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Friday, May 15, 2009

“Siegelman, Scrushy lose bid for full court review”: The Associated Press has a report that begins, “Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman and former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy have lost their bid for the full 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review their convictions in a government corruption case.”

Posted at 2:07 PM by Howard Bashman

“Leading Supreme Court Advocate Leaves SG’s Office”: Today at “The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times,” Tony Mauro has a post that begins, “Lisa Blatt, who has argued more cases before the Supreme Court than any other woman in active practice, has left the solicitor general’s office.”

Posted at 1:35 PM by Howard Bashman

“Guantanamo Detainee Released to Join Relatives in France”: The Washington Post has a news update that begins, “A Guantanamo Bay detainee who lent his name to a landmark Supreme Court case was released from custody today and flown out of the military base in Cuba to join relatives in France, according to government and diplomatic sources.” According to the article, “France agreed this month to accept Lakhdar Boumediene, a 43-year-old Algerian who was arrested with five compatriots in Bosnia in 2001.”

Posted at 1:28 PM by Howard Bashman

D.C. Circuit rejects challenge to “direct observation” urine testing required under U.S. Department of Transportation regulations for employees in the aviation, rail, motor carrier, mass transit, maritime and pipeline industries who either fail or refuse to take a drug test: You can access today’s ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit at this link.

Posted at 12:07 PM by Howard Bashman

“At bottom, this case concerns whether various trademarks related to the Washington Redskins football team disparage Native Americans within the meaning of the Lanham Trademark Act”: So begins a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued today.

But, instead of resolving that question, today’s decision seems to be devoted to addressing the question of laches.

Posted at 12:03 PM by Howard Bashman

“Obama Planning to Keep Tribunals for Detainees”: This article appears today in The New York Times.

The Los Angeles Times reports today that “Obama to renew military tribunals; He had pledged during the presidential campaign to end the controversial trials of terrorism suspects; Human rights groups are outraged.”

The Washington Post contains articles headlined “At Hearing, Assurance On Fate of Detainees; Holder Addresses Risks of Release” and “Issue of Guantanamo Detainees Simmers in Va.

In The Wall Street Journal, Jess Bravin and Evan Perez report that “Obama to Revamp Military Panels for Detainees.” In addition, columnist Kimberley A. Strassel has an op-ed entitled “Democrats Discover Gitmo’s Virtues; Move the detainees? Not to my backyard.”

Lara Jakes of The Associated Press reports that “Tribunals to return, detainees to have more rights.”

And reports that “Obama to resurrect military tribunals for terror suspects.”

Posted at 9:04 AM by Howard Bashman

“On a Supreme Court Prospect’s Resume: ‘Baseball Savior.'” Today in The New York Times, Neil A. Lewis has an article that begins, “Federal judges are rarely famous or widely celebrated. Yet during a brief period in 1995, Judge Sonia Sotomayor became revered, at least in those cities with major league baseball teams.” And Charlie Savage reports that “A Judge’s View of Judging Is on the Record.” The newspaper has also posted online the text of a lecture by Second Circuit Judge Sonia Sotomayor titled “A Latina Judge’s Voice.”

From Atlanta, The Associated Press reports that “Scotus prospect draws criticism from gay groups.”

And at, columnist Ruben Navarrette Jr. has an essay entitled “Obama rebuffs advice on top court.”

Posted at 8:15 AM by Howard Bashman