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Monday, September 22, 2014

"Crusader for Justice: A Conversation with Judge Damon Keith." Last Friday, WDET Radio of Wayne State University aired a rebroadcast of Stephen Henderson's interview from earlier this year with Senior Sixth Circuit Judge Damon J. Keith. You can view video of the full interview by clicking here.

Readers of "How Appealing" may recall that Henderson previously covered the U.S. Supreme Court for McClatchy Washington Bureau. More recently, he has served as editorial page editor for The Detroit Free Press. In that capacity, Henderson earlier this year won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for commentary.
Posted at 11:20 AM by Howard Bashman




Second Circuit reinstates lawsuit alleging that National Westminster Bank PLC provided material support and resources to a terrorist organization: The lawsuit was brought by 200 United States nationals (or their estates, survivors, or heirs) who were victims of terrorist attacks launched in Israel by Hamas. You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit at this link.
Posted at 10:58 AM by Howard Bashman




"At Supreme Court, Nine Clashing Friends in a Bottle": Today at his "Jost On Justice" blog, Kenneth Jost has this review of law professor Garrett Epps's new book, "American Justice 2014: Nine Clashing Visions on the Supreme Court."
Posted at 10:44 AM by Howard Bashman




"When Will The Obama Administration Tell The Supreme Court What It Thinks About Marriage Equality? The justices could -- and would have good reasons to -- ask for the administration's top Supreme Court lawyer to weigh in on the same-sex marriage cases." Chris Geidner of BuzzFeed has this report.
Posted at 10:40 AM by Howard Bashman




"Federal Circuit Defies Supreme Court in Laches Holding": Dennis Crouch has this post at his "Patently-O" blog.
Posted at 07:56 AM by Howard Bashman




"Video: Jeffrey Rosen previews upcoming Supreme Court cases." The "Constitution Daily" blog of the National Constitution Center has a post that begins, "What's on the docket for our nation's highest court? Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, joined the American Constitution Society in Washington for a preview of the new term."

The American Constitution Society has posted video of the event online at YouTube at this link.
Posted at 07:53 AM by Howard Bashman




"The Solace of Oblivion: In Europe, the right to be forgotten trumps the Internet." Jeffrey Toobin has this Annals of Law article in the September 29, 2014 issue of The New Yorker.
Posted at 07:46 AM by Howard Bashman




Sunday, September 21, 2014

"Chief Justice, Huskers, A-Rod": Columnist Don Walton of The Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star has an essay that begins, "Let's talk John Roberts and the Huskers."
Posted at 11:48 PM by Howard Bashman




"Child Pornography Case Spurs Debate on Military's Role in Law Enforcement": Erik Eckholm and Richard A. Oppel Jr. will have this article in Monday's edition of The New York Times.
Posted at 09:33 PM by Howard Bashman




"Vote 'Yes' on appeals court": Columnist Steve Sebelius has this essay in today's edition of The Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Posted at 07:48 PM by Howard Bashman




"One year later, Baby Veronica case still resonates; Dusten Brown's supporters turn attention to reforms": This front page article appears in today's edition of The Tulsa World.
Posted at 07:30 PM by Howard Bashman




"Israel names new Supreme Court judges; Mazuz, Baron to replace Grunis, Arbel on Supreme Court; Naor to be next chief judge": The Jerusalem Post has this report.
Posted at 07:21 PM by Howard Bashman




"Porn Wars: Is Las Vegas the new Silicone Valley?" Today's edition of The Las Vegas Sun contains this article. According to the article, there has been "an estimated 90 percent drop in adult film permits issued in Los Angeles County after the 2012 passage of a controversial law requiring adult film performers to wear condoms on set."
Posted at 11:23 AM by Howard Bashman




"Clarence Thomas exemplifies class": This editorial appears today in The Tyler (Tex.) Morning Telegraph.
Posted at 11:20 AM by Howard Bashman




"Strong reasons to retain state justices": Today's edition of The Los Angeles Times contains an editorial that begins, "California voters will see the names of three state Supreme Court justices and numerous Court of Appeal justices on their Nov. 4 ballots, a result of the state's hybrid system for keeping politics to a minimum in the court system while still granting the people a measure of oversight of their judges."

As the editorial explains, Associate Justice Goodwin Liu is one of the three Supreme Court of California justices up for retention election this November.
Posted at 10:56 AM by Howard Bashman




"Access to polls is in the hands of the courts": Zachary Roth of msnbc has this report.
Posted at 10:50 AM by Howard Bashman




"Supreme Moment: Four Georgia Lawyers to Argue at High Court; Four Georgia Lawyers are preparing to argue cases at the U.S. Supreme Court this term." Alyson M. Palmer will have this article in the Daily Report of Fulton County, Georgia.

You can freely access the full text of the article via Google News.
Posted at 10:40 AM by Howard Bashman




Saturday, September 20, 2014

"'The Case Against the Supreme Court' pushes for reforms": David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times has this review of law professor Erwin Chemerinsky's new book, "The Case Against the Supreme Court."
Posted at 11:12 PM by Howard Bashman




"Better late than never: Expect a high court OK on marriage equality soon." Law professor Michael J. Klarman has this op-ed online at The Los Angeles Times.
Posted at 11:09 PM by Howard Bashman




"What If Counterfactuals Never Existed? Hypotheticals are ruining the study of history." Online at The New Republic, law professor Cass R. Sunstein has this review of Richard J. Evans's book, "Altered Pasts: Counterfactuals in History."
Posted at 11:05 PM by Howard Bashman




"Court candidate Michelle MacDonald cleared of DWI, guilty of obstruction": Thursday's edition of The Pioneer Press of St. Paul, Minnesota contained an article that begins, "Minnesota Supreme Court candidate Michelle MacDonald was convicted Wednesday by a Dakota County jury of obstructing legal process and refusing to submit to a chemical test -- a gross misdemeanor -- but she was acquitted of misdemeanor drunken driving."
Posted at 11:00 PM by Howard Bashman




"Panel set to choose two new Supreme Court justices Sunday; Former Attorney General Menachem Mazuz considered a frontrunner, but 
the women's spot is anyone's guess": Haaretz has this report (subscription required for full access).
Posted at 10:55 PM by Howard Bashman




"Back and Forth with Professor John Yoo": The Daily Californian has posted online this interview.
Posted at 10:54 PM by Howard Bashman




"Chief Justice Roberts: Scalia, Ginsburg wouldn't be confirmed today." Nebraska Radio Network has this report.

