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Thursday, October 22, 2009

"Blogger charged with threatening judges free on bail": Today's edition of The Bergen County (N.J.) Record contains an article that begins, "Internet blogger and talk show host Harold 'Hal' Turner, jailed as a danger to the community after his June arrest by the FBI, was freed on bail Wednesday pending trial on charges of threatening the lives of federal judges in Chicago."
Posted at 10:52 PM by Howard Bashman

"Orly Taitz appeals judge's $20,000 sanction; Calls Land's remarks 'political lynching'": The Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer has this news update. You can access the unusually lengthy and argumentative notice of appeal at this link.
Posted at 10:24 PM by Howard Bashman

"Bankruptcy: New Haven For Student Borrowers? High court decision could have big effect on college loan industry." Asher Hawkins has this report online at
Posted at 06:23 PM by Howard Bashman

"Supreme Court weighs fate of whistleblowers; Person who doesn't want to testify should be forced to explain why not, Polygone lawyers argue": Today in The Toronto Globe and Mail, Kirk Makin has an article that begins, "A confidential media source who was instrumental in exposing the Quebec sponsorship scandal may be the last such hero if the courts fail to protect her anonymity, the Supreme Court of Canada was told Wednesday."
Posted at 06:20 PM by Howard Bashman

Ninth Circuit panel issues opinion explaining why it would allow the release of the names of those who signed petitions seeking a voter referendum on whether to give same-sex couples the same rights as married couples in Washington State: You can access today's opinion of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit at this link.
Posted at 06:18 PM by Howard Bashman

"Is it Important to Be Important? Evaluating the Supreme Court's Case Selection Process." Law professor Frederick Schauer has posted this article online at SSRN (via "Legal Theory Blog").
Posted at 02:18 PM by Howard Bashman

"Ten Commandments: Secular or religious? Case examines intent behind displays at Kentucky courthouses." This article appeared Tuesday in The Cincinnati Enquirer.
Posted at 10:34 AM by Howard Bashman

"Chief justice: I was asleep during my son's party." Yesterday's edition of The Des Moines Register contained an article that begins, "Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus says she was home sleeping the night her husband, her son and a group of teenagers were charged by Polk County sheriff's deputies investigating an underage beer party on Ternus' property. Ternus says she was unaware of the party until a deputy arrived at the house to investigate a complaint of loud noises on her 29-acre property near Grimes. Ternus commented on the case for the first time Tuesday, shortly after her husband, Dennis Drake, entered an Alford plea to a misdemeanor charge of harassment of a public official."

The Globe Gazette of Mason City, Iowa reported yesterday that "Justice's husband gets probation in drinking case."

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported yesterday that "Chief Justice speaks about son's party night."

And Radio Iowa reported yesterday that "Husband of Chief Justice enters plea in drinking case."
Posted at 10:33 AM by Howard Bashman

"Nevada abortion statute targeted; Activist pursues personhood petition": This article appears today in The Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Posted at 10:27 AM by Howard Bashman

"Justice's old house finds a new home": Today's edition of The Arizona Republic contains an article that begins, "Known for her stoicism, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said she could not mask her emotion at the sight of her 1958 adobe house restored on a desert bluff in Papago Park."
Posted at 10:25 AM by Howard Bashman

"Williams steps down from R.I. Supreme Court": Yesterday's edition of The Providence Journal contained an article that begins, "Frank J. Williams, the retired chief justice of the state Supreme Court, whose constant presence has been cited as a cause in the divorce case of his former driver, announced Tuesday that he will no longer sit on the state's highest court."
Posted at 10:23 AM by Howard Bashman

"Equal pay crusader says she'll always be 'second-class citizen'": The Tampa Tribune today contains an article that begins, "After a life of anonymity in Jacksonville, Ala., Lilly Ledbetter made a name for herself when her gender discrimination lawsuit against Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. reached the Supreme Court two years ago."
Posted at 10:22 AM by Howard Bashman

"Guantanamo Uighurs know justices took their case; At Guantanamo Bay, a BBC news article was posted on a bulletin board to announce the decision by Supreme Court justices to to consider the case of the Uighyr detainees": Carol Rosenberg has this article today in The Miami Herald.
Posted at 10:20 AM by Howard Bashman

"Gableman participates in disputed Supreme Court case": This article appears today in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Posted at 10:18 AM by Howard Bashman

"Ex-Yale Students Settle Internet Defamation Lawsuit": The Hartford Courant today contains an article that begins, "Two former Yale University law school students have quietly settled a high-profile lawsuit they brought against about two dozen anonymous authors who the students said defamed and threatened them by posting malicious falsehoods on an Internet message board."
Posted at 09:50 AM by Howard Bashman

"Nashville attorney breezes through confirmation hearing for judgeship": The Tennessean has a report that begins, "Nashville attorney Jane Branstetter Stranch easily made it through her confirmation hearing on Wednesday on her nomination to become a U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the Sixth Circuit."
Posted at 09:44 AM by Howard Bashman

"One Reporter's Lonely Beat, Witnessing Executions": Yesterday's edition of The New York Times contained this article about Michael Graczyk, a Houston-based reporter for The Associated Press.
Posted at 08:22 AM by Howard Bashman

"School tax credit to go to US high court": Today in The Arizona Daily Star, Howard Fischer has an article that begins, "A challenge to Arizona's controversial tax credits to help students go to private and parochial schools will have to be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. In a split decision Wednesday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found foes of tuition tax credits for private and parochial schools are entitled to try to prove they are unconstitutional, upholding an earlier ruling by a three-judge panel."

And The Arizona Republic reports today that "Attorneys to ask high court to review Ariz. tuition tax credits."

My earlier coverage of yesterday's Ninth Circuit order denying rehearing en banc, from which eight judges noted their dissent, can be accessed here.
Posted at 08:17 AM by Howard Bashman

"Adelphia's Rigases Win Appeal on Conspiracy Charge": Bloomberg News has this report.

My earlier coverage of yesterday's Third Circuit ruling appears here and here.
Posted at 08:05 AM by Howard Bashman

"Paparazzi's publishers now in the picture as lawsuit targets": This front page article appears today in The Sacramento Bee.
Posted at 08:02 AM by Howard Bashman

"Judges reject California plan to cut prison crowding; The panel threatens to impose its own plan if the state does not submit an acceptable one within three weeks": The Los Angeles Times today contains an article that begins, "Three federal judges on Wednesday forcefully rejected a Schwarzenegger administration proposal to ease prison overcrowding, threatening to impose their own plan for reducing the inmate population if the state does not submit an acceptable one within three weeks."

Today in The San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko reports that "Court, governor dig in heels on prison crowding."

In The San Jose Mercury News, Howard Mintz reports that "Court rejects governor's plan to solve prison overcrowding."

The Sacramento Bee reports that "Governor blames budget woes on judges 'going absolutely crazy.'"

And The Associated Press reports that "Court rejects Calif. plan to cut prison population."

I have posted online at this link yesterday's order of a three-judge U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Northern Districts of California.
Posted at 07:52 AM by Howard Bashman

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