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Thursday, March 20, 2014

"NRA wins court ruling against WHA": Sean O'Sullivan of The News Journal of Wilmington, Delaware has an article that begins, "In a surprising blow to public housing officials and a clear win for the National Rifle Association, the Delaware Supreme Court has ruled that the Wilmington Housing Authority cannot set limits on residents' rights to carry guns in common areas of public housing."

You can access Tuesday's ruling of the Supreme Court of Delaware, on certified question from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, at this link.

And in other news, The Associated Press reports that "Hawaii man to get 2nd shot at gun license request."

You can access today's unpublished ruling of a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at this link.
Posted at 11:37 PM by Howard Bashman

"Ninth Circuit Chief Takes Stock of Seven Years at Helm": The Public Information Office of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued this news release today.
Posted at 11:30 PM by Howard Bashman

"Court upholds practice of swabbing individuals for DNA upon arrest; California authorities may continue to collect DNA from people arrested for felonies -- even if they are never formally charged -- and store the genetic profiles, a federal appeals court rules": Maura Dolan will have this article in Friday's edition of The Los Angeles Times.

Howard Mintz of The San Jose Mercury News reports that "California DNA collection law upheld."

Bob Egelko of The San Francisco Chronicle has a blog post titled "Court keeps DNA law, but suit still alive."

Tal Kopan of has a blog post titled "Court rejects challenge to Calif. DNA collection, but leaves door cracked."

And at her "Trial Insider" blog, Pamela A. MacLean has a post titled "Calif Arrestee DNA Collection OK."

You can access today's en banc per curiam ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at this link.
Posted at 11:28 PM by Howard Bashman

"Van Hollen asks U.S. Supreme Court to review abortion law": Bruce Vielmetti of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has this report.

And The Associated Press reports that "Wisconsin DOJ asks US Supreme Court to reinstate abortion law."

You can view the petition for writ of certiorari at this link.
Posted at 11:22 PM by Howard Bashman

"Supreme Court To Decide Fate Of Software Patents -- Or Maybe Not": Daniel Fisher has this post today at
Posted at 11:18 PM by Howard Bashman

"Supreme Court may take up Va. sex registry case": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 11:16 PM by Howard Bashman

"Mehanna seeks Supreme Court review of terrorism charges": The Boston Globe has this report. You can view the petition for writ of certiorari at this link.
Posted at 11:12 PM by Howard Bashman

"Justices may decide if vendors can snub gay weddings": Richard Wolf will have this article in Friday's edition of USA Today.
Posted at 09:02 PM by Howard Bashman

"Reviled preacher Fred Phelps dead at age 84; Family member says no funeral planned for infamous preacher": The Topeka Capital-Journal has this news update. The newspaper also has published an obituary headlined "Phelps' life turned from brilliance to hatred; Phelps was disbarred, reviled internationally by the time of his death."

And The Christian Science Monitor has an article headlined "Fred Phelps: no funeral for the preacher who picketed so many; Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church tormented countless funerals to spread their message against homosexuality and abortion; He died Thursday."
Posted at 08:14 PM by Howard Bashman

Access online the March 2014 issue of the Harvard Law Review: Via this link.

This month's issue includes a Recent Cases essay on the Supreme Court of New Mexico's Elane Photography ruling.

Sixth Circuit Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton has a book review titled "Courts as Change Agents: Do We Want More -- Or Less?"

And law professor Mark L. Rienzi has a book review titled "The Case for Religious Exemptions -- Whether Religion Is Special or Not."
Posted at 08:04 PM by Howard Bashman

"3 Questions Facing the Supreme Court in Contraception Case": Ariane de Vogue has this post today at "The Note" blog of ABC News.

And Tom P. Taylor of Bloomberg BNA has a blog post titled "Supreme Court Preview: Birth Control Is the Next Front in Obamacare's Legal Battles."
Posted at 01:03 PM by Howard Bashman

"Federal judge could rule today on Michigan's bans on gay marriage, adoption for same-sex couples": The Detroit News has this report.
Posted at 12:55 PM by Howard Bashman

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has posted online the audio of yesterday's oral argument in United States v. Auernheimer: You can access the audio via this link (14.8MB Windows Media Audio file). Law professor Orin S. Kerr argued for the defendant-appellant.

I previously linked to coverage of yesterday's oral argument in posts you can access here and here.
Posted at 10:02 AM by Howard Bashman

"God Meets Profit in Obama Contraceptive Rule Court Case": Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News has this report.
Posted at 09:22 AM by Howard Bashman

Obituary: Joseph F. Weis Jr. -- Judge celebrated in court, on battlefield; March 12, 1923 - March 19, 2014. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette contains this obituary today.

And The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review contains an obituary headlined "Fox Chapel judge, revered by generations of his peers, dies at 91."

Joseph F. Weis, Jr. was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit by President Richard M. Nixon and was confirmed in March 1973, after Judge Weis had served as a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania for three years. Judge Weis took senior status in April 1988. Today, the seat that Judge Weis held on the Third Circuit is occupied by Circuit Judge Thomas M. Hardiman, after previously being held by Senior Third Circuit Judge Richard L. Nygaard.
Posted at 09:00 AM by Howard Bashman

"Supreme Court faces wave of free-speech cases from conservatives; Once embraced by liberals, 1st Amendment arguments are now being applied to contest campaign contribution limits, union dues and no-protest zones at abortion clinics": David G. Savage has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.
Posted at 08:50 AM by Howard Bashman

"Texas finds new execution drug supply": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "Texas has obtained a new batch of the drugs it uses to execute death row inmates, allowing the state to continue carrying out death sentences once its existing supply expires at the end of the month."
Posted at 08:47 AM by Howard Bashman

"In Oregon gay marriage case, Judge Michael McShane faces several key decisions": This front page article appears today in The Oregonian.
Posted at 07:46 AM by Howard Bashman

"Alligators Turn a Couple's Dream Into a Court Fight": In today's edition of The New York Times, Herbert Buchsbaum has an article that begins, "Finding an alligator in your back yard can ruin your day. Find two and it is time to lock up the pets and small children. But find dozens and you could end up in State Supreme Court battling Exxon, which is exactly what happened to Tom and Consandra Christmas."
Posted at 07:40 AM by Howard Bashman

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