You can access at this link (28.1 MB mp3 audio file) audio titled "U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts answers questions from 8th US Circuit Chief Judge William Riley at UNL."
Posted at 09:32 PM by Howard Bashman




"Groups ask state Supreme Court to block voter ID for Nov. 4": Patrick Marley of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has an article that begins, "Two groups representing minorities asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday to block the state's voter ID law for the Nov. 4 election, seeking a new way to stop the measure."

And The Wisconsin State Journal reports that "Wisconsin Supreme Court asked to delay voter ID."
Posted at 08:20 PM by Howard Bashman




"Citibank Goes Back to Judge Who Blocked Argentina Payment": Bloomberg News has this report.
Posted at 08:16 PM by Howard Bashman




Some upcoming appellate-related events that I'm planning to attend: On Thursday, September 25, 2014, I will be in Washington, DC to attend The Heritage Foundation's "Supreme Court Preview of the 2014 Term" featuring Michael Carvin and Paul Clement.

And in mid-November 2014, I will be attending the Appellate Judges Education Institute Summit in Dallas, Texas. Any fans of the blog who will be attending the summit or who wish to say hello during my visit to Dallas can feel free to let me know via email at appellateblog@hotmail.com.
Posted at 01:40 PM by Howard Bashman




"7th Circuit Dismisses Obamacare 'Take Care' Clause Challenge For Lack of Standing, 3 Days After Argument": Josh Blackman has this post at his blog discussing a decision that Circuit Judge Frank H. Easterbrook issued yesterday on behalf of a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Posted at 01:20 PM by Howard Bashman




"Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. Visits the College of Law": The University of Nebraska College of Law has posted online at Facebook these photos of yesterday's event.
Posted at 01:11 PM by Howard Bashman




"U.S. court voids RadioShack class-action settlement over card receipts": Jonathan Stempel of Reuters has this report.

And at Forbes.com, Daniel Fisher has a post titled "Appeals Court Rejects $1 Million Fee In Radio Shack Coupon Settlement."

Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner wrote yesterday's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on behalf of a unanimous three-judge panel.
Posted at 12:58 PM by Howard Bashman




Friday, September 19, 2014

"Groups edge in on Klayman NSA surveillance case": Josh Gerstein has this blog post at Politico.com.
Posted at 11:16 PM by Howard Bashman




"The Senate and the Courts: The federal judiciary will follow the election returns." Edward Whelan has this article in the September 29, 2014 issue of The Weekly Standard.
Posted at 11:14 PM by Howard Bashman




"Chief Justice Roberts decries efforts to politicize Supreme Court": The Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star has this report.
Posted at 11:03 PM by Howard Bashman




"Judiciary to Restore Online Access to Case Archives": Jacob Gershman has this post at WSJ.com's "Law Blog."
Posted at 04:58 PM by Howard Bashman




"In Lincoln, chief justice says law, not politics, drives Supreme Court's rulings": The Omaha World-Herald has this news update.

And The Associated Press reports that "US chief justice worried about partisanship."
Posted at 03:54 PM by Howard Bashman




"U.S. court tosses Argentina, Citigroup appeal in bond case": Nate Raymond of Reuters has this report.

I previously had this post linking to coverage of yesterday's oral argument of the appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Posted at 03:50 PM by Howard Bashman




In papers of interest recently posted at SSRN: Law professor Sharon Elizabeth Rush has an article titled "Federalism, Diversity, Equality, and Article III Judges: Geography, Identity, and Bias" (via "Legal Theory Blog").

Law professor Rochelle C. Dreyfuss has an article titled "Abolishing Exclusive Jurisdiction in the Federal Circuit: A Response to Judge Wood" (via "Legal Theory Blog").

Law professor Marc O. DeGirolami has posted an essay titled "Constitutional Contraction: Religion and the Roberts Court" (via "Legal Theory Blog").

And law professor Bert I. Huang has posted a paper titled "Surprisingly Punitive Damages" (via "Legal Theory Blog").
Posted at 03:38 PM by Howard Bashman




"Online court archive PACER says it will restore access to missing records": Andrea Peterson has this entry today at "The Switch" blog of The Washington Post.
Posted at 03:18 PM by Howard Bashman




"Google.com in EU Sights in Bid to Fill Right-to-Be-Forgotten Gap": Bloomberg News has this report.
Posted at 01:26 PM by Howard Bashman




"Oklahoma judge dismisses Ten Commandments lawsuit": The Associated Press has this report.

Earlier, The Oklahoman previewed today's hearing in the case in an article headlined "Oklahoma lawsuit on state Capitol Ten Commandments monument gets hearing."
Posted at 11:30 AM by Howard Bashman




We have liftoff: Fans of the blog in the vicinity of Doylestown, Pa. are invited to say hello this evening during my wife's book launch event at The Doylestown Bookshop from 7 to 9 p.m.

The book has recently received additional coverage from USA Today and The Huffington Post.
Posted at 11:07 AM by Howard Bashman




"Pregnancy discrimination: Special delivery." At the "Democracy in America" blog of The Economist, Steven Mazie has a post that begins, "Activists on warring sides of the abortion debate rarely take the same position when it comes to Supreme Court cases involving women's rights."
Posted at 10:58 AM by Howard Bashman




"Opposition Grows to Removal of Public Case Files": Pamela A. MacLean has this post at her "Trial Insider" blog.
Posted at 10:55 AM by Howard Bashman




"Texas Supreme Court may take up Kountze cheerleading case": The Beaumont Enterprise has this report.
Posted at 09:04 AM by Howard Bashman




"Supreme Court justice underscores constitutional values": The Yale Daily News has this report.
Posted at 09:00 AM by Howard Bashman




"NC court candidates talk experience, fairness": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "Two recent targets of hard-knuckled ads in their run for North Carolina Supreme Court seats said Wednesday they're worried big outside money is harming the public's perception of the courts and discouraging potential future candidates."
Posted at 08:57 AM by Howard Bashman




"Nevada court rules tax on strip clubs legal": The Las Vegas Review-Journal has this report on a ruling that the Supreme Court of Nevada issued yesterday.
Posted at 08:53 AM by Howard Bashman




"After Supreme Court fight, Ramsey takes a quieter role": Brian Haas has this article today in The Tennessean.
Posted at 08:46 AM by Howard Bashman




"Kansas Justices Back Senate Candidate's Withdrawal": This article appears today in The New York Times.

