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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

“Supreme Court Justice Gableman denies TV ad was misleading”: The Associated Press provides a report that begins, “A Wisconsin Supreme Court justice facing charges that he lied in a Willie Horton-style television ad said in court filings Wednesday there was nothing untruthful about the spot in question.”

Posted at 10:30 PM by Howard Bashman

“Prop. 8 gay marriage ban goes to Supreme Court; The California high court will review legal challenges to Prop. 8; A hearing is set for March. Prior to a ruling, gay weddings will not be allowed to resume”: Maura Dolan of The Los Angeles Times has this news update.

Howard Mintz of The San Jose Mercury News has an update headlined “California Supreme Court to decide fate of Prop. 8 same-sex marriage ban.”

And Thursday’s edition of The New York Times will contain an article headlined “Top Court in California Will Review Proposition 8.”

Today’s order of the Supreme Court of California can be viewed at this link. The court also issued a news release titled “California Supreme Court Takes Action on Proposition 8; High Court Denies Requests to Stay Enforcement of Proposition 8 and Agrees to Decide Issues Arising Out of Proposition 8.”

Posted at 10:12 PM by Howard Bashman

“State Supreme Court to hear challenges to Prop. 8”: Bob Egelko of The San Francisco Chronicle has a news update that begins, “The state Supreme Court plunged back into the same-sex marriage wars today, agreeing to decide the legality of a ballot measure that repealed the right of gay and lesbian couples to wed in California.”

And The Associated Press reports that “Calif. Supreme Court to take up gay marriage ban.”

Posted at 5:15 PM by Howard Bashman

“Joyce found guilty; sentencing set for March”: The Erie (Pa.) Times-News provides an update that begins, “Former state Superior Court Judge Michael T. Joyce will be sentenced March 10 in Erie for his conviction today on all the mail-fraud and money-laundering charges against him. Senior U.S. District Judge Maurice B. Cohill Jr. set the sentencing date after the verdict was announced in federal court in Pittsburgh about 4:05 p.m. Joyce was convicted of federal charges that he provided false information to get $440,000 from two insurance companies over injuries he said he suffered in a two-car crash in August 2001. He was also found guilty of charges of money laundering, based on the claims of the U.S. Attorney’s Office that he spent the insurance proceeds on a house, motorcycle and other luxury items.”

Paula Reed Ward of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a news update headlined “Ex-judge guilty in fraud case.”

And The Associated Press reports that “Ex-judge in Pa. guilty of fraud, money laundering.”

Posted at 4:35 PM by Howard Bashman

“Former Bethlehem Steel manager dies; City native’s son is Supreme Court justice”: The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown, Pennsylvania today contains an obituary that begins, “Before John G. Roberts Sr. was known as the father of U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, he was known in Johnstown as a steel man.”

And at “The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times,” Tony Mauro has a post titled “Father of Chief Justice Dies.”

Posted at 4:05 PM by Howard Bashman

“Portrait in Nazi-era case stolen, appeals panel rules”: The Providence (R.I.) Journal’s news blog has a post that begins, “A federal appeals panel today upheld a lower court ruling in finding that the Nazis had, in effect, stolen a painting from a Jewish art collector 50 years ago.”

And The Associated Press reports that “RI woman loses appeal for Nazi-era painting.”

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

Posted at 1:42 PM by Howard Bashman

“Ten picks for Obama’s Supreme Court: With as many as three justices expected to retire, Obama may have the opportunity to reshape the conservative-leaning court; Our experts eye the candidates.” Justin Jouvenal has this article today at

Posted at 10:02 AM by Howard Bashman

“Detainee Will Face New War-Crimes Charges”: The New York Times today contains an article that begins, “Military prosecutors have decided to file new war-crimes charges against a Guantanamo detainee who has been called the 20th hijacker in the Sept. 11 terror plot, discounting claims that his harsh interrogation would make a prosecution impossible.”

The Washington Post reports today that “Guantanamo’s Yemeni Detainees Epitomize a U.S. Security Concern.”

And Carol Rosenberg of The Miami Herald has articles headlined “With Guantanamo war court in doubt, 9/11 case gets new judge” and “Navy lawyers inspect secret prison camp.”

Posted at 8:45 AM by Howard Bashman

“Justices block bid to change Abbott funding; N.J. court says Corzine must show his new school aid formula works”: This article appears today in The Newark (N.J) Star-Ledger.

Posted at 8:42 AM by Howard Bashman

“For high court, Obama could tap nonjurists”: Columnist Edward Fitzpatrick had this op-ed last week in The Providence (R.I.) Journal.

Posted at 8:23 AM by Howard Bashman

“NH drug-privacy law survives challenge”: An article published today in The Nashua (N.H.) Telegraph begins, “A New Hampshire law that shields doctors’ prescription records from drug companies does not violate the Constitution, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. In a 148-page ruling released Tuesday, the federal appeals court overturned a ruling by the state’s U.S. District Court, in a 2-1 split decision, and found that keeping prescription records confidential does not violate the First Amendment.”

And The New York Times reports today that “Federal Court Upholds Drug Privacy Law.”

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

Posted at 8:22 AM by Howard Bashman

“Federal Building’s centennial celebrated”: Today’s edition of The Providence (R.I.) Journal contains an article that begins, “The U.S. District Court building commands the north end of Kennedy Plaza, and inside its storied chambers some of the state’s highest-profile legal cases have unfolded through the years. On Friday, the centennial of the five-story granite courthouse will culminate in a gala attended by one of the highest justices in the land: Supreme Court Associate Justice David H. Souter.”

Posted at 7:58 AM by Howard Bashman

“The Obama Administration’s Likely Effect on Tort Law and the Civil Justice System Generally”: Anthony J. Sebok has this essay online at FindLaw.

Posted at 7:38 AM by Howard Bashman