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Monday, December 2, 2013

"Lawmakers propose removing state judges from Pennsylvania ballots": This article appears today in The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Posted at 11:54 PM by Howard Bashman


"A New Wave of Challenges to Health Law": In Tuesday's edition of The New York Times, Sheryl Gay Stolberg will have a front page article that begins, "More than a year after the Supreme Court upheld the central provision of President Obama's health care overhaul, a fresh wave of legal challenges to the law is playing out in courtrooms as conservative critics -- joined by their Republican allies on Capitol Hill -- make the case that Mr. Obama has overstepped his authority in applying it."
Posted at 11:48 PM by Howard Bashman


"Q. & A.: Evan Wolfson on Winning the Gay-Marriage Fight." Richard Socarides has this blog post online today at The New Yorker.
Posted at 11:46 PM by Howard Bashman


"U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear part of redistricting lawsuit": The Montgomery Advertiser has this report.
Posted at 09:20 PM by Howard Bashman


"Justices Pass on Tax Case From Online Merchants": Adam Liptak will have this article in Tuesday's edition of The New York Times.

Robert Barnes of The Washington Post reports that "Supreme Court declines case on making online retailers collect sales taxes."

Richard Wolf of USA Today reports that "Supreme Court won't rule on state Internet sales taxes; Decision is a setback for online retailers Amazon.com and Overstock.com, which have battled New York State for five years over the collection of state sales taxes."

The Christian Science Monitor reports that "Supreme Court won't weigh in on online sales tax debate; Though Amazon and Overstock.com filed a constitutional challenge to states collecting sales tax on online purchases, for now it looks as if the battle will be waged state-by-state."

And Bill Mears of CNN.com reports that "Justices deny petitions over online sales taxes."
Posted at 09:14 PM by Howard Bashman



"New York lawsuit seeks 'legal personhood' for chimpanzees": Reuters has this report.

A related blog post from the organization that filed the lawsuit can be accessed here.
Posted at 06:18 PM by Howard Bashman



"No political ads on public radio and TV, 9th Circuit Court rules": Maura Dolan of The Los Angeles Times has this report.

Jonathan Stempel of Reuters reports that "U.S. court OKs ban on political ads on public TV, radio."

Byron Tau of Politico.com has a blog post titled "Court OKs public broadcasting ad ban."

At the "Hollywood, Esq." blog of The Hollywood Reporter, Eriq Gardner has a post titled "Appeals Court Won't Toss Public Television's Corporate Advertising Ban."

And at her "Trial Insider" blog, Pamela A. MacLean has a post titled "Public TV, Radio's Paid Ad Ban Upheld."

My earlier coverage of today's en banc Ninth Circuit ruling appears at this link.
Posted at 05:58 PM by Howard Bashman



"Pa. court clerk defends gay-marriage licenses": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "A suburban Philadelphia court clerk who defied Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage by signing licenses for scores of gay couples urged the state's highest court Monday to overturn an order that required him to stop."
Posted at 05:44 PM by Howard Bashman


"Court of Appeals to Open En Banc Proceedings to Internet Viewing": The Public Information Office of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued this news release today.

At her "Trial Insider" blog, Pamela A. MacLean has a post titled "9th Circuit Ready for a Close-up."

And The Associated Press reports that "S.F. federal court to begin broadcasting proceedings online."
Posted at 05:27 PM by Howard Bashman



"Miss. judge refuses to grant gay couple's divorce": The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 05:23 PM by Howard Bashman


"SCOTUSblog on camera: J. Harvie Wilkinson, III -- Part seven." "SCOTUSblog" has posted this video online today, part seven of an eight-part interview. Tomorrow's final installment, in addition to finally revealing the interview's relevance to the U.S. Supreme Court, will also contain Judge Wilkinson's explanation for why, despite having been born in New York City, his New York accent is now all but unnoticeable.
Posted at 03:55 PM by Howard Bashman


"Supreme Court asks Obama admin for views on Natural Gas Act fight": Jeremy P. Jacobs of Greenwire has this report.
Posted at 03:51 PM by Howard Bashman


"U.S. court upholds ban on political, other ads on public TV": Reuters has this report on a ruling that an 11-judge en banc panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued today.
Posted at 01:10 PM by Howard Bashman


"Court seems wary in American Indian casino case": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "The Supreme Court seemed wary of making any changes to tribal sovereignty laws as it considered whether Michigan can permanently block an American Indian casino."
Posted at 01:03 PM by Howard Bashman


"Evaluating the Liability of Viewers of Child Pornography": Adam Liptak will have this new installment of his "Sidebar" column in Tuesday's edition of The New York Times.
Posted at 12:30 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 did not grant review in any new cases but called for the views of the Solicitor General in one case. And a direct appeal was dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.

The Court also issued a per curiam ruling in Ford Motor Co. v. United States, No. 13-113, summarily vacating the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in a tax-related case.

In early news coverage, The Associated Press reports that "Justices won't hear appeal of NY internet taxation" and "High court ends Liberty U. lawsuit over health law."

Greg Stohr of Bloomberg News reports that "Amazon Rejected by U.S. High Court on New York Sales Tax" and "Ford Gets New Court Hearing on $445 Million Interest Bid."

Reuters reports that "U.S. top court declines to hear online retailers tax case"; "U.S. Supreme Court throws out Ford tax ruling"; and "U.S. justices decline to hear another Obamacare challenge."

And at "SCOTUSblog," Lyle Denniston has a post titled "Challenge to ACA employer mandate fails."
Posted at 09:33 AM by Howard Bashman



"Alabama's Lightning-Strike Death Penalty System": Kenneth Jost has this post at his blog, "Jost On Justice."
Posted at 08:52 AM by Howard Bashman


"Our Broken Constitution: Everyone agrees that government isn't working; Are the founders to blame?" Jeffrey Toobin has this "Annals of Law" article (subscription required for full access) in the December 9, 2013 issue of The New Yorker.

Also in that issue, Douglas Starr has an article headlined "The Interview: Do police interrogation techniques produce false confessions?" (subscription required for full access).
Posted at 07:46 AM by Howard Bashman



"Contraceptive cases raise religious liberty issues": Jennifer Haberkorn of Politico.com has this report today.
Posted at 07:44 AM by Howard Bashman


"Death sentence for Craigslist killer to go before Florida Supreme Court": Today's edition of The Florida Times-Union of Jacksonville contains an article that begins, "A man who killed a Navy wife after answering her personal ad on Craigslist may end up changing the way death-penalty cases are defended in Florida."
Posted at 07:42 AM by Howard Bashman


"Stakes high as U.S. Supreme Court hears Michigan tribal case on gaming dispute": This front page article appears today in The Detroit Free Press.

And Michigan Radio reports that "Tribal sovereignty at issue in US Supreme Court case out of Michigan."
Posted at 07:40 AM by Howard Bashman



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