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Monday, January 28, 2013

Justice Sonia Sotomayor's "My Beloved World" will debut at number one on the February 3, 2013 New York Times hardcover nonfiction best sellers list: You can view the list at this link.
Posted at 11:12 PM by Howard Bashman


"9/11 relatives, defense attorneys share emotional meeting; For 90 minutes, family members of 9/11 victims met with the lawyers who are defending the men accused of planning the attacks that killed almost 3,000 people": Carol Rosenberg of The Miami Herald has this report, along with an article headlined "Strange censorship episode at Guantanamo enrages judge; Unseen monitor censors public's view of war court, which surprises and angers the judge during hearings in the death-penalty case of accused 9/11 planners."

Ryan J. Reilly of The Huffington Post reports that "Guantanamo Secret Censor Frustrates Judge In 9/11 Case."

And Bloomberg News reports that "Terror Court Hearing Ends With Lawyer Trust Complaints."
Posted at 11:09 PM by Howard Bashman



"Special court session held in honor of federal judge at Portland's Pioneer Courthouse": The Oregonian has a news update that begins, "The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held a special session Monday in memory of Judge Otto R. Skopil Jr., described by his friends and colleagues as a charismatic man who worked diligently to improve the atmosphere of the courtroom."

Today, the Public Information Office of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a news release titled "Colleagues Gather to Remember Ninth Circuit Judge Otto R. Skopil, Jr."
Posted at 10:58 PM by Howard Bashman



"'Judicial icon' had wide impact": The front page of today's edition of The Richmond Times-Dispatch contains an obituary that begins, "Harry L. Carrico was known as a gentleman and expected the same from those who came through his court. His service on the bench spanned nearly eight decades, including a 50-year-plus career as a justice on the Supreme Court of Virginia, including 22 years as chief justice until his retirement in 2003."

And The Washington Post has an obituary headlined "Harry L. Carrico, Virginia Supreme Court justice, dies at 96."
Posted at 10:53 PM by Howard Bashman



"Ex-chief of staff for Jane Orie takes stand in corruption trial of Justice Joan Orie Melvin": Paula Reed Ward of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has this news update.
Posted at 10:46 PM by Howard Bashman


"Courts? Who Listens to Courts? The NLRB tells the D.C. Circuit to take a hike." This editorial will appear Tuesday in The Wall Street Journal.

You can freely access the full text of the editorial via Google News.
Posted at 10:44 PM by Howard Bashman



"Homebuyer Appeals to Pa. Supreme Court on Her Home's Bloody Past": ABC News has a report that begins, "A Pennsylvania woman has appealed to the state Supreme Court in her suit against a home seller and real estate agent who failed to disclose that a murder-suicide had taken place in the home she purchased."

My earlier coverage of the case appears at this link.
Posted at 10:34 PM by Howard Bashman



"Aaron Swartz Case Draws Letter To Eric Holder From Darrell Issa, Elijah Cummings": The Huffington Post has this report.

The Hill has a blog post titled "House panel demands briefing over prosecution of Web activist Swartz."

And at "The Volokh Conspiracy," Stewart Baker has a post titled "A dubious proposal for amending the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act."
Posted at 09:50 PM by Howard Bashman



"4th Cir. orders hearing for inmate seeking sex change": The Associated Press has this report on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued today.
Posted at 09:40 PM by Howard Bashman


"More Thoughts on the Six CFAA Scenarios About Authorized Access vs. Unauthorized Access": Orin Kerr has this post at "The Volokh Conspiracy."
Posted at 03:45 PM by Howard Bashman


"Ex-judge says he was bribed by Ecuadorians' suing Chevron; A former Ecuadorian judge says that he and a colleague let plaintiffs lawyers write their own $18.2 billion judgment against the oil company in exchange for a promise of $500,000": Roger Parloff has this blog post online at Fortune.

Update: At a blog Chevron operates called "The Amazon Post," today's entry is titled "Former Ecuadorian Judge Admits Role in Orchestrating Fraudulent Judgment Against Chevron." That blog entry contains a link to the former judge's sworn declaration.

And in other coverage, Reuters reports that "Former Ecuador judge on Chevron case says plaintiffs bribed court."
Posted at 03:42 PM by Howard Bashman



"State Dept. Closes Office Working on Shutting Guantanamo Prison": Charlie Savage of The New York Times has this news update.
Posted at 03:36 PM by Howard Bashman


"After Landmark Supreme Court Win, Drug Defendant Represents Himself at Retrial": Mike Scarcella has this post at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times."
Posted at 02:33 PM by Howard Bashman


"Madoff Victims Can't Sue SEC for Failed Oversight": At her "Trial Insider" blog, Pamela A. MacLean has this post reporting on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued today.

