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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

"Will California gay-marriage trial go to Supreme Court? As a federal court considers the constitutionality of a voter-approved ban in California, some gay-marriage advocates say a Supreme Court decision could be the best path to legalization." The Christian Science Monitor has this report.
Posted at 10:54 PM by Howard Bashman


"Dungeons & Dragons Prison Ban Upheld": In Wednesday's edition of The New York Times, John Schwartz will have an article that begins, "Prisons can restrict the rights of inmates to nerd out, a federal appeals court has found."

My earlier coverage of yesterday's Seventh Circuit ruling appears at this link.

Unfortunately, The NYTimes web site hasn't yet figured out the proper way to provide a working link to the Seventh Circuit's rulings.
Posted at 10:48 PM by Howard Bashman



"O'Connor: Corporate campaign funds could affect judiciary." Robert Barnes of The Washington Post has this news update, along with a blog post titled "O'Connor: 'Don't know' if Bush v. Gore the right decision."

And Bill Mears of CNN.com reports that "O'Connor talks politics, judicial independence."
Posted at 08:35 PM by Howard Bashman



"O'Connor Mildly Criticizes Court's Campaign Finance Decision": Adam Liptak has this post at "The Caucus" blog of The New York Times. Details of the event at which retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor spoke today can be accessed here.

In somewhat related coverage, last Friday's edition of The Washington Times contained an article headlined "O'Connor exit set stage for campaign ad ruling."
Posted at 03:38 PM by Howard Bashman



"Courts deeply split on Ten Commandments displays": David L. Hudson Jr. has this commentary online today at the First Amendment Center.
Posted at 11:57 AM by Howard Bashman


"Fla. woman fights ruling that kept her in hospital": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 11:54 AM by Howard Bashman


"Witnesses describe events surrounding the shooting of George Tiller": This article appears today in The Kansas City Star.

The Wichita Eagle reports today that "Ushers say Roeder pointed a gun at them."

The Associated Press reports that "Abortion shooting case keeps focus on details."

And the February 2010 issue of GQ magazine contains a lengthy article headlined "Savior vs. Savior: Both men believed they were doing right: Dr. George Tiller was one of the last men in America willing to provide late-term abortions. Scott Roeder was convinced that killing his kind was the duty of the righteous. As Tiller's murder case goes to trial, and after hours of interviews with the accused, Devin Friedman re-creates the fateful day their paths--and their convictions--finally crossed."
Posted at 11:20 AM by Howard Bashman



New posts at "The Confrontation Blog": Yesterday afternoon and evening, law professor Richard D. Friedman added posts titled "G . . . VR in Briscoe" and "Cert petition on 'Who must testify?'"

The latter of those two posts begins, "Sooner or later, the Supreme Court will have to resolve the question of who must testify to the substance of a lab test."
Posted at 11:08 AM by Howard Bashman



"Supreme Court Left Donor Disclosure Rules Intact": This audio segment appeared on Monday evening's broadcast of NPR's "All Things Considered."

Today in The Washington Post, law professors Bruce Ackerman and Ian Ayres have an op-ed entitled "Despite court ruling, Congress can still limit campaign finance."

And online at Slate, law professor Barry Friedman and Dahlia Lithwick have a jurisprudence essay entitled "Speeding Locomotive: Did the Roberts Court misjudge the public mood on campaign finance reform?" In addition, law professor Nathaniel Persily has a jurisprudence essay entitled "The Floodgates Were Already Open: What will the Supreme Court's campaign finance ruling really change?"
Posted at 08:17 AM by Howard Bashman



"Gays have political power, Prop. 8 defense says": Bob Egelko has this article today in The San Francisco Chronicle.

Today in The Los Angeles Times, Maura Dolan reports that "Prop. 8 trial focuses on gays' political power; Kenneth P. Miller, a witness for opponents of same-sex marriage, is called to rebut arguments that gays need stronger legal protections."

The Sacramento Bee contains a front page article headlined "Professor testifies at Prop. 8 trial that gays don't lack clout."

The New York Times reports that "Supporters of Gay Marriage Ban Start Case."

Stu Woo of The Wall Street Journal reports that "Gay-Marriage Foes Make Their Case."

The Christian Science Monitor has an article headlined "Prop. 8 trial: defenders of gay-marriage ban make their case; In the federal trial on California's Prop. 8, defenders of the voter ban on gay marriage called their first witnesses Monday; Defense lawyers argue that gays and lesbians in California enjoy plenty of political power and do not need extra constitutional protection."

And law.com reports that "Proposition 8 Defense Seeks to Show Gays Have Power."
Posted at 08:10 AM by Howard Bashman



"Supreme Court dismisses challenge to ruling on forensic experts; Defendants will still have the right to demand live testimony from lab technicians and other experts who prepare reports for the prosecution": David G. Savage has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.

Today in The New York Times, Adam Liptak reports that "Court Refuses Noriega Case and Disposes of Another."

And Robert Barnes of The Washington Post reports that "Court won't block extradition of former Panamanian leader Noriega."
Posted at 08:00 AM by Howard Bashman



"States Weigh Judicial Recusals; Some Judges, Businesses Oppose Restrictions on Cases Involving Campaign Contributors": Nathan Koppel has this article today in The Wall Street Journal.
Posted at 07:45 AM by Howard Bashman


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