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Monday, September 29, 2008

“Iowa AG seeks review of nude dancing ruling”: The Associated Press provides a report that begins, “The state attorney general’s office said Monday it asked the Iowa Supreme Court to review a judge’s ruling that nude dancing is a legal art form. Assistant Attorney General Mary Tabor said the state is seeking a review of Judge Timothy O’Grady’s August decision in which he ruled that a strip club was protected under a law allowing nudity in any ‘theater, concert hall, art center, museum or similar establishments’ devoted to the arts or theatrical performances.”

Posted at 4:05 PM by Howard Bashman

“Judge chided for seeking job from lawyers in trial”: Last Thursday in The Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger, Kate Coscarelli had an article that begins, “Judges must be diligent to make sure there is no appearance of impropriety when they are looking for a new job while still on the bench, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled yesterday in a unanimous decision.”

And reports that “N.J. Supreme Court Imposes Restrictions on Job-Seeking Judges.”

You can access last week’s ruling of the Supreme Court of New Jersey at this link.

Posted at 9:38 AM by Howard Bashman

“Key evidence unveiled against former Richardson Muslim charity in Holy Land case”: This article appears today in The Dallas Morning News.

Posted at 9:22 AM by Howard Bashman

“‘I wanted to disarm him’; Ex-deputy’s testimony to continue today”: Today’s edition of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contains an article that begins, “Retired Fulton County Deputy Grantley White sobbed as he recounted one of his greatest heartaches to his already damaged heart; the day his friend and the judge he protected was shot dead while sitting on the bench. White said he was testifying in the Brian Nichols case despite the risk of aggravating an existing heart condition because it was his duty. White is to continue testifying today, when the trial begins its second week.”

Posted at 9:17 AM by Howard Bashman

“Jury duty? You may want to edit your online profile; Trial consultants increasingly use the Internet to learn about prospective jurors, including how they vote, how they spend money and if they’ve spoken out on controversial issues.” Carol J. Williams has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.

Posted at 9:12 AM by Howard Bashman

“Laptop searches go too far: Customs agents should not be allowed to arbitrarily scroll through citizens’ laptop computers.” This editorial appears today in The Los Angeles Times.

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“Davis case decision expected by Oct. 6; Execution stayed: ‘This is the kind of case that has the [Supreme Court] on edge,’ said one death penalty expert.” Today in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bill Rankin has an article that begins, “When the U.S. Supreme Court meets today to decide Troy Anthony Davis’ fate, its nine justices face a fairly straightforward question: Is there sufficient doubt about Davis’ guilt to warrant further scrutiny of his case? Davis needs four justices to vote ‘yes.’ Otherwise, his execution, halted by the high court less than two hours before it was to be carried out Tuesday evening, will be rescheduled. The court is expected to announce its decision Oct. 6. The high court’s granting the stay at such a late hour, while not unprecedented, indicates the case has the justices’ interest, court watchers said.”

Posted at 9:03 AM by Howard Bashman

“A Chinese Muslim in Gitmo legal limbo; Though eligible for freedom, detainee labeled a foe of China is going nowhere”: James Oliphant has this article today in The Chicago Tribune.

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“Who Owns the Law? Arguments May Ensue.” In today’s edition of The New York Times, Noam Cohen has an essay that begins, “In a time when scientists are trying to patent the very genetic code that creates life, it may not be too surprising to learn that a variety of organizations — from trade groups and legal publishers to the government itself — claim copyright to the basic code that governs our society.”

Posted at 8:22 AM by Howard Bashman

“No Charges Expected in Dismissal of Attorneys”: Today in The New York Times, Eric Lichtblau has an article that begins, “A Justice Department investigation offers a blistering critique of the political motivations that led to the firings of a group of United States attorneys in late 2006 but stops short of recommending criminal charges against former Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales or others in the affair, officials said.”

Posted at 8:15 AM by Howard Bashman

“Preserving California’s Constitution: California voters should reject Proposition 8, which would overturn the State Supreme Court decision allowing same-sex marriage.” This editorial appears today in The New York Times.

Posted at 8:04 AM by Howard Bashman

“Sonar, F-Bombs and Public Parks: An eclectic blend of cases and three-a-day arguments are on tap this term.” David G. Savage has this article in the October 2008 issue of ABA Journal magazine.

And, as noted two posts below, yesterday in The Los Angeles Times he had this preview of the U.S. Supreme Court‘s October 2008 Term.

Posted at 7:45 AM by Howard Bashman

“At Yale Law, a faculty exodus or just a cycle?” This article, part one of a three-part series, appears today in The Yale Daily News.

Posted at 7:30 AM by Howard Bashman