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Thursday, May 8, 2014

“New legal battle opens over Obamacare and contraceptives”: David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times has a news update that begins, “Even as the Supreme Court weighs one challenge to the Obama administration’s rule that female employees be offered health plans that include a full range of contraceptives, lawyers for several prominent Catholic groups are seeking to set up a potential Round 2 in the fight.”

You can access the audio of today’s oral argument before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit via this link (33.4 MB mp3 audio file).

Posted at 10:30 PM by Howard Bashman

“Conservative group wants Obamacare declared a tax; Lawsuit based on ‘Origination Clause'”: Stephen Dinan of The Washington Times has this news update.

Earlier, Warren Richey of The Christian Science Monitor previewed the case, argued today at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, in an article headlined “New bid to topple Obamacare in court: Did Harry Reid bend the rules? Senate majority leader Harry Reid violated the Constitution in his maneuverings to pass Obamacare, a conservative legal fund argues; The case will go before a federal panel of judges Thursday.”

You can access the audio of today’s D.C. Circuit oral argument via this link (17.2 MB mp3 audio file).

Posted at 10:26 PM by Howard Bashman

“‘Father of lethal injection’ talks about history, his legacy to Oklahoma; The doctor who came up with the method talks about his legacy in Oklahoma and the U.S.” This front page article appears today in The Tulsa World. The newspaper also has an update headlined “Oklahoma death row inmate granted six-month execution stay.”

In related coverage, today’s broadcast of NPR’s “Morning Edition” contained an audio segment titled “The Executioner’s Lament.”

And online at Slate, Emily Bazelon has a jurisprudence essay titled “Two Americas: In much of the country, the death penalty is disappearing; In the South, it lives on.”

Posted at 10:20 PM by Howard Bashman

“Wiretap claims fail against Facebook, Zynga in disclosure lawsuit”: Dan Levine of Reuters has this report.

And at her “Trial Insider” blog, Pamela A. MacLean has a post titled “Facebook, Zynga Wiretap Claims Fail.”

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

Meanwhile, in related coverage, Bloomberg News has an article headlined “Facebook, Zynga Fraud Claim Reinstated by Appeals Court” reporting on a separate non-precedential ruling that the Ninth Circuit issued today.

Posted at 10:05 PM by Howard Bashman

“It May Already Be Too Late to Confirm a Replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsburg”: Simon Lazarus and Tom Donnelly have this essay online today at The New Republic.

Posted at 9:48 PM by Howard Bashman

“Pa. Supreme Court to decide Msgr. Lynn’s case”: Joseph A. Slobodzian of The Philadelphia Inquirer has a news update that begins, “Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court agreed on Thursday to resolve the contested key legal theory underpinning the landmark 2012 prosecution of the first Catholic Church official charged in the clergy child sex-abuse scandal.”

And The Associated Press reports that “Church official’s case headed to state high court.”

You can access today’s order of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania granting allowance of appeal at this link.

Posted at 9:42 PM by Howard Bashman

“Schuette’s same-sex marriage brief: Let affirmative action ruling guide this case.” The Detroit Free Press has this report today.

Posted at 5:06 PM by Howard Bashman

“‘Improper photography’ in Texas — oral argument in Ex parte Thompson, before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals”: Eugene Volokh has this post today at “The Volokh Conspiracy.”

Posted at 4:57 PM by Howard Bashman

“Bill would address Supreme Court ruling on porn victims; Effort seeks ‘full restitution’ from porn viewers”: Cheryl Wetzstein of The Washington Times has this report.

Posted at 7:46 AM by Howard Bashman