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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Available online from law.com: An article is headlined "N.J. Supreme Court: Punitives for Wrongdoer Only, Not for General Deterrence." You can access today's ruling of the Supreme Court of New Jersey at this link.

Shannon P. Duffy reports that "Mumia Abu-Jamal's Death Sentence Overturned, but Conviction Upheld." My earlier coverage of today's Third Circuit ruling appears at this link.

And in other news, "Office of Legal Counsel Nominee Has Liberal Roots; Steven Bradbury may have started in a vegetarian commune, but the OLC nominee moved right."
Posted at 11:02 PM by Howard Bashman



"Protecting Americans' habeas rights: No matter what the administration says, two U.S. citizens held by the military in Iraq deserve a hearing." The Los Angeles Times contains this editorial today.
Posted at 10:57 PM by Howard Bashman


"Court allows Siegelman release from prison pending appeal": The Associated Press provides a report that begins, "A federal appeals court approved the release of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman on bond Thursday while he appeals his conviction in a corruption case. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the former governor had raised 'substantial questions of fact and law' in challenging his conviction."
Posted at 10:50 PM by Howard Bashman


"Pulitzer winner to join Yale Law; Linda Greenhouse, Supreme Court reporter for the Times, to become journalist-in-residence": This article appears today in The Yale Daily News.
Posted at 10:45 PM by Howard Bashman


"A Lawyer's 'Good Day' at the Supreme Court": Tony Mauro has this post today at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times."
Posted at 10:34 PM by Howard Bashman


Justice Sandra Day O'Connor acknowledges that she won't have to wear a thong bathing suit if she visits the state parks of Florida: Details are contained in the update to my post from earlier this month titled "At a minimum, don't omit 'at a minimum.'"

Justice O'Connor is also in the news today for less provocative reasons. Today's edition of The Winchester Star contains articles headlined "Former justice receives Byrd service award; Sandra Day O'Connor honored at VMI" and "O'Connor: Clear policy needed for prisoners; Standards of treatment have been blurred in war on terror."
Posted at 10:32 PM by Howard Bashman



"Scalia Criticizes News Media": The Associated Press provides this report.
Posted at 10:12 PM by Howard Bashman


Dispute over how to apply U.S. Supreme Court's fractured ruling in Rapanos v. United States gives rise to a dissent from the Eleventh Circuit's denial of rehearing en banc: Two judges serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit joined in this dissent from the denial of rehearing en banc issued today.
Posted at 04:44 PM by Howard Bashman


"Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Announces New Clerk of Court": The Public Information Office of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit yesterday issued this news release.
Posted at 04:30 PM by Howard Bashman


"City can't limit liability in Staten Island Ferry crash, court rules": The Staten Island Advance provides this news update.

The Associated Press reports that "Appeals court finds city can be held fully liable in ferry crash."

And the "City Room" blog of The New York Times provides a post titled "Court Finds City Was Negligent in S.I. Ferry Crash."

You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit at this link.
Posted at 04:15 PM by Howard Bashman



Eligibility for deportation for "stalking" conviction is not unconstitutionally vague on its face or as applied, Second Circuit rules: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued this ruling today.
Posted at 04:11 PM by Howard Bashman


"No death for Mumia Abu-Jamal -- at least for now": The Philadelphia Inquirer provides a news update that begins, "A federal appeals court today refused to reinstate the death sentence of world-famous death row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal, but left intact his murder conviction in the 1981 shooting death of Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner." That newspaper has also collected some of its extensive earlier coverage of the case at this link.

The Associated Press provides a report headlined "Court: Mumia Deserves New Hearing."

And BBC News reports that "US court overturns death sentence; A US federal appeals court has overturned the death sentence imposed on former Black Panthers member Mumia Abu-Jamal."

You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit at this link.
Posted at 03:58 PM by Howard Bashman



Programming note: I will again be in court today on a client matter. Additional posts will appear here this evening.
Posted at 06:40 AM by Howard Bashman


"Court Looks at Legal Role for Mentally Ill": Linda Greenhouse has this article today in The New York Times.

Today in The Washington Post, Robert Barnes reports that "High Court Weighs Self-Representation."

Joan Biskupic of USA Today reports that "Court weighs self-representation; Justices signal openness to new limits for mentally ill."

And law.com's Tony Mauro reports that "Supreme Court Hears Case Involving Mentally Ill Defendants Representing Themselves."
Posted at 06:37 AM by Howard Bashman



"U.S. Court upholds 10 Commandments on public land": Reuters provides a report that begins, "A nearly 50-year-old monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments does not violate the Constitution just because it sits nearly alone on public grounds in a Washington city, a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday." According to the article, the ruling involves "a 6-foot-tall (1.8-meter-tall) granite monument near the Old City Hall in Everett, Washington, about 25 miles north of Seattle."

You can access yesterday's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at this link. The opinion also contains an appendix consisting of several photographs.
Posted at 06:32 AM by Howard Bashman



"Appeal Allows Lawsuits by Ground Zero Workers": This article appears today in The New York Times.

And Joseph Goldstein of The New York Sun reports that "Court Clears Way for 9/11 Illness Lawsuit."

You can access yesterday's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit at this link.
Posted at 06:25 AM by Howard Bashman



"A Recent Supreme Court Decision on the Vienna Convention Reaffirms that Justice Stevens, at Eighty-Eight, Remains A Force to Be Reckoned With": Edward Lazarus has this essay online today at FindLaw.
Posted at 06:18 AM by Howard Bashman


"Constitutionally Incorrect: Barack Obama is just the latest person to get the history of the Constitution wrong by ignoring the Reconstruction amendments." Doug Kendall has this essay online at The New Republic.
Posted at 06:15 AM by Howard Bashman


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