How Appealing

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

“Mormon town goes to US Supreme Court over free speech; A town in Mormon Utah has gone to the US Supreme Court to settle a constitutional battle over free speech against a tiny sect which mummifies pets”: This article appears Wednesday in The Telegraph (UK).

Posted at 11:25 PM by Howard Bashman

“Argument preview: Pleasant Grove City v. Summum.” Lyle Denniston has this post today at “SCOTUSblog.”

My first post at “How Appealing” about this litigation and the Summum religion appeared at this link on the night of July 19, 2002. Amazingly, over six years later, some of the links in that post continue to function today.

Posted at 2:45 PM by Howard Bashman

“Must cities accept donated monuments? High court to rule.” Michael Doyle of McClatchy Newspapers has an article that begins, “A monumental controversy may force Supreme Court conservatives to choose between veterans and public piety. In a closely watched case, justices will consider on Wednesday when cities and states can be compelled to display donated monuments that may contain religious messages. The resulting decision could shape what public parks look like nationwide.”

Posted at 11:27 AM by Howard Bashman

“Fellow jurists defend judge charged with faking injury”: Today in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Paula Reed Ward has an article that begins, “A state Supreme Court justice. A retired major general who served as a commander at Guantanamo Bay and worked with the CIA. The president judge of the Pennsylvania Superior Court. Those were three of the witnesses called by the defense yesterday to bolster claims by former state Superior Court Judge Michael T. Joyce that he was injured after an August 2001 slow-speed car accident.”

Today in The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Jason Cato reports that “Judges testify in colleague’s fraud trial.”

The Erie (Pa.) Times-News contains this article about yesterday’s developments at the trial.

And The Associated Press reports that “Pa. judges defend one of their own; Several high-profile jurists testified during the fraud trial of a former colleague.”

Posted at 11:00 AM by Howard Bashman

David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times is reporting: In today’s newspaper, he has articles headlined “Domestic violence abusers could get gun rights; The Supreme Court will decide whether people convicted of misdemeanor assault against their spouses or partners should have their 2nd Amendment rights restored because of a flaw in federal law” and “Supreme Court upholds ‘victim impact evidence’; The high court denies appeals of two L.A. murderers on death row who maintain that videos of their victims’ lives unfairly play on jurors’ emotions; Three justices dissent.”

Posted at 10:17 AM by Howard Bashman

“ACLU urges Obama to quickly close Guantanamo camps, court; Seeking to forestall any plans to appease the center, the ACLU puts pressure on the coming Obama administration to order closure of the Guantanamo court and camps on day one”: Carol Rosenberg had this article yesterday in The Miami Herald.

Posted at 9:50 AM by Howard Bashman

“Anti-gay marriage group steps up for Prop. 8”: Today in The San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko has an article that begins, “A group opposed to same-sex marriage wants to help defend Proposition 8 before the California Supreme Court, saying lawsuits seeking to overturn the Nov. 4 ballot measure threaten the initiative process.”

Today’s edition of The Los Angeles Times contains articles headlined “Proposition 8 supporters vent frustration over continued protests; Some backers in Orange County, where the measure was passed by a larger margin than statewide, feel that the people’s will was expressed at the polls and should be upheld” and “Democratic legislators ask state Supreme Court to void Prop. 8; Opponents contend that a ban on gay marriage can only be done by a revision of the state Constitution involving the Legislature; The Prop. 8 campaign leader calls the effort ‘a Hail Mary.’

And The Washington Post reports that “Legality of Same-Sex Marriage Ban Challenged.”

Posted at 8:23 AM by Howard Bashman

“Abortion Foes’ Dilemma: Confront or Cooperate?” Today’s edition of The Wall Street Journal contains an article that begins, “After making significant gains during the Bush administration, the anti-abortion movement was dealt sharp setbacks in last week’s election with the defeat of three state ballot measures restricting abortion. Now, strategists are debating whether the way forward should be based on confrontation or cooperation with the incoming Democratic administration.”

Posted at 7:58 AM by Howard Bashman

“Do Convicts Have a Constitutional Right to Access Crime-Scene DNA? The U.S. Supreme Court Considers the Question.” Sherry F. Colb has this essay online at FindLaw.

Posted at 7:44 AM by Howard Bashman

“Despite Obama Victory, Will Supreme Court Justices Sit Tight? Who among the high court’s four liberal judges might step down? And how would it happen?”’s Tony Mauro has this report.

Posted at 7:40 AM by Howard Bashman