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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

“‘With Barr in Charge, Anything Goes’: The DOJ Has Been Weaponized for Trump Payback; After the Roger Stone meddling, former DOJ attorneys say the current department misdeeds are worse than Watergate, leaving DOJ insiders ‘angry, depressed, confused, dismayed, disaffected.'” Chris Smith has this post online at Vanity Fair.

Posted at 9:45 PM by Howard Bashman

“The Real ‘Miscarriage of Justice’ in the Stone Sentencing: Trump’s public pressure campaign on behalf of a convicted ally will haunt the Department of Justice.” Renato Mariotti has this essay online at Politico Magazine.

Posted at 9:40 PM by Howard Bashman

“Trump takes on Judge Amy Berman Jackson ahead of Roger Stone’s sentencing”: Ann E. Marimow of The Washington Post has this report.

Posted at 9:24 PM by Howard Bashman

“Trump seeks to bend the executive branch as part of impeachment vendetta”: Philip Rucker, Robert Costa, and Josh Dawsey of The Washington Post have an article that begins, “President Trump is testing the rule of law one week after his acquittal in his Senate impeachment trial, seeking to bend the executive branch into an instrument for his personal and political vendetta against perceived enemies.”

Posted at 9:22 PM by Howard Bashman

“After legendary 53-year career, Brooklyn Federal Judge Jack Weinstein hangs up his robe at age 98”: Noah Goldberg of The New York Daily News has this report.

Posted at 8:53 PM by Howard Bashman

“A man of letters: The Antonin Scalia Collection opens at Harvard Law School; Papers from the life and work of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia ’60 now available at HLS.” Harvard Law Today has this report.

Posted at 8:51 PM by Howard Bashman

“Alan Dershowitz Accuses David Boies of Extortion in Defamation Suit; The two American legal titans have escalated their battle as they tangle in the aftermath of Jeffrey Epstein’s arrest and suicide”: Deanna Paul of The Wall Street Journal has this report.

Posted at 7:34 PM by Howard Bashman

“House Dems introduce bill to combat defense tactic of ‘snap removals'”: Alison Frankel’s “On the Case” from Thomson Reuters News & Insight has this post.

Posted at 6:16 PM by Howard Bashman

“With DOJ’s intervention in Roger Stone case, William Barr cements his role as Trump’s defender-in-chief”: Kevin Johnson, Kristine Phillips, and Dennis Wagner of USA Today have this report.

Eileen Sullivan and Michael D. Shear of The New York Times report that “Trump Says Prosecutors ‘Ought to Apologize’ to Roger Stone; The Justice Department had moved against its own prosecutors to recommend a shorter sentence for one of President Trump’s friends, Roger J. Stone Jr.

And in commentary, online at The New York Times, law professor Bob Bauer has an essay titled “Trump and Barr Are Out of Control; The prosecutor who quit over the Roger Stone sentencing is sending a powerful message about political weaponization.”

Posted at 6:07 PM by Howard Bashman

“School Can Let Trans Student Use Bathroom of Gender Identity”: Peter Hayes of Bloomberg Law has this report (subscription required for full access) on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued today.

Back in July 2019, Maxine Bernstein of The Oregonian reported on the oral argument of the appeal (YouTube video) in an article headlined “Oregon school district’s restroom policy for transgender students goes before 9th Circuit.”

Posted at 2:32 PM by Howard Bashman

“Court allows Arizona ban on ‘ballot harvesting’ to remain in force through presidential preference election”: Howard Fischer of The Arizona Daily Star has this report.

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“2020 Democrats are looking to ‘pack’ the Supreme Court with secret picks”: Carrie Severino has this essay online at Fox News.

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“Magazines over 10 rounds were well-known to the Founders; Third Circuit case challenges NJ magazine confiscation statute”: David Kopel has this post at “The Volokh Conspiracy.”

Posted at 12:38 PM by Howard Bashman

“Trump’s Conquest of the Department of Justice is Complete: The president’s crony attorney general is bent on whitewashing the administration’s misdeeds, forever scarring the department’s integrity.” Matt Ford of The New Republic has this report.

Posted at 12:37 PM by Howard Bashman

“Challenge to Gay Conversion Bans Hits 11th Circuit”: Izzy Kapnick of Courthouse News Service has a report that begins, “The constitutionality of South Florida bans on juvenile gay conversion therapy is hanging in the balance in the 11th Circuit, where attorneys jousted Tuesday over whether the bans violate therapists’ free speech rights.”

You can access via this link the audio of yesterday’s oral argument before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, consisting of Circuit Judges Beverly B. Martin, Britt C. Grant, and Barbara Lagoa.

Posted at 10:44 AM by Howard Bashman

Mass media icon — Who? Me? Owen Gleiberman of Variety has a movie review headlined “‘Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words’: Film Review; The Supreme Court justice offers a monologue of self-justification in a talking-head memoir that’s revealing even when it doesn’t want to be.”

Gary Goldstein of The Los Angeles Times has a movie review headlined “‘Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words’ tells one story — his.”

And online at The Washington Times, Rebecca Hagelin has an essay titled “Justice Clarence Thomas documentary shows keys to overcoming adversity.”

Posted at 10:37 AM by Howard Bashman

“Justice Thomas: Judges aren’t ‘mass media icons,’ should uphold the law.” Bill Rankin of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has this report. (One wonders to whom could he be referring?)

Stephen Fowler of Georgia Public Broadcasting reports that “‘Rule Of Law’ Honored At Dedication Of Nathan Deal Judicial Center.”

And Katheryn Tucker of the Fulton County Daily Report has an article headlined “Justice Thomas at Georgia Courthouse Dedication: ‘We are Not Mass Media Icons. We Are Judges.’

Posted at 10:32 AM by Howard Bashman