How Appealing

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

“Obama seeks to shift conservative tilt of key court”: Wednesday’s edition of The Washington Post will contain an article that begins, “President Obama has pressed senators from both parties in recent weeks to confirm a new federal judge for one of the country’s most powerful courts, using an aggressive strategy to campaign for a judicial nominee whom White House officials consider a potentially crucial figure in boosting the president’s second-term agenda.”

Posted at 10:50 PM by Howard Bashman

“After Protests, Prison Firm Pulls Donation”: Wednesday’s edition of The New York Times will contain an article that begins, “Sports stadiums have been named for fast food companies, office supply chains, and banks, but apparently there is one sector of the economy that is not welcome in the sports world: the private prison industry.”

Posted at 10:11 PM by Howard Bashman

“Justices throw up Comcast obstacle in two more class actions”: Alison Frankel’s “On the Case” from Thomson Reuters News & Insight has this report.

Posted at 5:50 PM by Howard Bashman

“Aaron Swartz’s Prosecutors Were Threatened and Hacked, DOJ Says”: David Kravets has this post at’s “Threat Level” blog.

I collected additional coverage in this post from earlier today.

In related coverage, Timothy B. Lee of Ars Technica reports this afternoon that “Swartz death inspires expanded effort to liberate paywalled court docs; Document-sharing extension for Firefox now covers Chrome and appellate courts.”

And Declan McCullagh of c|net reports that “‘Aaron’s Law’ rewrite backfires, reformers now on defensive; Congressional sausage-making in Washington threatens to rewrite a controversial anti-hacking law used against the late Aaron Swartz — by replacing it with an even more Draconian version.”

Posted at 5:32 PM by Howard Bashman

“Justice Dept. Asks Court to Dismiss Suit over Secret Court’s Opinions”: Mike Scarcella has this post at “The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times.”

Posted at 5:18 PM by Howard Bashman

Programming note: Due to a meeting out of the office with co-counsel in a pending appeal, additional posts will appear here later this afternoon.

Posted at 10:48 AM by Howard Bashman

“The next SCOTUS battle”: Jonathan Bernstein had this entry yesterday at the “PostPartisan” blog of The Washington Post.

Posted at 10:42 AM by Howard Bashman

“Aaron Swartz Prosecutors Threatened With Guillotine Postcards”: Ryan J. Reilly of The Huffington Post has this report.

Main Justice reports that “Aaron Swartz Supporters Harass Prosecutors, Prompting U.S. to Call for Redacting Material.”

Today’s edition of The Tech, MIT’s student newspaper, contains articles headlined “MIT in favor of redactions in Swartz case documents; Legal filing made Friday focuses on privacy” and “Faculty meeting focuses on gunman disruption response; Head of MIT Police discusses emergency alert system.”

You can access the recent federal district court filings relating to the possible unsealing of the criminal case file via this link (beginning with docket entry 109).

Posted at 10:04 AM by Howard Bashman

“Law school graduates aren’t finding much on the employment docket; The Internet and other technologies have reduced job openings for lawyers; Some graduates have joined in class-action lawsuits, alleging that schools lured them in with misleading reports of success”: Maura Dolan has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.

Posted at 8:14 AM by Howard Bashman