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Saturday, February 14, 2009

“Cal Web site draws anti-evolution lawsuit”: The San Francisco Chronicle today contains an article that begins, “If you think dying can keep you out of court, look at Charles Darwin. The celebrations of his 200th birthday coincide with an anti-evolution lawsuit that has just landed him on the doorstep of the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Posted at 1:44 PM by Howard Bashman

“Diabetic man wins Americans With Disabilities Act ruling; An Arizona utility worker’s case shouldn’t have been dismissed, a panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules; His suit now goes to trial”: Today in The Los Angeles Times, Carol J. Williams has an article that begins, “In a decision with potential implications for the nation’s 24 million diabetics, a federal appeals court ruled Friday that a Type 2 diabetes patient may be entitled to the protections of the Americans With Disabilities Act.”

You can access yesterday’s ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at this link.

Posted at 1:40 PM by Howard Bashman

“Feds: Estalella said Bonds admitted steroid use.” Lance Williams has this article today in The San Francisco Chronicle.

The New York Times reports today that “Witness to Say She Saw Bonds Being Injected.”

The Los Angeles Times reports that “Government set to make case against Barry Bonds; Witnesses will testify that they saw the former slugger being injected and heard him admit use of steroids.”

And Howard Mintz of The San Jose Mercury News reports that “Bonds’ mistress and Giambi scheduled to testify in Bonds’ perjury trial.”

Posted at 1:34 PM by Howard Bashman

“New Team, Old Position: Barack Obama needs a check on the state secrets privilege just as much as George Bush did.” This editorial appears today in The Washington Post.

Posted at 1:30 PM by Howard Bashman

“Justice Dept. request denied in wiretapping case”: In today’s edition of The San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko has an article that begins, “A federal judge tersely denied the Obama administration’s request Friday to suspend a challenge to former President George W. Bush’s wiretapping program while the administration asks an appellate court to dismiss the case. Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker of San Francisco said he would not allow the government to appeal his Jan. 5 ruling, which allowed the suit to proceed and required the Justice Department to arrange security clearances for the plaintiffs’ lawyers. The clearances would enable the lawyers to examine a classified document and determine whether their client, Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, had been wiretapped.”

And at’s “Threat Level” blog, David Kravets has this related post. The court’s order denying the stay can be accessed here.

Posted at 1:25 PM by Howard Bashman

“Ruth Bader Ginsburg home after cancer surgery; The 75-year-old Supreme Court justice had her spleen and part of her pancreas removed; A newly discovered tumor is small and hasn’t spread; the tumor that prompted the operation is benign”: David G. Savage and Karen Kaplan have this article today in The Los Angeles Times.

And The Washington Post reports today that “Justice’s Surgeons Find Malignant Tumor; Ginsburg Goes Home After Procedure To Remove Spleen, Growth in Pancreas.”

Posted at 1:22 PM by Howard Bashman

“Review of Guantanamo detainees begins; The Justice Department is compiling the evidence against each prisoner, a first step toward shuttering the facility and deciding whether Obama can close the book on Bush’s detention policies”: This article appears today in The Los Angeles Times. The newspaper also contains an editorial entitled “Not even a little torture: Some Obama officials are sending disturbingly mixed messages about the treatment of terrorism suspects.”

Posted at 1:15 PM by Howard Bashman

“Wal-Mart wins chance to block class-action suit”: Today in The San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko has an article that begins, “A federal appeals court gave Wal-Mart another chance Friday to derail the nation’s largest-ever civil rights suit, a class action by 2 million past and present female employees who accuse the retail giant of discriminating in pay and promotions. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said a majority of its judges had voted to grant Wal-Mart a new hearing in its appeal of rulings that have allowed the case to proceed as a nationwide class action, rather than as separate lawsuits by each woman who chooses to file one. The case will be heard by an 11-judge panel on a date yet to be scheduled.”

Bloomberg News reports that “Wal-Mart Wins Request in Bias Case; Company Challenged Class-Action Status.”

And Reuters reports that “Wal-Mart hails court ruling on discrimination suit.”

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

Posted at 1:08 PM by Howard Bashman

“In Defense of Secrecy: Even after the Bush years, there’s still a place for government behind closed doors.” Law professor Noah Feldman has this essay in tomorrow’s issue of The New York Times Magazine.

Posted at 12:55 PM by Howard Bashman