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Friday, April 11, 2014

"Booking Video: Aaron Swartz Jokes, Jousts With Cops After MIT Bust." Kevin Poulsen has this post today at's "Threat Level" blog.
Posted at 09:54 PM by Howard Bashman

"McCutcheon Breeds Cynicism: When it comes to campaign finance, the public's perception of corruption matters; But what if the public doesn't care?" Dahlia Lithwick has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.
Posted at 09:48 PM by Howard Bashman

Legal duo of Ted Olson and David Boies file Fourth Circuit brief for appellees arguing that Virginia's same-sex marriage prohibition is subject to heightened scrutiny and cannot be justified: You can access the brief at this link.
Posted at 09:03 PM by Howard Bashman

"Senate Republicans Slow Judicial Confirmation Process": Todd Ruger has this post today at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times."
Posted at 04:50 PM by Howard Bashman

"SCOTUSblog on camera: Orin Kerr -- Part four." You can access the new installment of this five-part interview at this link. Presumably Orin's Third Circuit victory today occurred too late for mention in this segment, so stay tuned for part five, which will likely be posted on Monday.
Posted at 01:54 PM by Howard Bashman

"The five extra words that can fix the Second Amendment": Retired Justice John Paul Stevens has this essay online at The Washington Post.
Posted at 01:52 PM by Howard Bashman

"Justice Department defends Soledad cross; Administration says 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals should rehear case": This article appears today in The San Diego Union-Tribune.
Posted at 01:35 PM by Howard Bashman

"Appeals court finds EPA carbon decision reasonable": The Associated Press has this report on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued today.
Posted at 01:26 PM by Howard Bashman

"Seaworld Loses Appeal of U.S. Ban on Killer Whale Contact": Andrew Zajac of Bloomberg News has this report on a ruling that a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued today.

And at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times," Zoe Tillman has a post titled "SeaWorld Loses Appeal in Death of Killer Whale Trainer."

Circuit Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh's dissenting opinion begins:

Many sports events and entertainment shows can be extremely dangerous for the participants. Football. Ice hockey. Downhill skiing. Air shows. The circus. Horse racing. Tiger taming. Standing in the batter's box against a 95 mile per hour fastball. Bull riding at the rodeo. Skydiving into the stadium before a football game. Daredevil motorcycle jumps. Stock car racing. Cheerleading vaults. Boxing. The balance beam. The ironman triathlon. Animal trainer shows. Movie stunts. The list goes on.
Eugene Scalia had argued the appeal for SeaWorld.
Posted at 01:17 PM by Howard Bashman

"U.S. appeals court voids conviction in celebrity iPad hacking": Jonathan Stempel of Reuters has this report.

David Kravets of Ars Technica reports that "Appeals court reverses hacker/troll 'weev' conviction and sentence; Appeals court skirts Computer Fraud And Abuse Act analysis."

The Guardian (UK) reports that "Andrew Auernheimer's conviction over computer fraud thrown out; Lawyers for computer hacker nicknamed 'Weev' were racing to get him out of prison after circuit judge vacated his conviction."

At's "Threat Level" blog, Kim Zetter has a post titled "Appeals Court Overturns Conviction of Imprisoned Hacker 'Weev.'"

Gerry Smith of The Huffington Post reports that "Hacker Weev's Chilling Conviction Is Overturned."

At the "Techdirt" blog, Leigh Beadon has a post titled "Appeals Court Reverses Weev Conviction For Incorrect Venue, Avoids Bigger CFAA Questions."

At TechCrunch, Matt Burns has a post titled "Weev Is Free."

And at "Gawker," Michelle Dean has a blog post titled "Andrew 'Weev' Auernheimer's Conviction Thrown Out."

My earlier coverage of today's Third Circuit ruling appears at this link.
Posted at 01:00 PM by Howard Bashman

"Virginia AG files brief supporting gay marriage": The Associated Press has this report.

You can view the brief, filed today in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, at this link.

Update: In other coverage, The Richmond Times-Dispatch has a news update headlined "Herring files brief backing same-sex marriage decision."
Posted at 11:40 AM by Howard Bashman

Weev wins on appeal: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit today issued its ruling in United States v. Auernheimer.

According to the unanimous decision, "Because we conclude that venue did not lie in New Jersey, we will reverse the District Court's venue determination and vacate Auernheimer's conviction."
Posted at 11:28 AM by Howard Bashman

"Justice Alito Talking Baseball": Ed Whelan has this post today at National Review Online's "Bench Memos" blog.
Posted at 11:06 AM by Howard Bashman

"The Narrow (and Proper) Way for the Court to Rule in Hobby Lobby's Favor": Law professors Vikram David Amar and Alan E. Brownstein have this essay online today at Justia's Verdict.
Posted at 10:35 AM by Howard Bashman

"Gummy bear loses latest round in copyright fight": Apparently the court rejected its position as too squishy. The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 10:28 AM by Howard Bashman

"Bopp doesn't always score at Supreme Court": Maureen Groppe has this article in today's edition of The Indianapolis Star.
Posted at 07:58 AM by Howard Bashman

"Has the Roberts court placed landmark 1964 civil rights law on a hit list?" John Blake of has this report.
Posted at 07:56 AM by Howard Bashman

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