My earlier coverage of yesterday's Kansas Supreme Court ruling appears at this link.
Posted at 08:40 AM by Howard Bashman




"If Mark Fuller resigns or is impeached, there will be 4 open federal judgeships in Alabama": Kent Faulk has this front page article in today's edition of The Birmingham News.
Posted at 08:36 AM by Howard Bashman




"Law firm's success is behind $50M gift to Drexel": In today's edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Chris Mondics has an article that begins, "They say it is good to be king. It might be better, though, to be a very successful trial lawyer."
Posted at 08:33 AM by Howard Bashman




Thursday, September 18, 2014

"Congress's Inaction Could Be Legal Basis for Stronger Executive War Powers": Charlie Savage will have this article in Friday's edition of The New York Times.
Posted at 11:11 PM by Howard Bashman




"Alabama judge urged to resign over domestic violence incident": David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times has this news update.
Posted at 10:08 PM by Howard Bashman




"Barry Bonds' conviction seems to trouble appeals court": Bob Egelko of The San Francisco Chronicle has this news update.

Maura Dolan of The Los Angeles Times has a news update headlined "Barry Bonds' conviction draws dubious reaction from appeals court."

Howard Mintz of The San Jose Mercury News has an update headlined "Barry Bonds case: Conviction reversal seems likely."

And at her "Trial Insider" blog, Pamela A. MacLean has a post titled "Government Slammed at Bonds Obstruction Hearing."

You can view the video of today's en banc Ninth Circuit oral argument in United States v. Barry Bonds via this link.
Posted at 09:45 PM by Howard Bashman




"Death row inmates contest Tenn. electric chair law": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 09:34 PM by Howard Bashman




"Scalia's Liberal Streak: The conservative justice's most brilliant -- and surprisingly progressive -- moments on the bench." Mark Joseph Stern has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.
Posted at 08:55 PM by Howard Bashman




"A choice of evils: Should democracies use torture to protect against terrorism?" Law professor Alan M. Dershowitz has this op-ed in today's edition of The Boston Globe.
Posted at 08:53 PM by Howard Bashman




"Court permits Taylor to withdraw from Senate race; Roberts, Orman left to fight through 2014 campaign": Tim Carpenter of The Topeka Capital-Journal has this news update.

The Kansas City Star has a news update headlined "Kansas court scrubs Democrat Chad Taylor from ballot for U.S. Senate."

You can access today's ruling of the Supreme Court of Kansas at this link.
Posted at 05:50 PM by Howard Bashman




"A Conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen G. Breyer": Yale University has posted the video of today's event online at YouTube, and you can access it via this link.
Posted at 05:47 PM by Howard Bashman




Hey Fifth Circuit -- Don't ever change: Last night I had this post in which I had a little fun with the Fifth Circuit's newly announced "no change" policy for cash payments.

Today, I received an email from Lyle W. Cayce, the Clerk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit regarding that new policy. He has given me permission to republish his email here:

I noted your comment regarding our change in policy on your blog yesterday. I don't think our posted announcement explained adequately why we made the change, so I have updated that announcement. As your blog entry prompted me to update the announcement, I wanted to personally provide you some additional information regarding the change.

To begin, we are one of the few appellate courts that actually still makes change for cash customers. Making change requires us to maintain a special Imprest Fund, and to designate cashiers and back up cashiers for the fund. We have to make monthly audits and reports regarding this fund, and internal controls intended to reduce the risk of loss or theft require me to designate different employees to receive, receipt, store, issue, and account for the funds. At one time, the fund was quite large and useful, as most of our transactions were cash transactions. But in recent years, we have ever fewer cash customers. Today we rarely get cash over the counter, and even more rarely are asked to provide change. In fact, my cashiers recall only two occasions in the past year when our office had to make change for over the counter cash customers. All of this is likely due to our changing economy and the proliferation of other methods of payment, especially credit and debit card transactions.

As to timing and impetus for the change, however, I approved this change as a result of a recommendation from the Administrative Office of the Courts made in August. The Administrative Office recommended the Fifth Circuit Clerk's Office end our change making service because the US Treasury Office seeks to eliminate the remaining change making funds that still exist in executive agencies and the courts. After I verified that only two customers requested change last year, I determined this would not significantly burden the public or bar. Conversely, eliminating the fund would eliminate significant administrative burdens occasioned by the existence of the fund. This is important for our office, given our recent reductions in personnel, including the loss of two financial and budget positions in my office.

I hope that this information is helpful to you. Thank you for visiting our web page and keeping current with Fifth Circuit matters.

Thank you for sharing that more detailed explanation of the thinking behind the Fifth Circuit's forthcoming "no change" policy.

Lest anyone fear that "How Appealing" garners a great deal of behind-the-scenes comments from appellate court systems, I am pleased to report that the only appellate courts that have seen fit to comment on or offer corrections to "How Appealing" posts this week are the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court (see the update to this earlier post).
Posted at 05:40 PM by Howard Bashman




"Federal Judge Accused of Assaulting Wife Is Urged to Resign": Alan Blinder of The New York Times has this report.

And AL.com has reports headlined "Mark Fuller attorney mum on client's future as 4 more Congressmen call for judge's resignation" and "Birmingham activists satisfied by congressional calls for judge's removal after domestic violence, cancel planned Montgomery court protest."
Posted at 04:42 PM by Howard Bashman




"Circuit court judges appear sympathetic to roadless rule challenge": Jeremy P. Jacobs of Greenwire has this report.
Posted at 04:40 PM by Howard Bashman




"Federal appeals judge: Argentina's bullying a bank." The Associated Press has this report.

Reuters reports that "Citigroup takes Argentine bond payment case to U.S. appeals court."

And Bloomberg News reports that "Citibank Tells Court Argentina Has a Gun to Its Head."
Posted at 04:15 PM by Howard Bashman




"Lawmakers call for resignation of judge charged with domestic violence": CBS News has this report.
Posted at 12:50 PM by Howard Bashman




Second Circuit affirms dismissal of the Republic of Iraq's suit against numerous defendants alleged to have conspired with Saddam Hussein to corrupt and plunder the UN-administered Oil-for-Food Programme: You can access today's ruling of a partially divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit at this link.

