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Saturday, January 26, 2013

"Forty years later, Roe v. Wade still divides": In today's edition of The Kansas City Star, Brad Cooper has a front page article that begins, "The number of abortions performed in America has been on the decline for a generation. Yet in few states has the trend been more dramatic in recent years than in Kansas, a change driven by a series of laws limiting the procedure and by the violent death of the state's most prominent abortion doctor in 2009."
Posted at 11:30 PM by Howard Bashman

"Alabama Supreme Court mostly reverses jury awards for plaintiffs -- or rules in private": The Huntsville Times has this report.
Posted at 11:26 PM by Howard Bashman

"Gay marriage opponents take unusual tack with Supreme Court; Lawyers defending the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Prop. 8 argue that marriage should be limited to opposite-sex unions because they alone can 'produce unplanned and unintended offspring'"; David G. Savage will have this article Sunday in The Los Angeles Times.
Posted at 11:10 PM by Howard Bashman

"How Congress Should Fix Personal Jurisdiction": Law professor Stephen E. Sachs has posted this paper online at SSRN.
Posted at 09:54 PM by Howard Bashman

"Who Decides the Laws of War?" Charlie Savage will have this news analysis in the Sunday Review section of tomorrow's edition of The New York Times.
Posted at 09:45 PM by Howard Bashman

"Focus on Preserving Heritage Can Limit Foster Care for Indians": This article will appear Sunday in The New York Times.

The article notes that the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978's "interpretation has been tested in a case that will be heard by the United States Supreme Court this year and is being watched closely by child welfare experts."
Posted at 09:12 PM by Howard Bashman

"U.S. Supreme Court should not decide federal same-sex marriage ban yet, Harvard professor argues": Howard Mintz of The San Jose Mercury News has this report.
Posted at 05:45 PM by Howard Bashman

"Will Obama the Constitutional Lawyer Please Stand Up?" David K. Shipler will have this article in the February 11, 2013 issue of The Nation.
Posted at 05:44 PM by Howard Bashman

"Gitmo prosecutor's rejected memo released": Josh Gerstein of has this blog post.

The Telegraph (UK) reports that "September 11 trial threatened by legal dispute; The trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has been thrown into turmoil by a legal dispute that could hand the alleged mastermind of the September 11 attacks and his alleged co-conspirators strong grounds for appeal."

At "SCOTUSblog," Lyle Denniston has a post titled "Guantanamo and the Court: Next round."

And at the "Lawfare" blog, Alan Rozenshtein has a post titled "Military Commission Prosecutor's Filings Regarding 9/11 Conspiracy Charges."
Posted at 04:16 PM by Howard Bashman

"US Sentencing Commission site down, Anonymous claims responsibility; Group says it will release information on Supreme Court Justices if reforms aren't made": Ars Technica has this report.

My related coverage from earlier today appears at this link.
Posted at 04:05 PM by Howard Bashman

"For Sotomayor, Bronx School's Closing Prompts Heartache -- and Memories": This post appeared yesterday at the "City Room" blog of The New York Times.
Posted at 03:26 PM by Howard Bashman

"A Flood of Suits Fights Coverage of Birth Control": In Sunday's edition of The New York Times, Ethan Bronner will have an article that begins, "In a flood of lawsuits, Roman Catholics, evangelicals and Mennonites are challenging a provision in the new health care law that requires employers to cover birth control in employee health plans -- a high-stakes clash between religious freedom and health care access that appears headed to the Supreme Court."
Posted at 01:54 PM by Howard Bashman

"Obama's recess appointments bet sours": Josh Gerstein of has this report.

Today's edition of The Wall Street Journal contains an article headlined "Court Throws Out Recess Picks; Long Tradition of Presidential Appointments During Senate Breaks Faces Constitutional Challenge." The newspaper also contains an editorial entitled "Obama's Abuse of Power: An appeals court says his recess appointments are unconstitutional."

And today's edition of The New York Times contains an editorial titled "A Court Upholds Republican Chicanery."
Posted at 01:48 PM by Howard Bashman

"Suit against Austria's railroad gets new shot": Bob Egelko has this article today in The San Francisco Chronicle reporting on an order granting rehearing en banc that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued yesterday.

The original three-judge panel's 2-to-1 ruling in the case failed to produce a majority opinion.
Posted at 01:44 PM by Howard Bashman

"First day of Joan Orie Melvin corruption trial ends early": This article appears today in The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, along with a related article headlined "Judge rules against Supreme Court Justice Melvin accuser's hidden identity in federal lawsuit."

My earlier coverage of yesterday's federal district court ruling can be accessed here.
Posted at 01:28 PM by Howard Bashman

"Hackers take over Sentencing Commission website": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "The hacker-activist group Anonymous says it hijacked the website of the U.S. Sentencing Commission to avenge the death of Aaron Swartz, an Internet activist who committed suicide."

A statement from "Anonymous" can be accessed here. The statement can also be accessed in video format via a YouTube video titled "Anonymous Operation Last Resort."

Update: At his "Sentencing Law and Policy" blog, Douglas A. Berman has a post titled "Anonymous hacks USSC website to avenge Aaron Swartz's suicide." reports that "Anonymous threatens Justice Department over hacktivist death."

And Reuters reports that "Hackers claim attack on Justice Department website."
Posted at 10:09 AM by Howard Bashman

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