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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

“3rd Circuit Mulls School Discipline for Hoax Web Pages”: Shannon P. Duffy will have this article Thursday in The Legal Intelligencer.

Posted at 11:20 PM by Howard Bashman

“Liberal Legal Group Is Following New Administration’s Path to Power”: Charlie Savage will have this article Thursday in The New York Times.

Posted at 10:50 PM by Howard Bashman

“Offer to tape sex nullifies conviction; It’s not prostitution but speech, court says”: Last Friday’s edition of The Concord (N.H.) Monitor contained an article that begins, “A former district court bailiff who offered a couple $50 an hour to videotape them having sex is not guilty of prostitution, because there was no evidence he was satisfying his own sexual pleasure, the state Supreme Court ruled yesterday. To find otherwise, the court ruled, would illegally criminalize the production of a sexually explicit but not obscene movie, a venture that is protected as free speech under the state constitution.”

The Associated Press reports that “Court overturns former Franklin court bailiff’s prostitution conviction.”

And today at Adult Video News, Mark Kernes has an article headlined “New Hampshire Upholds Citizens’ Right To Make Sexual Content; It’s not prostitution, says New Hampshire Supreme Court” (caution, linked article contains nudity).

You can access last Thursday’s ruling of the Supreme Court of New Hampshire at this link.

At “The Volokh Conspiracy” today, Eugene Volokh has this post about the ruling.

Posted at 10:48 PM by Howard Bashman

“Court weighs how maternity leaves affect pensions”: The AP has a report that begins, “Several Supreme Court justices questioned on Wednesday whether AT&T Corp. is discriminating against former employees by paying smaller retirement checks to women who took pregnancy leaves in the 1960s and 1970s.”

You can access the transcript of today’s U.S. Supreme Court oral argument in AT&T Corp. v. Hulteen, No. 07-543, at this link.

Posted at 3:45 PM by Howard Bashman

“Federal judges hear Fla. Christian fraternity case”: The Associated Press provides a report that begins, “A Christian fraternity asked federal judges Wednesday to recognize the group as part of student life at the University of Florida, despite a school rule that bars Gator groups from discriminating based on religion. Beta Upsilon Chi lawyers told a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the university’s policy threatens their core beliefs and that inviting non-Christians would undermine their mission.”

The case was argued today before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Posted at 3:33 PM by Howard Bashman

A bailout for Detroit, and the federal judiciary: The Associated Press provides a report headlined “Pay raise for judges tucked into bailout plan” that begins, “If the $14 billion bailout plan for U.S. automakers passes, it will help more than just Ford, Chrysler and General Motors. Federal judges would get a pay raise, as well. The raise – labeled a cost of living adjustment – would bring U.S. District court judges up to par with members of Congress, who will receive an almost $5,000 boost on Jan. 1.”

Posted at 3:25 PM by Howard Bashman

“Robertson case settled; University retains full control of endowment”: The Daily Princetonian has a news update that begins, “The University will maintain complete control of the Robertson Foundation’s $600 million endowment that funds the Wilson School’s graduate program under a settlement agreement ending the lawsuit brought by members of the Robertson family in July 2002, both parties announced this morning.”

The Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger has a news update headlined “Princeton U., Robertson family settle $900M lawsuit.”

And The Associated Press reports that “Princeton settles suit, keeps control of donation.”

Posted at 1:37 PM by Howard Bashman

“High court weighs lawsuit against FBI head, ex-AG”: Mark Sherman of The Associated Press has a report that begins, “Supreme Court justices voiced concern Wednesday about including former Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller in a lawsuit that claims prisoners detained after the Sept. 11 attacks were abused because of their religion and ethnicity.”

And at “SCOTUSblog,” Lyle Denniston has a post titled “Special legal immunity for handling crises?

Update: The U.S. Supreme Court has posted the transcript of today’s oral argument in Ashcroft v. Iqbal, No. 07-1015, at this link.

Posted at 1:30 PM by Howard Bashman

“Judges differ as Davis seeks new trial; Death penalty awaits: Two jurists question viability of condemned man’s claim; a third takes issue with state.” Today in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bill Rankin has this article reporting on an oral argument that occurred yesterday before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Posted at 10:57 AM by Howard Bashman

“Obama May Have to Decide on Execution for Accused Terrorists”: James Rowley of Bloomberg News has a report that begins, “President-elect Barack Obama may soon have to choose between executing five confessed plotters of the Sept. 11 attacks or trying them in courts that do more to protect their rights.”

