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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

"Quebec government berates Supreme Court of Canada over Laskin review": The Toronto Globe and Mail has this news update.
Posted at 11:27 PM by Howard Bashman

"On California Prisons, It's The Governor Vs. The Courts": Richard Gonzales of NPR has this report.
Posted at 11:25 PM by Howard Bashman

"Justice Department says Edmond soldier's case does not deserve U.S. Supreme Court review": Chris Casteel of The Oklahoman has this report.
Posted at 11:24 PM by Howard Bashman

"U.S. Supreme Court to review Ames man's drug conviction": This article appears today in The Des Moines Register.
Posted at 11:22 PM by Howard Bashman

"Mike Bolin withdraws as Jefferson County attorney, to remain on Alabama Supreme Court": The Birmingham News has this report.
Posted at 11:20 PM by Howard Bashman

"Conversation with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas": C-SPAN has posted online at this link the video of Justice Thomas's recent talk earlier this month at Duquesne Law School in Pittsburgh.
Posted at 11:16 PM by Howard Bashman

"This Note addresses the question of whether the President is constitutionally empowered to make recess appointments to newly created offices and concludes that he is not." Amelia Frenkel will have a student Note titled "Defining Recess Appointments Clause 'Vacancies'" in the May 2013 issue of the New York University Law Review.
Posted at 08:10 PM by Howard Bashman

"MO Sup Court hears cases of two St. Louis juveniles sentenced to life without parole": Jennifer Mann of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has this news update.
Posted at 07:51 PM by Howard Bashman

"FBI hints at OK to question terror suspects who ask for lawyer": Josh Gerstein of has this blog post.
Posted at 07:36 PM by Howard Bashman

"Military court sidesteps ruling on whether suicide is a crime": Michael Doyle of McClatchy Newspapers has this report on a 3-to-2 ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces issued yesterday.

Update: In other coverage, The Associated Press reports that "Military court reverses suicide attempt conviction."
Posted at 04:12 PM by Howard Bashman

The deadline for participating in the current "How Appealing" book give-away is 20 hours from now: Up for grabs, a copy of Marcia Coyle's new book, "The Roberts Court: The Struggle for the Constitution." As I had suspected, this is proving to be the most popular book give-away item yet.

I started reading the book last Friday, and I have found it to be very interesting and very well-written. The book contains frequent quotes from U.S. Supreme Court Justices speaking on background, in addition to many quotes that are attributed to Justices who are identified by name. It is a fun exercise to attempt to figure out which Justices are speaking in the quotes that appear without specific attribution.

It comes as no surprise that a book about the Roberts Court would contain many mentions of law blogs and law bloggers. This book does not disappoint in that respect either.

For the details on how to participate in the book give-away, see this post of mine from yesterday. For an entry to be timely, it must arrive at my blog's email account no later than noon eastern time tomorrow, Wednesday, May 1, 2013.
Posted at 04:00 PM by Howard Bashman

"How Sandra Day O'Connor's Vote In Bush v. Gore Helped Unravel Her Own Legacy": Sahil Kapur of TPM DC has this report today.
Posted at 02:57 PM by Howard Bashman

By a vote of 8-7, Fifth Circuit declines to consider en banc the constitutionality, under the Second Amendment, of federal laws barring licensed gun dealers from selling handguns or handgun ammunition to people less than 21 years old: You can access today's order of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit denying rehearing en banc, and the dissent therefrom, at this link.

Yesterday, the original three-judge panel issued a revised opinion in the case, as I noted in this post from last night.
Posted at 01:25 PM by Howard Bashman

"Welcome to the Eighth Circuit's new web page": You can access it at this link.

Update: Now you see it, now you don't. As Steve Klepper suggested on Twitter, perhaps the new web page was taken down for additional proofreading.

Second update (at 2:30 p.m.): The new web page has returned!
Posted at 12:15 PM by Howard Bashman

"The Guantanamo Memoirs of Mohamedou Ould Slahi: How the United States kept him silent for 12 years." Available online at Slate via this link.
Posted at 10:26 AM by Howard Bashman

"Poll: 42 percent of Americans unsure if Obamacare is still law." The Washington Post's "Wonkblog" has this entry today reporting on the results of a Kaiser Family Foundation tracking poll released today.
Posted at 10:25 AM by Howard Bashman

"AMA opposes forced feedings at Guantanamo": Carol Rosenberg of The Miami Herald has an article that begins, "The American Medical Association has written a letter to the Pentagon stating that 'force feeding of detainees violates core ethical values of the medical profession.'"
Posted at 10:22 AM by Howard Bashman

"Prophets of Oak Ridge: How 3 peace activists broke into a U.S. nuclear site." The Washington Post has this very lengthy report.
Posted at 10:20 AM by Howard Bashman

"Constitution Check: Will the court repudiate decisions from the World War II era?" Lyle Denniston has this post today at the "Constitution Daily" blog of the National Constitution Center.
Posted at 08:44 AM by Howard Bashman

"Portsmouth medics respond to Gitmo hunger strike": This article appears today in The Virginian-Pilot.

And in today's edition of The New York Times, columnist Joe Nocera has an op-ed titled "The Detainees' Dilemma."
Posted at 08:37 AM by Howard Bashman

"Immigration reform: While Congress debates, Supreme Court stays clear; With the White House and Congress working on immigration reform, the Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Alabama and let stand a finding that the state's statute was preempted by federal law." Warren Richey of The Christian Science Monitor has this report.

David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times reports that "Supreme Court won't revive Alabama immigration law; Justices decline to hear an Alabama appeal, making it clear that enforcing immigration law is up to federal authorities, not the states."

And at the "Taking Note" blog of The New York Times, Lawrence Downes has a post titled "Alabama's Loss, Alabama's Gain."
Posted at 08:36 AM by Howard Bashman

"Supreme Court says states may bar information requests from nonresidents": Robert Barnes has this article today in The Washington Post.

In today's edition of The Los Angeles Times, David G. Savage has an article headlined "Non-residents have no right to a state's records, court rules; Supreme Court upholds Virginia laws that deny public records to residents of other states; The trend has been for states to open their records on an equal basis."

In today's edition of The Wall Street Journal, Jess Bravin reports that "Virginia Records Rule Upheld by High Court." You can freely access the full text of the article via Google.

Today's edition of The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that "Supreme Court rules Va. can deny out-of-state FOIA use; U.S. justices rule out-of-state requests can be denied."

And online at The Atlantic, law professor Garrett Epps has an essay titled "Supreme Court Says States Are Allowed to Favor Their Own Citizens; A unanimous decision on FOIA rules suggests the justices are in a rather modest mood."
Posted at 08:32 AM by Howard Bashman

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