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Thursday, April 9, 2009

“Abrahamson solidly beats Koschnick; Chief justice, at 75, earns another 10 years”: This article appeared yesterday in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Posted at 11:14 PM by Howard Bashman

“C.I.A. to Close Secret Prisons, Scenes of Harsh Interrogations”: Friday’s edition of The New York Times will contain this article.

Friday’s edition of The Washington Post will contain an article headlined “CIA Has Quit Operating Secret Jails, Chief Says.”

The Los Angeles Times has a news update headlined “CIA bans contract interrogation workers; The use of contract employees at detention facilities had been criticized by human rights groups; Director Leon Panetta also outlines policies to protect detainees in other countries’ custody.”

And McClatchy Newspapers report that “CIA to close secret overseas prisons, end security contracts.”

Posted at 10:44 PM by Howard Bashman

“Trouble in O.C.’s mooning mecca? It cost up to $20,000 last year to police people who came to bare their bottoms at passing trains in Laguna Niguel; The city expects to spend thousands more this summer.” This article appears today in The Orange County Register.

Posted at 2:38 PM by Howard Bashman

“Court upholds Police Department’s uniform guidelines”: The Philadelphia Inquirer today contains an article that begins, “A federal appeals court has upheld the Philadelphia Police Department’s policy that forbids officers to wear Muslim head scarves on the job.”

And today’s edition of The Philadelphia Daily News contains an article that begins, “Court: Muslim cop can’t wear head scarf.”

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

Posted at 9:30 AM by Howard Bashman

“Libel over there — and over here: Some public figures are using England’s plaintiff-friendly laws to go after books they don’t like; New York and Illinois have come to the defense of U.S. writers; Congress and California should too.” This editorial appears today in The Los Angeles Times.

Posted at 9:28 AM by Howard Bashman

“Obama should define rights of suspected terrorists held by U.S. abroad; To avoid the mistakes of the Bush administration, the president must institute new detention procedures or risk having the courts tie his hands”: This editorial appears today in The Los Angeles Times.

Posted at 9:20 AM by Howard Bashman

“Bill targets loophole in prostitution law”: Today’s edition of The Providence (R.I.) Journal contained an article that begins, “It is a dubious distinction and one Rhode Island can’t seem to shake. Despite years of effort and dozens of bills, this state is the only place in the nation — apart from certain counties in Nevada — where prostitution is legal, as long as it’s indoors.”

Posted at 9:18 AM by Howard Bashman

“Does John Yoo belong in front of a class?” That’s the subject of competing op-eds published today in The Los Angeles Times.

John C. Eastman’s op-ed is entitled “Yes: His views spark important debate; People can disagree about his controversial positions, but that’s no reason to keep the former Bush aide from teaching law.”

And Lawrence Rosenthal’s op-ed is entitled “No: His work for the Bush administration suggests he’s incompetent; The controversial ‘torture’ memo and others reflect tunnel vision that would not be acceptable in a student, never mind a teacher of law.”

Posted at 9:10 AM by Howard Bashman

“Fed judges are fed up”: At, Josh Gerstein has an article that begins, “The Bush Justice Department always had its share of critics, particularly on the left. But now a powerful new group of critics is making its voice heard — federal judges, who have taken a series of extraordinary steps to correct what they see as prosecutorial misconduct in a variety of cases.”

And The Washington Post today contains a front page article headlined “Holder Begins Justice Revamp; Personnel Moves Opt for Experience Over Political Ties.”

Posted at 9:07 AM by Howard Bashman

“Texas firm with no-bid deal gave to Rendell”: The Philadelphia Inquirer today contains a front page article that begins, “Around the time that his law firm was negotiating a potentially lucrative contract with the Rendell administration, a prominent Texas lawyer contributed heavily to the governor’s 2006 reelection bid. F. Kenneth Bailey’s firm, Bailey, Perrin, Bailey of Houston, eventually landed a no-bid contract to represent the administration in a continuing case against a pharmaceutical company. That contract is now at the center of a legal fight involving allegations of pay-to-play politics.”

Posted at 9:02 AM by Howard Bashman

“Tofu license plate too foul for Colo. DMV; A tofu lesson to learn: Mind your P’s, Q’s, F’s and U’s”: Yesterday’s edition of The Denver Post contained an article that begins, “Kelley Coffman-Lee’s plan to advertise her love of tofu on a license plate ran afoul of censors at the Division of Motor Vehicles. The 38-year-old mother of three asked the DMV to approve a special plate emblazoned with ‘ILVTOFU’ for her Suzuki SL-7. It was not 2 B.”

The Associated Press reports that “Woman’s tofu license plate curdles in Colo.

And Denver’s Westword has reports headlined “Should a tofu lover’s license plate be rated NC-17?” and “After vegan requests LVTOFU license plate, the DMV reveals its dirty mind.”

Posted at 8:54 AM by Howard Bashman

“He’s not buying bygones for Bush; Senator from R.I. pursuing failings with a vengeance”: This article appears today in The Boston Globe.

Posted at 8:24 AM by Howard Bashman