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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Programming note: Additional posts will appear here on Wednesday evening.
Posted at 06:15 PM by Howard Bashman


"Appeals court upholds penalties for secret meetings": The Houston Chronicle has a news update that begins, "A Fifth Circuit federal appeals panel on Tuesday upheld the criminal penalty provision of the Texas Open Meetings Act against a challenge by a cadre of city officials who argued it chills free speech."

And The Texas Tribune reports that "Court Finds Open Meetings Act Constitutional."

You can access today's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit at this link.
Posted at 05:37 PM by Howard Bashman



"West Virginia Voting Map Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court": Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News has this report.

And at "SCOTUSblog," Lyle Denniston has a post titled "Opinion recap: Hedging on 'one person, one vote.'"
Posted at 05:24 PM by Howard Bashman



"SEC Fraud Suit Deadlines Draw Review From U.S. High Court": Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News has this report.

And Reuters reports that "Supreme Court to hear Marc Gabelli appeal in SEC case."
Posted at 05:14 PM by Howard Bashman



"Force DUI suspects to have breath, blood tests? High court to rule." David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times has this news update.

Warren Richey of The Christian Science Monitor has an article headlined "Forced blood test for a drunk-driving suspect? Supreme Court to step in; A Missouri trooper ordered a blood test for a suspected drunk driver who had refused one, without having a warrant; US Supreme Court said Tuesday it will decide if that action was justified; The case could help define the scope of protections against unreasonable searches."

Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News reports that "Forced Blood Test in Drunk Driving Case Gets Court Review."

And Terry Baynes and Jonathan Stempel of Reuters report that "Supreme Court to review blood tests to test driver sobriety."
Posted at 05:08 PM by Howard Bashman



"Court grants appeals from 2 people without lawyers": Jesse J. Holland of The Associated Press has a report that begins, "Well-heeled clients pay tens of thousands of dollars to hit the legal jackpot -- Supreme Court review of their appeals. But on Tuesday, the court decided to hear cases filed by two people who couldn't afford or didn't bother to hire an attorney."

And in other coverage of today's Order List, The AP has reports headlined "Court to review limit of driver record protections"; "Court to decide if SEC can sue Gabelli fund execs": and "Court: Can Guam man sue gov't over surgery?"
Posted at 04:46 PM by Howard Bashman



"Conservatives warily ponder prospect of an 'Obama court'": Tom Curry, NBC News national affairs writer, has this report.
Posted at 04:30 PM by Howard Bashman


"Human Rights, the Death Penalty, and Affirmative Action: What will the Supreme Court decide in this term's first big cases?" Emily Bazelon has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.
Posted at 04:20 PM by Howard Bashman


"Justice Thomas: Stay upbeat, focused in law school." The University of Florida Levin College of Law has this news release, containing a link to video of Justice Clarence Thomas's recent remarks at that law school.
Posted at 01:52 PM by Howard Bashman


"Ninth Circuit Recalls Judge James R. Browning": The Public Information Office of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit posted this news release online today.
Posted at 01:30 PM by Howard Bashman


Access online today's Order List of the U.S. Supreme Court: The Court has posted today's Order List at this link. The Court today granted review in six new cases. Also attached to the Order List is today's per curiam opinion in Tennant v. Jefferson County Comm'n.

In early news coverage, The Associated Press reports that "High court to consider drunken driving case" and "High court upholds WV congressional districts."

And at "SCOTUSblog," Lyle Denniston has a post titled "Six new grants, redistricting ruling."
Posted at 09:34 AM by Howard Bashman



"Texas Diversity Tested at Court as Affirmative Action Curbs Loom": Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News has this report.
Posted at 08:50 AM by Howard Bashman


"Pennsylvania Court Reconsiders Voter ID Availability": Bloomberg News has a report that begins, "The Pennsylvania judge who last month upheld a law requiring voters to show photo identification is scheduled today to hear arguments over whether people will be able to comply before the general election in November."

The Associated Press reports that "Judge Robert Simpson hears voter ID case again, beginning today."

And in today's edition of The Morning Call of Allentown, Pennsylvania, Peter Hall has an article headlined "Voter ID fight continues today in Harrisburg; State officials must convince Judge Robert Simpson voters will be able to get ID cards before Election Day."
Posted at 08:44 AM by Howard Bashman



"Man wrongly convicted can sue LAPD, federal court panel rules; Harold C. Hall, who spent 19 years in prison for killings he didn't commit, contends officers coerced his confession; A panel of the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals says he can pursue his case": Maura Dolan has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.

The Los Angeles Daily News reports that "Wrongfully convicted man allowed to revise lawsuit against Los Angeles over confession."

And at her "Trial Insider" blog, Pamela A. MacLean has a post titled "Coerced Confession Civil Rights Suit Revived."

You can access yesterday's ruling of a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at this link.
Posted at 08:39 AM by Howard Bashman



"New Ruling on Katrina Favors Corps of Engineers": In today's edition of The New York Times, John Schwartz has an article that begins, "A federal appeals court reversed itself, ruling Monday that the Army Corps of Engineers is not liable for devastation caused in Hurricane Katrina from a government-built navigation canal."

The Times-Picayune of New Orleans reports that "Hurricane Katrina damage judgment against Army Corps of Engineers is reversed by federal appeals court."

And The Associated Press reports that "Appeals court tosses out landmark Katrina ruling."

Yesterday's ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is not yet freely available for viewing at that court's web site.

Update: The Fifth Circuit has now posted yesterday's opinion at this link.
Posted at 08:32 AM by Howard Bashman



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