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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

"CIA Foresaw Interrogation Issues; Agency Considered Investigations 'Virtually Inevitable'": Thursday in The Washington Post, Dan Eggen will have an article that begins, "The CIA concluded that criminal, administrative or civil investigations stemming from harsh interrogation tactics were 'virtually inevitable,' leading the agency to seek legal support from the Justice Department, according to a CIA official's statement in court documents filed yesterday."
Posted at 10:40 PM by Howard Bashman


"Study: Late judge's court contaminated with mold; A study sought by the family of a judge who died of a lung ailment says his courtroom was contaminated with mold spores." Today in The Miami Herald, Jay Weaver has an article that begins, "A lawyer for the family of late U.S. Magistrate Theodore Klein released a critical report Tuesday that says Miami's historic federal courthouse is plagued with dangerous mold spores, citing the evidence as a basis to sue the government for his death."
Posted at 10:17 PM by Howard Bashman


Access online the transcripts of today's U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments: You can access the transcript of argument in Metropolitan Life Ins. Co. v. Glenn, No. 06-923, by clicking here.

And you can access the transcript of argument in Meacham v. Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, No. 06-1505, by clicking here.
Posted at 07:52 PM by Howard Bashman



"SCOTUS hits primetime . . ." Dahlia Lithwick has this post at Slate's "Convictions" blog.
Posted at 07:44 PM by Howard Bashman


"Another justice sits out another case": Mark Sherman of The Associated Press provides this report.
Posted at 05:17 PM by Howard Bashman


"O'Connor Sees Ethical Deficit in Legal Profession": Josh Gerstein has this article today in The New York Sun.
Posted at 03:42 PM by Howard Bashman


"High court: Do health insurance plans have conflict of interest? MetLife withdrew the long-term disability benefits of an Ohio woman after she got better." Warren Richey has this article today in The Christian Science Monitor.
Posted at 10:57 AM by Howard Bashman


"Court allows search and seizure in Virginia case": The Associated Press provides a report that begins, "The Supreme Court has ruled that police can conduct searches and seizures of evidence after arrests that sometimes violate state law."

And at "SCOTUSblog," Lyle Denniston has a post titled "Court rules on police search."

Today's lone ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court in an argued case issued in Virginia v. Moore, No. 06-1082. Justice Antonin Scalia delivered the opinion of the Court, in which the Chief Justice and Justices John Paul Stevens, Anthony M. Kennedy, David H. Souter, Clarence Thomas, Stephen G. Breyer, and Samuel A. Alito, Jr. joined. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg issued an opinion concurring in the judgment. You can access the decision at this link and the oral argument transcript at this link.
Posted at 10:15 AM by Howard Bashman



"VA faulted in diagnosing suicide candidates": Today in The San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko has an article that begins, "Former soldiers are killing themselves at three to seven times the rate of the general population and the Department of Veterans Affairs is failing to diagnose or treat them effectively, a suicide expert testified Tuesday in a lawsuit challenging the VA's mental health system."
Posted at 09:15 AM by Howard Bashman


"D.C. Circuit Tosses Out FTC's Antitrust Ruling Against Rambus": law.com provides this report on a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued yesterday.
Posted at 09:14 AM by Howard Bashman


"Judge Dismisses 9/11 Suit Against Former Head of E.P.A." The New York Times contains this article today.

My earlier coverage of yesterday's Second Circuit ruling appears at this link.
Posted at 09:12 AM by Howard Bashman



"Supreme Court hears Los Angeles case on a killer's right to confront his victim; Duane Giles' lawyer says secondhand testimony that he'd threatened his ex-girlfriend wasn't admissible because the dead woman couldn't be cross-examined": David G. Savage has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.

At "SCOTUSblog," Lyle Denniston has a post titled "An old adage may not apply."

In addition, "The Confrontation Blog" has posted two (arguably partisan) accounts of yesterday's oral argument here and here.
Posted at 09:03 AM by Howard Bashman



"After Court Ruling, States to Proceed With Executions": This article appears today in The Washington Post.
Posted at 08:50 AM by Howard Bashman


"Justices Hear Case of the 'Millionaire's Amendment'": Adam Liptak has this article today in The New York Times.