Update: In early news coverage, Jonathan Stempel of Reuters reports that "Iraq loses U.S. appeal over U.N. oil-for-food program suit."

And Courthouse News Service reports that "Iraq Oil-for-Food Case Kept Down on Appeal."
Posted at 12:00 PM by Howard Bashman




"The Moment at Hand": Linda Greenhouse has this essay online at The New York Times.
Posted at 11:50 AM by Howard Bashman




Ninth Circuit to stream live today's en banc oral argument in United States v. Barry Bonds: The oral argument is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. eastern time, 2 p.m. pacific, and once underway you can view it online via this link (click play to begin).

The Ninth Circuit's web site also helpfully provides this page linking to many of the most important filings in the appeal.
Posted at 11:48 AM by Howard Bashman




"Legal observers worry future judicial appointments will be done in secret": Sean Fine has this front page article in today's edition of The Toronto Globe and Mail.
Posted at 11:33 AM by Howard Bashman




Access online the contents of the 2013-2014 Cato Supreme Court Review: Via this link.

In response to one of the essays contained therein -- law professor Richard A. Epstein's essay titled "The Defeat of the Contraceptive Mandate in Hobby Lobby: Right Results, Wrong Reasons" -- Ed Whelan has a post this morning at National Review Online's "Bench Memos" blog titled "Contra Richard Epstein on Hobby Lobby."
Posted at 11:14 AM by Howard Bashman




"Trial lawyer Kline gives $50M to Drexel law school": Chris Mondics has this front page article in today's edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

And The Associated Press reports that "Trial lawyer gives $50M to Drexel law school."
Posted at 11:02 AM by Howard Bashman




"Mixed signals on same-sex marriage": Lyle Denniston has this post today at "SCOTUSblog."
Posted at 10:35 AM by Howard Bashman




"Sen. Jeff Sessions, Sen. Richard Shelby call for Mark Fuller's resignation": AL.com has this report.

And The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that "GOP senator urges Alabama judge accused of wife assault to resign."
Posted at 09:02 AM by Howard Bashman




"New York Times reporter provides Constitutional analysis": The Michigan Daily has an article that begins, "To honor the 227th anniversary of the U.S. Constitution's signing, Adam Liptak, U.S. Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times, spoke Wednesday afternoon about the Roberts court and the Constitution's role in public policy today."
Posted at 08:55 AM by Howard Bashman




"A profile in political cowardice: Republicans railroad the nomination of Debo Adegbile, and Democrats let it happen." Columnist Errol Louis has this op-ed in today's edition of The New York Daily News.
Posted at 08:53 AM by Howard Bashman




"Court upholds civil verdict against LAPD for withholding evidence": Maura Dolan of The Los Angeles Times has this report.

And at her "Trial Insider" blog, Pamela A. MacLean has a post titled "LA Police Liable for Withholding Evidence of Innocence."

You can access yesterday's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at this link.
Posted at 08:47 AM by Howard Bashman




"Oklahoma asks court to dismiss lawsuit brought in wake of botched execution; Plaintiffs in lawsuit, including ACLU and The Guardian, claim bearing witness to executions is first amendment right": The Guardian (UK) has this report.
Posted at 08:44 AM by Howard Bashman




"Barry Bonds case: Court to rehear home-run king's appeal." Howard Mintz of The San Jose Mercury News has this report.
Posted at 08:42 AM by Howard Bashman




Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"Effective September 24, 2014, the Clerk's Office will no longer provide change to paying customers. Exact change will be required if you choose to pay with cash." The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit posted this announcement online today.

Imagine, hypothetically, that the first customer of the day pays exact change to the Fifth Circuit's clerk's office for a payment due of $4.00. Assume further that the second customer of the day owes a fee of $6.00 but only has two $5 bills. Presumably in this hypothetical scenario, at least, the Fifth Circuit's clerk's office actually could provide change to the second customer of the day if it wanted to.
Posted at 10:44 PM by Howard Bashman




"A Conversation Between Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Professor Robert A. Stein": You can view at this link the video of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's remarks yesterday at the University of Minnesota Law School.
Posted at 10:03 PM by Howard Bashman




"High court: Photography law is 'unconstitutional.'" The San Antonio Express-News has this report on a ruling that the Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas issued today.

According to the article, "The law had banned taking photos or videos of anyone in public without consent if they were to be used for sexual gratification."
Posted at 09:35 PM by Howard Bashman




"Coming of Age for the Federal Circuit": Law professor Robin Feldman will have this article in a forthcoming issue of The Green Bag.
Posted at 09:23 PM by Howard Bashman




In reports from The National Law Journal's "Supreme Court Brief": Marcia Coyle reports that "Orrick Hires Five Former Supreme Court Clerks" (freely access the full text via Google News) and "Professor Examines Nixon, Hoover Role in Fortas' Fall" (freely access the full text via Google News).

And Tony Mauro has an article headlined "Arm in a Cast, Sotomayor Tours Oklahoma and Meets Tribal Leaders" (freely access the full text via Google News).
Posted at 09:18 PM by Howard Bashman




"Gucci, Tiffany dealt blow in fake goods case against China banks": Reuters has this report on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued today.
Posted at 08:42 PM by Howard Bashman




"Book Review: David Lat's Supreme Ambitions." Steve Klepper has this post today at the "Maryland Appellate Blog."
Posted at 08:40 PM by Howard Bashman




"Schooling the Supreme Court on Rap Music: Is it art or a true threat of violence?" Dahlia Lithwick has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.
Posted at 08:16 PM by Howard Bashman




"Opponents of Wisconsin voter ID law seek reversal of court's decision": Patrick Marley of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has this news update.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that "Groups appeal voter ID ruling, allege 'eleventh-hour' changes will disenfranchise thousands."

And Bloomberg News reports that "Wisconsin Voter ID Ruling Assailed in ACLU Reversal Bid."

I linked to the petition for rehearing en banc filed late yesterday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in this post earlier today.
Posted at 05:08 PM by Howard Bashman




"Model Networking Site Must Face Rape Victim's Lawsuit": Karen Gullo of Bloomberg News has this report.

And Courthouse News Service reports that "Claim by Woman Raped by Model Mayhem Users Revived by 9th Circ."

