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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

"Detroit group asks Supreme Court to strike down affirmative action bans across nation": has this report.
Posted at 11:32 PM by Howard Bashman

"The Boy Scouts vs. the Supreme Court": Law professor Cass R. Sunstein has this essay at Bloomberg View.
Posted at 11:24 PM by Howard Bashman

"Rejected By One Supreme Court Justice, HealthBridge Tries Another": The Hartford Courant has this news update.
Posted at 11:22 PM by Howard Bashman

"Report on Targeted Killing Whets Appetite for Less Secrecy": Scott Shane and Charlie Savage will have this news analysis in Wednesday's edition of The New York Times.
Posted at 11:20 PM by Howard Bashman

"Ortiz on the hot seat; U.S. attorney facing Congressional scrutiny": The Boston Herald has an article that begins, "The Justice Department is scrambling to answer pointed inquiries from a congressional committee about U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz's prosecution of Internet whiz Aaron Swartz, raising the specter of a brutal Beltway hearing that could call her judgment into question as she pursues high-profile cases, including her Probation Department probe."

The Boston Globe has a blog post titled "US Department of Justice to brief House committee on Aaron Swartz prosecution."

The Los Angeles Times has a news update headlined "Aaron Swartz's suicide continues to ripple through Congress."

Main Justice reports that "Justice Dept. To Brief Issa and Cummings on Swartz Case."

Boston Public Radio has an audio report titled "U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz Faces Congressional Scrutiny."

Mark Walker of The San Diego Union-Tribune has articles headlined "Issa defends Internet freedom" and "Issa to get briefing on Internet activist."

Zach Carter of The Huffington Post reports that "Aaron Swartz Memorial On Capitol Hill Draws Darrell Issa, Elizabeth Warren."

Boston's 90.9 WBUR has audio segments titled "Swartz Remembered In Capitol Hill Tribute" and "Reforming Laws Used To Prosecute Aaron Swartz."

Online at Slate, Andrea Peterson has a blog post titled "Battle for Aaron Swartz's Legacy Breaks Out at His Capitol Hill Memorial."

VentureBeat reports that "MIT admits to 3 separate hacks following death of Aaron Swartz."

The Washington Post reports that "Anonymous posts file claiming to have information from 4,000 bank execs."

ZDNet reports that "Anonymous posts over 4000 U.S. bank executive credentials; Anonymous appears to have published login and private information from over 4000 American bank executive credentials its Operation Last Resort, demanding US computer crime law reform."

The American Prospect has an article headlined "I Can Haz Internet Freedom? The Prospect explains the murky underpinnings of Anonymous' brand of cyber-activism."

At's "Hit & Run" blog, Scott Shackford has a post titled "Crowdsourced 'Aaron's Law' Taking Shape to Restrain Overprosecution in Computer Cases."

At Harvard Business Review's blog network, Doc Searls has a post titled "How 'Aaron's Law' Is Good for Business."

At, Micah Schaffer has an essay titled "We Need to Think Beyond the Aaron in 'Aaron's Law.'"

At The Daily Caller, Josh Peterson has a report titled "Girlfriend: Aaron Swartz's suicide not caused by depression" reporting on this Tumblr entry.

And at ZDNet, Tom Foremski has an essay titled "Aaron Swartz's suicide note and the missing activists; The tragic death of a brilliant young man is being used by many to push through new laws and demands for changes in government and academia."
Posted at 10:36 PM by Howard Bashman

"California Judges Say Cities Might Be Able to Ban Pot Clubs": Bloomberg News has this report.
Posted at 10:28 PM by Howard Bashman

"California high court backs online retailers in privacy battle; The state Supreme Court rules that Apple and other firms that sell music and other downloadable products can ask for personal information from credit card users": Maura Dolan has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.

Bob Egelko of The San Francisco Chronicle reports that "Retailers can demand personal data for downloads."

Scott Graham of The Recorder reports that "4-3 Ruling Backs Online Retailers Who Collect Cardholder Data."

And at the "Technology & Marketing Law Blog," Venkat Balasubramani has a post titled "California Supreme Court: Retail Privacy Statute Doesn't Apply to Download Transactions."

My earlier coverage of yesterday's California Supreme Court ruling appears at this link.
Posted at 09:54 PM by Howard Bashman

"Proposition 8: Will Verrilli follow Dellinger's lead?" Lyle Denniston has this post at "SCOTUSblog."
Posted at 08:52 PM by Howard Bashman

"The law clerk hiring plan is dead, and good riddance": Law professor Aaron L. Nielson has this essay in this week's issue of The National Law Journal.
Posted at 05:34 PM by Howard Bashman

"Rivera Nomination Advances to Full Senate Without Recommendation": The New York Law Journal has a news update that begins, "The nomination of Court of Appeals candidate Jenny Rivera advanced this morning to the full Senate, but without the endorsement of the Judiciary Committee."

And the "Capitol Confidential" blog of The Times-Union of Albany, New York has a post titled "Rivera moves to full Senate after party-line vote."
Posted at 05:21 PM by Howard Bashman

"Obama's Memo on Targeted Killings is a Drone Strike on the Law": At's "Threat Level" blog, David Kravets has a post that begins, "What do you call a country where an unelected bureaucrat has the ability to order the execution of its citizens? Answer: President Barack Obama's America."

And online at Slate, law professor Eric Posner (now available on Twitter, as is the "How Appealing" blog) has an essay titled "President Obama Can Do Anything He Wants To Fight Terrorism; That's the lesson of the leaked drone memo."
Posted at 05:12 PM by Howard Bashman

You can now access online the Winter 2013 edition of Appellate Issues, the publication of the ABA's Council of Appellate Lawyers: Available at this link, featuring a lengthy article about attorney Kannon K. Shanmugam's interview of Justice Antonin Scalia at the November 2012 Appellate Judges Education Institute Summit in New Orleans.
Posted at 05:00 PM by Howard Bashman

"California cities likely to keep right to ban medical pot dispensaries": Howard Mintz of The San Jose Mercury News has an update that begins, "The California Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared likely to allow cities to ban medical marijuana dispensaries, a move opposed by medical pot advocates who argue such restrictions undermine the state law allowing the use of cannabis for medical reasons."
Posted at 04:20 PM by Howard Bashman

"Recess Appointments: An Alternative History." Lincoln Caplan has this post today at the "Taking Note" blog of The New York Times.
Posted at 04:15 PM by Howard Bashman

"Second Circuit judges sparring after denial of [en banc] review of long child porn sentence": Douglas A. Berman has this post today at his "Sentencing Law and Policy" blog reporting on an order denying rehearing en banc, and the opinions accompanying the order, that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued today.
Posted at 03:56 PM by Howard Bashman

"Pennsylvania Superior Court will hold session later this month at Northampton Community College": The Express-Times of Easton, Pennsylvania has this news update.
Posted at 03:50 PM by Howard Bashman

"U.S. Voting Flaws Are Widespread, Study Shows": Adam Liptak will have this article Wednesday in The New York Times.
Posted at 03:45 PM by Howard Bashman

"Sonia Sotomayor: Justice Sotomayor discusses her funny colleagues, self-sufficient childhood and most conservative belief as an Independent." You can view the video of Justice Sonia Sotomayor's appearance last night on Comedy Central's "Colbert Report" by clicking here.
Posted at 03:24 PM by Howard Bashman

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