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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

“Supreme Court hears case on Navy sonar, whales; The justices appear divided on whether environmental laws can protect the marine mammals during military exercises; A ruling is not expected for several months”: David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times provides this news update.

Michael Doyle of McClatchy Newspapers reports that “At Supreme Court, sonar case pits whales against Navy.”

And The Washington Post provides a news update headlined “High Court to Settle Dispute Over Navy Sonar’s Impact on Whales.”

Posted at 4:45 PM by Howard Bashman

“Court sympathetic to worker’s retaliation claims”: Mark Sherman of The Associated Press has an article that begins, “Supreme Court justices indicated Wednesday they would side with a longtime government worker who claims she was fired in retaliation after she cooperated with a sexual harassment investigation.”

Posted at 4:40 PM by Howard Bashman

“Court wrestles with case on Navy sonar, whales”: Mark Sherman of The Associated Press provides this report.

The U.S. Supreme Court has already posted online the transcript of today’s oral argument in Winter v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., No. 07-1239.

Update: Later today, the Court posted online the transcripts of the second case argued today, Summers v. Earth Island Institute, No. 07-463, and the third case argued today, Crawford v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson Cty., No. 06-1595.

Posted at 2:55 PM by Howard Bashman

“Nichols on tape: Killings ‘noble.'” Today’s edition of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contains an article that begins, “The calmness in his voice gave no hint he’d just killed four people whom he describes as both innocent victims and casualties of war. At times, Brian Nichols sounded almost meek Tuesday as he justified to police his March 11, 2005, Fulton County Courthouse killing spree as a slave rebellion in which he was a ‘noble soldier.’ In a three-hour videotaped confession played during his trial, Nichols is shown sitting across a table from an Atlanta Police Department homicide detective, detailing each of four fatal shootings. The dramatic account is the first public revelation of Nichols’ own words — what he was thinking, or not thinking, as he pulled the trigger.”

The newspaper has posted online an excerpt of the video at this link.

Posted at 9:07 AM by Howard Bashman

“Marijuana law unconstitutional, lawyer argues”: Bill Rankin has this article today in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

According to the article, the Georgia statute in question provides, “Notwithstanding any law to the contrary, any person who is charged with possession of marijuana, which possession is of one ounce or less, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.”

Posted at 9:00 AM by Howard Bashman

“Federal appeals court makes rare Providence appearance”: Today in The Providence (R.I.) Journal, Edward Fitzpatrick has an article that begins, “Judges from the federal appeals court based in Boston will hear arguments in Providence this morning as part of the centennial of the federal courthouse in Kennedy Plaza.”

Posted at 8:35 AM by Howard Bashman

“E-mails suggest Pfizer tried to suppress study on drug; Suits say company misled on Neurontin”: The Boston Globe today contains an article that begins, “Top drug company marketing executives suppressed a large European study suggesting their blockbuster medication Neurontin was ineffective for chronic nerve pain, and they privately strategized about how to silence a British researcher who wanted to go public with the data, according to newly filed documents and e-mails that are part of a Boston court case.”

And The New York Times reports today that “Experts Conclude Pfizer Manipulated Studies.”

Posted at 8:32 AM by Howard Bashman

“Judge Orders 17 Detainees at Guantanamo Freed”: This article appears today in The New York Times.

Today’s edition of The Washington Post contains a front page article headlined “Chinese Muslims Ordered Released From Guantanamo.” The newspaper also reports that “D.C. Area Families Are Ready to Receive Uighur Detainees.”

David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times reports that “Judge orders 17 Chinese Muslims released from Guantanamo Bay; U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina is to decide where in the U.S. the men can be released; The Pentagon cleared most of them of wrongdoing four years ago.”

Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal reports that “Judge Orders the Release of 17 Out of Guantanamo, Into U.S.

And Marisa Taylor of McClatchy Newspapers reports that “Judge orders 17 Guantanamo detainees released to U.S.

Late last night, “SCOTUSblog” posted this transcript of the judge’s oral ruling.

Posted at 8:27 AM by Howard Bashman

“Students Briefed for Day in Court”: This article appears today in The Harvard Crimson. According to the article, the students will be taking “a 24-hour trip to Washington D.C. to hear two Supreme Court cases and meet with Justice David H. Souter ’61 next Tuesday.”

Posted at 8:05 AM by Howard Bashman

“AP Exclusive: Documents say detainee near insanity.” The Associated Press provides a report that begins, “A U.S. military officer warned Pentagon officials that an American detainee was being driven nearly insane by months of punishing isolation and sensory deprivation in a U.S. military brig, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.”

Posted at 8:02 AM by Howard Bashman

“Gableman charged with misconduct by Judicial Commission over campaign ad”: Today’s edition of The Wisconsin State Journal contains an article that begins, “For the second time in just over a year, the state agency that investigates wrongdoing by judges has leveled misconduct charges against a new member of the state Supreme Court.”

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports today that “Judicial Commission says Gableman ad was deceiving.”

And The Associated Press provides a report headlined “Wis. judicial panel: Punish new judge for false ad.”

Posted at 7:54 AM by Howard Bashman

“More on the Upcoming Supreme Court Case of Wyeth v. Levine and the Preemption Temptation”: Anthony J. Sebok and Benjamin C. Zipursky have this essay — the last in a two-part series — online at FindLaw. Part one can be accessed here.

Posted at 7:45 AM by Howard Bashman