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Sunday, October 5, 2008

“Battered wife entitled to time off work, state justices rule”: Yesterday’s edition of The Seattle Post-Intelligencer contained an article that begins, “A sharply divided state Supreme Court ruled Friday that employers cannot penalize the victims of domestic violence who take time off from work to protect themselves and their children.”

And The Seattle Times reported on Saturday that “Washington Supreme Court rules victims’ job rights are protected.”

Friday’s ruling of the Supreme Court of Washington State consisted of an opinion announcing the judgment of the court, an opinion concurring in the judgment, an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part, and a dissenting opinion.

Posted at 11:58 PM by Howard Bashman

“Roseville artist prepares for jail after refusing to alter mural”: Today’s edition of The Detroit Free Press contains an article that begins, “Artist Ed (Gonzo) Stross is preparing himself for jail — a punishment he considers lighter than removing a critical part of his mural, as the state Supreme Court ordered last month.”

Posted at 11:47 PM by Howard Bashman

“Parental notification measure might be bulletproof in the courts”: Yesterday in The San Jose Mercury News, Howard Mintz had an article that begins, “For more than a decade, abortion foes have been trying to erase a bitterly divided California Supreme Court decision that struck down a law requiring minors to get parental consent for abortions. Now, if voters approve Proposition 4 in next month’s election, that 1997 ruling will become nothing more than a footnote in the law books. A new parental notification law in California may well be insulated against another legal challenge, given what has unfolded in other states that have passed similar laws and the U.S. Supreme Court’s rulings on the issue. In short, if opponents of parental consent laws want to win, it appears likely they will have to win at the ballot box, not in the courts.”

Posted at 11:34 PM by Howard Bashman

“Top court to rule: Does ‘rat’ have rights?” Today in The Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger, Kate Coscarelli has an article that begins, “He’s treated like any other member of the picket line. When Mercer County electrical union workers line up to protest businesses paying nonunion wages, he holds a sign aloft and tries to get the word out to anyone passing by. But nothing his sign says grabs people’s attention more than his simple presence. He’s The Rat, the union’s 10-foot inflatable balloon with beady eyes, pointy claws, chewed-up ears, buckteeth and a festering pink belly.”

Posted at 11:05 PM by Howard Bashman

“Supreme Court’s Future Hinges on Who Wins ’08 Race; A McCain Triumph May Tilt Balance”: Robert Barnes will have this article Monday in The Washington Post.

Posted at 10:55 PM by Howard Bashman

“Supreme Court to tackle cigarette, drug issues; Under review is the authority of state courts in connection with jury awards”: Pete Williams of NBC News provides this report.

Nina Totenberg of National Public Radio reports that “Consumer Issues Top Supreme Court’s Docket.”

James Vicini of Reuters reports that “Court term to hear tobacco, TV dirty words cases.”

Ariane de Vogue of ABC News reports that “Election Looms as Supreme Court Starts Term; As Barack Obama and John McCain Race to the White House, the Justices Prepare to Hear Cases on Navy Sonar, Drug Labels and ‘Fleeting Expletives.’

And Agence France-Presse reports that “Tobacco, whales await as US Supreme Court gets back to work.”

Posted at 8:37 PM by Howard Bashman

“This time, Roe vs. Wade really could hang in the balance; The Supreme Court’s onetime wide majority in favor of abortion rights has shrunk to one: Justice John Paul Stevens, who is 88; Now the decision’s fate may depend on who becomes the next president.” David G. Savage has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.

Posted at 8:22 PM by Howard Bashman