"Deputy Attorney General Defends Prosecutor Firings": This article
will appear Wednesday in The Washington Post.
And Wednesday's issue of The New York Times will report that "A U.S. Attorney Was Removed Without Cause, Official Says."
Available online from law.com:
Justin Scheck reports that "Wal-Mart Fails to Kill Wage Class Action
And in other news, "Judicial Watchdog Resigns Over ABA Panel's Change to Ethics Rules."
"Breakfast of Controversy":
At WSJ.com's "Law Blog," Ben Winograd has a post
that begins, "Students packed lecture halls last week to hear Chief Justice John Roberts during a two-day visit to the Northwestern University School of Law."
"Wal-Mart faces sex bias lawsuit":
Patti Waldmeir of Financial Times provides this report
And Reuters provides an updated report headlined "Wal-Mart faces biggest sex bias case in US history."
My earlier coverage appears at this link.
"In re Nuijten: Patentable Subject Matter, Textualism and the Supreme Court."
Law Professor John F. Duffy
had this post
yesterday at "Patently-O: Patent Law Blog" previewing a case argued yesterday before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
. The post has been updated to provide a link to the oral argument audio available online from that court.
"Official denies prosecutors were ousted for political reasons":
McClatchy Newspapers provides a report
that begins, "The No. 2 Justice Department official acknowledged Tuesday that at least seven U.S. attorneys were asked to resign, but he denied that the administration ousted them for political reasons."
And The Washington Post provides a news update headlined "Justice Department Attorney Defends Firings."
"Lawyers May Keep Libby Off Witness Stand":
Neil A. Lewis of The New York Times provides this news update
The Washington Post provides a news update headlined "Libby Says Cheney 'Disturbed' by Wilson's Claims; Ex-Aide Testifies Cheney Repeatedly Discussed How to Rebut War Critic."
The Los Angeles Times provides a news update headlined "Jury hears audio of Libby denying leak."
And this evening's broadcast of NPR's "All Things Considered" contained an audio segment entitled "Jury in Libby Case Hears His Original Testimony" (RealPlayer required) featuring Nina Totenberg.
"Ineffectual legal representation may not impede convict's execution":
Stephen Henderson of McClatchy Newspapers provides this report
Available online from SSRN:
Law Professor Ronald D. Rotunda
has an article entitled "The Detainee Cases of 2004 and 2006 and Their Aftermath
" (abstract with link for download).
And Scott Atkinson, Alan C. Marco, and John L. Turner have an article entitled "The Economics of a Centralized Judiciary: Uniformity, Forum Shopping and the Federal Circuit" (abstract with link for download).
Thanks to "Legal Theory Blog" for the pointers (here and here).
"Court rules Wal-Mart must face class-action bias suit":
Bob Egelko of The San Francisco Chronicle provides this news update
Additional discussion of the ruling can be found at Paul Mollica's "Daily Developments in EEO Law" and "Workplace Prof Blog."
"With the five confirmations last week we have confirmed more of President Bush's nominations in the 18 months I have served as Judiciary Committee Chairman than in the more than two years when Senator Hatch chaired the Committee with a Republican Senate majority or during the last Congress with a Republican Senate majority."
So said Senate Judiciary Committee
chair Patrick J. Leahy
(D-VT) in prepared remarks delivered at today's confirmation hearing
for three federal district court nominees. You can access the text of Senator Leahy's remarks at this link
In another portion of the prepared remarks, Senator Leahy said, "I was pleased when the White House changed course and nominated Randy Smith for the Idaho seat on the Ninth Circuit. I had urged President Bush to take this action last year when he insisted on resubmitting Judge Smith's nomination for a California seat on the Ninth Circuit. I thank the President for finally doing the right thing. I will urge the Senate to confirm the nomination of Randy Smith to the vacant seat on the Ninth Circuit from Idaho. At long last Senator Craig and Senator Crapo will then have a judge on that important court from their home state."
On Saturday morning, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be the keynote speaker at the dedication of the Rafael Diaz Balart Hall, home of the FIU College of Law:
Additional details are available here
"O'Connor to Mediate WWII Land Dispute":
The Associated Press provides a report
that begins, "Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has agreed to mediate a long-running dispute over government reimbursement for land that was taken during World War II."
