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Friday, October 17, 2008

“Salazar calls for Judge Nottingham’s resignation”: The Denver Post provides a news update that begins, “Democratic Sen. Ken Salazar urged Chief U.S. District Judge Edward W. Nottingham Jr. to resign on Friday, a day after allegations surfaced that he tried to get a former prostitute to lie to investigators about paying her for sex. Nottingham called in sick to work this week and his six-day criminal trial was taken over by another judge.”

Posted at 6:00 PM by Howard Bashman

“Nottingham A No-Show For Cases; Reports Indicate Judge Edward Nottingham Will Be Stepping Down”: provides a report that begins, “Cases that U.S. District Court Chief Judge Edward Nottingham was scheduled to deal with Friday morning in his courtroom were handled by another judge. Some news outlets reported Thursday that Nottingham plans to resign. He has been the target for about a year of an investigation into complaints of alleged misconduct.”

And today in The Rocky Mountain News, attorney Scott Robinson has an essay entitled “If true, all kinds of legal codes were shattered.”

Posted at 2:30 PM by Howard Bashman

“High court rejects GOP bid in Ohio voting dispute”: The Associated Press provides a report that begins, “The Supreme Court is siding with Ohio’s top elections official in a dispute with the state Republican Party over voter registrations. The justices on Friday overruled a federal appeals court that had ordered Ohio’s top elections official to do more to help counties verify voter eligibility.”

You can access today’s per curiam ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court at this link.

Posted at 12:07 PM by Howard Bashman

“Next president to name new circuit court judge”: Today in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bill Rankin has an article that begins, “The country’s next president will get a chance to fill a vacancy on the federal appeals court in Atlanta. Judge R. Lanier Anderson III of Macon has notified President Bush he will take senior status at the end of January. Anderson, 72, was put on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by President Jimmy Carter in 1979.”

Other recent additions to the “Future Vacancies” list include Fifth Circuit Judge Rhesa H. Barksdale and Sixth Circuit Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey.

Posted at 12:00 PM by Howard Bashman

“Supreme Court denies review of medical pot law”: Today in The San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko has an article that begins, “The state Supreme Court turned back a challenge to California’s medical marijuana law Thursday from two counties that said they were being forced to condone federal drug-law violations by state-approved pot users.”

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports today that “County’s appeal of pot law rejected; State high court won’t hear case.”

And The Press-Enterprise of Riverside, California reports that “State court denies counties’ petition to review ruling on medical marijuana law.”

Posted at 10:03 AM by Howard Bashman

“Ohio Litigating Its Way Through Election Cycle; Partisan Distrust Rampant in Swing State”: This article appears today in The Washington Post.

Posted at 9:52 AM by Howard Bashman

“Photographer Takes Copyright Fight to U.S. High Court; His lawyer says 11th, 2nd circuits misinterpreted Supreme Court ruling in their decisions favoring National Geographic Society”: provides this report.

Posted at 9:07 AM by Howard Bashman

“O’Connor receives degree”: The Yale Daily News today contains an article that begins, “When Emma Watson of ‘Harry Potter’ fame showed up on campus last week, avid fans tried to anticipate her every move. But when former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor arrived at the Divinity School on Wednesday, her presence was a closely-guarded secret, even within the small Divinity School community.”

Posted at 8:54 AM by Howard Bashman

“Welcome awaits Muslims from China held at Guantanamo; Tallahassee is preparing to receive and look after three men on an improbable journey from Guantanamo Bay — and Tora Bora”: Carol Rosenberg has this article today in The Miami Herald.

Posted at 8:47 AM by Howard Bashman

“New Sentence Is Sought for Bin Laden’s Driver”: Today in The Wall Street Journal, Jess Bravin has an article that begins, “The Bush administration wants the military jury that sentenced Osama bin Laden’s former driver to reconvene for new deliberations that could add five years to his scheduled release date of Dec. 31.”

And The Yale Daily News reports today that “Law clinic brings justice to prisoners.”

Posted at 8:34 AM by Howard Bashman

“Court upholds decision, US liable in killing; Ruling: FBI dealings with Bulger gang led to murder.” The Boston Globe today contains an article that begins, “The US Appeals Court has upheld a lower court ruling holding the FBI responsible for the 1984 killing of a Quincy fisherman by Winter Hill gang leaders and a rogue agent who leaked information to them, in a decision that could settle at least six other cases claiming the FBI had corrupt dealings with James ‘Whitey’ Bulger.”

And The Boston Herald reports today that “Court OKs $3.1M judgment for mom of Whitey Bulger victim.”

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

Posted at 8:15 AM by Howard Bashman

“Federal judge expected to go; Nottingham mired in sex-related misconduct issues”: The Rocky Mountain News today contains an article that begins, “Chief U.S. District Judge Edward W. Nottingham is expected to quit the federal bench amid a new sex-related scandal and a closed-door judicial misconduct hearing that didn’t go well, sources said Thursday. Nottingham could not be reached for comment, and the clerk of the U.S. District Court for Colorado said he had received no official letter of resignation.” The newspaper also contains an article headlined “It’s no nonsense in his courtroom; Nottingham built reputation as tough but fair.”

The Denver Post reports today that “Federal judge may resign amid inquiry.”

And Denver’s NBC News affiliate provides a report headlined “Prostitute: Federal judge asked me to lie.” The web page containing that report provides access to a video segment that includes an interview in which a former prostitute claims the judge asked her to lie to investigators and hide that he paid her for sex.

Additional news coverage that appeared online yesterday can be accessed via this post.

Posted at 7:45 AM by Howard Bashman