My earlier coverage of today's Ninth Circuit ruling can be accessed here.
Posted at 04:58 PM by Howard Bashman




"Richard Shelby: Judge Mark Fuller should resign." Mary Orndroff Troyan and Brian Lyman of The Montgomery Advertiser have a news update that begins, "Sen. Richard Shelby on Wednesday called for U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller to step down from the bench, joining a growing chorus of federal lawmakers seeking the judge's resignation after his arrest on domestic violence charges last month."
Posted at 04:55 PM by Howard Bashman




The Pa. Supreme Court denies review of four rulings addressing the impact of federal preemption, in the aftermath of Mensing and Bartlett, on state law personal injury claims brought by plaintiffs injured as the result of ingesting Reglan and/or metoclopramide: I will link to the specific orders of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, docketed this afternoon, denying review in all four cases when they are posted online later today. (Update: The orders denying review can be accessed here, here, here, and here.)

Back on June 29, 2013, I had this post linking to the Pa. Superior Court's rulings in all four cases, which I had orally argued on appeal on behalf of the plaintiffs.

Update: In early news coverage, P.J. D'Annunzio of The Legal Intelligencer reports that "Justices Decline to Hear Reglan Preemption Cases." You can freely access the full text of the article via Google News.

And Law360.com reports that "Pa. High Court Nixes Appeal In Reglan Preemption Battle" (subscription required for full access).
Posted at 03:11 PM by Howard Bashman




"Barry Bonds appeal heads back to court": The Associated Press has this report.

Tomorrow, an 11-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will convene a rehearing en banc in the case.
Posted at 02:54 PM by Howard Bashman




Federal Circuit evades the allure of Fed. R. Civ. P. 19(a), votes to deny rehearing en banc of mandatory joinder issue: You can access today's order of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit denying rehearing en banc, and the concurrence and two dissents therefrom, at this link.
Posted at 01:54 PM by Howard Bashman




Model Mayhem indeed: Construing the Communications Decency Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit today reversed a district court's dismissal of a failure to warn claim against the owner of the Model Mayhem website.

According to today's Ninth Circuit ruling, the plaintiff -- an aspiring model -- alleged that two rapists used the website to lure her to a fake audition, where they drugged her, raped her, and recorded her for a pornographic video. Today's decision holds that the Communications Decency Act did not bar plaintiff's claim under California law alleging that the owner of the Model Mayhem site is liable for negligent failure to warn.

In April 2012, Courthouse News Service reported on the filing of the lawsuit in an article headlined "Model Claims Website Hushed Up Rapes."
Posted at 01:45 PM by Howard Bashman




"It is this bedrock principle -- known as the heckler's veto doctrine -- that the panel overlooks, condoning the suppression of free speech by some students because other students might have reacted violently." So writes Circuit Judge Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain, in his dissent from a denial of rehearing en banc that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued today.

My coverage of the original three-judge panel's ruling (which reissued today in amended form) appeared in a post titled "Ninth Circuit rules that high school administrators did not violate the First Amendment by barring students from coming to school on Cinco de Mayo with shirts containing the American flag."

Update: In early coverage, Howard Mintz of The San Jose Mercury News has a report headlined "American flag T-shirt case: Court refuses to rehear challenge."

Bob Egelko of The San Francisco Chronicle reports that "Morgan Hill schools' ban on U.S. flag shirts upheld."

And The Associated Press reports that "Court won't reconsider school's US flag shirt ban."
Posted at 01:38 PM by Howard Bashman




"Arguments in Gilbert church sign case set for 2015": Howard Fischer of The East Valley Tribune has this report.
Posted at 12:04 PM by Howard Bashman




"VirnetX to Vringo's Lost Millions Show Patent Peril": Susan Decker of Bloomberg News has this report, in which she notes that "[a] dozen smaller claims have been tossed by trial judges after the U.S. Supreme Court limited software patents in June."
Posted at 10:50 AM by Howard Bashman




"BP Pulls Old College Trick, Fiddles With Line Spacing to Beat Court Filing Page Limit": Elliot Hannon has this post online at Slate.
Posted at 10:45 AM by Howard Bashman




"The Disappearing 'Undue Burden' Standard for Abortion Rights": Jeffrey Toobin has this daily comment online at The New Yorker.
Posted at 10:42 AM by Howard Bashman




"The Supreme Court takes a civil case on the sanctity of jury deliberations": Senior U.S. District Judge Richard G. Kopf has this interesting post today at his "Hercules and the Umpire" blog.
Posted at 10:40 AM by Howard Bashman




"Assessing the Supreme Court": Erwin Chemerinsky has this op-ed in today's edition of The Orange County Register.
Posted at 08:57 AM by Howard Bashman




"Supreme Court ruling hasn't stopped police from warrantless requests for data; Police continue to request Canadians' personal information from telecoms; Sometimes with a warrant, sometimes without a warrant": This front page article appears in today's edition of The Toronto Star.
Posted at 08:55 AM by Howard Bashman




She sells Seychelles: The Seychelles News Agency reports that "Seychelles Supreme Court re-opens; acting CJ calls for the justice system to be revitalized into a centre of judicial excellence for the region."
Posted at 08:50 AM by Howard Bashman




"Tories fast-tracked Supreme Court appointment after Globe report": Today's edition of The Toronto Globe and Mail contains a front page article that begins, "The federal government says it abandoned its normal process when it named Justice Clement Gascon to the Supreme Court in June because it was worried about leaks to The Globe and Mail detailing the flawed selection process used to choose the last candidate."