Update: In other coverage, Jonathan Stempel of Reuters reports that "Appeals court shields SEC from Madoff investor lawsuit."
Posted at 01:36 PM by Howard Bashman



"Supreme Court weighs whether Virginia can deny public records to noncitizens": David L. Hudson Jr. will have this article in the February 2013 issue of ABA Journal magazine.
Posted at 01:30 PM by Howard Bashman


"How Congress Could Defend DOMA in Court (and Why the BLAG Cannot)": Law professor Matthew I. Hall has this essay at the SLR Online web site of the Stanford Law Review.
Posted at 01:20 PM by Howard Bashman


Listen live to Justice Sonia Sotomayor's appearance on KQED Public Radio's "Forum" with Michael Krasny: You can listen live via this link. Justice Sotomayor is scheduled to appear today at 1 p.m. eastern time, 10 a.m. pacific time.
Posted at 01:03 PM by Howard Bashman


"D.C. Circuit's Astounding Decision on Recess Appointments": Kenneth Jost has this post at his blog, "Jost On Justice."
Posted at 12:24 PM by Howard Bashman


"State's star witness in Melvin corruption trial takes the stand": Bobby Kelik and Adam Brandolph of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review are providing updated reports on today's trial proceedings at this link.
Posted at 12:21 PM by Howard Bashman


"ACS Issue Brief Offers Suggestions to Reform Dysfunctional Judicial Nomination Process": The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy issued this news release today linking to an issue brief titled "Is Our Dysfunctional Process for Filling Judicial Vacancies an Insoluble Problem?" written by Russell Wheeler of The Brookings Institution.
Posted at 12:15 PM by Howard Bashman


"Obama Defeat on NLRB Picks a Rare Loss on Recess Power": Tom Schoenberg of Bloomberg News has a report that begins, "A court ruling that President Barack Obama's recess appointment of labor board members was illegal in part because the Senate was in session stands against rulings by three sister courts supporting the power, one of which warned that 'executive paralysis' would result otherwise."
Posted at 11:35 AM by Howard Bashman


"Top Guantanamo Prosecutor Says He Hasn't Gone Rogue": Ryan J. Reilly has this blog entry at The Huffington Post.

And Charlie Savage of The New York Times has posted a related document online.

In other coverage, The Associated Press reports that "Sept. 11 defendants won't respond to Gitmo judge."

And Bloomberg News reports that "Sept. 11 Defense Seeks Torture Evidence at Cuba Hearing."
Posted at 11:30 AM by Howard Bashman



"Aaron Swartz Protesters Take Over Government Websites, Install Asteroids": Will Oremus has this post at Slate's "Future Tense" blog. According to that blog post, "the hackers [have] moved on to a different government website: that of the U.S. Probation Office for the Eastern District of Michigan."
Posted at 11:26 AM by Howard Bashman


"HLS Professor Files DOMA Amicus Brief": This article appears today in The Harvard Crimson.
Posted at 10:45 AM by Howard Bashman


"Bond v. United States and the Treaty Power Debate": Law professor Curtis Bradley has this post at the "Lawfare" blog.
Posted at 08:34 AM by Howard Bashman


"Constitution Check: What are the limits on the president's appointment powers?" Lyle Denniston has this post at the "Constitution Daily" blog of the National Constitution Center.
Posted at 08:33 AM by Howard Bashman


"Down the Rabbit Hole: A Review of Errol Morris's A Wilderness of Error: The Trials of Jeffrey MacDonald." Rodger Citron has this review at Justia's Verdict.
Posted at 08:32 AM by Howard Bashman


"Sister's former Senate office chief of staff set to testify against Pa. Justice Joan Melvin": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 08:27 AM by Howard Bashman


"Anonymous re-hacks US Sentencing site into video game Asteroids; The U.S. Sentencing Commission website has been hacked a second time; A code distributed by Anonymous 'Operation Last Resort' turns ussc.gov into a game of Asteroids": ZDNet has this report, along with an article headlined "Torvalds slams prosecutor for Swartz's suicide."

The Christian Science Monitor has an article headlined "Aaron Swartz and Motel Caswell: Book ends to prosecutorial reform? A judge this week dismissed a drug forfeiture case involving a motel owner; The prosecutor, US Attorney Carmen Ortiz, is also facing criticism for her role in the prosecution of Internet hacker Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide earlier this month."

In Saturday's edition of The San Francisco Chronicle, law professor Pamela Samuelson had an op-ed titled "Aaron Swartz: Opening access to knowledge."

And at "The Volokh Conspiracy," Orin Kerr has a post titled "Aaron's Law, Drafting the Best Limits of the CFAA, And A Reader Poll on A Few Examples."
Posted at 08:20 AM by Howard Bashman



"Lawyers Behaving Badly Get A Dressing Down From Civility Cops; Adversarial System Grows Obscenely Nasty; 'Get More Results With Sugar'": Jennifer Smith has this front page article today in The Wall Street Journal.
Posted at 07:58 AM by Howard Bashman


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