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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

“Supreme Court Has Another Chance to Rule on Antigay Bias; A company that fired a gay skydiving instructor has asked the high court to rule on whether existing U.S. law bans sexual orientation discrimination”: Trudy Ring of The Advocate has this report.

Equality Case Files has posted the petition for writ of certiorari at this link.

Posted at 8:52 PM by Howard Bashman

“The Curious Incident of the Court That Denied Cert: The Supreme Court declined to hear a case on Arkansas’s regulation of abortion — a lack of action that may speak volumes.” Law professor Garrett Epps has this essay online at The Atlantic.

Posted at 8:47 PM by Howard Bashman

“Sixth Circuit Shenanigans: Is ‘In God We Trust’ Really Just Barely Constitutional?” Diana Verm has this post at National Review’s “Bench Memos” blog.

Posted at 8:42 PM by Howard Bashman

“Shirley Abrahamson won’t seek another term, setting up scramble for Wisconsin Supreme Court seat”: Patrick Marley and Bill Glauber of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel have this report.

Back in September 2004, then-Chief Justice Abrahamson participated in this blog’s “20 questions for the appellate judge” feature. You can access the interview at this link.

Posted at 4:52 PM by Howard Bashman

“Supreme Court colleagues vie for chief justice job”: In today’s edition of The Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, Melissa Brown has a front page article that begins, “Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore’s shadow will loom large in a June 5 Republican primary in which the judge who replaced Moore will face off a colleague determined to assume Moore’s bellicose mantle against social issues such as same-sex marriage.”

Posted at 1:44 PM by Howard Bashman

“Abused LA Inmates Win $740,000 In Damages After Jury Sees Videos Of Deputy Violence”: Christina Villacorte of The Los Angeles Daily News had this article back in November 2013. And in earlier coverage, the newspaper previously published articles headlined “LA County, Sheriff’s Department on trial for excessive force” and “LA Sheriff’s Department Excessive Force Trial Reveals Deputy Punched, Kicked Inmates 35 Times.”

In a lengthy opinion issued today, a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the jury’s compensatory damages award, a punitive damages award of $210,000, and an award of attorneys’ fees to plaintiffs’ counsel in excess of $5 million.

Posted at 1:26 PM by Howard Bashman

“We now consider whether forcing someone to withdraw money from an ATM and then stealing the money has a sufficient effect on interstate commerce to support jurisdiction under the Hobbs Act.” A unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit today answered that question in the affirmative in an opinion you can access here.

Posted at 1:11 PM by Howard Bashman

“U.S. justices refuse to hear Arkansas abortion case; Denial allows state to enact restrictions on use of pills”: Linda Satter has this front page article in today’s edition of The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Posted at 12:53 PM by Howard Bashman

“What An Arkansas Abortion Case Tells Us About Justice Kennedy’s Retirement Plans”: Kevin Daley of The Daily Caller has this report.

This blog’s coverage of yesterday’s denial of review can be accessed here.

Posted at 12:48 PM by Howard Bashman