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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

“Court to decide when public lands management can be challenged”: Michael Doyle of McClatchy Newspapers has an article that begins, “A well-seasoned Sequoia National Forest logging dispute comes to a boil Wednesday, as the Supreme Court considers when activists can challenge the management of federal lands.”

Posted at 11:34 PM by Howard Bashman

“Ohio court weighs opening records”: The Cincinnati Enquirer provides a news update that begins, “Medical records of pregnant teenagers, and perhaps all Ohioans, could become public in a case before the state Supreme Court. Supreme Court justices are expected to rule by early next year on the first civil case of its kind in the nation seeking private records of minors.”

And The Associated Press reports that “Ohio top court mulls Planned Parenthood files.”

The Supreme Court of Ohio provides this background about the case. And by clicking here (RealPlayer required), you can view today’s oral argument of the appeal.

Posted at 11:24 PM by Howard Bashman

“High court dispute over who gets retirement money”: Mark Sherman of The Associated Press has an article that begins, “If William Kennedy had updated all his financial paperwork in accordance with his divorce decree, chances are his daughter would not have been at the Supreme Court on Tuesday fighting for the $402,000 she thinks should be hers.”

Posted at 11:10 PM by Howard Bashman

“Judge orders release of Chinese Muslims into US”: Hope Yen of The Associated Press has a report that begins, “A federal judge ordered the Bush administration Tuesday to immediately release a small group of Chinese Muslims from Guantanamo Bay into the United States.”

Posted at 2:30 PM by Howard Bashman

Two recent posts of interest at “The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times.” Tony Mauro has a post titled “‘Massive Impasse’ at the Supreme Court” that begins, “It’s the classic dilemma that faces parties who suddenly find themselves before the Supreme Court. Who should argue: the lawyer who has been with the case from the beginning, or a seasoned Supreme Court advocate who knows which buttons to push to win the hearts and votes of five justices?”

And Mike Scarcella has a post titled “D.C. Circuit Takes Up Hairy Dispute in Beards Case.”

Posted at 2:23 PM by Howard Bashman

“This case presents the question of whether it is constitutional for a public middle school to regulate the time, place, and manner of a student’s speech by preventing him from handing out leaflets in school hallways between classes and instead allowing him to post his leaflets on hallway bulletin boards and to distribute them during lunch hours from a cafeteria table.” So begins a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued today. According to the ruling, the student wanted to distribute leaflets in connection with the Third Annual Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity.

Posted at 10:45 AM by Howard Bashman

“They’re Back”: Late yesterday at her “Legalities” blog, ABC News correspondent Jan Crawford Greenburg had a post that begins, “The justices returned from their summer break today, and, as always, it felt a whole lot like being back in school after a few carefree months off.”

Posted at 10:23 AM by Howard Bashman

“Brian Nichols trial: Prisoner-turned-captor testifies; The woman killer trusted says he was not making sense.” The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today contains an article that begins, “Brian Nichols claimed he was a ‘soldier for his people’ when he killed a judge, a court reporter and a sheriff’s deputy and escaped from his rape trial at the Fulton County Courthouse three years ago, according to one person he trusted during his 26-hour crime spree.”

And The Los Angeles Times reports today that “Woman testifies about placating kidnapper; Ashley Smith Robinson used the Bible and crystal meth to calm Brian Nichols, who faces four murder charges stemming from mayhem at an Atlanta courthouse in 2005.”

Posted at 8:44 AM by Howard Bashman

“State court rules vaccine suit can proceed”: Today in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, By Bill Rankin has an article that begins, “An Atlanta couple’s lawsuit against vaccine manufacturers can go to trial on claims a childhood vaccine caused neurological damage to their young son, the Georgia Supreme Court ruled Monday. In a landmark decision, the state high court unanimously ruled that Marcelo and Carolyn Ferrari’s lawsuit is not barred by the 1986 National Childhood Vaccine Injury Compensation Act. The court upheld a prior decision by the Georgia Court of Appeals, which was the first appellate court in the nation to make such a ruling.”

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

Posted at 8:35 AM by Howard Bashman

“Supreme Court Opens Term With a Tobacco Fraud Case”: Adam Liptak has this article today in The New York Times.

David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times reports today that “Supreme Court opens term with cigarette marketing case; Justices hear arguments on whether cigarette makers defrauded smokers with claims about light and low-tar cigarettes.”

In USA Today, Joan Biskupic reports that “High court seems to lean toward cigarette-makers; Boundary of state-federal law at crux of case weighing smokers’ complaints over labeling.”

And The Washington Post reports that “Suit on Tobacco Ads Sparks Feisty Debate; Marketing of ‘Light’ Cigarettes at Issue.”

Posted at 8:11 AM by Howard Bashman

“Wilkins retires from court to join law firm; Former U.S. Appeals Court judge will be based at Nexsen/Pruet Greenville office”: This article appeared Sunday in The Greenville News.

Posted at 8:04 AM by Howard Bashman

“State, union battle in D.C.” Today’s edition of The Kennebec Journal contains an article that begins, “The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a case that pits 20 state workers against the Maine State Employees Association and the state of Maine.”

Posted at 7:54 AM by Howard Bashman