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Friday, June 13, 2014

“Ottawa moves judge from federal court to Quebec court”: Sean Fine of The Toronto Globe and Mail has a news update that begins, “The Conservative government has removed a judge from the Federal Court of Appeal in Ottawa and named him to Quebec’s highest court, setting the stage for a possible Supreme Court appointment later this year — and another potential high-stakes legal battle.”

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“With the Dogs Out, the Supreme Court Turns to Blockbuster Finale”: Jess Bravin has this post today at’s “Washington Wire” blog.

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“Appeals court reinstates law on animal torture videos”: Chuck Lindell of The Austin American-Statesman has a news update that begins, “Reversing a district judge in Texas, a federal appeals court on Friday upheld a law against crush videos, ruling that the depictions of animals tortured and killed for sexual gratification are not a protected form of speech.”

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

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“Should Two Children Be Imprisoned For Plotting To Kill Their Classmates? In Washington state, a 10- and 11-year-old were sentenced to years in a detention facility after being caught with weapons and claiming they were going to murder other kids at their school; Where is the line between a childish game and a real threat?” Victoria Beale has this lengthy article online at BuzzFeed.

Posted at 1:40 PM by Howard Bashman

“Because the [Criminal Justice Act] provides its own remedial scheme, Marcum cannot collaterally attack the Fifth Circuit’s determination of Marcum’s fee awards under the Tucker Act.” So holds a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in a ruling issued today.

In earlier coverage of this matter, TPM Muckraker reported in February 2012 that “Allen Stanford’s Defense Team Says It Got Stiffed Out Of $1.9 Million.”

Posted at 1:14 PM by Howard Bashman

“Sovereign Debt Rules in Play With Argentina at Court: Q&A.” Greg Stohr and Katia Porzecanski of Bloomberg News have this report.

Posted at 11:07 AM by Howard Bashman

“Larry Klayman filed suit against Facebook and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, alleging that their delay in removing [the Third Palestinian Intifada] page and similar pages constituted intentional assault and negligence.” Today, however, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit disagreed, affirming a district court ruling which held that the Communications Decency Act of 1996 shielded Zuckerberg and Facebook from suit.

Circuit Judge Patricia A. Millett wrote today’s ruling on behalf of a unanimous three-judge panel.

Update: In early news coverage, The Hill reports that “Facebook wins case over anti-Jewish page.”

Posted at 10:58 AM by Howard Bashman

“The Biggest Judicial Losers: The liberal Ninth Circuit keeps racking up losses at the Supreme court.” This editorial (subscription required for full access) appears today in The Wall Street Journal.

You can freely access the full text of the editorial via Google.

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“Many Americans View High Court Decision Making With Some Skepticism; Americans Conflicted on Cases Involving Religion”: Saint Leo University’s Polling Institute has this report.

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“Tempering Judicial Confirmation Optimism”: Russell Wheeler had this post yesterday at the “FixGov” blog of the Brookings Institution.

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“New SF federal judge has his own take on Roberts’ ‘balls and strikes'”: Bob Egelko of The San Francisco Chronicle has this blog post.

Posted at 8:14 AM by Howard Bashman