And CBC News reports that "Harper sidestepped MPs on Supreme Court pick due to Nadon 'leaks'; Justice Minister Peter MacKay's claims 'a bit rich,' says NDP MP Francoise Boivin."
Posted at 08:44 AM by Howard Bashman




"Targeted killings and the rule of law: Tactic is here to stay; legal system needs to catch up with military technology." Law professor Alan M. Dershowitz has this op-ed in today's edition of The Boston Globe.
Posted at 08:40 AM by Howard Bashman




"Will the Supreme Court Let Arizona Fight Gerrymandering? Voters cut their legislature out of the redistricting process; Now legislators want the Supreme Court to deal them back in." Law professor Garrett Epps has this essay online at The Atlantic.
Posted at 08:35 AM by Howard Bashman




"Read the En Banc Brief in 7th Circuit Wisconsin Voter ID Case": Rick Hasen has this post today at his "Election Law Blog." You can access the petition for rehearing en banc at this link.
Posted at 08:33 AM by Howard Bashman




"Justice Ginsburg shares her views at U forum -- up to a point": In today's edition of The Pioneer Press of St. Paul, Minnesota, Elizabeth Mohr has an article that begins, "At times deeply personal and funny, but ever the socially relevant public figure-cum-pop icon she's known to be, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared at the University of Minnesota on Tuesday evening for an intimate conversation."
Posted at 08:26 AM by Howard Bashman




"Justice Clarence Thomas warns of constitutional ignorance during UT Tyler appearance": The Tyler (Tex.) Morning Telegraph has this report.
Posted at 08:22 AM by Howard Bashman




Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"FSU colleagues, friends, family remember Markel": Sean Rossman of The Tallahassee Democrat has a news update that begins, "Slain Florida State University College of Law professor Dan Markel's reputation as a publishing dynamo and generous academic with boundless talent played second string to memories of his personal charms at a memorial held in his honor Tuesday."

And earlier today, Florida's Capitol News Service had a report headlined "No answers in law professor's death 2 months later."
Posted at 09:42 PM by Howard Bashman




"Happy Constitution Day! Too bad it's almost certainly unconstitutional." Dahlia Lithwick has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.
Posted at 09:35 PM by Howard Bashman




The Eleventh Circuit adjusts to having two judges with the last name Pryor: As shown in a published opinion issued today, Circuit Judge William H. Pryor, Jr. will be shown in the listing of judges as "William Pryor."

As part of today's ruling, Judge Pryor issued an opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part. And the majority opinion, which has a snappy opening paragraph, appears to be the first published majority opinion written by Circuit Judge Robin S. Rosenbaum.
Posted at 09:24 PM by Howard Bashman




"Michelle MacDonald: Jurors shown video of Supreme Court candidate's DWI arrest." The Pioneer Press of St. Paul, Minnesota has this news update.
Posted at 08:32 PM by Howard Bashman




"Ginsburg: Watch 6th Circuit on gay marriage." The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 08:27 PM by Howard Bashman




"Iowa Supreme Court allows telemed-abortion system to continue": The Des Moines Register has a news update that begins, "The Iowa Supreme Court decided today to let Planned Parenthood of the Heartland continue using its controversial video-conferencing method for dispensing abortion pills -- for the time being."
Posted at 08:20 PM by Howard Bashman




Federal appellate judges have daughters too: And sometimes one serves in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Today, U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL), the daughter of Senior Eleventh Circuit Judge Joel F. Dubina, issued a news release titled "Domestic Abuse Cannot Be Tolerated; Judicial disciplinary process must play out."

In news coverage, Mary Troyan of The Montgomery Advertiser has a news update headlined "Roby: Judge Mark Fuller deserves no special treatment."

And AL.com has a report headlined "Rep. Martha Roby on Mark Fuller: 'This is a very serious matter ... domestic abuse cannot be tolerated.'"
Posted at 08:00 PM by Howard Bashman




"There is news and then there is The New York Daily News": Senior U.S. District Judge Richard G. Kopf has this post today at his "Hercules and the Umpire" blog.
Posted at 04:58 PM by Howard Bashman




"FSU to hold Dan Markel memorial this afternoon": Sean Rossman of The Tallahassee Democrat has this news update.
Posted at 02:26 PM by Howard Bashman




"U.S. court throws out VirnetX $368 million patent award vs. Apple": Jonathan Stempel of Reuters has this report on the ruling that a unanimous two-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued today.
Posted at 02:13 PM by Howard Bashman




"Kansas justices dive into ballot dispute with Kobach, Taylor; Shawnee County DA attempting to exit Senate campaign": Tim Carpenter of The Topeka Capital-Journal has this news update.

Dave Helling of The Kansas City Star has a news update headlined "Kansas high court hears Chad Taylor's plea to get off Senate ballot."

Bryan Lowry of The Wichita Eagle has a news update headlined "Justices question why Democrat Chad Taylor can't withdraw from Senate race."

The Associated Press reports that "Kansas judges question why Democrat kept on ballot."

And at his "Election Law Blog," Rick Hasen has a post titled "Live Blogging #KSSEN Taylor v. Kobach: Analysis."
Posted at 12:50 PM by Howard Bashman




"A Guantanamo Test Case for the 'New' D.C. Circuit": Steve Vladeck has this post today at the "Just Security" blog.
Posted at 11:16 AM by Howard Bashman




Today is the official publication date of my wife's first novel, "Predator": In addition to everything else she does, my wife -- Janice Gable Bashman -- is a published author. And today is the publication date of her first novel.

You can view the book cover at this link. The book, a young adult novel, is available for order on Amazon in paperback and e-reader formats.

According to Suspense Magazine, "Every twist and fascinating revelation fell into place smoothly, with an ending that will leave readers wanting more. With this kind of originality on the page, it is exciting to speculate at the surprises Bashman will unveil next."
Posted at 11:14 AM by Howard Bashman




"The Fall of the House of Boggs: The bizarre Ecuadorean lawsuit that destroyed a Washington institution." Paul M. Barrett has this article online at Politico Magazine.
Posted at 11:02 AM by Howard Bashman




"Detentions of war: How can US keep terror suspects with no hope of trial, but espouse due process?" Alan M. Dershowitz has this op-ed in today's edition of The Boston Globe.
Posted at 10:30 AM by Howard Bashman




"The law school is hosting a memorial event in honor of our deceased friend and colleague on Tuesday, September 16, 2014." The Florida State University College of Law this afternoon is hosting a memorial ceremony. Via "TaxProf Blog," you can access more information about this afternoon's event at this link.
Posted at 10:22 AM by Howard Bashman




"Kansas election law looms large in US Senate race": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "The Kansas Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday over whether the Democrat who wants to drop out of the U.S. Senate race must stay on the ballot, a dispute that could have a big effect on Republicans recapturing a Senate majority."
Posted at 10:15 AM by Howard Bashman




"Who Speaks For the Bench About Surveillance?" Former U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner has this op-ed in this week's issue of The National Law Journal.

