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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

“Nacchio asks appeals court for bail”: The Denver Post has a news update that begins, “Former Qwest chief executive Joe Nacchio has renewed his request for bail, filing an application today with the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to remain free while the Supreme Court decides whether to review his illegal insider trading conviction. The filing slams a federal judge’s ruling Tuesday that Nacchio’s Supreme Court petition doesn’t raise a substantial question and he failed to show that the petition is not for the purpose of delaying his prison term.”

Reuters reports that “Nacchio files emergency petition to remain free.”

The Associated Press reports that “Ex-Qwest CEO tries again to delay surrender.”

And the Denver Business Journal reports that “Nacchio files yet another bid to stay out of prison.”

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has posted at this link the emergency petition for release that Nacchio’s counsel filed today in that court.

Posted at 11:58 PM by Howard Bashman

“Leahy Rebuffs GOP On Do-Over Confirmation Hearing”: At the “Legal Beat” blog of CQ Politics, Keith Perine has a post that begins, “Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick J. Leahy has rejected the idea of having another confirmation hearing on 7th Circuit Court nominee David F. Hamilton. Leahy made his position clear in an exchange of letters with ranking Republican Arlen Specter that has laid bare the mounting tension between the two lawmakers over the confirmation process.”

Posted at 3:55 PM by Howard Bashman

“Lawyer argues for live coverage in music downloading case”: Jonathan Saltzman of The Boston Globe has a news update that begins, “A Harvard Law School professor who is defending a Boston University graduate student accused of downloading music illegally urged a federal appeals court today to allow live Internet coverage of a hearing in the lawsuit, something that has never happened in a federal trial court in Massachusetts.”

Update: You can download the audio of today’s First Circuit oral argument via this link (21.5MB mp3 audio file).

Posted at 3:48 PM by Howard Bashman

“The Half-Life of Torture”: In today’s edition of The Recorder of San Francisco, California, Dan Levine has an article that begins, “Six weeks before Gen. Augusto Pinochet overthrew the Chilean government in 1973, Jay Bybee, a 19-year-old Mormon missionary, disembarked in windswept Punta Arenas, nearly 2,000 miles south of Santiago.”

See also the ABA Journal’s “Law News Now” post titled “Does Bybee’s ‘Easy Personality’ Explain Why He Signed ‘Torture Memos’?

Posted at 10:23 AM by Howard Bashman

“To noted lawyer, it’s an open and shout case; Offbeat tactics in music-sharing suit stun peers”: Jonathan Saltzman has this article today in The Boston Globe.

Boston’s ABC affiliate WCVB has a report headlined “B.U. Student: Court Recording Case Could Make History; Tenenbaum Accused In Music Downloading Lawsuit.”

And at “The Am Law Litigation Daily,” Andrew Longstreth has a post titled “First Circuit to Hear Arguments over Webcasting of Illegal Downloading Case.”

Posted at 8:10 AM by Howard Bashman

“Pa. high court grants hearing to review defamation trial”: The Philadelphia Inquirer today contains an article that begins, “Exercising rarely used authority, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania yesterday granted a Wilkes-Barre newspaper a hearing to determine whether a new trial should be held in a case in which the paper lost a $3.5 million defamation verdict handed down by a now-disgraced former judge.”

Today’s edition of The The Citizens Voice of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania contains articles headlined “Hearing granted in alleged case-fixing” and “Key witness in defamation case used to trouble.”

And The Times Leader of Wilkes-Barre reports that “High court orders hearing on $3.5M verdict; Evidence of tainting spurred by corruption charges prompts review of ruling against Scranton Times L.P.

You can access here and here yesterday’s orders of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

Posted at 7:45 AM by Howard Bashman