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Sunday, February 8, 2009

“Ending the judge wars: It’s time to move beyond partisan battles over nominations to federal courts.” This editorial appears today in The Los Angeles Times.

Posted at 2:27 PM by Howard Bashman

“ACLU taking Taser use to the Supreme Court”: This article appeared yesterday in Santa Rosa’s Press Gazette.

The News Herald of Panama City, Florida reports today that “Taser case could reach Supreme Court.”

And The Cape Coral Daily Breeze reported yesterday that “Taser policies may get Supreme Court review.”

Last Thursday, the ACLU of Florida issued a news release titled “ACLU of Florida Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Hear North Florida Taser Excessive Force Case.” You can access the petition for writ of certiorari at this link.

Posted at 2:22 PM by Howard Bashman

“Rounds urged to pick more minority judges; State judicial system doesn’t reflect S. Dakota population”: This article appears today in The Argus Leader of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Posted at 2:08 PM by Howard Bashman

“Not interested, Granholm says again; Governor reaffirms she will not take Supreme Court or other appointment in Obama administration”: Yesterday’s edition of The Detroit News contained this article.

Posted at 2:07 PM by Howard Bashman

“Seeking relief from medical device makers: Recent court rulings have made it difficult for patients injured by a medical device to sue the product’s maker; But Congress has taken notice and could intervene.” The Minneapolis Star Tribune contains this article today.

Posted at 2:04 PM by Howard Bashman

In the Winter 2009 issue of Harvard Political Review: The magazine contains articles headlined:

Warming the Bench: Obama’s nominations will be liberal, but not in the conventional sense“;

A Type of Justice: Judicial experience and Supreme Court nominations“;

The Kennedy Court: How Anthony Kennedy dominates the Roberts Court“;

Ideology and the Courts: Obama and the conservative legal movement“;

A Small Court in D.C.: How the D.C. Circuit Court shaped the war on terror“;

Civil Rights in the Courts: A changing legal landscape“;

Impartial Intentions: Methods of appointing State Supreme Court judges“; and

Legislating from the Bench: Creating precedent for the law.”

The magazine posted these articles online yesterday at its web site.

Posted at 1:22 PM by Howard Bashman

“Judge Kent asks for 2 separate trials; He’s charged with both sexual abuse and obstruction of justice”: Mary Flood had this article Thursday in The Houston Chronicle.

The article begins, “U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent has requested two criminal trials instead of one. Kent, who is scheduled to be tried this month on five felony charges of sexual abuse and one charge of obstructing justice, asked this week that the obstruction charge be dismissed or tried separately. Kent argued that he should have two trials because he must take the stand in a trial of the sexual abuse cases, but he must not testify on his own behalf in the other case. Dick DeGuerin, Kent’s lawyer, argued in the filings that Kent would lose his constitutional right not to testify about one charge, or his constitutional right to testify in the other five charges, if all six are tried together.”

Posted at 10:28 AM by Howard Bashman

“A Justice’s Battle: Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s candor about her health is an important example for her peers.” This editorial appears today in The Washington Post.

Posted at 10:20 AM by Howard Bashman