"Utah abortion-restriction bill called a losing judicial bet":
The Associated Press provides a report
that begins, "With two new President Bush-appointed justices on the U.S. Supreme Court, Utah is preparing to spend up to $4 million to defend a proposed law banning abortions that it hopes will lead to the overturn of Roe v. Wade. It's a gamble that some constitutional law scholars say is a losing bet because the prevailing court case on abortion isn't the 1973 decision on Roe v. Wade, which made abortion legalized nationwide. It's the 1992 opinion in a case called Casey v. Planned Parenthood."
In earlier coverage, The Salt Lake Tribune last week published articles headlined "Legislation: Top leaders back abortion proposal; Republicans are pushing ahead despite likely costs" and "Utah House panel OKs abortion ban." The newspaper also published an editorial entitled "Abortion again: Raising anti-abortion banner would be a mistake."
And The Deseret Morning News reported last week that "House committee votes to criminalize abortion; Shurtleff, others agree the bill likely is unconstitutional."
"Do union rights trump rights of individuals?"
Today in The Baltimore Sun, Michael Reitz has an op-ed
that begins, "The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in the consolidated cases of Washington vs. Washington Education Association and Davenport vs. WEA, which could have major implications for organized labor and the free-speech rights of workers nationwide."
"Exxon Mobil asks court to reverse record Alabama verdict":
The Associated Press provides this report
And ExxonMobil today has issued a news release titled "ExxonMobil Urges Alabama Supreme Court to Reverse Largest Punitive Damages Award in State's History."
"How the death penalty really works":
Terry Moran recently had this interesting post
at his blog hosted by ABC News.
"Justice Lawyer Defends Attorney Firings":
The AP provides a report
that begins, "A top Justice Department lawyer acknowledged Tuesday that more than a half-dozen U.S. attorneys were fired in the last year, in some cases without cause, but denied Democrats' charges that they were dismissed and replaced for political reasons."
"Court Says Wal-Mart Must Face Bias Trial":
David Kravets of The Associated Press provides this report
Bloomberg News reports that "Wal-Mart Loses Bid to Block Group Suit in Bias Case."
And Reuters reports that "Court OKs class action suit against Wal-Mart."
Divided three-judge Ninth Circuit panel affirms certification of class action suit against Wal-Mart alleging sexual discrimination under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act:
You can access today's ruling in Dukes
v. Wal-Mart, Inc. at this link
Circuit Judge Harry Pregerson wrote the majority opinion, in which Circuit Judge Michael Daly Hawkins joined. Circuit Judge Andrew J. Kleinfeld issued a passionate dissenting opinion that concludes:
The district court calls this class certification "historic," a euphemism for "unprecedented." In the law, the absence of precedent is no recommendation. This class certification violates the requirements of Rule 23. It threatens the rights of women injured by sex discrimination. And it threatens Wal-Mart's rights. The district court's formula approach to dividing up punitive damages and back pay means that women injured by sex discrimination will have to share any recovery with women who were not. Women who were fired or not promoted for good reasons will take money from Wal-Mart they do not deserve, and get reinstated or promoted as well. This is "rough justice" indeed. "Rough," anyway. Since when were the district courts converted into administrative agencies and empowered to ignore individual justice?
Some readers may recall that when this appeal was argued in August 2005, Judge Pregerson criticized Wal-Mart's appellate brief as being "arrogant" and "offensive" toward the trial judge. I collected press coverage of the oral argument here
"Alito Recaps First Year on High Court":
law.com's Tony Mauro provides this report
"Grand Jury Testimony Played at Libby Trial": This audio segment
(RealPlayer required) featuring Nina Totenberg
appeared on today's broadcast of NPR
's "Morning Edition
"Federal judge appointment stalled for Flanders '71": This article
appears today in The Brown Daily Herald.
How does the performance of the Chicago Bears
in the Super Bowl
remind one of the U.S. Supreme Court
? ABC News correspondent Jan Crawford Greenburg takes a shot at answering that question in this post
at her "Legalities" blog.
"Appeals ruling fails to free exec; Judge sends ex-Westar chief back to prison": This article
appears today in The Chicago Tribune.
The Kansas City Star reports today that "Ex-Westar CEO resentenced; Former executive's attorneys pledge an appeal, saying judge disregarded a ruling."
