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Monday, May 17, 2010

"Extended Civil Commitment of Sex Offenders Is Upheld": Adam Liptak will have this article Tuesday in The New York Times.

And Warren Richey of The Christian Science Monitor reports that "Supreme Court upholds federal sex offender law; The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Congress did not overstep its authority by passing a law that allows 'sexually dangerous' offenders to be detained past their prison terms."
Posted at 09:20 PM by Howard Bashman



"Justices Limit Life Sentences for Juveniles": Adam Liptak will have this article Tuesday in The New York Times.

David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times has a news update headlined "Supreme Court restricts life sentences without parole for juveniles; In a 6-3 decision, the court strikes down laws in 37 states, including California, that allow life terms with no chance for parole for a crime that does not involve murder."

Robert Barnes of The Washington Post has a news update headlined "Supreme Court rules out some life sentences for juveniles."

Michael Doyle of McClatchy Newspapers has an article headlined "Supreme Court: Juveniles can't serve life terms for lesser crimes."

And Warren Richey of The Christian Science Monitor reports that "Supreme Court puts limits on life sentences for juveniles; Juveniles who commit crimes that aren't fatal to their victims cannot receive life sentences without possibility of parole, the Supreme Court ruled 6-to-3 on Monday."
Posted at 09:18 PM by Howard Bashman



"Questions Elena Kagan has already answered: Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan lacks a paper trail; But her Senate confirmation hearing last year for solicitor general offers a preview of what's to come." Warren Richey of The Christian Science Monitor has this article today.
Posted at 09:12 PM by Howard Bashman


Greetings from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Where tomorrow I will argue an appeal before a three-judge panel of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania in a case in which I filed this Brief for Appellees last December. The Legal Intelligencer, Philadelphia's daily newspaper for lawyers, reported on the case in an article published last June.
Posted at 09:00 PM by Howard Bashman


"Prosecutor: Wone Defendants 'Misdirected and Misguided' Murder Investigation." This post appears at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times," along with a post titled "Defense Lawyers Argue Wone Case Built on Innuendo."
Posted at 08:52 PM by Howard Bashman


"Kagan wins case on imprisonment of sex offenders": The AP has this report.
Posted at 05:00 PM by Howard Bashman


"Kagan campaigns for Supreme Court job": The Associated Press has this report. And in related news, "National Archive works to review more Kagan papers."
Posted at 02:58 PM by Howard Bashman


Access today's opinions in argued cases and Order List of the U.S. Supreme Court: The Court today issued three opinions in argued cases.

1. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy delivered the opinion of the Court in Abbott v. Abbott, No. 08-645. Justice John Paul Stevens issued a dissenting opinion, in which Justices Clarence Thomas and Stephen G. Breyer joined. You can access the ruling at this link and the oral argument transcript at this link.

2. Justice Kennedy also delivered the opinion of the Court in Graham v. Florida, No. 08-7412. The Chief Justice issued an opinion concurring in the judgment. Justice Thomas filed a dissenting opinion in which Justice Antonin Scalia joined and in which Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. joined in part. Justice Alito also filed a dissenting opinion. You can access the ruling at this link and the oral argument transcript at this link. The Court today also dismissed as improvidently granted the writ of certiorari issued in the related case of Sullivan v. Florida, No. 08-7621.

3. And Justice Breyer delivered the opinion of the Court in United States v. Comstock, No. 08-1224. Justices Kennedy and Alito filed opinions concurring in the judgment. And Justice Thomas filed a dissenting opinion in which Justice Scalia joined in large measure. You can access the ruling at this link and the oral argument transcript at this link.

You can access today's Order List at this link. The Court granted review in one case and called for the views of the Solicitor General in one case.

In early news coverage, The Associated Press has articles headlined "High court rules out life sentences for juveniles"; "Court: Sexually dangerous can be kept in prison"; "Justices: Child should have stayed in Chile"; and "Supreme Court rejects appeal of 'must-carry' rule."

And at "SCOTUSblog," Lyle Denniston has a post titled "No review of 'must carry' rule."
Posted at 10:38 AM by Howard Bashman



"Kagan's skills well-suited to hearings; But high court nominee must take her game up a notch for confirmation's political forum": Joan Biskupic has this article today in USA Today. And in commentary, Stephen Prothero has an op-ed entitled "Faith on the court matters: A Catholic-Jewish panel is better than an all-Protestant one, but the Supreme Court has yet to reflect this country's diversity."

The New York Post reports today that "9/11 families blast Kagan."

Yesterday's edition of The Boston Globe reported that "Personal ties bind Obama, Kagan; President joins ranks of picking friend for court." The newspaper also contained an op-ed by columnist Joan Vennochi entitled "The effort to 'out' Kagan" and an op-ed by columnist Joanna Weiss entitled "Kagan as a beacon for gays."

The Associated Press has an article headlined "Should we ask if Supreme Court nominee is gay?"

The Des Moines Register reports that "Grassley vote will signal his approach to court picks."

At Politico.com, Mike Allen reports that "White House to release Kagan theses."

In The Toronto Globe and Mail, Gil Troy has an op-ed entitled "A careerist conundrum of Supreme proportions: Did Elena Kagan somehow lose her voice and soul while climbing her way to the top?"

In The Los Angeles Times, columnist Gregory Rodriguez has an op-ed entitled "Kagan and the triumph of WASP culture: Her confirmation wouldn't undermine WASP culture; it would be a powerful example of its reach."

And in The Wall Street Journal, columnist L. Gordon Crovitz has an op-ed entitled "To Be Borked or Not to Be Borked: Kagan misses the real cause of empty confirmation hearings." You can freely access the full text of the op-ed via Google News.
Posted at 07:58 AM by Howard Bashman



"Sotomayor tells graduates to cherish kin; Supreme Court justice speaks at St. Lawrence University": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 07:45 AM by Howard Bashman


"Web site grows out of fascination with Robert Wone killing": The Washington Post contains this article today.
Posted at 07:35 AM by Howard Bashman


"Washington's New Gun Rules Shift Constitutional Debate": This article appears today in The Wall Street Journal. You can freely access the full text of the article via Google News.
Posted at 07:32 AM by Howard Bashman


"Activism v. Restraint: What Obama can learn from F.D.R." Jeffrey Toobin has this essay in the May 24, 2010 issue of The New Yorker.
Posted at 07:10 AM by Howard Bashman


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