How Appealing

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Good time was not had by all: Not only is being held as an enemy combatant no fun, but it also does not entitle the former detainee to good time credit against a subsequently imposed federal criminal sentence, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held in a ruling issued today.

On the losing side of today’s ruling is Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, who is currently serving a 100-month federal sentence at ADX-Florence (more information available here, here, here, here, and here) for conspiracy to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization (al-Qaeda).

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“Military Declassifies Motion To Declassify Guantanamo Detainees’ Thoughts On Torture”: Ryan J. Reilly of The Huffington Post has this report.

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“Man Convicted of Hacking Despite Not Hacking”: David Kravets has this post at’s “Threat Level” blog.

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“The United States Can’t Be the World’s Courthouse: Why the Supreme Court just killed off a whole category of human rights suits.” Law professor Eric Posner has this essay online at Slate.

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“Court seems split on doctor’s discrimination suit”: Jesse J. Holland of The Associated Press has this report.

You can access at this link the transcript of today’s U.S. Supreme Court oral argument in University of Tex. Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar, No. 12-484.

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“Is This the Supreme Court’s Next Big Economic Liberty Case?” Damon W. Root has this post today at’s “Hit & Run” blog.

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“Caught in the System, Ex-Hacker Is Stalked by His Past”: Kim Zetter has this post today at’s “Threat Level” blog.

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“Bad Supreme Court decision for Lewis & Clark: 200 wiseguy words.” Columnist David Sarasohn of The Oregonian has this essay.

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“Blogger, Federal Judge, Supreme Court Critic”: Ashby Jones has this post (subscription required for full access) today at’s “Law Blog.”

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“Supreme Court watchers keeping an eye on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s possible retirement”: Cheryl K. Chumley of The Washington Times has this report.

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In today’s mail: I received a pre-release copy of Marcia Coyle’s new book, “The Roberts Court: The Struggle for the Constitution,” signed by the author and containing a short, personalized note. I was already very much looking forward to reading this book. Thus far, no extra give-away copy of the book has arrived, but stay tuned!

Posted at 12:12 PM by Howard Bashman

“How Appealing” book give-away wrap-up — we have a winner! Thanks so very much to those readers who submitted entries for this blog’s current book give-away for a chance to receive my extra copy of Laurence Leamer’s new book, “The Price of Justice: A True Story of Greed and Corruption.”

Each entrant in the contest submitted a compelling argument for receiving the book, making me wish that I had more than one copy to give away. The winner of the contest works as an attorney at a federal public defender’s office located within the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Because of federal budget constraints, the winner has additional spare time resulting from work furloughs but less money available for discretionary spending to put toward pleasure reading.

Speaking of which, yesterday at his blog “Hercules and the Umpire,” Senior U.S. District Judge Richard G. Kopf had a furlough-related post titled “Congress is herewith warned.”

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“Circuit Split Watch: Will the Court Bury Casket Cases?” Michelle Olsen has this post today at her “Appellate Daily” blog.

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“Supreme Court justices tread murky waters in Texas-Oklahoma dispute”: Michael Doyle of McClatchy Newspapers has this report.

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“Executing the Mentally Handicapped Is Illegal — Except When It Isn’t; In spite of the Supreme Court’s 2002 ban on such executions, Warren Hill, a convicted murder whom all experts now agree is mentally retarded, once again faces lethal injection”: Andrew Cohen has this essay online at The Atlantic.

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