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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

“Chambers’ may appeal after his suit against God is tossed out”: Today’s edition of The Omaha World-Herald contains an article that begins, “You can’t sue God if you can’t serve the papers on him, a Douglas County District Court judge has ruled in Omaha. Judge Marlon Polk threw out Nebraska Sen. Ernie Chambers’ lawsuit against the Almighty, saying there was no evidence that the defendant had been served.”

And The Associated Press reports that “Suit against God thrown out over lack of address.”

Posted at 3:15 PM by Howard Bashman

“High court clears way for execution; Seven witnesses who identified Troy Davis as the killer of a police officer in Georgia almost 20 years ago have recanted their testimony, but his final appeal is turned down without comment”: David G. Savage has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.

Today’s edition of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution contains an article headlined “Rejected by high court, Davis faces execution.”

The New York Times reports that “Supreme Court Rejects Execution Appeal.”

The Washington Post reports that “High Court Won’t Hear Death Row Appeal.”

And in The Christian Science Monitor, Warren Richey reports that “Court declines to hear death-row appeal; Troy Davis, a Georgia inmate, asked for a new trial after seven witnesses recanted their testimony.”

Posted at 3:05 PM by Howard Bashman

“Court sends chip makers’ suit back to trade body”: Today’s edition of The San Diego Union-Tribune contains an article that begins, “After a string of legal setbacks, San Diego wireless technology giant Qualcomm claimed a victory yesterday over chip-making competitor Broadcom. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit nullified a ruling that Qualcomm infringed Broadcom patents and returned the issue to the International Trade Commission for further review.”

My earlier coverage of yesterday’s Federal Circuit decision appears at this link.

Posted at 2:57 PM by Howard Bashman

“New ACLU center to honor longtime Southern California director Ramona Ripston; Ripston, 81, dismisses the idea of retirement, saying much work remains unfinished; ‘If we aren’t under attack every day, then we’re not doing our job,’ she adds”: This article appears today in The Los Angeles Times. As the article notes, the honoree is the wife of Ninth Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt.

Posted at 12:08 PM by Howard Bashman

“Key Allegations Against Terror Suspect Withdrawn; Justice Department Had Tied Guantanamo Detainee to Plot to Explode ‘Dirty Bomb’ in U.S.” The Washington Post contains this article today.

Posted at 11:57 AM by Howard Bashman

“Family’s wait for Cooey’s execution ends; Prison staff finds veins in convicted murderer who claimed he was too fat for lethal injection”: This article appears today in The Akron Beacon Journal.

Today’s edition of The Dayton Daily News contains articles headlined “Executed inmate ‘vulgar and hateful,’ prosecutor says” and “Execution by lethal injection is a calculated process devoid of theatrics; Richard Cooey was put to death Tuesday morning for the slaying of two Akron coeds in 1986.”

And The Associated Press reports that “Ohio executes inmate who argued was too fat to die.”

Posted at 11:02 AM by Howard Bashman

“Questionable registrations: Fork over voter list, judges tell Brunner.” The Columbus Dispatch today contains an article that begins, “Almost as if she anticipated a court ruling a few hours later, Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner promised yesterday to give county elections workers access to a list of possibly problematic voter registrations. The full 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals then ruled 9-6 that Brunner must provide access to a state database showing new voters whose registration information does not match records with the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles or federal Social Security Administration. The decision — a 50-page maze of majority, concurring and dissenting opinions — reversed a 2-1 ruling by a three-judge panel of the 6th Circuit last week.”

The Cincinnati Enquirer today reports that “Voter fraud battle heats up; Court rulings, lawsuits, calls for investigations all in a day’s work.”

And The Associated Press provides a report headlined “Federal court: Ohio must check voter registrations.”

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

At his “Election Law” blog, Rick Hasen offers these thoughts on the ruling.

Posted at 10:44 AM by Howard Bashman

“2nd Circuit Trims ‘At Issue’ Waiver’s Scope for Privilege”: provides a report that begins, “The scope of a waiver of the attorney-client privilege when the party invoking the privilege has put the communication at issue in a lawsuit has been clarified by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.”

My earlier coverage of yesterday’s Second Circuit ruling appears at this link.

Posted at 7:40 AM by Howard Bashman