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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

“Convicted man won’t serve time for ’90 rape”: The Boston Globe today contains an article that begins, “The state’s highest court ruled yesterday that a Lowell man will not have to serve a prison sentence imposed after a 1990 rape conviction because the government waited 16 years before trying to bring him in to serve his time.”

You can access yesterday’s ruling of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts at this link.

Posted at 11:55 AM by Howard Bashman

“McCaffery, Todd elected to state high court”: The Associated Press provides a report that begins, “Democrats will soon control Pennsylvania’s highest court, thanks to the victorious campaigns of a former Philadelphia judge who dispensed speedy justice to rowdy football fans in ‘Eagles Court’ and a steelworker’s daughter from western Pennsylvania. Voters also rubber-stamped additional 10-year terms for seven appellate judges, signaling that public disenchantment with the 2005 government pay raises may have run its course.”

Today’s edition of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette contains articles headlined “Pennsylvania Supreme Court: McCaffery wins; Todd jumps to lead in top court races” and “Pennsylvania Superior Court: Pittsburgh attorney leads appellate race.”

And The Harrisburg Patriot-News reports today that “Judges appear to keep seats.”

Posted at 9:30 AM by Howard Bashman

Available online from Shannon P. Duffy reports that “3rd Circuit Rejects RICO Claim Against Archdiocese.” You can access yesterday’s non-precedential ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit at this link.

And in other news, “11th Circuit Panel Sides With Teacher Who Choked Student; Federal appeals court: ‘The justification for some corporal punishment was considerable,’ given student’s actions.” You can access the recent ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit at this link.

Posted at 9:08 AM by Howard Bashman

“A Story of Surveillance: Former Technician ‘Turning In’ AT&T Over NSA Program.” This article appears today in The Washington Post.

Posted at 9:02 AM by Howard Bashman

“Court to rule: Can medical pot user be fired for failing drug test?” Today in The San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko has an article that begins, “A divided California Supreme Court grappled Tuesday with the application of the state’s medical marijuana law in the workplace, debating whether an employee who uses pot to cope with pain or illness can be fired for violating federal drug laws.”

And Mike McKee of The Recorder reports that “Calif. Supreme Court May Need Tiebreaker for Pot Dispute; With one justice out with flu, court splits on question of whether employer can fire a medical pot user after a drug test.”

Posted at 8:57 AM by Howard Bashman

“Senate Committee Approves Mukasey Nomination”: This article appears today in The New York Times, along with an article headlined “A Firsthand Experience Before Decision on Torture.”

The Washington Post reports today that “Mukasey Bid Survives Division on Senate Panel.”

The Los Angeles Times reports that “Committee sends Mukasey nomination to Senate floor; A judiciary panel approves Bush’s selection for attorney general; The confirmation vote is expected within two weeks.”

USA Today reports that “Judiciary panel votes to recommend Mukasey confirmation to full Senate.” reports that “Mukasey Nomination Heads to Full Senate; Two Democrats help push nomination forward, in spite of protests.”

And today in The Wall Street Journal, Law Professor Alan Dershowitz has an op-ed entitled “Democrats and Waterboarding: The party will lose the presidential race if it defines itself as soft on terror.”

Posted at 8:45 AM by Howard Bashman

“Judge Allows Abu Ghraib Lawsuit Against Contractor”: The Washington Post today contains an article that begins, “A federal judge in Washington ruled yesterday that a civil lawsuit alleging abuse and torture at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq can go forward against a U.S. military contractor, setting the stage for what could be the first case in a U.S. civilian court to weigh accountability for the notorious abuses in 2003. U.S. District Judge James Robertson denied CACI International’s motion to dismiss a civil lawsuit on behalf of more than 200 Iraqis who at one time were detained at the Abu Ghraib prison. The Iraqis allege that the contracted CACI interrogators took part in abuses and that the company should be held liable for the harm inflicted on the detainees.”

You can access yesterday’s ruling of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia at this link.

Posted at 8:35 AM by Howard Bashman

“Agent Orange disability fight revisited in court; Could affect 800,000 ‘blue water’ Vietnam vets, who served offshore”: USA Today contains this article today.

Posted at 8:08 AM by Howard Bashman