You can freely access the full text of the op-ed via Google News.
Posted at 10:02 AM by Howard Bashman




"Patriot Awards Gala recognizes well-known names for dedication to U.S. Military": The Daily Beacon, the student newspaper of the University of Tennessee, has this report. According to the article, "The awards show culminated with the Congressional Medal of Honor Society's Patriot Award, the most distinguished recognition the society offers. The 2014 Patriot Award went to Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito for his dissenting opinion on the Stolen Valor Act."

And yesterday, WSJ.com's "Law Blog" had a post titled "Justice Alito Urges Congress to Protect Nation's Military Honors System."

You can access online the video of Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr.'s remarks at the event via this link (beginning at approximately the 20-minute mark).
Posted at 09:58 AM by Howard Bashman




"U.S. Supreme Court Justice To Oklahoma Audience: 'There Is Value To Failure.'" KGOU, an NPR station at the University of Oklahoma, posted online at this link the audio of "Justice Sonia Sotomayor's fireside chat with students and faculty of the University of Oklahoma College Of Law on September, 12, 2014."
Posted at 09:48 AM by Howard Bashman




"BP Seeks Access to $750 Million Transocean Insurance": Bloomberg News has this report on a case being argued today before the Supreme Court of Texas on certified question from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Posted at 09:45 AM by Howard Bashman




"Judge overheard by juror trashing 'stupid' discrimination case": The New York Daily News yesterday posted online this exclusive report.
Posted at 09:44 AM by Howard Bashman




Change of address: On Oct. 1, 2014, "How Appealing" will have a new online address and a new online host. The exciting details -- including my plan for a new monthly recurring blog feature -- will be announced both here and via this blog's Twitter feed in the very near future. If you show up here on Wednesday, October 1st and no one's home, simply access this blog Twitter feed, which will then display the blog's new online location.

"How Appealing" has proudly been a part of the law.com blog network since April 20, 2006. As I noted in this post from February 2014, the law.com blog network is officially terminating at the end of this month, precipitating this blog's impending change of address and new online host.
Posted at 09:33 AM by Howard Bashman




Monday, September 15, 2014

"Six justices defend rule banning partisan judicial endorsements": The Helena Independent Record has a news update that begins, "Six of the seven Montana Supreme Court justices have filed a friends-of-the-court brief asking a federal judge to uphold a 2008 state judicial rule that prohibits judicial candidates from seeking or accepting partisan endorsements."

I have posted online at this link a copy of the amicus brief.

In somewhat related coverage, earlier this month The Virgin Islands Daily News published an article headlined "Federal court chides V.I. Supreme Court for filing amicus regarding its autonomy from federal court" reporting on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued late last month.

I have posted online at this link the amicus brief that the Supreme Court of the Virgin Islands filed in the Third Circuit in the case described in the preceding paragraph.
Posted at 10:14 PM by Howard Bashman




"Obama civil rights nominee withdraws": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 09:54 PM by Howard Bashman




"Tenn. justices name Slatery as attorney general": The Associated Press has this report.

According to the article, "Tennessee is the only state in the country where the high court names the attorney general."
Posted at 09:04 PM by Howard Bashman




"Second Actor Sues Google Over 'Innocence of Muslims'; Gaylord Flynn says his own performance has been violated": Eriq Gardner has this post today at the "Hollywood, Esq." blog of The Hollywood Reporter.
Posted at 09:00 PM by Howard Bashman




"A Thousand-Dollar Bill: The Supreme Court is wrong about the influence you can buy with less than $5,200." Law professor Usha Rodrigues has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.
Posted at 08:57 PM by Howard Bashman




"Stay extended on Indiana same-sex marriage case pending Supreme Court decision": The Indianapolis Star has this news update.

And The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has a news update headlined "Court puts Indiana gay marriages on hold until U.S. Supreme Court acts."

You can access today's order of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit at this link.
Posted at 08:40 PM by Howard Bashman




"Minnesota Supreme Court candidate's drunken driving trial begins": The Pioneer Press of St. Paul, Minnesota has this news update.
Posted at 08:25 PM by Howard Bashman




"T-Shirt Business Made Fair Use of Madison Mayor's Photo, Seventh Circuit Says": WisBar News has this report.

Circuit Judge Frank H. Easterbrook wrote today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on behalf of a unanimous three-judge panel.
Posted at 08:20 PM by Howard Bashman




"Dean Minow talks with Associate Justice Elena Kagan '86 at HLS": Last Wednesday, Harvard Law School posted this video online at YouTube.
Posted at 08:06 PM by Howard Bashman




"Absentee ballot mailings halted in push to restart voter ID law": Jason Stein and Patrick Marley of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel have this news update.

The Capital Times of Madison, Wisconsin reports that "Clock is ticking to get a Wisconsin voter ID before November election, faster in some areas."

And The Associated Press reports that "Wisconsin election officials scramble on voter ID."
Posted at 04:15 PM by Howard Bashman




"High stakes for tribal casinos in court fight over labor rights": Amanda Becker of Reuters has this report.
Posted at 04:02 PM by Howard Bashman




"Senate Judiciary Committee chairman urges PACER to restore access to removed case archives": Andrea Peterson had this entry last Friday at "The Switch" blog of The Washington Post.
Posted at 04:00 PM by Howard Bashman




"SJC rules for Tesla in fight with car dealers": John R. Ellement of The Boston Globe has a news update that begins, "Tesla today won a victory in its effort to sell its high-end all-electric cars directly to Massachusetts consumers instead of having to use traditional car dealerships that rely on franchise licenses with carmakers."

You can access today's ruling of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts at this link.
Posted at 01:08 PM by Howard Bashman




"Surveillance and privacy: Snowden case reveals a program with few checks and little accountability." Law professor Alan M. Dershowitz has this op-ed in today's edition of The Boston Globe.
Posted at 01:02 PM by Howard Bashman




"Mississippi Death Row Appeal Highlights Shortcomings of Bite-Mark Identifications": Erik Eckholm will have this article in Tuesday's edition of The New York Times.
Posted at 01:00 PM by Howard Bashman




"Challenging the Privacy of Statements Inside the Jury Room": Adam Liptak will have this new installment of his "Sidebar" column in Tuesday's edition of The New York Times.
Posted at 12:50 PM by Howard Bashman




"Appeals Court Rejects Suit Alleging Race Bias in Special Education Placements": Mark Walsh has this post today at the "School Law" blog of Education Week.

