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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

"Justices Turn Back Ex-Detainee's Suit": Adam Liptak has this article today in The New York Times.

Today in The Washington Post, Robert Barnes reports that "Court Says Detainee's Lawsuit Can't Proceed." The newspaper also contains an editorial entitled "Abuse and Accountability: The Supreme Court turns back a detainee's lawsuit against top Justice Department officials."

David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times reports that "Supreme Court tosses former detainee's lawsuit; The justices rule that Javaid Iqbal, a Pakistani Muslim arrested after Sept. 11, may not sue former Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III for abuses he says he suffered."

Jess Bravin of The Wall Street Journal reports that "Justices Reject Custody Claims."

Joan Biskupic of USA Today reports that "Claim against Ashcroft, Mueller rejected; High court says Pakistani failed to prove link in post-9/11 abuse."

Warren Richey of The Christian Science Monitor reports that "Court ruling could protect top Bush officials from terror lawsuits; The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a suit holding FBI Director Robert Mueller and former Attorney General John Ashcroft responsible for wrongful detention of Muslims after 9/11."

At, Josh Gerstein reports that "Post-9/11 discrimination suit blocked."

And yesterday evening's broadcast of NPR's "All Things Considered" contained an audio segment entitled "Ruling Deals Blow To Ex-Detainee's Abuse Case" (RealPlayer required) featuring Nina Totenberg.
Posted at 11:58 PM by Howard Bashman

"Supreme Court Will Hear Sarbanes-Oxley Challenge; Accounting Oversight Board Wields Too Much Power, Plaintiffs Say": This article appears today in The Washington Post.

And today's edition of The Wall Street Journal contains an editorial entitled "Sarbox and the Constitution: Supreme Court scrutiny for a harmful law."
Posted at 11:44 PM by Howard Bashman

"Pension Plans May Exclude Pregnancy Leaves, Justices Rule": Adam Liptak has this article today in The New York Times.

Today in The San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko reports that "Court lets maternity leave hurt pension payoff."'s Tony Mauro reports that "High Court Rules in Pregnancy Leave Case, Agrees to Hear Challenge to SOX Board; Justices turn back former detainee's suit against former AG Ashcroft and FBI director."

And at the "XXfactor" blog, Dahlia Lithwick has a post titled "Ruth Bader Ginsburg Ain't No Oprah Winfrey," while Emily Bazelon has a post titled "AT&T v. Hulteen: The Ghost of Bad Supreme Court Rulings Past."
Posted at 11:35 PM by Howard Bashman

"Californian Would Add Wide Experience to Court": Wednesday in The New York Times, John Schwartz will have an article that begins, "Carlos R. Moreno is a long-shot candidate to fill Justice David H. Souter's spot on the United States Supreme Court. He is the only man on most short lists when many people believe President Obama will appoint a woman; he is also, at 60, a bit old by the standards of recent appointees."

The Detroit News has an update headlined "Granholm didn't meet privately with Obama at White House."

At, Ariane de Vogue, Jan Crawford Greenburg and Theresa Cook have an article headlined "Court Pick Might Not Come From the Bench; Will Obama Look Outside the 'Judicial Monastery' to Fill Court Vacancy?" reports that "Political Battle Over Obama's Supreme Court Pick Hits the Web; Conservative and liberal groups are using the Internet to trade accusations, launch attack ads against potential nominees and raise money to support their cause."

The Hill reports that "SCOTUS debate becomes conservatives' cash cow."

And at The Huffington Post, Jeff Cohen has an essay entitled "Will Obama Move Supreme Court Rightward?"
Posted at 10:24 PM by Howard Bashman

"391 N.J. judges agree to voluntary 2-day furlough": The Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger has this news update.
Posted at 10:18 PM by Howard Bashman

"Analysis: Expect nominee to dodge hard questions." Jesse J. Holland of The Associated Press has an article that begins, "Questions about abortion, gay rights, rights of suspected terrorists and the meaning of a new judicial buzz word - empathy - await President Barack Obama's eventual Supreme Court nominee. Just don't expect much in the way of answers."
Posted at 04:33 PM by Howard Bashman

"Judge dismisses Rutgers prof's lawsuit targeting Iraq war's validity": The Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger has a news update that begins, "A federal judge today dismissed a Rutgers University professor's lawsuit arguing the 2003 invasion of Iraq was unconstitutional."

And The Associated Press reports that "Judge drops suit over Iraq war's constitutionality."

