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Friday, September 26, 2008

“Court says newspaper able to protect source”: The Times-Tribune of Scranton, Pennsylvania today contains an article that begins, “The Times-Tribune cannot be forced to disclose the identity of a confidential source for stories about a statewide grand jury investigation of the Lackawanna County Prison, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a reaffirmation of the state’s Shield Law.”

And today in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Emilie Lounsberry reports that “Pa. high court upholds reporters’ ‘shield law.’

Wednesday’s ruling of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania consists of a majority opinion and a dissenting opinion.

Posted at 9:44 PM by Howard Bashman

“Justice Alito Changes Mind, Gets Out of the Pool”: Tony Mauro has this post at “The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times.”

Posted at 4:35 PM by Howard Bashman

“The Case of the Gonzales Notes: The Justice Department is investigating whether former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales created a set of fictitious notes so that President Bush would have a rationale for reauthorizing his warrantless eavesdropping program.” Murray Waas has this article online today at the web site of The Atlantic magazine.

Posted at 12:32 PM by Howard Bashman

“Nacchio still in jeopardy; Experts say it’s likely that the ex-Qwest CEO’s conviction will be affirmed”: The Denver Post contains this article today.

The Rocky Mountain News reports today that “Experts expect Nacchio guilty verdict to stand; Judges more hostile to ex-Qwest CEO’s attorney.” In addition, Scott Robinson has an essay entitled “Nacchio appeal likely to be decided by filings, not oral argument.”

And The New York Times reports that “Court Considers New Trial for Former Chief of Qwest.”

Posted at 10:03 AM by Howard Bashman

“A Second Justice Opts Out of a Longtime Custom: The ‘Cert. Pool.'” Today in The New York Times, Adam Liptak has an article that begins, “Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. is getting out of the pool.”

Posted at 9:18 AM by Howard Bashman

“SJC upholds son’s murder conviction”: The Boston Globe today contains an article that begins, “The Supreme Judicial Court yesterday upheld the first-degree murder conviction of George J. Nardi for killing his mother, Dianne Barchard, whose decomposed body was found in the apartment they shared in Bridgewater in December 2002. The unanimous court rejected Nardi’s claim that he lost his constitutional right to confront his accusers because the medical examiner who autopsied his mother’s body did not testify at his trial in Plymouth Superior Court.”

And The Enterprise of Brockton, Massachusetts reports that “Conviction upheld for man who killed mom, lived with body for 15 days.”

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

Posted at 9:02 AM by Howard Bashman

“Pipe bomb defendant admits he took part; Man pleads guilty in courthouse blast”: Today’s edition of The San Diego Union-Tribune contains an article that begins, “One of the three people accused in the detonation of a bomb at the federal courthouse in San Diego earlier this year pleaded guilty yesterday in Federal Court in Imperial County.”

Posted at 8:37 AM by Howard Bashman

“Nichols trial: ‘It was red with blood’; Witnesses recall scenes of March 11, 2005, courthouse rampage in which sheriff’s deputy was beaten, judge and court reporter shot.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contains this article today.

And yesterday’s newspaper contained an article headlined “Deputy: Guard trusted suspect; ‘There were just red flags all over the place,’ former Fulton officer testifies about security breaches, defendant’s behavior in the courtroom.”

Posted at 8:05 AM by Howard Bashman