How Appealing

Friday, October 3, 2008

“Pre-emption Tops Justices’ Fall Docket; Roberts’ Impact on The High Court Is Still Being Debated”: Lawrence Hurley has this article today in The Daily Journal of California.

Posted at 5:02 PM by Howard Bashman

“An extraordinary number of people, institutions, and inanimate objects have wronged Tyrone Hurt. In just the last couple of years, Hurt has sued the Declaration of Independence, Black’s Law Dictionary, the United Nations, agencies of the District of Columbia and the Federal Government, and various courts and their officers.” An opinion that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued today proceeds to observe,

Hurt has claimed the existence of state supreme courts violates the Eighth Amendment, requested the Secret Service and the President’s Cabinet be declared unconstitutional, and demanded the deportation of a Spanish-speaking government
employee. Nor are the slights Hurt suffered mere glancing blows; he routinely demands trillions of dollars in damages.

Despite these passages from its ruling issued today, the D.C. Circuit is apparently not amused, as today’s ruling revokes Hurt’s ability to file “any future civil appeals without paying the required fees.” According to a unanimous three-judge D.C. Circuit panel, “If Hurt wishes to continue wasting this Court’s time by appealing dismissals of his absurd and frivolous claims, he should have to do it on his own dime.”

Posted at 12:14 PM by Howard Bashman

“Cancer victim’s kin can sue over his treatment in immigrant detention”: Today in The San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko has an article that begins, “The family of an illegal immigrant who died of penile cancer after pleading for treatment during 11 months in custody can sue government officials for allegedly violating his constitutional rights, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.”

You can access yesterday’s ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at this link.

Posted at 9:40 AM by Howard Bashman

“Ahead at Supreme Court: big cases, no blockbusters; Its new term, which starts Monday, includes cases on detainees and TV language.” Warren Richey has this article today in The Christian Science Monitor.

Today in USA Today, Joan Biskupic reports that “High court comes back next week; Dirty words, drug safety are among issues to be considered.”

And Michael Doyle of McClatchy Newspapers reports that “Business-friendly Supreme Court tackles corporate cases.”

Posted at 8:32 AM by Howard Bashman

“Law students protest military policy”: Yesterday’s issue of The New Haven Register contained an article that begins, “Three dozen students, dressed in interview attire and gagged, marched from the Yale Law School to a nearby hotel Wednesday to protest the U.S. military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy involving gays.”

And The Yale Daily News reported yesterday that “‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ protested.”

Posted at 8:07 AM by Howard Bashman

“Judge Kozinski Accused of Ethics Breach by Lawyer”: Cynthia Cotts of Bloomberg News has an article that begins, “Alex Kozinski, chief judge of the federal appeals court in San Francisco, was formally accused by Los Angeles lawyer Cyrus Sanai of making pornography available on a public Web site, the attorney’s third misconduct complaint against the judge in three years.”

Posted at 8:00 AM by Howard Bashman