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Friday, February 6, 2009

“Rulings on gay couples’ benefits question Defense of Marriage Act; Two judges’ decisions don’t extend beyond the two couples in question because the rulings came in the federal court’s administrative dispute process, rather than in lawsuit judgments”: Carol J. Williams has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.

You can access the rulings in question here and here.

Posted at 11:17 PM by Howard Bashman

“9/11 families applaud Obama at meeting on Guantanamo”: Margaret Talev and Carol Rosenberg of McClatchy Newspapers have this report.

Saturday’s edition of The New York Times will report that “Suspects Will Face Justice, Obama Tells Families of Terrorism Victims.”

Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal has a news update headlined “Obama Meets With Families of 9/11, USS Cole Victims.”

And earlier, today’s issue of The Washington Post contains an article headlined “Obama to Discuss Guantanamo With Victims of Terror Attacks, Their Relatives.”

Posted at 10:18 PM by Howard Bashman

A shout-out to your humble blogger in the majority opinion in the Eleventh Circuit‘s book removal case? The majority opinion, at page 26, cites to that court’s earlier opinion in “Elend v. Bashman, 471 F.3d 1199 (11th Cir. 2006).” According to Westlaw, however, the actual name of the defendant-appellee in that case was W. Ralph Basham, in his official capacity as Director of the U.S. Secret Service.

Today at “The Volokh Conspiracy,” Eugene Volokh has posts titled “What Do Supreme Court Precedents Tell Us About Removal of Books from School Libraries” and “What May a School Board Do When It Concludes an Elementary School Library Book Omits Important Information?” addressing the substance of the ruling.

Posted at 8:35 PM by Howard Bashman

“Bid to Reclassify Guantanamo Data Marches On”: Today at his blog, Josh Gerstein has a post that begins, “Despite President Obama’s promises to bring a new wave of transparency to government, the Justice Department is still opposing a media-led effort to give the public access to certain court records pertaining to war-on-terror detainees at Guantanamo Bay.”

Posted at 7:54 PM by Howard Bashman

“SG Changes Stance in Clean Air Act Case”: Tony Mauro has this post at “The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times.”

At “SCOTUSblog,” Tom Goldstein has a post titled “EPA moves to dismiss Clean Air Act case, reversing Bush Administration policies.”

The Associated Press reports that “Obama seeks tougher controls on mercury emissions.”

Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News reports that “EPA Ends Supreme Court Appeal of Power Plant Rule.”

And James Vicini of Reuters reports that “EPA drops appeal over utility mercury ruling.”

Posted at 7:25 PM by Howard Bashman

“Justice Ginsburg plans quick return to court”: Mark Sherman of The Associated Press has a report that begins, “Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg plans to be back at work for the court’s next public session, less than three weeks after surgery for pancreatic cancer. Ginsburg intends to be in court when the justices hear arguments on Feb. 23, Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said Friday.”

Posted at 4:00 PM by Howard Bashman