Today in The Washington Post, Robert Barnes reports that "Justices Assail 'Millionaires' Amendment'; Whether Majority Will Junk Measure Is Not Yet Clear."

David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times reports that "Supreme Court considers the 'millionaire's amendment'; The campaign finance law provision was intended to level the playing field in political races; A decision in June could affect the fall campaign."

In USA Today, Joan Biskupic reports that "Justices split over campaign financing; '02 law challenged as free speech violation."

law.com's Tony Mauro reports that "Supreme Court Justices Appear Torn Over 'Millionaires' Amendment.'"

And The Wall Street Journal contains an editorial entitled "The Millionaire Ruse."
Posted at 08:47 AM by Howard Bashman



"ACLU wins Bible lawsuit; Judge: Distribution during school hours unconstitutional." The Advocate of Baton Rouge, Louisiana today contains an article that begins, "The Tangipahoa Parish School Board violated the First Amendment by allowing Gideons International to pass out pocket Bibles to Loranger fifth-graders during school hours in May, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. Just hours after the decision became public, the School Board voted 8-0 to seek an appeal to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals."

You can view yesterday's ruling of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana at this link.
Posted at 08:37 AM by Howard Bashman



"G.O.P. Set to Block Bill Easing Limits on Pay Discrimination Suits": The New York Times today contains an article that begins, "Senate Republicans said on Tuesday that they were confident they would be able to block legislation intended to reverse a Supreme Court ruling last year that established tight time restrictions on lawsuits over pay discrimination." The newspaper also contains an editorial entitled "Pass the Fair Pay Act."

The Washington Post reports today that "White House Threatens to Veto Discrimination Bill." The newspaper also contains an editorial entitled "Fair Pay, Fair Play: The Senate should restore workers' ability to sue over pay discrimination, whenever the injustice is discovered."

And The Los Angeles Times contains an editorial entitled "Congress fights for fair pay: Proving job discrimination is tough, thanks to the Supreme Court; Lawmakers aim to change that."
Posted at 08:25 AM by Howard Bashman



"Serial killer Daniel Siebert dies of pancreatic cancer on Alabama's Death Row; Daughter of New Jersey victim says justice not served": This article appears today in The Birmingham News.

And The Associated Press reports that "Alabama death row inmate who challenged protocol dies."
Posted at 08:22 AM by Howard Bashman



"Court to hear case that could help workers claim benefits": The Associated Press provides a report that begins, "When Wanda Glenn first sought disability benefits from MetLife Inc. in 2000, she 'never in a million years' expected it would end up as a Supreme Court case. But on Wednesday, the justices will hear oral arguments in a dispute that is being closely watched by insurance companies and business groups. Depending on how the justices rule, the case could make it easier for employees to win health and disability benefit payments in court."
Posted at 08:20 AM by Howard Bashman


"Cruel and Unusual History: The Supreme Court has repeatedly ignored the barbaric history of the death penalty." Gilbert King has this op-ed today in The New York Times.
Posted at 08:07 AM by Howard Bashman


"Inmate Count in U.S. Dwarfs Other Nations'": Adam Liptak has this article today in The New York Times.
Posted at 08:05 AM by Howard Bashman


"Butt out, Judicial Qualifications Commission tells high court": Saturday's edition of The St. Petersburg Times contained an article that begins, "No court, not even the state's highest court, can intervene in the affairs of the Judicial Qualifications Commission, attorneys for the JQC said in a sharply worded brief filed Friday with the Florida Supreme Court. The JQC was responding to an unprecedented effort to get the high court to intervene and block the JQC from proceeding against 1st District Court of Appeal Judge Michael E. Allen."

You can view the court filings that are the subject of that article here and here.
Posted at 08:00 AM by Howard Bashman



"Springtime for Judges: Democrats are trying to run out the clock on Bush's nominees." This editorial appears today in The Wall Street Journal.
Posted at 07:58 AM by Howard Bashman


"How to open up our court: Justice Scalia will make a rare TV appearance -- but only to peddle his book; The Supreme Court needs to find more innovative ways to lift its cloak of secrecy." Tony Mauro has this op-ed today in USA Today.
Posted at 07:48 AM by Howard Bashman


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