And The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that "Judge cuts Wittig sentence; Former Westar president receives two years in bank fraud case."
"A narrow view of the law":
Law Professor Geoffrey R. Stone
today has an op-ed
in The Chicago Tribune that begins, "In a recent speech in Chicago, Chief Justice John Roberts stated that the Supreme Court functions best 'when it can deliver one clear and focused opinion of the court.'"
"Remote Polish airstrip holds clues to secret CIA flights":
The Chicago Tribune contains this article
"Congress listens in on wiretapping: The Bush administration finally shares information on its domestic spying program, but not to the public." This editorial
appears today in The Los Angeles Times.
"Court hears grand jury testimony; I. Lewis 'Scooter' Libby's words three years ago contradict what officials have said at his perjury trial":
The Los Angeles Times contains this article
The Washington Post reports today that "Jurors Listen to Libby's Grand Jury Tapes; Former Aide Testified He Learned CIA Agent's Identity From Vice President."
And in The New York Times, Neil A. Lewis reports that "Libby's Grand Jury Tapes Are Heard in Court." In addition, columnist Nicholas D. Kristof has an op-ed entitled "Mr. Cheney, Tear Down This Wall" (TimesSelect temporary pass-through link).
"Watada lawyer frustrated as judge narrows defense; Five men, two women to sit on court-martial jury": This article
appears today in The Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
The Seattle Times reports today that "Watada lawyer rebukes judge."
The New York Times reports that "Trial Starts for Officer Who Refused to Go to Iraq."
And The Associated Press provides a report headlined "Lawyer: War Objector Will Take Stand."
"A gag order on parents? Judges may be going too far when they force divorced adults to watch what they say around their children."
Law Professor Eugene Volokh
has this op-ed
today in The Los Angeles Times.
Take that, mainstream media!
Today in The San Francisco Chronicle. Bob Egelko reports that "Blogger jailed for defying grand jury sets record; He's U.S. journalist imprisoned longest in contempt of court
." Now that bloggers hold the individual record, they are aiming next for the collective record.
Justice Cheesefries, concurring:
The Los Angeles Times today has published a correction
that states, "'The Supreme Court': A review in Wednesday's Calendar section of a PBS documentary about the Supreme Court said there was a justice named Hamburger. There was a chief justice named Warren Burger."
I guess, in newspaper correction-speak, that the foregoing is meant to communicate that there was no Justice Hamburger. This blog's previous coverage of this error appears here, here, and here.
"First Hispanic To Lead Harvard Law Review":
The Harvard Crimson contains this article
And the Harvard Law School has issued a news release titled "Harvard Law Review elects Crespo as new president."
"Vein expert: Needles inserted wrong in execution." This article
appears today in The St. Petersburg Times.
And The Gainesville Sun reports today that "Expert says IV mistakes were made in execution."
Supreme Court of Connecticut upholds law banning smoking in restaurants and cafes:
Yesterday's ruling consisted of a majority opinion
and a dissent
Today's edition of The Hartford Courant contains this article reporting on the ruling.
The Connecticut Post reports today that "State high court approves smoking ban."
And The Norwich Bulletin reports that "Connecticut's ban on smoking will stay."
"Chief Justice Counsels Humility; Roberts Says Lawyers Must Put Themselves in Judges' Shoes":
Robert Barnes has this article
today in The Washington Post.
"Firms request Enron class status be voided":
Bloomberg News provides this report
"Death Row Inmate Has Outburst":
Today in The New York Sun, Joseph Goldstein has an article
that begins, "A federal judge is considering whether to place Ronell Wilson under more restrictive conditions after he threw a violent tantrum in a prison in Brooklyn, just days after being sentenced to death for the murder of two detectives."
The New York Times reports today that "Detectives' Killer Breaks Windows in Jail."
The New York Daily News reports that "Cop-killer tantrum rocks Death Row."
And The New York Post reports that "Cop-Slay Fiend in Rampage."
In commentary online today at FindLaw:
Sherry F. Colb has an essay entitled "Texas Man Receives A Life Sentence for the Murder of his Unborn Twins: When Feticide is a Capital Crime
And Ethan J. Leib has an essay entitled "PBS's 'The Supreme Court': A Conventional View of the Cathedral."
"McConnell focuses on judges as GOP defines top priorities": This article
appears today in The Hill.