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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

“Patent Appeals Board Constitutionality Targeted in Federal Circuit”: Mike Scarcella has this post today at “The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times.”

Posted at 11:04 PM by Howard Bashman

“Granholm seeks quick go-ahead from Michigan Supreme Court”: The Detroit Free Press provides a news update that begins, “Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm has just asked the state Supreme Court to weigh in on the crisis over Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and rule as soon as possible on whether the governor can hold a public hearing scheduled for Wednesday that could result in the firing of Kilpatrick.” The newspaper has posted a copy of the Governor’s request at this link. And the newspaper also has a news update headlined “Appeal on removal hearings begins; mayor’s lawyers arrive late.”

In other coverage, The Associated Press reports that “Mich. high court asked to take Detroit mayor case.”

Posted at 5:52 PM by Howard Bashman

“Defendants argue that the district court erred in holding that discipline of plaintiffs for wearing armbands that protested the school’s dress code was unconstitutional.” Students disciplined for wearing black armbands to public school to protest their school’s dress code policy have achieved a First Amendment victory in a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit issued today.

Posted at 12:15 PM by Howard Bashman

“Forgotten, man sits in jail for two years”: Sunday’s edition of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch contained an article that begins, “Joseph A. Shepard Sr. sat in local jails for almost two years, assuming that his lawyer was making progress on his case and that drug-related charges against him would soon be resolved in federal court.”

Posted at 10:27 AM by Howard Bashman

“Solving the U.S. atttorneys stalemate: Rather than stalling Congress’ probe into the firing of nine U.S. attorneys, the Bush administration should seek a compromise.” This editorial appears today in The Los Angeles Times.

Posted at 7:42 AM by Howard Bashman

“Lawyers: Gonzales mishandled classified data.” Lara Jakes Jordan of The Associated Press has a report that begins, “Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales mishandled highly classified notes about a secret counterterror program, says a memo by his legal team, which touches on one of the most contentious episodes of high-level infighting in the Bush administration’s war on terror.”

And The Washington Post reports today that “Report Faults Handling of Wiretap Notes; No Evidence of Data Breach; Criminal Sanctions Unlikely Against Gonzales.”

Posted at 7:28 AM by Howard Bashman

“U.S. fights to bar Nacchio witness”: This past Saturday’s edition of The Rocky Mountain News contained an article that begins, “Former Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio’s attorneys had ‘ample opportunity’ to establish the reliability of an expert witness but failed to do so, federal prosecutors argued Friday. The filing was made in advance of oral arguments Sept. 25 in front of the full 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.”

And The Associated Press provides a report headlined “Prosecutors: New Nacchio trial would be ‘drastic.’

Posted at 6:54 AM by Howard Bashman