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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

"Florida legislature forbids use of foreign law in state court": Reuters has a report that begins, "Florida legislators voted to forbid use of foreign law in state courts on Wednesday, despite arguments that the measure was a cheap shot intended to insult Muslims."
Posted at 09:56 PM by Howard Bashman


"Supreme Court dilemma: Is a smartphone a home away from home?" Michael P. McGough has this essay online today at The Los Angeles Times.
Posted at 09:32 PM by Howard Bashman


"EPA's Supreme Court win a boost for pending carbon rules": Valerie Volcovici of Reuters has a report that begins, "A Supreme Court decision on Tuesday upholding U.S. rules that curb air pollution that floats across state lines was seen as a boost for the Environmental Protection Agency's upcoming plan to crack down on carbon emissions from power plants."
Posted at 09:28 PM by Howard Bashman


"Arguments in the tour guide free speech lawsuit against New Orleans unfolded in appeals court on Wednesday": The Times-Picayune of New Orleans has this report on an appeal argued today before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

You can access the audio of today's oral argument in Kagan v. City of New Orleans via this link (30.5 MB mp3 audio file). Although the Fifth Circuit has its headquarters in New Orleans, this case was argued today in Houston.
Posted at 09:18 PM by Howard Bashman



"Microscope and Telescope": Linda Greenhouse has this essay online at The New York Times.
Posted at 08:56 PM by Howard Bashman


"Limelight Patent Case Mires U.S. High Court in Procedure": Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News has this report.

Lawrence Hurley of Reuters reports that "U.S. high court conflicted over Limelight Networks patent fight."

In Thursday's edition of The Wall Street Journal, Brent Kendall will have an article headlined "Akamai-Limelight Patent Case Goes Before Top Court; Justices Consider Whether to Make It Easier to Hold Companies Liable for Encouraging Infringement by Others." You can freely access the full text of the article via Google.

At "Patently-O," Dennis Crouch has a post titled "Supreme Court Takes-On Question of Joint Infringement."

Online at Bloomberg View, law professor Noah Feldman has an essay titled "When Can You Steal an Idea?"

And earlier, today's edition of The Boston Globe contains an article headlined "Akamai patent case before Supreme Court."

You can access at this link the transcript of today's U.S. Supreme Court oral argument in Limelight Networks, Inc. v. Akamai Technologies, Inc., No. 12-786.
Posted at 07:48 PM by Howard Bashman



"When the Death Penalty Turns Into Torture: Oklahoma's botched execution was the grim but predictable result of a state more concerned with vengeance than justice." Dahlia Lithwick has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.
Posted at 07:35 PM by Howard Bashman


"Botched execution offers new evidence to attorneys": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 06:18 PM by Howard Bashman


"Divided Pa. Supreme Court OKs warrantless searches of cars": Matt Miller of The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania has this report.

Yesterday's ruling of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania consisted of an opinion announcing the judgment of the court, a concurring opinion, and a dissenting opinion.
Posted at 06:14 PM by Howard Bashman



"Scalia gets his facts wrong in EPA dissent": Mark Sherman of The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 05:42 PM by Howard Bashman


"A History of Supreme Court Snark: Roberts and Sotomayor sniped at each other last week, but earlier Courts saw far worse." Law professor Garrett Epps has this essay online today at The Atlantic.
Posted at 05:20 PM by Howard Bashman


"How Oklahoma Botched an Execution: Clayton Lockett's lethal injection suffered a problem more fundamental than the drugs." Ben Crair has this essay online today at The New Republic.
Posted at 11:04 AM by Howard Bashman


"A 'view' from the Court: The Ginsburg-Scalia show." Mark Walsh has this post today at "SCOTUSblog."
Posted at 11:02 AM by Howard Bashman


"Former Justice Stevens: Campaign cash isn't speech." The Associated Press has this report.

Update: C-SPAN has posted online a video titled "Justice Stevens Senate Testimony."
Posted at 11:00 AM by Howard Bashman



"New suit targets Ohio gay marriage ban; A group of gay and lesbian couples in Ohio hope to make the state the next where a ban on same-sex marriage is found unconstitutional": The Cincinnati Enquirer has this report.
Posted at 10:32 AM by Howard Bashman


"Exorcising the voter fraud ghost": Richard L. Hasen -- author of the "Election Law Blog" -- has this essay online today at Reuters.
Posted at 10:30 AM by Howard Bashman


"How Oklahoma's Botched Execution Affects the Death-Penalty Debate: State officials used untested drugs from a secret source to end the life of Clayton Lockett, who took more than 45 minutes to die." Andrew Cohen has this essay online today at The Atlantic.
Posted at 10:22 AM by Howard Bashman


"Federal appeals court upholds mandatory retirement age of 70 for Pennsylvania judges": The Associated Press has this report on a non-precedential ruling that a unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued yesterday. It is interesting to note that the Third Circuit panel had not even requested oral argument of the appeal.
Posted at 09:02 AM by Howard Bashman


"Our Cellphones Are Us: The Supreme Court tries to reconcile the Fourth Amendment with the realities of our tech age." Dahlia Lithwick has this Supreme Court dispatch online at Slate.
Posted at 08:55 AM by Howard Bashman


"Republican group will focus on judicial races": Reid Wilson has this entry at the "GovBeat" blog of The Washington Post.
Posted at 08:52 AM by Howard Bashman


"To Kill? Or Not to Kill? As executions decline in Texas, a small-town prosecutor decides whether to seek the death penalty." Maurice Chammah has this lengthy article online at The Texas Observer.
Posted at 08:50 AM by Howard Bashman


"Eyewitness account: A minute-by-minute look at what happened during Clayton Lockett's execution." Ziva Branstetter of The Tulsa World has this report, along with an article headlined "Execution botched before inmate dies of heart attack; second execution postponed."

And today's edition of The Oklahoman contains a front page article headlined "Botched lethal injection prompts closer look; Oklahoma Corrections Department officials stopped the execution of Clayton Derrell Lockett just before 6:30 p.m. Tuesday after a botched lethal injection that caused Lockett's body to violently convulse on the table; He died of a heart attack about 40 minutes later."
Posted at 08:46 AM by Howard Bashman



"Where Yinz At: Why Pennsylvania is the most linguistically rich state in the country." Matthew J.X. Malady has this essay online at Slate.
Posted at 08:35 AM by Howard Bashman


"Nagging [federal district] judges to act on motions under advisement is not essential to preserving one's rights." So observes Circuit Judge Frank H. Easterbrook in an opinion that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued yesterday.
Posted at 08:30 AM by Howard Bashman


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