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Thursday, March 28, 2013

"Court Rejects School Search of Student's Cellphone": Mark Walsh has this post at the "School Law" blog of Education Week.

My earlier coverage of today's Sixth Circuit ruling appears at this link.
Posted at 11:47 PM by Howard Bashman

"Marriage Cases May Hinge on Procedure": In Friday's edition of The Wall Street Journal, Jess Bravin will have an article that begins, "In 1793, George Washington's administration asked the Supreme Court for help interpreting treaties. The court politely declined, telling the first president that it was in business to resolve actual disputes, not to give advice."

Friday's edition of The New York Times will contain an article headlined "For Obama, Tricky Balancing Act in Enforcing Defense of Marriage Act."

And Reuters has a news analysis headlined "Gay marriage rights may carry bigger U.S. tax burden for some."
Posted at 11:03 PM by Howard Bashman

"Guantanamo guard chief: Prison tap water is safe." Carol Rosenberg of The Miami Herald has this report.
Posted at 06:20 PM by Howard Bashman

"On Gay Marriage, Moderation Could Be Disastrous": Law professor Noah Feldman has this essay online at Bloomberg View.
Posted at 06:07 PM by Howard Bashman

"Gay Political Power -- or Good Survival Skills?" Richard Socarides has this blog post online today at The New Yorker.

And online at The New Republic, Linda Hirshman has an essay titled "A Delay on Gay Marriage Isn't a Defeat; Equality activists shouldn't worry if the Supreme Court punts the issue."
Posted at 05:20 PM by Howard Bashman

"Fetal-Heartbeat Abortion Laws Are Dangerous Even If Judges Reject Them": Molly Redden has this essay online at The New Republic.
Posted at 05:18 PM by Howard Bashman

"The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act Is a Failed Experiment": At, Eric Goldman has a blog post today that begins, "In light of Aaron Swartz's tragic suicide, there has been a lot of discussion -- some productive, some not -- about reforming the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act."
Posted at 04:55 PM by Howard Bashman

"NYC appeals ruling striking down soda size limit": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 04:50 PM by Howard Bashman

"Court inaction could return gay marriage to Calif." The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 04:47 PM by Howard Bashman

"Chief Justice hit by credit-card fraud": Al Kamen has this post at The Washington Post's "In the Loop" blog.

And Nick Wing of The Huffington Post reports that "John Roberts Hit By Credit Card Fraud."

Update: In other coverage, The Associated Press reports that "Chief justice a victim of credit-card fraud."
Posted at 04:05 PM by Howard Bashman

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania agrees to decide on an expedited basis two related challenges to the Pennsylvania Constitution's mandatory retirement age for judges: You can access today's orders granting review here and here.

Update: In early news coverage, The Associated Press reports that "Pa. high court takes case on judge retirement age."
Posted at 03:50 PM by Howard Bashman

"Ginsburg Whisper Carries Weight in Gay-Marriage Arguments": Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News has this report.
Posted at 03:30 PM by Howard Bashman

"Woman can sue 'Girls Gone Wild'": Bill Rankin of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a news update that begins, "A Cartersville woman whose photo was used without her permission in ads for a racy video can sue the producers of 'Girls Gone Wild, College Girls Exposed,' the Georgia Supreme Court ruled Thursday."

You can access today's ruling of the Supreme Court of Georgia at this link.

Update: In other coverage, The Associated Press reports that "Court OKs right to sue in 'Girls Gone Wild' case."
Posted at 03:25 PM by Howard Bashman

"The Supreme Court, Throwing Curveballs": In Friday's edition of The New York Times, Adam Liptak will have this review of law professor Stuart Banner's new book, "The Baseball Trust: A History of Baseball's Antitrust Exemption."
Posted at 01:44 PM by Howard Bashman

In the April 2013 issue of ABA Journal magazine: Mark Walsh has an article headlined "Court weighs whether a prosecutor can use a defendant's refusal to answer a question."

David L. Hudson Jr. has an article headlined "More states see tort limits challenged as unconstitutional."

James Podgers has an article headlined "Trial of Socrates still raises questions about the relationship between citizens and their states."

And the new installment of Bryan A. Garner's "On Words" column is titled "What judges really think about the phrase 'May it please the Court?'"
Posted at 01:22 PM by Howard Bashman

"NY top court OKs tax on online sellers like Amazon": The Associated Press has this report on a ruling that the Court of Appeals of New York -- that state's highest court -- issued today.

Update: In other coverage, Reuters reports that "New York high court upholds state's 'Amazon tax.'"

And Bloomberg News reports that "Amazon, Overstock Lose Challenge to N.Y. Web Sales Tax."
Posted at 12:17 PM by Howard Bashman

"Anthony Kennedy Considers Middle Path On Gay Marriage": Sahil Kapur of TPM DC has this report.
Posted at 11:42 AM by Howard Bashman

"White House monitoring Guantanamo hunger strike": Carol Rosenberg of The Miami Herald has this report.
Posted at 11:20 AM by Howard Bashman

Student's text-messaging during high school class results in divided Sixth Circuit ruling: You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit at this link.
Posted at 11:11 AM by Howard Bashman

"Study finds class affects Law School experience": Today's edition of The Yale Daily News contains an article that begins, "When Yale Law School sends out its coveted admission letters, the nation's top-ranked law school may not be guaranteeing an equal shot at success for all members of its future classes, a new report has found."
Posted at 11:07 AM by Howard Bashman

"Corporations, pro-business nonprofits foot bill for judicial seminars; George Mason University top host of events": Chris Young, Reity O'Brien, and Andrea Fuller of The Center of Public Integrity have this report today.