The New York Times today contains a news analysis headlined “Relatives of 9/11 Victims Add a Passionate Layer to Guantanamo Debate.”

The Washington Post today contains an editorial entitled “Trial by Absurdity: The alleged authors of Sept. 11 seek death — and a propaganda coup — in a flawed legal system.”

And The Los Angeles Times contains an editorial entitled “How to try terrorists: A chaotic hearing for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other defendants at Guantanamo Bay puts the spotlight back on the value of military commissions,” while columnist Tim Rutten has an op-ed entitled “Obama’s Gitmo problem: The Bush administration’s abuse of the judicial system will haunt Obama.”

Posted at 9:00 AM by Howard Bashman

“Gay marriage: History, emotion collide in court.” Today’s edition of The Des Moines Register contains an article that begins, “Both sides of the gay marriage debate clashed Tuesday in a historic Iowa Supreme Court battle over the meaning of marriage and the long-term effect of allowing same-sex couples to wed. The decision now falls to the high court, which must choose between the wishes of committed gay couples and the concerns raised by supporters of Iowa’s decade-old marriage law. A ruling is expected next year.”

And The New York Times reports today that “Iowa Justices Hear Same-Sex Marriage Case.”

Posted at 8:50 AM by Howard Bashman

“Justices Weigh Misconduct in Tennessee Murder Case”: Adam Liptak has this article today in The New York Times.

Today in The Washington Post, Robert Barnes reports that “Justices Question Withholding Of Evidence in Capital Case; Tenn. Prosecutors Didn’t Turn Over Proof of Killer’s Drug Use.”

And yesterday evening’s broadcast of NPR’s “All Things Considered” contained an audio segment entitled “High Court Hears Appeal From Tennessee Killer” (RealPlayer required) featuring Nina Totenberg.

Posted at 8:42 AM by Howard Bashman

“Appeals Court Hears Case of Canadian Citizen Sent by U.S. to Syria”: The New York Times today contains an article that begins, “Even if the government agreed with a Canadian citizen’s claims that American officials sent him to Syria in 2002 to be tortured, he should not be allowed to sue for damages because there was no Constitutional violation and Congress has not authorized such lawsuits, a Justice Department lawyer argued on Tuesday before a federal appeals court in Manhattan.”

The Toronto Globe and Mail reports today that “Conspiracy against Arar reached to highest levels, U.S. court told.”

The Toronto Star contains an article headlined “U.S. appeals court reconsiders Arar suit against Bush officials; Latest chapter in bid by Canadian to hold those who sent him to Syria for torture accountable.”

Canwest News Service reports that “Appeals court questions U.S. claims about Arar.”

From National Public Radio, yesterday’s broadcast of “All Things Considered” contained an audio segment entitled “Court Weighs ‘Extraordinary Rendition’ Case” (RealPlayer required).

And “The AmLaw Daily” blog has a post titled “Second Circuit Hears Argument in Extraordinary Rendition Case.”

Last night, I had this post linking to C-SPAN’s video coverage (RealPlayer required) of yesterday’s Second Circuit en banc oral argument.

Posted at 8:30 AM by Howard Bashman

“Accountability and the Court”: Today’s edition of The New York Times contains an editorial that begins, “In this country, no one is supposed to be above the law. Even the highest officials must be held accountable when they do wrong. Unfortunately, the Bush administration has spent the last eight years undermining that fundamental American ideal. The Supreme Court has a chance to redress that imbalance.”

Yesterday at “SCOTUSblog,” Lyle Denniston had this preview of today’s U.S. Supreme Court oral argument in Ashcroft v. Iqbal, No. 07-1015.

Posted at 7:58 AM by Howard Bashman

“Abortion Foes Open a New Front”: The Wall Street Journal today contains an article that begins, “Abortion opponents are pressing state and local governments to stop sending taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood, arguing that the nonprofit group has plenty of cash and shouldn’t be granted scarce public funds at a time of economic crisis.”

Posted at 7:50 AM by Howard Bashman

“Adoption Rights for Gays and Lesbians in Florida: A Trial Court Rules That the State’s Longstanding Ban Must End.” Joanna Grossman has this essay online at FindLaw.

Posted at 7:40 AM by Howard Bashman