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Saturday, November 18, 2006

"Bush bipartisanship? President resubmits judicial nominees." This editorial appears today in The Sacramento Bee.

And Newsday yesterday published an editorial entitled "White House misjudgment: Bush offered comity, turned partisan."
Posted at 11:58 PM by Howard Bashman



"Role of White House Counsel Examined": The current issue of Virginia Law Weekly contains an article that begins, "As Deputy White House Counsel during President Bush’s first term, David G. Leitch was given the least enviable task during deliberations over appointments to the federal bench. While interviewing prospective nominees late in the process, Leitch had to 'clear the room' and commence the 'sex-drugs-and-rock-and-roll discussion.'"

I had the pleasure of visiting with Leitch -- who now works as Ford Motor Company's general counsel and senior vice president -- at the White House a while back, but for better or worse we had no sex-drugs-and-rock-and-roll discussion.
Posted at 11:28 PM by Howard Bashman



"A Somber Annual Meeting for Conservative Lawyers": In Sunday's edition of The New York Times, Neil A. Lewis will have an article that begins, "For the last 20 years, the Federalist Society, a conclave of conservative lawyers, has steadily flourished, even when there was a Democrat in the White House. But the recent election results, along with increased partisan bitterness over judicial nominations, may have given an unaccustomed jolt to members of the group, whose annual convention concluded on Saturday."
Posted at 11:20 PM by Howard Bashman


"Prospect dim for conservative judicial nominees; With a Democratic Senate, a conservative like Alito will face a struggle": Tom Curry, national affairs writer for MSNBC, provides this report.
Posted at 03:45 PM by Howard Bashman


"Moot court finals rule at HLS": Harvard Law School has posted online this news release. To view online video of the 95th Annual Moot Court Final Competition, at which Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States, D.C. Circuit Judge Merrick B. Garland, and Fourth Circuit Judge Diana Gribbon Motz presided, click here (RealPlayer required).
Posted at 02:14 PM by Howard Bashman


"Gay Marriage Galvanizes Canada's Religious Right": This article will appear Sunday in The New York Times.
Posted at 02:04 PM by Howard Bashman


"Court: Lawsuit timeframe starts at discovery of extramarital affair; It said earlier ruling based on actual end rewarded duplicity." The Associated Press provides a report that begins, "Spouses who want to sue the lovers of their unfaithful spouses for monetary damages have up to three years after discovering the adultery to go to court, the N.C. Supreme Court ruled yesterday in overturning a lower-court decision."

You can access yesterday's ruling of the Supreme Court of North Carolina at this link. And the intermediate appellate court's ruling that yesterday's decision reversed can be accessed at this link.
Posted at 02:00 PM by Howard Bashman



"Formula for Forgiving: How Americans measure how long it takes to forgive racist comments." Dahlia Lithwick has this jurisprudence essay online at Slate.
Posted at 10:25 AM by Howard Bashman


"State builds case against clemency advocate": Today in The San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko has an article that begins, "State agents have searched a San Francisco apartment for evidence that a former criminal defense investigator, working on the appeals of four death penalty cases, forged statements from jurors and others involved in the cases, Attorney General Bill Lockyer's office said Friday."
Posted at 07:35 AM by Howard Bashman


"ASU honors O'Connor at law college renaming": The Arizona Republic today contains an article that begins, "Arizona State University honored former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on Friday at the renaming of the ASU College of Law in her honor."
Posted at 07:33 AM by Howard Bashman


"Pa.'s Justice Newman to step down": The Philadelphia Inquirer contains this article today.
Posted at 07:30 AM by Howard Bashman


"Court rules Raiders out of bounds; Decision may keep team from raking in $34 million it won in suit against county": This article appears today in The Oakland Tribune.

And today in The San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko reports that "Appeals court tosses Raiders' jury award."
Posted at 07:25 AM by Howard Bashman



"Chief appeals judge steps down; Charles J. Kahn Jr., accused of appearing to aid a former senator, loses 'chief'": The St. Petersburg Times today contains an article that begins, "Florida's largest appellate court has quietly replaced its chief judge amid internal rancor and suggestions of political influence surrounding the bribery conviction and prison sentence of former Sen. W.D. Childers."
Posted at 07:20 AM by Howard Bashman


"Prison Term For Poisoned Mailings; Retribution Plan Proves Half-Baked": The Associated Press provides a report that begins, "A Connecticut woman picked a frightening and potentially deadly way to strike back at friends and family members who, she felt, had slighted her. Barbara Joan March sent cookies and candy laced with rat poison to Supreme Court justices and top FBI and Pentagon officials."
Posted at 07:18 AM by Howard Bashman


"A Reputation Stained: Review Council Punishes Former Chief Justice For Delaying Opinion, A First In Judicial History." Today in The Hartford Courant, Lynne Tuohy has an article that begins, "For former Chief Justice William J. Sullivan, the harshest sanction Friday wasn't a 15-day suspension for holding up the release of a controversial ruling to help a colleague succeed him as chief justice. It was the notoriety of being the first judge in the nation ever to be disciplined for holding up release of an opinion."

And The Connecticut Post today contains an article headlined "Council: Judge violated code; Sullivan guilty of ethics breach on delay of controversial decision."
Posted at 07:11 AM by Howard Bashman



"Meehan targeting 'don't ask, don't tell'": The Boston Globe today contains an article that begins, "Two leading House Democrats said yesterday that they intend to reverse the 13-year-old 'don't ask, don't tell' policy on gays and lesbians in the military when Congress comes under Democratic control in January."
Posted at 07:10 AM by Howard Bashman


"Bush's nominees for judgeships to be conservative": This article appears today in The Washington Times.

And The Washington Post today contains an article headlined "No Secrets Here: Federalist Society Plots In the Open; Conservative Legal Group Focuses on Judiciary to Come."
Posted at 06:58 AM by Howard Bashman



"U.S. Plans $125M Gitmo Legal Compound": The Associated Press provides a report that begins, "The U.S. military on Friday said it plans to build a $125 million compound at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base where it hopes to hold war-crimes trials for terror suspects by the middle of next year."

And today in The Miami Herald, Carol Rosenberg has an article headlined "Critics assail Pentagon plan for terror trials; Guantanamo critics reacted with anger at the Pentagon's plan to build a compound for war-crimes trials, before the new rules are announced and any civilian court challenges."
Posted at 06:57 AM by Howard Bashman



"Judge’s Ruling Bars The Times From Using Sources' Information in Defense Against Suit": Today in The New York Times, Neil A. Lewis has an article that begins, "A federal magistrate judge ruled on Friday that The New York Times may not rely in any way on information its columnist, Nicholas D. Kristof, may have received from two Federal Bureau of Investigation officials in its defense of a defamation suit brought by a former government scientist."
Posted at 06:48 AM by Howard Bashman


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