I have posted online at this link today's ruling of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. According to today's decision, the plaintiffs were seeking "a declaratory judgment that the 'war in Iraq is being waged in violation of Article I, Sec. 8 of the United States Constitution.'"
Posted at 03:06 PM by Howard Bashman

"Judge Sotomayor's Civil Opinions - Part III": Kevin Russell has this post today at "SCOTUSblog."
Posted at 03:05 PM by Howard Bashman

"Coloradan may be considered for high court": Today's edition of The Pueblo Chieftain contains an article that begins, "A new Hispanic judge who grew up in modest circumstances in Southern Colorado said Monday she has been approached by White House intermediaries about being considered to fill a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello disclosed the development during an inquiry from The Pueblo Chieftain."
Posted at 03:04 PM by Howard Bashman

"The Cheney Fallacy: Why Barack Obama is waging a more effective war on terror than George W. Bush." Law professor Jack Goldsmith has this essay online at The New Republic.
Posted at 11:34 AM by Howard Bashman

"White House wins court fight on e-mail disclosure": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the office that has records about millions of possibly missing e-mails from the Bush White House does not have to make them public."

You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit at this link.
Posted at 11:32 AM by Howard Bashman

"Judge Sotomayor's Civil Opinions - Part II": Tom Goldstein has this post at "SCOTUSblog."
Posted at 10:19 AM by Howard Bashman

"Calif. top court revives class action against tobacco industry; State Supreme Court's 4-3 decision involving a deceptive advertising case surprises those who thought Prop. 64 had essentially ended consumer lawsuits": Maura Dolan has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.

Bob Egelko of The San Francisco Chronicle reports today that "Class-action lawsuit over tobacco ads proceeds."

And reports that "In Loss for Big Tobacco, Calif. Supreme Court Loosens Standing to Sue Under Proposition 64."

My earlier coverage of yesterday's ruling of the Supreme Court of California appears at this link.
Posted at 08:40 AM by Howard Bashman

"An Alternative Short List for the High Court: Law professors say whom they would nominate to the U.S. Supreme Court; Are any on the president's radar?" Marcia Coyle has this article in the current issue of The National Law Journal.

Linda Feldmann of The Christian Science Monitor has an article headlined "What another woman would bring to Supreme Court: Expectations are high that Obama will nominate a woman; Though female jurisprudence is not much different from that of male judges, women tend to be more pro-women's rights and to tilt more toward plaintiffs in sex-discrimination cases."

Newsday reports today that "Hofstra law dean honored to be mentioned for Supreme Court."

Today's edition of The New York Times contains an article headlined "Napolitano Appears to Straddle Political Divide."

And at, Gebe Martinez has an essay entitled "The selection of a latina for the Supreme Court won't mean quotas trumped qualifications."
Posted at 08:34 AM by Howard Bashman

"Amid Queries, CIA Worries About Future; Intelligence Officials Privately Warn That New Rules May Hinder Their Interrogations": This article appears today in The Washington Post.
Posted at 08:25 AM by Howard Bashman

"Executions Debated as Missouri Plans One": The New York Times contains this article today.

And The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports today that "Executions set for two Missouri men."
Posted at 08:15 AM by Howard Bashman

"Changes Planned for Guantanamo Trials May Lead to Familiar Challenges": This article appears today in The New York Times.

The Wall Street Journal reports today that "Detainee Stance Represents Political Gamble for Obama." reports that "Republicans want to keep Guantanamo Bay detainees out of the United States."

And The Associated Press reports that "Prospect of Gitmo prisoners in US stokes fears."
Posted at 08:14 AM by Howard Bashman

"Obama Avoids Test on Gays in Military": Today in The Wall Street Journal, Jess Bravin and Laura Meckler have an article that begins, "The Obama administration has decided to accept an appeals-court ruling that could undermine the military's ban on service members found to be gay."
Posted at 08:07 AM by Howard Bashman

"Judge delays a decision on sanctions; Prosecutor is reprimanded": Today in The Boston Globe, Jonathan Saltzman has an article that begins, "The chief judge of the US District Court in Massachusetts held off yesterday on sanctioning a federal prosecutor who has acknowledged that she withheld evidence that could have cleared a defendant in a gun case."
Posted at 08:00 AM by Howard Bashman

"Images, the Law and War": Adam Liptak had this article in the Week in Review section of this past Sunday's edition of The New York Times.
Posted at 07:51 AM by Howard Bashman

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