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Monday, November 19, 2007

“4th Circuit Nominee Named in Defamation Suit”: Pamela A. MacLean of The National Law Journal provides this report.

This blog’s earlier related posts appear here and here.

Posted at 10:50 PM by Howard Bashman

“Death Becomes Us? Tennessee tries to keep its machinery of death in motion as U.S. Supreme Court considers the legality of lethal injection.” This article appears in the current issue of Nashville Scene.

Posted at 10:45 PM by Howard Bashman

There’s something different about the look of this blog: Indeed there is. The ad unit that appeared vertically below the headlines in this blog’s right-hand column now appears horizontally across the top of the page. As a consequence, those who advertise here using Blogads will now have their ads appearing higher on the page.

Posted at 9:14 PM by Howard Bashman

“U.S. Attorney in Minnesota Is Reassigned”: The New York Times provides a news update that begins, “The embattled United States attorney in Minnesota announced today that she would be stepping down to go work at the Justice Department in Washington on legal policy issues.”

Posted at 9:00 PM by Howard Bashman

“Paulose steps down, takes D.C. job; U.S. Attorney quit today in wake of public comments last week”: The Minneapolis Star Tribune provides this news update.

Posted at 6:02 PM by Howard Bashman

“D.C. Circuit Doesn’t Swallow Lactose-Intolerance Class Action”: Today’s installment of my “On Appeal” column for can be accessed at this link.

Posted at 3:40 PM by Howard Bashman

“Court Considers Changing Look of Money”: The Associated Press provides a report that begins, “A federal appeals court seems troubled that blind people are unable to distinguish between a $50 bill and a $1 bill, but judges appeared reluctant Monday to force a redesign of U.S. currency.”

Posted at 2:24 PM by Howard Bashman

“Geographically incorrect”: The Baltimore Sun yesterday contained an editorial that begins, “Given their history, President Bush’s nomination of U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein to the long-vacant Maryland seat on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals seems primarily intended as a poke in the eye to Maryland’s two senators.”

Posted at 11:28 AM by Howard Bashman

“Mass. Gay Marriage Law Still Contested; On fourth anniversary, future of law still remains unclear”: This article appears today in The Harvard Crimson.

Posted at 11:25 AM by Howard Bashman

“Fourth Circuit Nominee Getchell Sued For Defamation”: Today at’s “Law Blog,” Peter Lattman has this post linking to the complaint filed in a Virginia state trial court.

My earlier post on this matter appeared Friday afternoon at this link.

Posted at 9:22 AM by Howard Bashman

“Constitution wins as appellate court strikes down ‘bait-and-switch’ legislation”: The Allentown Morning Call today contains an editorial that begins, “Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court last week struck down a 2002 expansion of the state’s hate-crimes law to cover victims who are gay or disabled. The loss of this needed protection is regrettable, of course, but the court’s majority made the right call. Specifically, Commonwealth Court has called the Legislature on yet another attempt at stealth legislation.”

My earlier coverage appears at this link.

Posted at 9:10 AM by Howard Bashman

“Feinstein often crosses party lines on Senate Judiciary Committee”: Bob Egelko has this article today in The San Francisco Chronicle.

Posted at 9:05 AM by Howard Bashman

“California a leader in number of youths in prison for life; The state has 227 inmates serving such sentences for crimes committed before they were 18, a new study says”: Henry Weinstein has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.

Posted at 9:03 AM by Howard Bashman

“Philadelphia Gives Boy Scouts Ultimatum; City Solicitor Tells Branch to Renounce Its Ban on Gays or Lose Rent Subsidy”: This article appears today in The Washington Post.

Posted at 8:45 AM by Howard Bashman

“Rendition, Torture and Accountability”: The New York Times today contains an editorial that begins, “Maher Arar, a Syrian-born Canadian, was stopped at Kennedy Airport in 2002 while returning from a family vacation. After being held in solitary confinement in a Brooklyn detention center and interrogated without proper access to a lawyer, he was spirited off to Syria. He was tortured there for months before officials decided that their suspicions that he was a member of Al Qaeda were mistaken and let him go.”

Posted at 8:38 AM by Howard Bashman

“’60 Minutes’ airs video of Omar Khadr”: The Toronto Globe and Mail today contains an article that begins, “CBS News has broadcast shocking new footage of a Canadian terrorism suspect allegedly building bomb timers and planting land mines while he was a 15-year-old militant hoping to take on American soldiers in Afghanistan.”

And the web site of the CBS News program “60 Minutes” contains a report headlined “Omar Khadr: The Youngest Terrorist? Was Only 15 Years Old When He Was Captured In Afghanistan.”

Posted at 8:34 AM by Howard Bashman

“Case of AIDS, secrets heads to Illinois supreme court; Suit before state’s high court filled with complex legal, moral issues”: The Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Illinois contains this article today.

Posted at 8:18 AM by Howard Bashman

“Blaze that destroyed Supreme Court justice’s home a mystery”: The Associated Press provides a report that begins, “It might sound like the kind of case fire investigators deal with routinely: A family with some financial problems loses their house in a blaze that’s later ruled as arson. What makes this story so unusual is the homeowner, Texas Supreme Court Justice David Medina.”

Posted at 8:00 AM by Howard Bashman

In commentary available online at FindLaw: Michael C. Dorf has an essay entitled “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Dismisses a Challenge to Warrantless Wiretapping But Leaves Plaintiffs With a Sliver of Hope.”

And Mark H. Allenbaugh and Paul J. Hofer have an essay entitled “The U. S. Sentencing Commission Considers Shortening Terms for Imprisoned Crack Offenders: Should the Reduction of the Disparity Between Crack and Powder Cocaine Sentencing Be Retroactive?

Posted at 7:55 AM by Howard Bashman