Removes Judge From Case for Repeated Refusal to Document Sentence Grid Departure.” You can access today’s Second Circuit ruling at this link.

Posted at 11:10 PM by Howard Bashman

“Supreme Court Preview: Detainee Rights on the Docket.” Stephanie Mencimer has this preview online at the web site of Mother Jones magazine.

Posted at 8:54 PM by Howard Bashman

“Coming Monday: A Ninety-Minute Conversation with Justice Clarence Thomas.” provides this transcript from today’s broadcast of the Rush Limbaugh Show.

Posted at 8:50 PM by Howard Bashman

The Heritage Foundation, The Federalist Society, and the National Center for Policy Analysis announce the details of Justice Clarence Thomas’s book tour: You can view the details by clicking here.

Posted at 8:32 PM by Howard Bashman

“Clarence Thomas: Abortion Was Real Issue; Supreme Court Justice Gives First TV Interview To Steve Kroft.” provides this preview of Justice Thomas’s appearance Sunday on the CBS News program “60 Minutes.”

On Monday, October 1, 2007, Justice Thomas’s book — “My Grandfather’s Son: A Memoir” — will go on sale, although booksellers sometimes place books out for purchase before their official release date.

Posted at 6:03 PM by Howard Bashman

“Deal Floated On Liability Of Telecoms; Damages Cap for Those Involved in Secret Wiretapping?” Lawrence Hurley has this article today in The Daily Journal of California.

Posted at 5:30 PM by Howard Bashman

Now available online, a “Digital Archive of the Papers of Harry A. Blackmun”: The archive, which you can access via this link, currently includes cert. pool memoranda from Justice Blackmun’s years on the Rehnquist Court, which spanned the 1986 through 1993 Terms.

Posted at 3:10 PM by Howard Bashman

“Sentencing disparity for cocaine under attack; Crack nets users more prison time than powder drug”: This article appears today in The Houston Chronicle.

Posted at 3:00 PM by Howard Bashman

“Senate Panel Moves Forward on Press Bill”: Jesse J. Holland of The Associated Press has an article that begins, “A Senate committee on Thursday decided to push ahead with legislation shielding reporters from being forced to reveal their sources in federal court, despite objections from the federal law enforcement and intelligence community.”

Posted at 2:35 PM by Howard Bashman

“Nomination Is a Classic Case of Partisanship”: In today’s issue of Roll Call, Law Professor Carl Tobias has an op-ed (subscription required) that begins, “On Sept. 6, President Bush nominated Duncan Getchell, a Richmond lawyer, for an opening on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. The nominee was not one of the five individuals whom Virginia Sens. John Warner (R) and Jim Webb (D) had earlier proposed to Bush. This nomination is a classic example of divisive partisanship, although the president frequently mouths the platitudes of bipartisanship. Thus, the Commonwealth’s Senators and the entire Senate would be within their rights to reject the nominee.”

Posted at 2:30 PM by Howard Bashman

“Boulder students protest pledge, under God”: The Rocky Mountain News provides this update.

The Denver Post provides a news update headlined “Boulder students protest ‘God’ in pledge.”

And The Boulder Daily Camera today contains an article headlined “Pledging to protest: Some students don’t want to hear Pledge of Allegiance during class.” The newspaper’s web site also provides an update headlined “School won’t move pledge, despite student protest.”

Posted at 2:25 PM by Howard Bashman

“A Law-Abiding Attorney General? Mukasey’s respect for limits on executive power makes him an improvement.” Jacob Sullum has this essay online at Reason.

Posted at 2:08 PM by Howard Bashman

“Court Won’t Declare Chimp a Person”: The Associated Press provides a report that begins, “He’s now got a human name – Matthew Hiasl Pan – but he’s having trouble getting his day in court. Animal rights activists campaigning to get Pan, a 26-year-old chimpanzee, legally declared a person vowed Thursday to take their challenge to Austria’s Supreme Court after a lower court threw out their latest appeal.”

Posted at 12:15 PM by Howard Bashman

“Money helped Spector more than celebrity; His fortune gave him access to top attorneys and other resources that 99% of defendants could never afford, legal experts say”: Henry Weinstein has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.

Also in that newspaper today, columnist Steve Lopez has an essay entitled “Exhibit M: money, money, money” that begins, “If I’m ever tempted to kill someone, please remind me to raise a few million dollars first. It can’t hurt. Celebrity music producer Phil Spector had the .38-caliber Cobra in his hand, he had blood on his jacket, the driver heard him say he thought he just killed someone, five women testified that he had brandished guns in their presence, and Spector brushed off his murder rap like a bad wig.”

Posted at 8:55 AM by Howard Bashman

“Court clears way for suit against SAG”: The Los Angeles Times today contains an article that begins, “In a setback for the Screen Actors Guild, a federal appeals court Wednesday cleared the path for a former employee to pursue a wrongful termination case against the union. The case was brought by Patricia Heisser Metoyer, an affirmative action administrator for the union who was fired in May 2001 after an audit found she had authorized payment of more than $30,000 in grant funds to friends, business partners and her husband’s production company.”

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

Posted at 8:52 AM by Howard Bashman

“Courts rebuff most of Vonage’s patent arguments; Verizon, Sprint secure wins over Internet phone service company”: Today’s edition of USA Today contains an article that begins, “A federal appeals court on Wednesday affirmed the bulk of Verizon’s patent claims against Vonage, marking another setback for the Internet phone service pioneer.”

My earlier coverage of yesterday’s Federal Circuit ruling appears at this link.

Posted at 8:48 AM by Howard Bashman

“Judge rejects portion of Patriot Act; The law gives federal agents too much power, the ruling says, supporting Oregon lawyer Brandon Mayfield’s challenge”: This article appears today in The Oregonian.

The New York Times reports today that “Judge Rules Provisions in Patriot Act to Be Illegal.”

And The Washington Post reports that “Patriot Act Provisions Voided; Judge Rules Law Gives Executive Branch Too Much Power.”

My earlier coverage of yesterday’s ruling of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon appears at this link.

Posted at 8:45 AM by Howard Bashman

“FCC pushes review of indecency policy”: Today in The Los Angeles Times, Jim Puzzanghera has an article that begins, “The Bush administration will ask the Supreme Court to reinstate a tough broadcast indecency policy that was invalidated by a lower court last spring, the nation’s top communications regulator said Wednesday.”

My most recent earlier coverage appears at this link.

Posted at 8:38 AM by Howard Bashman

“Va. Execution Is Likely to Be Delayed; State Has Used Lethal Injection 70 Times”: This article appears today in The Washington Post.

Posted at 8:25 AM by Howard Bashman

“Verizon Rejects Messages of Abortion Rights Group”: Today in The New York Times, Adam Liptak has an article that begins, “Saying it had the right to block ‘controversial or unsavory’ text messages, Verizon Wireless has rejected a request from Naral Pro-Choice America, the abortion rights group, to make Verizon’s mobile network available for a text-message program.”

Posted at 8:00 AM by Howard Bashman

“Clarence Thomas’s book party”: The Hill today contains an article that begins, “Most Washington parties can be crashed with simple name-dropping or the flash of a powerful business card. Next week’s book party for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, however, is off-limits to intruders. ‘If you don’t have an invite, don’t come,’ said Armstrong Williams, who will host the party at his Northeast D.C. home.”

Posted at 7:57 AM by Howard Bashman

“The Upcoming Supreme Court Lethal Injection Death Penalty Case: How It Will Likely Illustrate the Serious Ideological Divisions That Continue to Separate the Justices.” Edward Lazarus has this essay online today at FindLaw.

Posted at 7:45 AM by Howard Bashman