My earlier post noting last Friday's lengthy Third Circuit ruling can be accessed here.
Posted at 10:58 AM by Howard Bashman




"D.C. Circuit won't televise NSA arguments": Josh Gerstein of Politico.com has this blog post today.
Posted at 10:52 AM by Howard Bashman




Sunday, September 14, 2014

"Supreme Court ruling has wiped out 11 'do it on a computer' patents so far; The balance of power is changing as courts vigorously apply Alice v. CLS Bank": Joe Mullin of Ars Technica has this report.
Posted at 10:00 PM by Howard Bashman




"Lecture will feature 2 retired US Supreme Court justice on same New Hampshire stage": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 09:37 PM by Howard Bashman




"U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to speak Tuesday": The Tyler (Tex.) Morning Telegraph has this report.
Posted at 09:32 PM by Howard Bashman




"War of principles: How should a democracy decide when to compromise its ideals in pursuit of victory?" Law professor Alan M. Dershowitz has this op-ed in today's edition of The Boston Globe.
Posted at 10:22 AM by Howard Bashman




Saturday, September 13, 2014

"Building Legacy, Obama Reshapes Appellate Bench": In Sunday's edition of The New York Times, Jeremy W. Peters will have a front page article that begins, "Democrats have reversed the partisan imbalance on the federal appeals courts that long favored conservatives, a little-noticed shift with far-reaching consequences for the law and President Obama's legacy."
Posted at 11:07 PM by Howard Bashman




"Software patents are crumbling, thanks to the Supreme Court": Timothy B. Lee has this post online at Vox.
Posted at 09:04 PM by Howard Bashman




"In Lisner talk, Ginsburg champions Equal Rights Amendment": The GW Hatchet has this blog post.
Posted at 09:00 PM by Howard Bashman




"Markell considering 4 for Supreme Court vacancy": Sean O'Sullivan of The News Journal of Wilmington, Delaware has this report.
Posted at 08:50 PM by Howard Bashman




"Justices Get Schooled in Rap; Amicus briefs emerge in First Amendment case": Tony Mauro will have this article in Monday's edition of The National Law Journal.

You can freely access the full text of the article via Google News.
Posted at 08:44 PM by Howard Bashman




"Justice Sotomayor speaks at OU College of Law": This front page article appears today in The Norman (Okla.) Transcript.
Posted at 08:40 PM by Howard Bashman




Just another 178-page federal appellate court opinion: A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued this decision yesterday, consisting of a 124-page opinion of the court, a one-page concurring opinion, and a 53-page opinion concurring in part and dissenting in part.
Posted at 02:15 PM by Howard Bashman




"Both Sides Cite Urgency in Court Appeal of a Texas Law on Abortion Clinics": Manny Fernandez has this article in today's edition of The New York Times.

Bloomberg News reports that "Texas Claims Abortion Restrictions Don't Pose Burden."

The Associated Press reports that "Texas asks court to allow closure of most clinics."

And Courthouse News Service reports that "5th Circuit Weighs Arguments on Texas Abortion Law Appeal."

You can access at this link (mp3 audio file) the audio of yesterday's oral argument before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Posted at 01:57 PM by Howard Bashman




"Federal Appeals Court Permits Wisconsin Voter ID Law": This article appears in today's edition of The New York Times.

In today's edition of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Patrick Marley and Jason Stein have a front page article headlined "Appeals panel reinstates Wisconsin's voter ID law."

The Associated Press reports that "Appeals court reinstates Wisconsin's voter ID law."

Bloomberg News reports that "Wisconsin Wins Bid to Enforce Voter ID Rule in November."

And Reuters reports that "Appeals court gives temporary okay to Wisconsin voter ID law."

You can access yesterday's order of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit at this link.
Posted at 01:45 PM by Howard Bashman




"Racial-profiling plaintiff becomes federal judge": The Associated Press has this report.

And at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times," Zoe Tillman has a post titled "D.C. Circuit Judge Robert Wilkins Sworn In." You can freely access the full text of the blog post via Google News.

Yesterday was the ceremonial investiture, as D.C. Circuit Judge Robert L. Wilkins has been serving in that post since January 2014.
Posted at 10:00 AM by Howard Bashman




"A Conversation with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg": You can view the video of yesterday's event at this link.

Yesterday, I had this post linking to news coverage of the event.
Posted at 09:52 AM by Howard Bashman




"Porn conviction tossed over military's surveillance role": Bob Egelko of The San Francisco Chronicle has this blog post.

The Associated Press reports that "Appeals court overturns child porn conviction."

And Courthouse News Service reports that "Navy Guilty of Illegally Broad Online Searches."

My earlier coverage of yesterday's ruling of a divided three-judge Ninth Circuit panel can be accessed here.
Posted at 09:45 AM by Howard Bashman




Friday, September 12, 2014

"Lawyer to appeal to high court on gay conversion": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "An attorney for people seeking to overturn New Jersey's ban on so-called gay conversion therapy says he will petition the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case."
Posted at 04:44 PM by Howard Bashman




"What cases matter most to Justice Scalia? Supreme Court justice speaks to San Diego lawyer's group." The San Diego Union-Tribune has this report.
Posted at 04:42 PM by Howard Bashman




"Supreme Court justice Sotomayor meets with groups in Oklahoma; Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor discussed diversity, the legal profession and the lessons of 9/11 during an appearance Thursday at Oklahoma City University": The Oklahoman has this report.
Posted at 04:40 PM by Howard Bashman




"Ginsburg Speaks Out on Congress, Women and the Constitution": Tony Mauro has this post at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times."

You can freely access the full text of the post via Google News.
Posted at 04:37 PM by Howard Bashman




"Hawver appears at Kansas Supreme Court dressed as Thomas Jefferson; Attorney faces possible disbarment for mistakes made in Philip Cheatham capital murder case": Steve Fry of The Topeka Capital-Journal has this news update.
Posted at 01:32 PM by Howard Bashman




Majority on divided three-judge Ninth Circuit panel reverses child pornography conviction due to the NCIS's violation of the Posse Comitatus Act: You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at this link.
Posted at 01:28 PM by Howard Bashman




"Appeals panel questions why voter ID shouldn't be in place Nov. 4": Patrick Marley of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has this news update.

The Associated Press reports that "Appeals court to decide on Wisconsin voter ID law."

And Bloomberg News reports that "Wisconsin Urges Voter ID Restoration Ahead of Elections."
Posted at 12:54 PM by Howard Bashman



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