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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

“Apache heirs sue Skull and Bones over remains”: The Yale Daily News today contains an article that begins, “The descendants of the Apache Geronimo, a warrior chieftain whose remains are rumored to be held inside Yale’s oldest secret society, filed a lawsuit Tuesday demanding the return of their ancestor’s skull. Twenty members of the legendary warrior’s family are suing senior federal government officials, the University and the society Skull and Bones in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to seek the return of Geronimo’s remains as well as punitive damages.”

The Washington Post reports today that “Geronimo Descendant Pursues Spirited Fight.”

And The Hartford Courant has a news update headlined “Geronimo’s Heirs Sue Yale, Demand Return Of Skull.” You can view a copy of the complaint initiating suit, filed yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, at this link.

Posted at 8:27 PM by Howard Bashman

“California’s Prop. 8 legal challenge harkens back to 1966 housing measure”: Today’s edition of The Sacramento Bee contains a front page article that begins, “As Derald Granberg follows the legal challenge to Proposition 8 now before the California Supreme Court, he thinks back to 1966. That year, in a case that divided Californians as much as same-sex marriage does today, the court overturned a voter-approved measure that had allowed housing discrimination based on race.”

Posted at 8:15 PM by Howard Bashman

“Civil rights in court spotlight; Discrimination, voting cases awaiting justices in second half of term”: Joan Biskupic has this article today in USA Today.

Posted at 8:07 PM by Howard Bashman

“The Constitution does not give anyone the right to be armed while committing a felony, or even to have guns in the next room for emergency use should suppliers, customers, or the police threaten a dealer’s stash.” So writes Chief Judge Frank H. Easterbrook on behalf of a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in an opinion issued today.

The opinion rejects a home-based drug dealer’s argument that his Second Amendment right to self-defense should result in overturning his conviction on a charge of possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offense.

Posted at 3:37 PM by Howard Bashman

“Uighur detainees at Guantanamo pose a problem for Obama; The administration, already viewed with suspicion by Beijing, doesn’t want to send the soon-to-be-freed ethnic separatists back to China — which is demanding just that”: This article appears today in The Los Angeles Times.

Posted at 1:50 PM by Howard Bashman

“Court Reverses Ruling Bringing 17 Detainees to U.S.” The Washington Post has a news update that begins, “A federal appeals court this morning blocked the transfer to the United States of a small band of Chinese Muslims held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.”

Marisa Taylor of McClatchy Newspapers reports that “Appeals court blocks release of Guantanamo detainees into U.S.

The Associated Press reports that “Court reverses ruling bringing 17 detainees to US.”

And at “SCOTUSblog,” Lyle Denniston has a post titled “Uighurs barred from U.S.

You can access today’s ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit at this link.

Posted at 12:23 PM by Howard Bashman

“House OKs anti-abortion legislation”: The Bismarck (N.D.) Tribune today contains an article that begins, “A fertilized human egg has the same rights as a human being under a bill passed by House lawmakers on Tuesday, potentially setting the legal framework for a ban on abortion in North Dakota.”

The Forum of Fargo, North Dakota reports today that “ND House passes bill challenging Roe ruling; Law could cost state $5 million to $8 million.”

And The Associated Press reports that “ND measure says fertilized egg has human rights.”

Posted at 11:00 AM by Howard Bashman

“The Navajo Nation Case, Which the Supreme Court May Soon Review, and How It Reveals the Complex Balance Envisioned by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act”: Vikram David Amar and Alan Brownstein have this essay online at FindLaw.

Posted at 7:54 AM by Howard Bashman