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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

"Pennsylvania Supreme Court limits new sentences for juvenile lifers; They rule landmark case does not apply to those who have run out of appeals": Peter Hall and Riley Yates of The Allentown Morning Call have this news update.

And Adam Brandolph of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has a news update headlined "State Supreme Court ruling stops possible parole for juvenile murderers."

This post of mine from earlier today provides links to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania's ruling.
Posted at 11:30 PM by Howard Bashman

"Texas Court: OK to 'talk dirty' to minors." The Houston Chronicle has a news update that begins, "Talking dirty to minors, just like Miley Cyrus 'twerking' on MTV or Janet Jackson having a 'wardrobe malfunction' during prime time, is constitutionally protected free speech, the highest criminal court in Texas ruled Wednesday."

You can access today's ruling of the Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas at this link.
Posted at 11:02 PM by Howard Bashman

"Does the Treaty Power Threaten Our System of Limited Government?" The Heritage Foundation hosted this event (link providing video access) earlier today, featuring both U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and law professor Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz.
Posted at 09:58 PM by Howard Bashman

"'Choose Life' or 'Kill the Sea Turtles'? ACLU, North Carolina argue over special license tags": The Charlotte Observer has this news update.

And The Associated Press reports that "Appeals court in Virginia hears arguments in North Carolina 'Choose Life' license plate case."
Posted at 09:18 PM by Howard Bashman

"When Judges Don't Know Everything": Linda Greenhouse will have this op-ed in Thursday's edition of The New York Times.

And at The Huffington Post, law professor Eric Segall has a blog entry titled "Judge Posner and Judicial Humility."
Posted at 09:07 PM by Howard Bashman

"Senate resumes fight over Obama nominees": This article will appear in Thursday's edition of The Washington Post. The newspaper will also contain an editorial titled "Stripping a court as a political ploy." reports that "Senate poised for battle over Obama nominees."

And at The Huffington Post, law professor Sidney Shapiro has a blog entry titled "Senate Republicans Opposed to D.C. Circuit Court Nominees: Screaming Through Their Hats."
Posted at 08:52 PM by Howard Bashman

"TV cameras allowed into UK Court of Appeal": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "Television cameras will be allowed in one of Britain's highest courts for the first time from Thursday, partially lifting a ban on filming in court that has been in place for almost a century."
Posted at 08:44 PM by Howard Bashman

Access online the video of yesterday's panel discussion at the National Press Club titled "The New Politics of Judicial Elections 2011-12": Last Friday, I had this post linking to the underlying report. You can view the video of the panel discussion by clicking here.
Posted at 03:40 PM by Howard Bashman

Miller v. Alabama -- prohibiting the imposition of a mandatory life sentence, without the possibility of parole, for a murder committed by a juvenile -- does not apply to an already final judgment, the Pa. Supreme Court has ruled today by a vote of 4-to-3: Today's ruling of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania consists of a majority opinion, a concurring opinion, and a dissenting opinion.
Posted at 03:04 PM by Howard Bashman

"What Americans Don't Understand About the Death Penalty: Support for capital punishment has hit an all-time low, according to a new Gallup poll; But the public still has a lot to learn about how unjustly the sentence is applied." Andrew Cohen has this essay online at The Atlantic.
Posted at 02:44 PM by Howard Bashman

"Retired U.S. Supreme Court justice to speak at freedom of the press conference": UGA Today has issued a news release that begins, "The University of Georgia School of Law will welcome retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens on Nov. 6 as the keynote speaker for a daylong conference titled 'The Press and the Constitution 50 Years after New York Times v. Sullivan.'"

Additional information about the event can be accessed here.
Posted at 01:48 PM by Howard Bashman

"The Supreme Court and the Perils of Advocacy Science: Examples from the Schuette Oral Argument on Affirmative Action." The Brookings Institution has posted online this essay by law professor Richard Lempert.
Posted at 01:44 PM by Howard Bashman

"Toppled Ten Commandments back in place near Supreme Court": The Washington Times has this report.
Posted at 01:42 PM by Howard Bashman

"U.S. Supreme Court to hear Greece prayer case next week": This article appears today in The Rochester (N.Y.) Democrat and Chronicle.
Posted at 01:40 PM by Howard Bashman

"GOP takes aim at Metro East native in D.C. judicial nomination fight": Bill Lambrecht has this article today in The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

James Rowley and Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News report that "Judicial Confirmation Clash Looms Over Obama's Nominees."

Burgess Everett of has reports headlined "Harry Reid on D.C. judge fight: 'Ridiculous'" and "Hold on: Nomination fights return to the Senate."

At, Shannon Bream reports that "Battle brewing over Obama nominations to crucial DC appeals court."

Jennifer Bendery of The Huffington Post has an article headlined "Patrick Leahy: 'Insurmountable' Push For Filibuster Rules Change If GOP Blocks Obama Nominee."

And at the "Constitution Daily" blog of the National Constitution Center, Lincoln Caplan has a post titled "The Senate showdown about the D.C. Circuit."
Posted at 01:15 PM by Howard Bashman

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