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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

“How to Restore Balance to Libel Law: The Supreme Court can curtail the worst media abuse without overturning its landmark 1964 ruling.” Law professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds will have this op-ed in Thursday’s edition of The Wall Street Journal.

Posted at 9:33 PM by Howard Bashman

“‘It is the moral thing to do’: Virginia’s death penalty abolished in historic signing.” Frank Green of The Richmond Times-Dispatch has this report.

Posted at 8:16 PM by Howard Bashman

“Senate Republican pushes for criminal charges against fake Kavanaugh accusers”: Alex Swoyer of The Washington Times has this report.

Posted at 8:12 PM by Howard Bashman

“Supreme Court struggles with when police may enter home for safety checks or suicide threats”: Robert Barnes of The Washington Post has this report.

Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal reports that “Supreme Court Considers Police Leeway Without Warrant; Justices hear arguments in case seeking to draw line between police’s law-enforcement and care-taking functions.”

Katie Mulvaney of The Providence Journal has an article headlined “Cranston police seized a man’s guns in 2015. What the U.S. Supreme Court heard about it in 2021.”

Jessica Gresko of The Associated Press reports that “High court mulls police power to enter homes without warrant.”

Andrew Chung of Reuters reports that “With the elderly in mind, U.S. Supreme Court wary of limiting police in home entries.”

Kaila Philo of Courthouse News Service reports that “‘Just Shoot Me’ Plea Brought the Police, and High Court Battle; Though officers say they don’t need a warrant for situations that require community caretaking, the bounds of such scenarios, from cats up trees to stacks of unopened mail, made for tricky oral arguments Wednesday.”

And on this evening’s broadcast of NPR’s “All Things Considered,” Nina Totenberg had an audio segment titled “Supreme Court Mulls Whether Police Can Enter Home Without Warrant To Save A Life.”

You can access via this link the audio and transcript of today’s U.S. Supreme Court oral argument in Caniglia v. Strom, No. 20-157.

Posted at 8:00 PM by Howard Bashman

“Amid gun control debate, federal court rules states may restrict open carry of weapons”: Maura Dolan of The Los Angeles Times has this report.

Bob Egelko of The San Francisco Chronicle reports that “U.S. appeals court says no, it’s not OK to carry guns in public without a license.”

Victor Morton and Alex Swoyer of The Washington Times report that “Americans have ‘no right’ to carry guns in public, 9th Circuit Court rules.”

Jennifer Sinco Kelleher of The Associated Press reports that “Ruling upholds Hawaii limits on carrying guns in public.”

And Nicholas Iovino of Courthouse News Service reports that “Carrying Guns in Public is Not a Constitutional Right, Ninth Circuit Rules; The majority of an 11-judge en banc Ninth Circuit panel concluded that the Second Amendment does not guarantee the right to carry firearms outside the home.”

You can access today’s 215-page, 7-to-4 en banc ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at this link.

Posted at 7:25 PM by Howard Bashman

“Minnesota Supreme Court: Rape victims not ‘mentally incapacitated’ unless forcibly intoxicated; The far-reaching decision also gives a man convicted of third-degree sexual assault a new trial.” Andy Mannix of The Minneapolis Star Tribune has this report.

And Josh Verges of The Pioneer Press of St. Paul, Minnesota reports that “Felony rape charge doesn’t apply if victim got herself drunk, Minnesota Supreme Court rules.”

You can access today’s ruling of the Supreme Court of Minnesota at this link.

Posted at 7:14 PM by Howard Bashman

“Newsom appoints Rob Bonta, Oakland assemblyman, as state attorney general; Bonta, 48, was first Filipino-American in state Legislature, representing Oakland, Alameda and San Leandro”: Paul Rogers of The San Jose Mercury News has this report.

Alexei Koseff of The San Francisco Chronicle reports that “Bay Area legislator Rob Bonta nominated by Newsom as California attorney general.”

Patrick McGreevy and Phil Willon of The Los Angeles Times report that “Rob Bonta, Bay Area Democratic lawmaker, appointed California attorney general.”

And Lara Korte of The Sacramento Bee reports that “Newsom names Rob Bonta as AG, lifting Filipino leader after attacks on Asian Americans.”

Posted at 4:58 PM by Howard Bashman

“Conservatives with high expectations anxious for Justice Amy Coney Barrett to show her hand”: Ariane de Vogue of CNN has this report.

Posted at 1:05 PM by Howard Bashman

“State high court considers burden of proof for intellectual disability”: Bill Rankin of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has an article that begins, “Georgia’s Supreme Court justices on Tuesday grappled with an unsettling quandary: What to do with the state law banning the execution of intellectually disabled prisoners when the law’s onerous burden of proof almost certainly allows it to happen.”

You can view the video of yesterday’s Supreme Court of Georgia oral arguments via this link.

Posted at 11:10 AM by Howard Bashman

“Sidney Powell does an about-face on her Stop the Steal claims”: Columnist David Von Drehle has this op-ed in today’s edition of The Washington Post.

Posted at 11:05 AM by Howard Bashman

“The Year in Originalism: This past year the importance of Supreme Court appointments returned with a vengeance.” Mike Rappaport has this post at the “Law & Liberty” blog.

Posted at 11:03 AM by Howard Bashman

“Trump’s Election Lawyer Throws Him Under the Bus; Sidney Powell is trying a brazen and bizarre argument in defending herself against a defamation lawsuit by Dominion Voting Systems”: Law professor Noah Feldman has this essay online at Bloomberg Opinion.

Posted at 10:35 AM by Howard Bashman

“Businesses Are Losing Their Covid-19 Lawsuits; Insurance companies won’t be paying for business interruptions caused by the coronavirus; This was predictable”: Law professor Stephen L. Carter has this essay online at Bloomberg Opinion.

Posted at 10:26 AM by Howard Bashman

“3rd Circuit calls out lawyer for ‘copy-and-paste’ appeal, orders him to pay attorney fees”: Debra Cassens Weiss has this post at ABA Journal.

Posted at 10:22 AM by Howard Bashman

“The Right-Wing War on State Courts: Fueled by the desire to suppress the vote and find end runs around the popular will, Republicans across the country are working to deform the state judiciary.” Matt Ford of The New Republic has this report.

Posted at 10:20 AM by Howard Bashman