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Thursday, May 9, 2013

“An Inside Look at Backstories of Big Decisions in Chief Justice Roberts’ Court”: This video segment featuring Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal appeared on this evening’s broadcast of The PBS NewsHour.

Posted at 10:54 PM by Howard Bashman

“Jim Thorpe to appeal ruling on athlete’s remains; Borough Council chooses what it hopes will be least costly option”: Peter Hall of The Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania has a news update that begins, “Jim Thorpe officials decided Thursday they won’t let their borough’s namesake go without a fight, voting to appeal a court ruling that could allow legendary athlete Jim Thorpe’s sons to return his remains to his native Oklahoma.”

Posted at 10:20 PM by Howard Bashman

“A Stay of Execution and a Whole Lot More”: Today at’s “Law Blog,” Jess Bravin has a post (free access) that begins, “For Justice Michael Randolph of the Mississippi Supreme Court, a legal opinion wasn’t just a place to explain why his eight colleagues were mistaken in staying an execution — it was a forum to vent wide-ranging criticism of the U.S. Justice Department.”

Posted at 10:07 PM by Howard Bashman

“Supreme Court reinstates $310,000 jury award for Olympia man falsely accused of being a ‘communist'”: The Olympian of Olympia, Washington has a news update that begins, “The Washington Supreme Court reversed a state Court of Appeals ruling on Thursday, reinstating a $310,000 jury award to a Vietnamese-American in Olympia who sued five fellow Vietnamese-Americans for defaming him by calling him a communist.”

You can access today’s ruling of the Supreme Court of Washington State at this link.

Posted at 5:00 PM by Howard Bashman

“Anonymous online reviews may not be so anonymous”: Alison Frankel’s “On the Case” from Thomson Reuters News & Insight has a report that begins, “On Wednesday, the Public Citizen Litigation Group filed an appeal for the online review site Yelp, asking the Virginia Court of Appeals to review a trial-court order compelling Yelp to reveal the identity of seven anonymous reviewers who complained about a Washington carpet-cleaning service that subsequently sued them for libel and defamation.”

Posted at 4:09 PM by Howard Bashman

“Judges appear sympathetic to Interior’s limits on importation of polar bear hides”: Jeremy P. Jacobs of Greenwire has this report.

Posted at 3:42 PM by Howard Bashman

“Audio: Anthony Kennedy, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.” During the 43rd Annual Washington Conference on the Americas of the Council of the Americas, Ray Suarez of The PBS NewsHour interviewed Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. You can access audio from the interview via this link.

Posted at 2:50 PM by Howard Bashman

“Copyright ‘Vigilante’ Out in the Cold”: At her “Trial Insider” blog, Pamela A. MacLean has a post that begins, “They call Righthaven a ‘copyright troll,’ and a ‘copyright vigilante,’ seeking out websites to sue for reposting online newspaper stories. But the one thing Righthaven is not: a copyright owner, according to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday.”

And at his “Technology & Marketing Law Blog,” Eric Goldman has a post titled “Copyright Trolling Is Really Hard to Do Profitably — Righthaven v. Hoehn.”

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

Update: In other coverage, Nate Anderson of Ars Technica reports that “Copyright troll Righthaven finally, completely dead; Never had standing to sue, Ninth Circuit confirms.”

Posted at 1:36 PM by Howard Bashman

“Experts say judge’s ‘shaming’ order for Orie Melvin may not be enforceable; Legal experts raise constitutional issues”: In today’s edition of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Paula Reed Ward has an article that begins, “The sentence handed down by Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Lester Nauhaus on Tuesday to Joan Orie Melvin likely was meant to humiliate the former justice on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.”

And in yesterday’s edition of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, columnist Eric Heyl had an op-ed titled “Wow, judge! Show mercy on Melvin.”

Posted at 8:45 AM by Howard Bashman

“Constitution Check: Will same-sex marriage momentum influence the Supreme Court?” Lyle Denniston has this post today at the “Constitution Daily” blog of the National Constitution Center.

Posted at 8:04 AM by Howard Bashman