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Friday, March 20, 2009

All five parts of Peter Robinson’s videotaped interview with Justice Antonin Scalia are now available for viewing online: The interview is divided into the following segments:

Part one: “Justice Antonin Scalia discusses the premise of his book, Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges“;

Part two: “Justice Antonin Scalia explains why he believes the Constitution ‘is not living, but dead’“;

Part three: “Justice Antonin Scalia discusses why the originalists have lost so much ground to the devotees of a living Constitution“;

Part four: “Justice Antonin Scalia talks about Roe v. Wade — and other mistakes of the past 50 years“; and

Part five: “Justice Antonin Scalia fields questions about his career, his family, his opinions, his faith, his colleagues, his legacy, and the fate of the Constitution.”

The interview is a part of the “Uncommon Knowledge” series available online at NRO.TV.

Posted at 2:54 PM by Howard Bashman

“SCOTUSblog” requests “Please take our reader survey”: Finally, a law blog that cares about what its readers want, unlike here at “How Appealing,” where I try to remain blissfully ignorant. You can access the “SCOTUSblog” survey by clicking here.

Posted at 2:20 PM by Howard Bashman

“Judge Michel Offers Views on Federal Circuit Judicial Nominees”: Mike Scarcella has this post at “The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times.”

Posted at 12:24 PM by Howard Bashman

“Solving crimes using fingerprints is an inexact science; Although it is accepted that prints are unique, courts continue to have questions about using them to make IDs”: Jason Felch has this op-ed today in The Los Angeles Times.

Posted at 9:38 AM by Howard Bashman

“Pushing back the death penalty in New Mexico: In an act of courage, Gov. Bill Richardson repealed capital punishment in the state. Hopefully his decision will make it easier for other officials to follow their conscience.” This editorial appears today in The Los Angeles Times.

Posted at 9:37 AM by Howard Bashman

“Law for 90% tax rate could be hard to overturn; AIG employees who received bonuses may think they’re being targeted; But courts have long been reluctant to strike down tax legislation, legal experts say”: David G. Savage has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.

Posted at 9:34 AM by Howard Bashman

“Ex-senator improperly influenced other jurors; Appeals court rejects $900,000 civil award”: Today’s edition of The Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger contains an article that begins, “A former state senator and lawyer serving as a jury foreman improperly swayed fellow jurors who awarded nearly $900,000 in damages to a woman who fell in a supermarket, a state appeals court ruled yesterday.”

And The Daily Record of Parsippany, New Jersey today contains an article headlined “Court: Ex-state senator Martin unduly influenced fellow jurors in lawsuit trial; $876K verdict against Wharton ShopRite tossed out.”

My earlier coverage of yesterday’s ruling appears at this link.

Posted at 9:29 AM by Howard Bashman

“Senate panel OKs Ind. nominee for AG role”: The Indianapolis Star today contains an article that begins, “The nomination of Hoosier lawyer Dawn Johnsen to be assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s office of legal counsel was approved today by the Senate Judiciary Committee over the objection of Republicans.”

And at “The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times,” David Ingram has a post titled “Nominee for Office of Legal Counsel Moves Forward.”

Posted at 9:00 AM by Howard Bashman

“Justice accused of breaking court order; Complaint against Roberto Rivera-Soto issued by county official”: Today’s edition of The Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger contains an article that begins, “A Hunterdon County assistant prosecutor has filed a complaint against Supreme Court Justice Roberto Rivera-Soto, charging him with violating a court order sealing the identity of an investigator who used a racial slur while discussing former NBA star Jayson Williams.”

Posted at 8:50 AM by Howard Bashman

“Obama Administration Sides With Wal-Mart Workers”: Bloomberg News has a report that begins, “The Obama administration sided with women suing Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for discrimination, urging a federal appeals court to let the current and former workers sue as a group and proceed with the biggest sex-bias case in U.S. history.”

And reports that “EEOC Reverses Stance on Wal-Mart Class in Gender Bias Case.”

An eleven-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will hear reargument en banc of this case on Tuesday of next week.

You can view the amicus brief that the EEOC filed yesterday in the Ninth Circuit by clicking here. And the briefs filed in support of and in opposition to en banc review can be accessed at this link.

Posted at 8:10 AM by Howard Bashman