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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

“U.S. Supreme Court Justice Scalia to speak at CU-Boulder on Oct. 1”: The University of Colorado Boulder today issued a news release that begins, “U.S. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonin Scalia will deliver the fourth annual John Paul Stevens Lecture hosted by the Byron R. White Center and the University of Colorado Law School on Wednesday, Oct. 1.”

Posted at 11:09 PM by Howard Bashman

“That Time the President, the FBI, and a Moonlighting Supreme Court Justice Tried to Dig Up Dirt on a Movie Star”: Jesse Walker has this post at’s “Hit & Run” blog about an article recently published in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Posted at 10:55 PM by Howard Bashman

“A Horrifying Miscarriage of Justice in North Carolina: How many times was Justice Antonin Scalia wrong about Henry Lee McCollum and the death penalty?” Dahlia Lithwick has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.

Posted at 10:52 PM by Howard Bashman

And Eleventh Circuit Judge Julie E. Carnes will apparently be known as Julie Carnes: Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit issued this order granting rehearing en banc in one of the two cases I mentioned in a post from last month titled “The Eleventh Circuit adjusts to having two judges with the last name Carnes.”

My post from last month noted that a decision issued that day “contains a lengthy and passionate dissent from Chief Judge [Ed] Carnes.” It is that decision which the Eleventh Circuit agreed to rehear en banc today.

As early as next Monday, the Eleventh Circuit is likely to also have two Judge Pryors (this one and this one), and then the fun will really begin.

Posted at 9:55 PM by Howard Bashman

“Distribution of Child Porn Conviction Rejected by Court”: Gina Passarella of The Legal Intelligencer has an article that begins, “The Third Circuit has overturned the conviction of a man found guilty of distribution of child pornography because the images he placed in a folder on a file-sharing network were never viewed by anyone else.” You can freely access the full text of the article via Google News.

You can access today’s ruling of a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit at this link.

Posted at 9:27 PM by Howard Bashman

“Gay marriage supporters will appeal ruling on Louisiana ban”: Andy Grimm of The Times-Picayune of New Orleans has this news update.

You can access today’s ruling of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana at this link.

In other coverage, Robert Barnes of The Washington Post reports that “Federal judge in Louisiana rules state has right to ban same-sex marriages.”

The Advocate of Baton Rouge reports that “Louisiana’s gay marriage ban upheld.”

The Associated Press reports that “Louisiana ruling breaks pro-gay marriage streak.”

Bloomberg News reports that “Louisiana Gay Marriage Ban Is Upheld by Federal Judge.”

Reuters reports that “Federal district judge upholds Louisiana ban on gay marriage.”

And at “SCOTUSblog,” Lyle Denniston has a post titled “Louisiana same-sex marriage ban survives challenge.”

Posted at 4:26 PM by Howard Bashman

“”Yelp! engaged in ‘hard bargaining,’ not extortion, appeals court says; A federal appeals court threw out a lawsuit filed by small business owners who accused Yelp! Inc. of attempting to extort advertising payments by manipulating reviews of their businesses”: Warren Richey of The Christian Science Monitor has this report.

PCWorld reports that “Appeals court clears Yelp of claims that it fixed reviews.”

MediaPost reports that “Business Owners Can’t Revive ‘Payola’ Lawsuit Against Yelp.”

Courthouse News Service reports that “9th Circuit Tosses Claim Yelp Extorted Businesses.”

And at her “Trial Insider” blog, Pamela A. MacLean has a post titled “Yelp Ad Extortion Suit Tossed on Appeal.”

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

Posted at 10:54 AM by Howard Bashman

“The latest really big screwup with PACER and CM/ECF requires a quick fix, then serious reflection, but not utter disdain for a judicial records system that is a triumph of good government”: Senior U.S. District Judge Richard G. Kopf has this post today at his “Hercules and the Umpire” blog.

Posted at 10:36 AM by Howard Bashman