How Appealing

Saturday, September 29, 2007

“High court can regain ground; strike voter ID”: Cynthia Tucker will have this op-ed Sunday in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Posted at 2:15 PM by Howard Bashman

“A Look Inside the Ultimate Lockup; Top-Security Prison Now Home to Terrorists”: The Washington Post on Sunday will contain a front page article that begins, “The most secure federal prison in America has the polished tile corridors of a modern regional high school and the empty stillness of summer break. The marquee inmates — including Zacarias Moussaoui, the so-called 20th hijacker; ‘shoe bomber’ Richard Reid; Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber; FBI agent turned traitor Robert Hanssen; and Terry Nichols, convicted of the Oklahoma City bombing — wait out their days in cellblocks the warden leads reporters quickly past on the first media tour since the Florence ‘supermax’ opened 13 years ago.”

A couple of weeks ago, I linked here to several similar articles published elsewhere.

Posted at 2:10 PM by Howard Bashman

“New Court Term Begins Monday”: Mark Sherman of The Associated Press has a report that begins, “The Supreme Court is set to begin a term that could lead to enhanced rights for terrorism detainees, a ruling against part of a child pornography law and shorter prison terms for crack cocaine dealers. Whatever happened to the court’s march to the right?”

Posted at 2:00 PM by Howard Bashman

“Supreme Court Heads Into New Term; Some see rightward drift stalled in array of criminal law cases”:’s Tony Mauro provides this report.

Posted at 1:55 PM by Howard Bashman

“Texas Planning New Execution Despite Ruling”: Ralph Blumenthal and Linda Greenhouse have this article today in The New York Times.

Today in The Austin American-Statesman, Chuck Lindell has articles headlined “Are executions on hold nationwide? Experts weigh implications of Supreme Court’s intervention in Texas” and “5 p.m. closing time at Texas court a factor in execution; Lawyer blames office hours on failure of appeal similar to one that suceeded two days later.”

The Dallas Morning News reports that “Irving killer’s reprieve may slow executions nationwide; But legal experts don’t expect moratorium as lethal injection reviewed.”

And The Houston Chronicle reports that “Texas executions probably on hold until next year; State awaits High Court ruling on lethal injection.”

Posted at 1:50 PM by Howard Bashman

“Legal Aid Offer for Detainees Is Retracted”: The New York Times today contains an article that begins, “The American Bar Association said this week that it was backing out of an agreement to find lawyers for Guantanamo detainees because it did not want to ‘lend support and credibility’ to what it called inadequate legal protections for the 340 men held there.”

Posted at 1:40 PM by Howard Bashman

“Judges seek leeway in prison sentences; The Supreme Court will look at strict rules that are a holdover from the 1980s war on drugs and that legal activists say are unfair”: David G. Savage has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.

Posted at 11:34 AM by Howard Bashman

“Judges evaluate an argument on gun access”: At “SCOTUSblog,” Lyle Denniston has a post that begins, “In a highly unusual order, two judges of the D.C. Circuit Court appeared to have narrowed a major gun control ruling, and in doing so gave their view on a central argument the District of Columbia government has made in its Supreme Court appeal seeking to enforce its flat ban on handguns in Washington, D.C.”

On Thursday, Eugene Volokh had a post at “The Volokh Conspiracy” quoting at length from the D.C. Circuit‘s order. You can view the full text of the order at this link.

Posted at 11:30 AM by Howard Bashman