How Appealing

Thursday, January 1, 2009

“How Did They Get It So Wrong? Left and right differ on the decisions, but each side has its ‘worst’ list.” David G. Savage has this article in the January 2009 issue of ABA Journal magazine.

Posted at 7:20 PM by Howard Bashman

“In Several States, A Push to Stem Cyber-Bullying; Most of the Laws Focus on Schools”: The Washington Post contains this article today.

Posted at 7:15 PM by Howard Bashman

“Roland Burris battles roadblocks to U.S. Senate; stall tactics likely by others; Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s pick to replace Barack Obama vows to avoid scene in Washington”: Mike Dorning and James Oliphant have this article today in The Chicago Tribune.

Posted at 7:12 PM by Howard Bashman

“On Clemency Fast Track, via the Oval Office”: Today in The New York Times, Charlie Savage has an article that begins, “In December 2007, the names of about 700 federal prisoners seeking commutations reached President Bush’s desk.”

Posted at 7:08 PM by Howard Bashman

“Appeals court overturns 3-strikes sentence”: Today in The San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko has an article that begins, “In a rare case of a court overturning a three-strikes sentence, a federal appeals panel has rejected a term of 28 years to life for a sex offender from Los Angeles who missed one of his annual deadlines for reporting his whereabouts to police.”

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

Posted at 10:50 AM by Howard Bashman

Available online from An article reports that “Conservatives on 9th Circuit Can’t Rescue Boy Scouts From Establishment Clause Claim.” My earlier coverage of yesterday’s Ninth Circuit order appears at this link.

In other news, “Attorney Caught in Internet Sex Sting Suspended From Practice for 3 Years; Rare split N.Y. appellate court suspends former Kirkland & Ellis associate who admitted attempting to meet purported 13-year-old for sex.” This blog’s earlier coverage of the ruling appears here.

Shannon P. Duffy of The Legal Intelligencer reports that “3rd Circuit Remands Price-Fixing Class Action.” My earlier coverage of Tuesday’s Third Circuit ruling appears at this link.

And Amaris Elliott-Engel of The Legal Intelligencer reports that “Judge Asks Pa. Appeals Court to Uphold Dismissal of Consolidated HRT Cases.” I am mentioned in the article.

Posted at 10:45 AM by Howard Bashman

“Roberts Tones Down Annual Salary Plea; Cost-of-Living Increase Sought for Judges”: Robert Barnes has this article today in The Washington Post.

Today in The New York Times, Adam Liptak has an article headlined “The State of Courts, and a Plea for a Raise.”

In The Los Angeles Times, David G. Savage reports that “Federal judges lose bid for pay raises; A quirk in federal law prevents them from getting automatic cost-of-living increases; A bill before Congress to boost their salaries showed promise — but that was before the Wall Street meltdown.”

Mark Sherman of The Associated Press has a report headlined “Chief justice: Inflation outpacing pay for judges.”

Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News reports that “U.S. Chief Justice Renews Push for Pay Raise for Federal Judges.”

Bill Mears of reports that “Chief justice pleads for higher judicial salaries.”

At’s “Washington Wire” blog, Jess Bravin has a post titled “Chief Justice Roberts’s Annual Appeal.”

And online at FindLaw, Carl Tobias has an essay entitled “The Federal Judiciary and Chief Justice Roberts’s Year-End Report: What We Can Likely Expect, and the Role the Recession May Play.”

Posted at 10:30 AM by Howard Bashman