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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

“From breast cancer to gay marriage, can court be moved? Angelina Jolie’s decision to get tested for a breast cancer gene mutation, undergo a double mastectomy and then write about it is the latest example of news that could affect Supreme Court justices’ views.” Richard Wolf will have this article Wednesday in USA Today.

Posted at 11:02 PM by Howard Bashman

“Court reinstates Fla. inmate kosher meals lawsuit”: The Associated Press has this report.

The News Service of Florida reports that “Appeals court revives lawsuit of inmate demanding kosher meals.”

And The Jewish Daily Forward reports that “Parent-Killing Jewish Inmate Wins Round in Kosher Meals Fight; Appeals Court Keeps Bruce Rich’s Florida Suit Alive.”

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

Posted at 10:52 PM by Howard Bashman

“Eric Holder: White House Considering New Guantanamo Envoy To Help Close Facility.” Ryan J. Reilly of The Huffington Post has this report.

Posted at 8:00 PM by Howard Bashman

“Joan Orie Melvin is resentenced”: Paula Reed Ward of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a news update that begins, “Former state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin must pay nearly $128,000 of her personal contributions to her retirement fund to cover fines, costs and restitution stemming from her conviction on public corruption charges.”

And in this past Sunday’s edition of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Brad Bumsted had an essay headlined “The Melvin sentence: Judges protecting judges.”

Posted at 6:00 PM by Howard Bashman

“Is the N.R.A. Un-American?” Stanley Fish had this post last night at the “Opinionator” blog of The New York Times.

Posted at 4:46 PM by Howard Bashman

“Genetic Breast Cancer Testing: Big Business, and a Big Lawsuit”: Tom Gara has this post today at’s “Corporate Intelligence” blog.

Posted at 2:44 PM by Howard Bashman

“Chief justice denounces pay-to-play reform measure; Nuss says key senator tied judicial raise to support for change in judge selection process”: Andy Marso of The Topeka Capital-Journal has a news update that begins, “The Kansas Supreme Court’s Chief Justice sent a letter to the state’s judges Tuesday condemning as ‘distasteful’ and ‘unacceptable’ an influential senator’s attempt to make courts funding contingent upon judicial groups getting behind a proposal to change the way Supreme Court justices are selected.”

Posted at 2:43 PM by Howard Bashman

“Federal court overturns ruling FDNY intentionally discriminated against minority applicants; The decision is a victory for city lawyers, who argued that Federal Judge Nicholas Garaufis had wrongly accused Mayor Bloomberg of willfully failing to end discrimination in the predominantly white ranks of the fire department”: The New York Daily News has this update.

And The Associated Press reports that “NY appeals court approves of FDNY hiring oversight.”

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

Posted at 1:27 PM by Howard Bashman

“Federal appeals court takes up Marin oyster farm case Tuesday”: Yesterday’s edition of The Press Democrat of Santa Rosa, California contained this front page article.

The oral argument occurred today at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. I will link to the audio when it becomes available online. You can access the briefs filed in the case and certain other material via this link.

Update: At her “Trial Insider” blog, Pamela A. MacLean has a post titled “Oyster Farm Fate in Judges’ Hands.”

Posted at 1:18 PM by Howard Bashman

“Federal court rules Anaheim officers didn’t use excessive force; A divided U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rules that the two officers didn’t use excessive force in a 2009 incident in which a suspect was fatally shot”: Maura Dolan has this article in today’s edition of The Los Angeles Times reporting on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued yesterday.

Posted at 11:27 AM by Howard Bashman

“High court asked to resolve split over state AG lawsuits”: Andrew Longstreth of Reuters has a report that begins, “The U.S. Supreme Court will meet next week to consider whether to weigh in on a question that has split the judiciary: Do federal courts have jurisdiction over lawsuits filed in state court by state attorneys general on behalf of their citizens?”

Posted at 10:26 AM by Howard Bashman