How Appealing

Sunday, October 19, 2008

“Opinion Casts Light on Secretive Justice Dept. Office”: The Washington Post today contains an article that begins, “A legal opinion allowing the Justice Department to dole out a $1.5 million grant to a Christian aid group that makes religious belief a condition of employment is shining new light on an obscure office that interprets laws across the government. The Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel, which issued the interpretation last year to little notice, has been a target of congressional Democrats for its blessing of detainee interrogation techniques and a warrantless eavesdropping program that nearly provoked a mass resignation of top law enforcement officials four years ago.”

And yesterday in The New York Times, Charlie Savage had a front page article headlined “Bush Aides Say Religious Hiring Doesn’t Bar Aid.”

Posted at 8:24 PM by Howard Bashman

“Insurance fraud case set for ex-Pennsylvania judge”: The Associated Press provides a report that begins, “Former state Superior Court Judge Michael Joyce goes on trial in federal court this week on fraud charges for allegedly exaggerating or faking neck and back injuries that netted him $440,000 from insurers.”

Posted at 1:35 PM by Howard Bashman

“No word yet on resignation by Nottingham”: The Denver Post today contains an article that begins, “A source close to Chief U.S. District Judge Edward Nottingham Jr. says he is contemplating resignation, but as of Saturday, the clerk of the U.S. District Court had not received a notification from Nottingham or the White House of a resignation.”

Posted at 1:28 PM by Howard Bashman