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Saturday, December 13, 2008

“Seattle’s parade law is unconstitutional”: The Seattle Times today contains an article that begins, “Seattle’s parade law is unconstitutional because it gives the police chief broad power to bar protesters from marching in the street, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Friday.”

And The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports today that “Court throws out city parade permit rules.”

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

Posted at 8:22 PM by Howard Bashman

“Rules will allow DNA samples from federal detainees; Currently, only those convicted of federal crimes can have DNA samples taken; Critics say the new rules, which take effect next month, would violate individual rights without solving more crimes”: The Los Angeles Times contains this article today.

Posted at 8:15 PM by Howard Bashman

“Senate Republicans seek to delay hearings on Holder as attorney general; Obama’s Justice Department nominee was initially met with bipartisan praise; Now the GOP is raising concerns about pardons and more”: This article appears today in The Los Angeles Times.

Posted at 8:14 PM by Howard Bashman

“Howard wants U.S. to pursue Nichols death penalty”: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a news update that begins, “Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said Saturday that courthouse killer Brian Nichols may get the death penalty yet — from a federal court jury. Howard, whose prosecution sought and failed to get death for Nichols, said he would talk this week about possible federal charges against Nichols for killing off-duty U.S. Customs agent David Wilhelm.” Another news update is headlined “Question now is where will Nichols serve time?

And The Associated Press reports that “Nichols sentence may lead to death penalty changes.”

Posted at 7:33 PM by Howard Bashman

“Judge bars Kent from using polygraph results in his trial”: Yesterday in The Houston Chronicle, Mary Flood had an article that begins, “U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent will not be able to show jurors the polygraph tests he has taken, but the judge in his case left the door open Thursday for Kent to take another lie detector exam. Kent faces federal charges of sexually abusing an employee. It would be unusual for the judge to allow lie detector evidence in this case.”

And The Associated Press reports that “Lie detector tests not admitted at judge’s trial.”

Posted at 10:40 AM by Howard Bashman