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Saturday, February 28, 2009

“Feds defy judge’s order in Islamic group case”: Today in The San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko has an article that begins, “A federal appeals court rejected the Obama administration’s attempt Friday to stop a judge in San Francisco from reviewing a challenge to the wiretapping program ordered by former President George W. Bush. Hours later, President Obama’s Justice Department filed papers that appeared to defy the judge’s order to allow lawyers for an Islamic organization to see a classified surveillance document at the heart of the case. The department said the judge had no power to enforce such an order.”

Today in The Los Angeles Times, Carol J. Williams reports that “Wiretapping lawsuit may have its day in court; The Obama administration had tried to halt a case challenging Bush’s program of spying on terrorism suspects without first getting court approval.”

Marisa Taylor of McClatchy Newspapers reports that “Court rules that warrantless surveillance suit can proceed.”

And at’s “Threat Level” blog, David Kravets has a post titled “Appeals Court Allows Classified Evidence in Spy Case.”

You can view yesterday’s Ninth Circuit order by clicking here.

Posted at 11:59 PM by Howard Bashman

“Indefinite delay in Bonds perjury trial”: Lance Williams has this article today in The San Francisco Chronicle.

Today in The Los Angeles Times, Maura Dolan reports that “Barry Bonds trial to be delayed; Federal prosecutors’ appeal of judge’s ruling to exclude evidence is expected to delay the start of the perjury trial by several weeks, perhaps months.”

Howard Mintz of The San Jose Mercury News reports that “Barry Bonds trial postponed after prosecutors decide to appeal judge’s ruling.”

And The New York Times reports that “Prosecutors to Appeal Evidence Ruling; Bonds Trial Faces Delay.”

Posted at 11:58 PM by Howard Bashman

“Virginian retains disputed copy of Declaration of Independence”: Frank Green has this article today in The Richmond Times-Dispatch.

The Washington Post reports today that “Decision Signed, Sealed: Fairfax Man Owns Rare 1776 Copy of Declaration.”

And The Portland (Me.) Press Herald reports that “Maine loses fight for rare piece of history; Virginia’s high court allows a collector to keep a 1776 copy of the Declaration of Independence.”

You can access yesterday’s ruling of the Supreme Court of Virginia at this link.

Posted at 11:55 PM by Howard Bashman

“Illinois’ highest-security prison a study in isolation; The state’s most dangerous inmates live with sparse human contact, no jobs and little chance for education at Tamms”: This article appears today in The Los Angeles Times.

Posted at 11:50 PM by Howard Bashman

“Court rules to protect identities in online libel case; Decision Internet forum comments sets guidelines for future cases”: The Baltimore Sun today contains an article that begins, “Maryland’s Court of Appeals issued a decision yesterday protecting the identity of three anonymous Internet posters and, for the first time, offering guidelines for state courts to follow in libel cases before unmasking online commenters.”

And The Washington Post reports today that “Media Need Not Reveal Web Posters’ Identities; Ruling Applies 1st Amendment to Internet.”

You can access yesterday’s ruling of the Court of Appeals of Maryland — that State’s highest court — at this link.

Posted at 11:42 PM by Howard Bashman

“Obama facing tough decisions on Guantanamo; Defenders and detractors of the detention camps at Guantanamo Bay are bringing pressure to bear on the Obama administration to make some tough decisions”: Carol Rosenberg has this article today in The Miami Herald.

Posted at 11:34 PM by Howard Bashman

“Lest Ye Be Judged: Does America need protection from its out-of-control judges?” Dahlia Lithwick will have this essay in the March 9, 2009 issue of Newsweek.

Posted at 10:24 AM by Howard Bashman