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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

“Court puts limits on car searches by police”: David G. Savage will have this article Wednesday in The Chicago Tribune.

Robert Barnes of The Washington Post has a news update headlined “High Court Limits Searches of Suspect’s Car After Arrest.”

And Warren Richey of The Christian Science Monitor reports that “Top court clips police authority to search cars; Supreme Court limits warrantless police searches to instances when an officer or evidence is in danger.”

You can access today’s 5-4 ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court in Arizona v. Gant, 07-542, at this link.

Posted at 8:57 PM by Howard Bashman

“Supreme Court hears case of strip-searched schoolgirl; It heard arguments Tuesday on whether Arizona school officials violated Fourth Amendment privacy rights in strip-searching a 13-year-old girl”: Warren Richey of The Christian Science Monitor has this report.

On this evening’s broadcast of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” Nina Totenberg had an audio segment entitled “Supreme Court Hears School Strip Search Case” (RealPlayer required).

Earlier, on today’s broadcast of NPR’s “Morning Edition,” Totenberg previewed the oral argument in an audio segment entitled “Supreme Court To Hear School Strip-Search Case” (RealPlayer required).

And online at Slate, Dahlia Lithwick has a Supreme Court dispatch entitled “Search Me: The Supreme Court is neither hot nor bothered by strip searches.”

Posted at 8:14 PM by Howard Bashman

“Judge: Free Press reporter can protect sources.” The Detroit Free Press has a news update that begins, “U.S. District Judge Robert Cleland just ruled that Free Press reporter David Ashenfelter does not have to reveal his sources in a 2004 article about an embattled federal prosecutor. Cleland accepted Ashenfelter’s argument that naming his sources would violate Ashenfelter’s Fifth Amendment right under the U.S. Constitution to avoid self-incrimination.”

The Detroit News has an update headlined “Free Press reporter doesn’t have to reveal source, federal judge rules.”

And The Associated Press reports that “Judge upholds right of reporter to not ID sources.”

Posted at 8:10 PM by Howard Bashman

“Legal experts want more from Obama on Guantanamo; The administration appears to have moved the issue, along with global warming, to the back burner as it confronts the economic crisis, world lawyers say”: Carol J. Williams has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.

Posted at 6:00 PM by Howard Bashman

“Court to Weigh Legality Of Animal Abuse Videos”: Robert Barnes has this article today in The Washington Post.

Today in The Los Angeles Times, David G. Savage reports that “Supreme Court to decide whether dogfight video is free speech; Justices agree to hear a case testing the constitutionality of a law against depictions of animal cruelty.”

And Jason Cato of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that “Supreme Court agrees to hear case on dogfighting videos.”

Posted at 5:45 PM by Howard Bashman

“Strip searching students illegal? Supreme Court not so sure; Justices appear unconvinced that the searches should be declared out of bounds; A 13-year-old honors student in Arizona was strip searched in a hunt for drugs.” David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times has this news update.

Jesse J. Holland of The Associated Press reports that “Justices hear arguments over school strip search.”

Greg Stohr and Kristin Jensen of Bloomberg News reports that “School Strip-Search Draws Questions at Top U.S. Court.”

James Vicini of Reuters reports that “U.S. top court considers school strip search.”

At “SCOTUSblog,” Lyle Denniston has a post titled “A fear may drive a decision.”

At “The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times,” Tony Mauro has a post titled “Arizona Searches and the Supreme Court.”

And at “The School Law Blog” of Education Week, Mark Walsh has a post titled “Justices Hear Arguments in School Strip-Search Case.”

You can access the transcript of today’s U.S. Supreme Court oral argument in Safford Unified School Dist. #1 v. Redding, No. 08-479, by clicking here.

Posted at 5:15 PM by Howard Bashman

“Obama Open to Inquiry in Interrogation Abuses”: The New York Times has a news update that begins, “President Obama on Tuesday left open the door to creating a bipartisan commission that would investigate the Bush administration’s use of harsh interrogation techniques on terrorism suspects, and he did not rule out taking action against the lawyers who fashioned the legal guidelines for the interrogations.”

The Washington Post has a news update headlined “Obama Open to Probe, Prosecutions of Top Officials Over Interrogations.”

The Los Angeles Times has a news update headlined “Obama remarks on torture memos leave open possibility of prosecution; The president opposes prosecution of CIA operatives, but high-level officials who authorized the actions may not be immune.”

Steven Thomma and Marisa Taylor of McClatchy Newspapers have an article headlined “Obama: Prosecution possible for those who OK’d torture.”

And The Associated Press has reports headlined “Obama open to prosecution, probe of interrogations“; “Unresolved debate in DOJ memos: Does torture work?“; and “Cheney: US gained information from interrogations.”

Posted at 5:00 PM by Howard Bashman

“Obama nominee touches a nerve in conservatives”: The Boston Globe today contains an article that begins, “Harold Hongju Koh, the Boston-born dean of Yale Law School, has spent part of his academic career analyzing the ways international law can influence a country’s domestic laws.”

Posted at 4:33 PM by Howard Bashman