How Appealing

Friday, November 23, 2007

“Lawyer’s revelation of confession may ruin him; Staples Hughes’ career is in jeopardy for having disclosed the confession of a client, now dead, that he alone killed a couple”: This interesting article appears today in The News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Posted at 9:33 PM by Howard Bashman

“Chief justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines visits Guam next week”: Saturday’s edition of The Pacific Daily News of Guam contains this article.

Posted at 9:27 PM by Howard Bashman

“Head for Cover as High Court Aims at Gun Control”: Bloomberg News columnist Ann Woolner today has an essay that begins, “The authors of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution could have used a lesson in clarity, not to mention punctuation.”

Posted at 9:12 PM by Howard Bashman

“A New Challenge to Ky. Executions Arises”: The Associated Press provides a report that begins, “A Kentucky death-row prisoner claims that giving a condemned inmate a sedative on the day of execution interferes with the drug cocktail used in lethal injections.”

Posted at 8:54 PM by Howard Bashman

“Sandra Day O’Connor’s loss, and ours; Her spouse’s Alzheimer’s has exacted a toll her, and the country feels it, too”: This editorial appears today in The Los Angeles Times.

Posted at 7:48 AM by Howard Bashman

“Justice Stevens and the tipping point: How the Supreme Court would look if its strongest liberal voice, now 87, were to exit may well depend on the presidential election.” David G. Savage has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.

Posted at 7:45 AM by Howard Bashman

“Cellphone Tracking Powers on Request; Secret Warrants Granted Without Probable Cause”: The Washington Post today contains a front page article that begins, “Federal officials are routinely asking courts to order cellphone companies to furnish real-time tracking data so they can pinpoint the whereabouts of drug traffickers, fugitives and other criminal suspects, according to judges and industry lawyers. In some cases, judges have granted the requests without requiring the government to demonstrate that there is probable cause to believe that a crime is taking place or that the inquiry will yield evidence of a crime. Privacy advocates fear such a practice may expose average Americans to a new level of government scrutiny of their daily lives.”

Posted at 7:40 AM by Howard Bashman

“Second Amendment Showdown: The Supreme Court has a historic opportunity to affirm the individual right to keep and bear arms.” Mike Cox, Michigan’s attorney general, has this op-ed today in The Wall Street Journal.

Posted at 7:33 AM by Howard Bashman

“Justice Dept. ‘Helps Iran’ in Court Case”: Today in The New York Sun, Josh Gerstein has an article that begins, “The Justice Department is urging a federal court to go easy on Iran in a legal dispute in which terrorism victims are attempting to seize valuable Iranian antiquities held by American research institutions.”

Posted at 7:25 AM by Howard Bashman

“The Eleven-Million-Dollar Judgment Against the Westboro Baptist Church For Protesting At a Funeral: Did It Violate the First Amendment?” Vikram David Amar and Alan Brownstein have this essay online today at FindLaw.

Posted at 7:22 AM by Howard Bashman

“Friends in High Places”: In the current issue of CQ Weekly, columnist Kenneth Jost has an essay that begins, “Equal Justice Under Law is carved in big letters over the Corinthian columns framing the main entrance to the Supreme Court. While the goal has always been more aspirational than actual, a leading expert says the gap between the hope and the reality is widening. The reason: the emergence of an elite corps of Supreme Court advocates, most of them with big corporate law firms in Washington, who appear to be having outsized influence in shaping the court’s docket and its decisions to advance the interests of well-heeled business clients.”

Posted at 7:20 AM by Howard Bashman