"Screen set up at trial nixes assault conviction":
The Associated Press provides a report
that begins, "A sexual assault conviction was overturned by the Nebraska Supreme Court because of a screen that had been set up in the trial courtroom to prevent the defendant's 11-year-old accuser from having to see him when she testified."
And The Omaha World-Herald provides a news update headlined "Nebraska high court reverses sexual-assault conviction."
You can access today's ruling of the Supreme Court of Nebraska at this link.
"Judicial Pay Raise Reargument Focuses on Plaintiffs' Standing":
law.com provides a report
that begins, "Plaintiffs' standing was a central issue Wednesday in the reargument in the 3rd Circuit of a suit challenging the process by which the controversial 2005 pay raise for Pennsylvania judges and lawmakers was passed."
"Joyce's mother dies; trial delayed":
The Erie (Pa.) Times-News provides an update
that begins, "The mother of former state Superior Court Judge Michael T. Joyce died earlier today, leading to a delay in Joyce's federal trial. The trial will not resume on Monday, as had been scheduled, according to the chambers of Senior U.S. District Court Judge Maurice B. Cohill Jr."
"Out-Of-State Judges May Fill Void Nottingham Left":
cbs4denver.com provides a report
that begins, "The U.S. District Court for Colorado is considering asking for help from out-of-state federal judges as a result of the resignation of Chief Judge Edward Nottingham. The court administrator said Thursday the 200 active cases Nottingham had on his docket could be delayed as the result of his resignation. The court was short of judges before Nottingham's resignation and his stepping down seemingly makes it more likely that cases will be delayed even more."
"Utah's top federal jurist violated judicial rules with Obama donations": This article
appears today in The Salt Lake Tribune.
And later today, the newspaper published an update headlined "Chief Utah federal judge apologizes for rule-violating Obama donation."
"Election Could Have Seismic Effect on Federal Courts":
Pamela A. MacLean has this article
in The National Law Journal.
And in the November 5, 2008 issue of The New Republic, Law Professor Jeffrey Rosen will have an essay entitled "McJustice: Liberals' long-feared judicial apocalypse is nigh."
"Reagan Appointee and (Recent) McCain Adviser Charles Fried Supports Obama":
Cass. R. Sunstein has this post
today at The New Republic's blog "The Plank."
In the November 2008 issue of ABA Journal magazine:
Terry Carter will have a lengthy article headlined "The Pre-emption Prescription: The FDA is claiming total responsibility for drug and medical device safety; Some think it's a bad idea
David G. Savage will have an article headlined "Taking Trials to Court."
John Gibeaut will have an article headlined "Fines, Fox, FCC ... and other F-Words: 30 years after '7 Words,' the court hears fleeting expletives."
And an interview with Jeffrey Toobin is headlined "The Next Confirmation Battle."
"Judge Halverson's husband pleads guilty to beating her":
The Las Vegas Review-Journal provides this news update
The Las Vegas Sun provides a news update headlined "Husband of embattled judge pleads guilty."
And The Associated Press reports that "Husband of suspended Nevada judge takes plea deal."
"Florida Supreme Court rejects 'false light' lawsuit":
The St. Petersburg Times today contains an article
that begins, "In a victory for Florida newspapers and freedom of speech, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a lawsuit that penalized a newspaper for publishing a story that was true." The newspaper also contains an editorial entitled "Free speech gets room to breathe
The Pensacola News Journal reports today that "Supreme Court rejects 'false light' lawsuit; 1998 story at crux of $18 million case." The newspaper also contains an editorial entitled "A win for the truth."
law.com reports that "Fla. Supreme Court Rejects False Light as a Legal Cause of Action."
And The Tallahassee Democrat contains an editorial entitled "Free-press victory: Court is correct in rejecting 'false light.'"
As I first reported in this post from yesterday, the cases in which the Supreme Court of Florida yesterday issued decisions on this subject are Anderson v. Gannett Co. and Jews for Jesus, Inc. v. Rapp.
"Lawyer goes easy on former fiancee of ex-judge on trial":
In today's edition of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Paula Reed Ward has an article
that begins, "After spending considerable time and enthusiasm in their opening statement blaming the entire criminal case of former Superior Court Judge Michael T. Joyce on his ex-fiancee, defense attorneys did not take nearly as aggressive an approach during the woman's cross-examination yesterday."
Today in The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Jason Cato reports that "Ex-fiancee claims defendant not hurt."
And The Erie (Pa.) Times-News reports that "Joyce's exes take stand; Former fiancee, wife testify about activities after accident."
"Court says customs agents may read letters":
Today in The San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko has an article
that begins, "Customs agents who open packages at airports searching for contraband can look at any letters they come across for obvious signs of criminality - for example, an adult's sexually suggestive note to a young girl, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday."
My earlier coverage of yesterday's en banc Ninth Circuit ruling appears at this link.
"Coin toss could decide who takes state case to high court":
The Providence (R.I.) Journal today contains an article
that begins, "A leading constitutional scholar said yesterday that only 'childish and selfish' reasons would prevent former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson from being chosen to argue for the state in an Indian land case set to go before the nation's high court Nov. 3."