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Thursday, March 25, 2010

"Foreign Companies Fight 'Class-Action Mills' at Top U.S. Court": Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News has this report.
Posted at 11:00 PM by Howard Bashman


"In Possible Retirement, the Likelihood of an Election-Year Confrontation": Friday's edition of The New York Times will contain an article that begins, "No announcement has been made, but the widely anticipated retirement of Justice John Paul Stevens in coming weeks has the White House, Senate and lobbying groups bracing for an election-year confrontation over the future of the Supreme Court."
Posted at 10:52 PM by Howard Bashman


"Mixed verdict for Phillies fan in sex-for-tix trial": The Philadelphia Inquirer has this news update.

The Philadelphia Daily News has an update headlined "Sex-for-tix woman gets mixed verdict."

And The Associated Press has a report headlined "Mixed verdict for woman in sex-for-tickets case."
Posted at 10:50 PM by Howard Bashman



"State Supreme Court upholds LAX ban on Hare Krishna fundraising": Maura Dolan of The Los Angeles Times has this blog post.

The Christian Science Monitor reports that "Court upholds ban on Hare Krishna soliciting in LAX airport; The California Supreme Court ruled Thursday that an LAX airport ban on solicitation in its terminals -- challenged by a Hare Krishna group -- is legal; It's the latest legal setback for the group."

And The Associated Press has a report headlined "Court: Hare Krishnas Barred From LAX Solicitation."

You can access today's ruling of the Supreme Court of California at this link.
Posted at 06:27 PM by Howard Bashman



"Strip club 'pole tax' in hands of Texas high court": The Associated Press has this report on a case argued today before the Supreme Court of Texas.

You can view the video of today's oral argument on demand by clicking here.

James C. Ho, in his capacity as Solicitor General of Texas, argued the case for the State.
Posted at 06:15 PM by Howard Bashman



"D.C. Circuit to Seal Courtroom in Special Ed Case": Jordan Weissmann has this post at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times."
Posted at 05:14 PM by Howard Bashman


"GOP warns Obama against labor board appointment": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 03:44 PM by Howard Bashman


Majority on divided three-judge Eighth Circuit panel holds that state-law convictions involving a fake controlled substance do not count as strikes under a federal law that requires a life sentence for recidivist offenders: The home page for the web site MLB.com (which once belonged to the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius) reminds us that opening day for Major League Baseball is now just a little more than ten days and four hours away.

Thus, the definition what constitutes a strike will again become a subject of great interest. Today, for purposes of a federal law that mandates a life sentence for recidivist felony drug offenders, the Eighth Circuit had to decide whether state-law convictions involving fake controlled substances should count toward the requisite number of convictions necessary to produce a life sentence. By a vote of 2-1, the Court ruled "no" in a decision that you can access here.
Posted at 03:38 PM by Howard Bashman



"Judge could be Supreme Court contender": Joan Biskupic had this article yesterday in USA Today.
Posted at 03:22 PM by Howard Bashman


"Appeals court upholds NY forced labor conviction": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "A federal appeals court has upheld the forced-labor convictions of a Long Island couple sentenced to prison for enslaving two Indonesian housekeepers."

You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit at this link.
Posted at 11:54 AM by Howard Bashman



Should someone who is arrested for drunk driving, then taken immediately to jail, where a search reveals a small bag of methamphetamine taped to his sock, be subject to a sentencing enhancement for possessing a controlled substance in a jail or prison? By a vote of 5-4, the Washington State Supreme Court answered "no" in a ruling issued today. The ruling consists of a majority opinion and a dissenting opinion.
Posted at 11:52 AM by Howard Bashman


"Is Los Angeles International Airport a public forum under the Liberty of Speech Clause of the California Constitution?" The Supreme Court of California is scheduled to rule on that issue today in a case captioned International Society for Krishna Consciousness of California, Inc. v. City of Los Angeles. The court's ruling should be available via this link at 1 p.m. eastern time, 10 a.m. pacific time, today.
Posted at 10:55 AM by Howard Bashman


"Pentagon prepares to relax enforcement of 'don't ask, don't tell'": This article appears today in The Washington Post.

And The New York Times reports today that "Military to Revise 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Rules."
Posted at 08:37 AM by Howard Bashman



"The Curious Case Of Goodwin Liu": Marc Ambinder has this blog post at The Atlantic.
Posted at 08:33 AM by Howard Bashman


"Court Weighs Timing of Death Row Appeal": Adam Liptak has this article today in The New York Times.
Posted at 08:30 AM by Howard Bashman


"Supreme Court stops execution of convicted killer in Texas; The justices want more time to study Hank Skinner's appeal for DNA testing of evidence from a triple homicide; The stay is issued an hour before he was to die": David G. Savage has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.

The Houston Chronicle reports today that "U.S. Supreme Court delays Texas execution."

The Associated Press reports that "Execution halted for Texas man claiming innocence."

CNN.com reports that "High court gives last-minute stay to condemned Texan."

And at "SCOTUSblog," Lyle Denniston has a post titled "Execution delayed in DNA case; Potential sequel to Osborne."

You can access yesterday evening's stay order of the U.S. Supreme Court at this link.
Posted at 08:27 AM by Howard Bashman



"For two detainees who told what they knew, Guantanamo becomes a gilded cage": The Washington Post contains this article today.

And today's edition of The Los Angeles Times contains an article headlined "Obama backtracking on detainee rights, critics say; Human rights activists object to a focus on overseas prisons and arrests without trials; Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham is weighing in."
Posted at 08:12 AM by Howard Bashman



"Prosecutors Gone Wild": This editorial about a recent Third Circuit ruling appears today in The New York Times.
Posted at 08:04 AM by Howard Bashman


"Sex-for-tickets case expected to conclude today": Today's edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer contains an article that begins, "With opening day just 11 days off, Phillies fans are no doubt revisiting the indelible memories of the 2009 league championship season."

The Philadelphia Daily News reports today that "Blonde in sex-for-tix case offered 3-way, cop says."

And The Bucks County Courier Times reports that "Police lead off in sex-for-tickets case."
Posted at 07:54 AM by Howard Bashman



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