How Appealing

Saturday, March 21, 2009

OMG — Linda Greenhouse is a liberal !!?! In response to this news, Mark Obbie has a post titled “Did Greenhouse overstep an imaginary line?” at his “LawBeat” blog. Obbie’s post now also features a response that Greenhouse emailed to him.

For what it’s worth, I have no problem with the fact that a former news reporter has joined an organization with a political point of view. Whether Greenhouse’s own political point of view was, or should have been, imperceptable while she was covering the U.S. Supreme Court presents the more interesting question insofar as I’m concerned.

Posted at 9:02 PM by Howard Bashman

“U.S. high court deals blow to tribe’s Amador casino plans”: The Sacramento Bee today contains an article that begins, “The U.S. Supreme Court may have done something that Amador County couldn’t manage in two years of legal battles. It may have indirectly stopped another Indian casino from locating in the rural county.”

Posted at 8:40 PM by Howard Bashman

“A Hawaii Ferry Ends Its Choppy Ride”: Sunday’s edition of The New York Times will contain an article that begins, “The Hawaii Superferry made its final interisland voyage last week, capping a period marked by lawsuits, low ridership and suspicion that its ultimate purpose had more to do with military contracts than with connecting the Hawaiian islands. On Monday, the State Supreme Court effectively grounded the vessel, the Alakai, when it struck down an act passed by the Legislature last year that exempted its operator, Hawaii Superferry Inc., from carrying out an environmental impact study.”

Monday’s ruling of the Supreme Court of Hawaii consisted of a majority opinion and a concurring and dissenting opinion.

Posted at 8:37 PM by Howard Bashman

“Ex-Enron exec seeks double jeopardy ruling from justices”: The Associated Press has a report that begins, “A former Enron Corp. executive is hoping a little known component of the Fifth Amendment’s double jeopardy clause will help him avoid a retrial on charges related to financial fraud at the once mighty energy giant. Attorneys for F. Scott Yeager are set to present oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday on the issue of whether double jeopardy prevents prosecutors from retrying individuals after a jury votes not guilty on some charges, but fails to reach a verdict on others that share an element with the acquitted charges.”

Posted at 8:30 PM by Howard Bashman

“Aggrieved Kinko’s bosses can sue company”: Today in The San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko has an article that begins, “A federal appeals court says as many as 490 managers of Kinko’s copy shops in California can go to trial in a lawsuit claiming they have been illegally denied overtime.”

You can access Thursday’s non-precedential ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at this link.

Posted at 4:50 PM by Howard Bashman

“Case Closed: Questions for Sandra Day O’Connor.” In tomorrow’s edition of The New York Times Magazine, Deborah Solomon will have this interview with retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

Posted at 12:43 PM by Howard Bashman

“Appeals panel upholds dismissal of school’s suit”: The Associated Press has a report that begins, “A federal appeals court upheld a lower court decision Friday that prevented a Christian school in Texas from joining the state’s athletic league for public schools.”

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

Posted at 9:54 AM by Howard Bashman