And Michael Beckel and Chris Young have a related report headlined "Judicial seminar backed by ex-president of Bolivia; 'Goni' accused of human rights violations."
Posted at 10:44 AM by Howard Bashman

"Why the Gay-Marriage Fight Is Over": Online at The New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin has this blog post today.
Posted at 10:33 AM by Howard Bashman

"Justices Cast Doubt on Benefits Ban in U.S. Marriage Law": Adam Liptak and Peter Baker have this article today in The New York Times. The newspaper also contains articles headlined "Plaintiff, 83, Is Calm Center in a Legal and Political Storm" and "Success on Political Front Can Be Setback in Gay Rights." And an editorial is titled "The Indefensible Marriage Act."

In today's edition of The Washington Post, Robert Barnes has an article headlined "Majority of Supreme Court justices question constitutionality of Defense of Marriage Act." Columnist Dana Milbank has an op-ed titled "The swing vote is in (so stop kissing up)." And columnist Ruth Marcus has an op-ed titled "Supreme Court seems to be inching toward marriage equality."

David G. Savage and David Lauter of The Los Angeles Times report that "Court seems to be leaning against Defense of Marriage Act; Five justices sound skeptical of the ban on federal benefits for same-sex spouses, a day after a hearing seen as favorable to gay marriage in California." And a related article is headlined "Outside Supreme Court, activists face off for a second day; As the Supreme Court turns its attention from Proposition 8 to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, demonstrators for and against the law rally outside."

Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal reports that "Justices Show Reluctance for Broad Marriage Ruling." And related articles are headlined "Obama's Actions Over Law Questioned" and "Widow Gets Day in Court as Justices Weigh Gay Marriage."

Richard Wolf and Kevin Johnson of USA Today have an article headlined "Justices attack both sides in Defense of Marriage case; Justice Anthony Kennedy's comments suggest the federal Defense of Marriage Act may be on the way out; But first, the justices must decide if the case is properly before them for a decision." The newspaper also contains an article headlined "Who wins, who loses if Defense of Marriage Act dies: With the Supreme Court possibly poised to declare the law unconstitutional, the financial, legal and societal impacts are just being sorted out."

Michael Doyle of McClatchy Newspapers has an article headlined "Gay-marriage debate day 2: Supreme Court takes up Defense of Marriage Act." And a related article reports that "In federal gay-marriage case, more than 1,100 benefits at stake."

Warren Richey of The Christian Science Monitor has an article headlined "Anti-gay marriage law gets chilly reception from key Supreme Court justice; Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is seen as a potential swing vote on DOMA, a gay marriage law that bars federal benefits to same-sex couples; He repeatedly raised concerns in oral arguments Wednesday."

The Washington Times contains articles headlined "Supreme Court justices question DOMA's range, consider effect act has in states" and "Obama administration under fire in gay marriage arguments."

Howard Mintz of The San Jose Mercury News has an article headlined "Gay marriage and the U.S. Supreme Court: Don't look for sweeping rulings."

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that "DOMA stirs skepticism among justices."

The Journal News of White Plains, New York contains an article headlined "Vicki Jackson, attorney arguing gay marriage case, is New Rochelle native."

Greg Stohr and Laurie Asseo of Bloomberg News report that "Gay-Marriage Backers See Supreme Court Boost Short of Full Win."

Lawrence Hurley and David Ingram of Reuters report that "Supreme Court indicates it may strike down marriage law." And Joan Biskupic has a news analysis headlined "High court energizes gay rights cause even as it resists."

Josh Gerstein of has reports headlined "Disappointing wins for gay marriage?"; "Despite critique, Roberts once failed to defend a law"; and "Elena Kagan's DOMA 'gotcha' moment."

And at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times," Todd Ruger has a post titled "Lawyers Reflect on 'Super Bowl of Supreme Court Arguments.'"
Posted at 09:00 AM by Howard Bashman

"Comcast wins in class-action lawsuit": This front page article appears today in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Today's edition of The New York Times reports that "Court Rejects Antitrust Suit in Victory for Comcast."

Andrew Longstreth of Reuters reports that "Plaintiffs' bar dodges bullet in Comcast antitrust decision."

Greg Stohr and Alex Sherman of Bloomberg News report that "Comcast Backed by High Court on Philadelphia Antitrust Suit."

The Washington Times contains an editorial titled "Reining in class action: The Supreme Court applies a smell test to jackpot justice."

And online at Forbes, Daniel Fisher has a blog post titled "Class Actions Take Another Hit As Supreme Court Rejects Comcast Antitrust Case."
Posted at 08:20 AM by Howard Bashman

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