How Appealing

Sunday, September 21, 2008

“The judge zips her lip as court marches right”: Today in The Oregonian, columnist Susan Nielsen has an essay that begins, “She had me at hello. She lost me at ‘Canadian legal system.’ Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, in a packed concert hall in Portland last week, rebuffed the audience’s eager questions about Bush v. Gore and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. She stuck instead to her script about international law, dishing so few personal opinions that she violated my constitutional right to be entertained.”

Posted at 10:47 AM by Howard Bashman

“Top court to weigh roadside searches; Will consider when police need warrants”: Kate Coscarelli has this article today in The Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger.

Posted at 10:44 AM by Howard Bashman

“Are campaign contributors buying justice?” Today’s issue of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette contains an article that begins, “For 10 years, Hugh Caperton, a financially debilitated coal producer from southern West Virginia, and the Pittsburgh attorneys who represent him have waged a courtroom war against Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, one of West Virginia’s most powerful businessmen. Their next battle could be fought in the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Caperton claims he was denied a fair hearing in West Virginia’s highest court, which he says was under the influence of Mr. Blankenship.”

Posted at 10:33 AM by Howard Bashman