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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

“Business donations to judges’ campaigns often equal friendly rulings”: Michael Doyle of McClatchy Washington Bureau has an article that begins, “State supreme court justices are favoring the corporate interests that finance their election campaigns, a comprehensive new study concludes.”

My earlier coverage of the study (PDF) appears at this link.

Posted at 11:04 PM by Howard Bashman

“Appeals court rules man can challenge Oklahoma ‘rain god’ plate; The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 3-0 that a judge in Oklahoma City erred by throwing out the lawsuit of Keith Cressman, pastor of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Bethany”: The Oklahoman has this news update.

And The Associated Press now has a more detailed report headlined “Court: Man can challenge Oklahoma ‘rain god’ plate.”

My earlier coverage of today’s Tenth Circuit ruling appears at this link.

Posted at 10:46 PM by Howard Bashman

“Serial killer’s life may get spared again”: 12News of Beaumont, Texas has this report.

The Associated Press reports that “Violent Texas man set to die for fireman’s slaying.”

The Austin Chronicle has a report headlined “Chief Judge: New Panel Will Be Assigned to Consider Death Row Appeal; Execution still slated for tomorrow.”

And at his “Sentencing Law and Policy” blog, Douglas A. Berman has a post titled “Notable capital habeas echo from Firth Circuit after complaint about Judge Jones.”

You can access today’s unpublished reassignment ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit at this link.

Posted at 10:20 PM by Howard Bashman

“Appeals Court Reinstates Lawsuit Over Indian ‘God’ On Oklahoma License Plate”: The Associated Press has a report that begins, “A federal appeals court says Oklahoma’s Indian ‘rain god’ license plate can be challenged on grounds that amounts to a state endorsement of a religion.”

And at the blog “Turtle Talk,” Matthew L.M. Fletcher has a post titled “Tenth Circuit Revives Establishment Clause Challenge to Oklahoma’s Indian Arrow License Plate.”

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

Posted at 3:42 PM by Howard Bashman

“Huguely asks for expanded appeal”: Frank Green of The Richmond Times-Dispatch has a news update that begins, “Lawyers for George Huguely V, convicted of the slaying of Yeardley Love at the University of Virginia where the two were students, asked the judges of the Virginia Court of Appeals this morning to expand his appeal.”

Posted at 3:36 PM by Howard Bashman

“A Small Right-Wing Conspiracy: The Federalist Society; The elite Federalist Society has become one of the most effective conservative groups in the country; How did it happen?” Law professor David Fontana has this essay online today at The Daily Beast.

Posted at 2:20 PM by Howard Bashman

“Judicial Selection Reform: All Over the Map; States are unlikely to reach consensus, so they should aim to reduce role of money, regardless of selection method.” Earlier this month, Aaron Bayer had this essay in The National Law Journal.

Posted at 10:28 AM by Howard Bashman

“Constitution Check: Will the courts put limits on the government’s electronic spying?” Lyle Denniston has this post today at the “Constitution Daily” blog of the National Constitution Center.

Posted at 10:00 AM by Howard Bashman

“Supreme Court bars retroactive application of sentencing guidelines”: Robert Barnes has this article today in The Washington Post.

Bob Egelko of The San Francisco Chronicle reports that “Law OKing pickets on private land stands.”

And Warren Richey of The Christian Science Monitor has reports headlined “Supreme Court rules in dispute over federal sentencing guidelines; The Supreme Court ruled that a businessman was entitled to be sentenced under a version of sentencing guidelines in effect at the time he committed bank fraud, not the guidelines later enacted“; “Can protesters wave gruesome signs? Supreme Court declines free speech case; Antiabortion protesters waved the signs in public as they targeted a church in Denver; A Colorado court then barred the use of the signs, and on Monday the US Supreme Court refused to examine the free speech issues in the case“: and “Are Calif. labor-protest laws constitutional? Supreme Court turns away case; Members of a labor union picketed a non-union grocery store in Sacramento, Calif.; The US Supreme Court declined an appeal challenging the constitutionality of two state laws that allow such picketing.”

Posted at 9:30 AM by Howard Bashman