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Monday, June 2, 2008

"Alito on Baseball and Antitrust": Tony Mauro has this post today at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times."
Posted at 05:27 PM by Howard Bashman


"Cass Sunstein and Eugene Volokh on Bloggingheads": This diavlog was recorded May 27, 2008 and posted online today (via "Althouse").

Update: "How Appealing" is mentioned, on the topic of "the architecture of serendipity."
Posted at 03:17 PM by Howard Bashman



"Top court rules against government on money laundering": James Vicini of Reuters has this report.

And Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News reports that "Money Laundering Law Narrowed by U.S. Supreme Court."
Posted at 03:12 PM by Howard Bashman



"Fantasy baseball leagues can use real players' names, Supreme Court agrees; Justices deny the appeal by pro players who argued that no one had a right to exploit their identities for commercial gain": David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times provides this news update.

And Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News reports that "MLB Rebuffed by U.S. Supreme Court on Fantasy Rights."
Posted at 03:10 PM by Howard Bashman



"Fieger, law partner acquitted of illegal political donations": The Detroit Free Press provides this news update.

And The Detroit News provides an update headlined "Federal jury acquits Fieger, partner on all charges."
Posted at 03:00 PM by Howard Bashman



"Bush nominating Garre for solicitor general": The Associated Press provides this report.
Posted at 02:58 PM by Howard Bashman


"Court rules on paralegal fees, money laundering": Lyle Denniston has this post at "SCOTUSblog."

The U.S. Supreme Court today issued three decisions in argued cases.

1. Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. delivered the opinion of the Court in Richlin Security Service Co. v. Chertoff, No. 06-1717. Although no Justice filed any separate opinion, Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas did not join in all of Justice Alito's opinion. You can access the decision at this link and the oral argument transcript at this link.

2. Justice Thomas delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court in Regalado Cuellar v. United States, No. 06-1456. Justice Alito also filed a concurring opinion, in which the Chief Justice and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy joined. You can access the decision at this link and the oral argument transcript at this link.

3. And Justice Scalia announced the judgment of the Court and delivered an opinion in which Justices David H. Souter and Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined in full and in which Justice Thomas joined in part in United States v. Santos, No. 06-1005. Justice John Paul Stevens filed an opinion concurring in the judgment. Justice Stephen G. Breyer filed a dissenting opinion. And Justice Alito filed a dissenting opinion, in which the Chief Justice, Justice Kennedy, and Justice Breyer joined. You can access the decision at this link and the oral argument transcript at this link.

You can access today's Order List at this link.

In early news coverage, The Associated Press reports that "Justices rule for defendants on money laundering" and "Court refuses to consider fantasy baseball dispute."
Posted at 10:14 AM by Howard Bashman



Recently on C-SPAN's "America and the Courts": Two Saturday's ago, Solicitor General Paul D. Clement -- whose final day in office is today -- was the program's focus. You can view the broadcast by clicking here (also featuring remarks from Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.), while a bonus interview with Clement can be viewed by clicking here.

This past Saturday's broadcast focused on the commencement addresses that three U.S. Supreme Court Justices recently delivered. C-SPAN has also separately posted online the commencement addresses from Justice Clarence Thomas; Justice Stephen G. Breyer; and Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr.

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Posted at 09:12 AM by Howard Bashman



"Gay marriage may be a gift to California's economy; Business is up for hotels, bakers and photographers as same-sex couples prepare to wed": The Los Angeles Times contains this article today.
Posted at 09:05 AM by Howard Bashman


"Money Everyone Can Use: The Treasury should adapt bills for the blind." This editorial appears today in The Washington Post.
Posted at 09:02 AM by Howard Bashman


"Convicted killer and alleged KKK member to appeal": The Associated Press provides a report that begins, "James Ford Seale, the reputed Ku Klux Klan member serving three life sentences for his role in the 1964 abduction and murder of two black Mississippi teenagers, is disputing his conviction." According to the article, "On Monday, Kathy Nester, Seale's attorney, was expected to argue to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that federal prosecutors failed to prove key elements needed for conviction."
Posted at 08:54 AM by Howard Bashman


"Porn trial more than a simple smut case": Yesterday's edition of The St. Petersburg Times contained an article that begins, "Twelve local residents spent last week doing a dirty job for the rest of us. Jurors in the federal trial of Paul F. Little, a California man who known by the nom de porn Max Hardcore, watched hours of explicit, violent pornography to determine if, among other things, Little violated community standards. The case, which continues this week, has captured the attention of groups from New York City to California by raising larger questions about the legal standards for obscenity in an online world."

On Saturday, The St. Petersburg Times reported that "Defense wants new judge in porn trial." In addition, columnist Sue Carlton had an op-ed entitled "Tampa porn case is a trial for jurors, too."

And, in earlier coverage, The St. Petersburg Times previewed the trial last Wednesday in an article headlined "Jurors in Tampa to decide; What is obscene?" Additional trial coverage appeared in articles headlined "Juror asks to view less porn in court" and "Judge may spare jury from watching 8 hours of violent porn."

And The Tampa Tribune has covered the trial in articles headlined "Porn Producer's Lawyers Say He Didn't Mail DVDs To Tampa"; "Jurors View Sex Videos As Max Hardcore Obscenity Trial Begins"; and "Jury Selected For Obscenity Trial Over X-Rated Films."
Posted at 08:50 AM by Howard Bashman



"Future uncertain for Florida's Bush-Gore ballots from 2000 race; All six million-plus ballots cast in the historic 2000 presidential election remain in storage, and the secretary of state is debating whether to move them out": This article appeared yesterday in The Miami Herald.
Posted at 08:42 AM by Howard Bashman


"At war crimes trials, is no defense a defense? Military defense lawyers face a dilemma at the war court: Is offering up no defense the way to defend an alleged terrorist at trial?" Carol Rosenberg has this article today in The Miami Herald.

And today's edition of USA Today contains an editorial entitled "Terror trials have flaws but need to be tested; Best way to find out whether system is fair is to see how it works," while Anthony D. Romero has an op-ed entitled "'Abandon this farce': Guantanamo trials are fatally flawed; it's time to start over."
Posted at 08:32 AM by Howard Bashman



"How Cozen took on a kingdom for 9/11 liability": Today's edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer contains this article -- part two of a two-part series. Part one appeared in yesterday's newspaper, and you can access it at this link.
Posted at 08:14 AM by Howard Bashman


"Bryan Garner: The art of persuasion." This interview appeared Sunday in The Dallas Morning News.
Posted at 08:05 AM by Howard Bashman


"Scalia Decries Drift of Court On Religion; U.S. Tradition Not Neutral, Justice Tells Torah Sages": Joseph Goldstein has this article today in The New York Sun. The newspaper also contains a related editorial entitled "Sage and Sages."
Posted at 08:00 AM by Howard Bashman


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