How Appealing

Monday, January 12, 2009

“Accused judge still judges others”: Houston’s ABC 13 Eyewitness News provides a report that begins, “He’s accused of sexually abusing two of his employees, but federal district judge Samuel Kent is still on the bench, hearing cases. He’s the first federal judge ever charged with sex crimes.”

Also today, the Judicial Council of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit posted online this order issued last Friday regarding the pending Complaint of Judicial Misconduct against United States District Judge Samuel B. Kent under the Judicial Conduct and Disability Act of 1980. Attached to the Judicial Council’s order is a copy of the superseding indictment issued against Judge Kent earlier this month.

And yesterday in The Houston Chronicle, columnist Rick Casey had an essay that begins, “Next month’s trial of U.S. District Judge Sam Kent is likely to be a sad and sordid affair.”

Posted at 9:40 PM by Howard Bashman

“New chief to take over La. high court; She’s first woman to hold the position”: This article appears today in The Times-Picayune of New Orleans.

Posted at 5:58 PM by Howard Bashman

“Process Server on Chief Justice Roberts: ‘Definitely a Gentleman.'” Mike Scarcella has this post today at “The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times.”

Posted at 5:55 PM by Howard Bashman

“Obama to close Guantanamo Bay prison quickly”: Ed Henry, CNN senior White House correspondent, has a report that begins, “President-elect Barack Obama plans to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay as early as his first week in office to show a break from the Bush administration’s approach to the war on terror, according to two officials close to the transition.”

Posted at 5:54 PM by Howard Bashman

Programming note: This afternoon I’ll be out of the office visiting a niece born this morning. Additional posts will appear here later today. In the interim, you can vote for “How Appealing” in the “Best Law Blog” category of the 2008 Weblog Awards. Tomorrow is the final day of the competition.

Posted at 1:00 PM by Howard Bashman

“Gold mine wants court to OK dumping waste in lake”: The Associated Press provides a report that begins, “A lawyer for a proposed Alaska gold mine told the Supreme Court on Monday that the mine should be allowed to dump metal waste into a nearby lake.”

Posted at 12:28 PM by Howard Bashman

“Elm City firefighter case goes to Supreme Court”: Today’s edition of The Yale Daily News contains an article that begins, “The U.S. Supreme Court announced Friday it would hear the reverse discrimination case appealed from lower courts by 20 New Haven firefighters who claimed they were denied the opportunity for a promotion because of their race.”

Posted at 9:50 AM by Howard Bashman

“Obama Signals His Reluctance to Look Into Bush Policies”: The New York Times today contains an article that begins, “President-elect Barack Obama signaled in an interview broadcast Sunday that he was unlikely to authorize a broad inquiry into Bush administration programs like domestic eavesdropping or the treatment of terrorism suspects.”

Posted at 9:48 AM by Howard Bashman

“Court rules Gov. Jon Corzine won’t have to release e-mails with ex-girlfriend, union boss Carla Katz”: The Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger provides a news update that begins, “E-mails Gov. Jon Corzine exchanged with his ex-girlfriend and former state workers union leader Carla Katz should not be released to the public, a state appeals court ruled today.”

And The Associated Press reports that “Appeals court says NJ gov’s e-mails private.”

Today’s ruling of the Superior Court of New Jersey’s Appellate Division is not yet available from that court’s web site.

Update: The opinion can now be viewed by clicking here.

Posted at 9:42 AM by Howard Bashman