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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

"New York State's Top Judge Permits Early Bar Exam in Exchange for Pro Bono Work": Wednesday's edition of The New York Times will contain an article that begins, "In an effort to bolster the number of lawyers for the poor, New York State's top judge has cleared the way for law students to take the bar exam early in return for devoting their last semester to pro bono work."
Posted at 11:08 PM by Howard Bashman

Slate is publishing a series of essays by Tanner Colby titled "The Massive Liberal Failure on Race": This week's installment is titled "Affirmative action doesn't work. It never did. It's time for a new solution."

Last week's installment, which was part one of the series, was titled "How the left's embrace of busing hurt the cause of integration."
Posted at 10:50 PM by Howard Bashman

"How a Single Gay Juror Brought Down Nevada's Same-Sex Marriage Ban": Mark Joseph Stern has this essay online at Slate.
Posted at 10:45 PM by Howard Bashman

"Clarence Thomas: Society is overly sensitive about race." Chris Moody of Yahoo News has this report.
Posted at 10:44 PM by Howard Bashman

"California Supreme Court Justice Joyce Kennard retiring": Howard Mintz of The San Jose Mercury News has this update.
Posted at 07:45 PM by Howard Bashman

"Terrorism Lawyer's Access to Secret Papers Fought by U.S." Bloomberg News has this report.
Posted at 07:34 PM by Howard Bashman

"Appeals court rules 'Choose Life' plates unconstitutional for NC": The News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina has a news update that begins, "A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that North Carolina's attempt to offer a 'Choose Life' license plate and not offer an abortion-rights plate was unconstitutional."

And The Associated Press reports that "Appeals court declares North Carolina anti-abortion license plate unconstitutional."

You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit at this link.
Posted at 07:26 PM by Howard Bashman

"Inslee halts executions in state while he is governor; Gov. Jay Inslee this morning announced a moratorium on executions while he is in office: 'During my term we will not be executing people.'" The Seattle Times has this news update.

And The Associated Press reports that "Washington Gov. Jay Inslee suspends death penalty."

The prepared remarks of the Governor of Washington State on this issue can be accessed here.
Posted at 02:15 PM by Howard Bashman

"Appeals court quashes IRS tax-return preparer crackdown": Reuters has this report.

The Associated Press reports that "IRS loses appeal on new rules for tax preparers."

And Bloomberg News reports that "IRS Lacks Authority to Regulate Tax Preparers, Court Says."

You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit at this link.
Posted at 01:18 PM by Howard Bashman

"Court turns down Gitmo force-feeding challenge": The Associated Press has this report.

Josh Gerstein of has a blog post titled "Court: Guantanamo force-feeding likely legal."

And at his "Suits & Sentences" blog, Michael Doyle of McClatchy Washington Bureau has a post titled "Appeals court declines to stop Guantanamo force-feeding."

You can access today's ruling of a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit at this link.
Posted at 01:12 PM by Howard Bashman

"Cincinnati again center of gay-marriage fight; Same-sex parents file suit to get both their names on birth certificates": This front page article appears today in The Cincinnati Enquirer.
Posted at 01:00 PM by Howard Bashman

"Nebraska city to reconsider 2010 immigration law": The Associated Press has this report from Fremont, Nebraska.
Posted at 09:55 AM by Howard Bashman

"Reading the Numbers: The drop in abortion rates." In the February 17, 2014 issue of The New Yorker, Margaret Talbot has a Talk of the Town comment that begins, "Last week's report about the declining abortion rate in the United States was potentially good news for everyone, especially, one would think, for right-to-life groups."
Posted at 09:12 AM by Howard Bashman

"Defining the role of appellate courts": This post appears today at the "a public defender" blog.
Posted at 09:06 AM by Howard Bashman

"Holder v. Roberts: The Attorney General makes voting rights the test case of his tenure." Jeffrey Toobin has this "Annals of Law" article (subscription required for full access) in the February 17, 2014 issue of The New Yorker.

In news coverage, The Washington Times has an article headlined "Eric Holder to step down this year: report."
Posted at 08:57 AM by Howard Bashman

"How Obama Officials Cried 'Terrorism' to Cover Up a Paperwork Error": Today at's "Threat Level" blog, David Kravets has a post that begins, "After seven years of litigation, two trips to a federal appeals court and $3.8 million worth of lawyer time, the public has finally learned why a wheelchair-bound Stanford University scholar was cuffed, detained and denied a flight from San Francisco to Hawaii: FBI human error."
Posted at 08:06 AM by Howard Bashman

"Federal judge speaks on intelligence, surveillance; Part of a security series hosted by the Watson Institute, seminar focuses on surveillance politics": Today's edition of The Brown Daily Herald contains an article that begins, "As controversy surrounding the National Security Agency's surveillance programs continues to brew, Bruce Selya, senior federal judge on the U. S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, spoke Monday on the inner workings of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, including concerns about secrecy and privacy."

You can learn more about yesterday's event via this link.
Posted at 08:05 AM by Howard Bashman

"LDS Church, other faiths say same-sex marriage opposition not due to bigotry": This article appears today in The Deseret News.
Posted at 08:02 AM by Howard Bashman

"Argentina to file bond petition on Feb. 17 to U.S. Supreme Court - report": Reuters has this article.
Posted at 07:48 AM by Howard Bashman

"Group opposes Supreme Court review of Chancery Court's arbitration forum; Open govt. coalition fighting secret forum": This article appears today in The News Journal of Wilmington, Delaware.
Posted at 07:38 AM by Howard Bashman

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