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Sunday, March 2, 2014

"Supreme Court: Can Florida execute 'mentally retarded' prisoner? On Monday, the court is scheduled to hear a Florida case involving the death penalty as applied to those deemed to be mentally retarded -- in this case, Freddie Lee Hall, who has a low IQ." Warren Richey of The Christian Science Monitor has this article.
Posted at 09:57 PM by Howard Bashman


"Case weighing religious freedom against rights of others is headed to Supreme Court": Robert Barnes will have this new installment of his "The High Court" column in Monday's edition of The Washington Post.
Posted at 09:20 PM by Howard Bashman


"Arizona Did Us All a Favor": Timothy Egan has this op-ed in the Sunday Review section of today's edition of The New York Times.
Posted at 02:13 PM by Howard Bashman


"Same-sex marriage becomes entrenched in Iowa": This article appears in The Quad-City Times of Davenport, Iowa.

The Deseret News has articles headlined "Poll detects major shift in American attitudes on gay marriage" and "Same-sex couples claim Utah attorney general wrongly intervening in adoption cases."

Brooke Adams of The Salt Lake Tribune has an article headlined "Same-sex couples say state is interfering with adoptions; A.G. office says courts can't proceed on the issue until the constitutionality of Amendment 3 is resolved."

And in the Sunday Review section of today's edition of The New York Times, columnist Ross Douthat has an op-ed titled "The Terms of Our Surrender" that begins, "It now seems certain that before too many years elapse, the Supreme Court will be forced to acknowledge the logic of its own jurisprudence on same-sex marriage and redefine marriage to include gay couples in all 50 states."
Posted at 02:08 PM by Howard Bashman



"Judges, prosecutors and wardens go to bat for Michigan's juvenile lifers": In today's edition of The Detroit Free Press, columnist Brian Dickerson has an op-ed that begins, "When three Michigan men condemned to die behind bars for crimes they committed as teenagers ask the state's highest court to reconsider their sentences this week, they'll have some unusual allies in their corner."
Posted at 01:57 PM by Howard Bashman


"Do corporations have religious liberty?" Today's edition of The Boston Globe contains dueling op-eds on this subject.

Law professor Dwight G. Duncan has an op-ed titled "Our legal heritage favors religious freedom."

And law professor Kent Greenfield has an op-ed titled "Unfair advantage would spur abuse of exempt status."

Meanwhile, today's edition of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review contains a related article headlined "Health care law's results breed hope among doctors for birth control access."
Posted at 01:55 PM by Howard Bashman



"Free speech rules cost us a good look at court decisions": In today's edition of The Idaho Statesman, attorney Wm. Breck Seiniger, Jr. -- a candidate for the Supreme Court of Idaho -- has an op-ed that begins, "The recently reported medical negligence case of Nield v. Pocatello Health Services raises critical issues regarding restrictions on First Amendment rights of lawyers and judicial candidates, which should concern all Idaho citizens."

My earlier coverage of that ruling appears at this link.
Posted at 01:48 PM by Howard Bashman



"SCOTUS on YouTube: Now, how about real cameras? Why are the justices camera-shy? Blame institutional inertia and a snobbish assumption the court isn't like those vulgar political branches; Neither attitude is defensible." This editorial appears today in The Los Angeles Times.
Posted at 01:40 PM by Howard Bashman


"Rap Lyrics On Trial This Week At NJ Supreme Court": CBS Philly has this report.

Update: In other coverage, The Associated Press reports that "Rap lyrics at heart of NJ Supreme Court arguments."
Posted at 10:15 AM by Howard Bashman



"Court to reopen debate over executing mentally disabled; The case of Freddie Lee Hall gives the Supreme Court another chance to clarify its 2002 ruling that people with mental retardation cannot be executed": Richard Wolf of USA Today has this report.

Michael Doyle of McClatchy Washington Bureau reports that "Supreme Court weighs IQ test in Fla. death penalty case."

The Huntsville Times has an article headlined "U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments on execution of mentally retarded, law affected two Huntsville death penalty cases."

Mark Sherman of The Associated Press reports that "High court looks at death row inmate with low IQ."

And in commentary, The Los Angeles Times has an editorial titled "Should a death row inmate's life hinge on an IQ test? In a case that spotlights both the barbarity and the absurdity of the death penalty, Florida wants to execute Freddie Lee Hall, who is intellectually disabled."
Posted at 10:08 AM by Howard Bashman



"MALDEF asks Supreme Court to review Fremont ordinance": The Fremont (Neb.) Tribune has an article that begins, "The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund is asking the highest court in the land to review part of the U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld Fremont's illegal immigrant ordinance."
Posted at 09:38 AM by Howard Bashman


"The Impact of the Next President on the Supreme Court": Jonathan Hobratsch has this blog entry at The Huffington Post.
Posted at 09:21 AM by Howard Bashman


"Under the U.S. Supreme Court: Climate change fight in the balance." Michael Kirkland of UPI has this report today.
Posted at 09:20 AM by Howard Bashman


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