How Appealing

Monday, December 31, 2007

"After Ruling, Groups Spend Heavily to Sway Races": Tuesday's edition of The New York Times will contain an article that begins, "Spurred by a recent Supreme Court decision, independent political groups are using their financial muscle and organizational clout as never before to influence the presidential race, pumping money and troops into early nominating states on behalf of their favored candidates."
Posted at 10:40 PM by Howard Bashman

"Chief justice pushes for higher salaries for federal judges": The Associated Press provides this early report on Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.'s year-end report on the federal judiciary.
Posted at 08:57 PM by Howard Bashman

"Abrahamson talks Supreme Court campaigns, perceptions": The Associated Press provides this report on its recent interview with Chief Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson of the Supreme Court of Wisconsin.
Posted at 08:05 PM by Howard Bashman

"Court Bars Detainee Transfer to Algeria": The Associated Press provides a report that begins, "A federal appeals court Monday blocked the Bush administration from transferring a detainee at Guantanamo Bay to Algeria, where the prisoner says his life would be in danger from the government and al-Qaida. The appeals court is stopping any transfer while it considers Ahmed Belbacha's request that he not be returned to his home country."
Posted at 06:04 PM by Howard Bashman

In case 2007 wouldn't feel complete without at least one more precedential U.S. Court of Appeals ruling (or "All About Eve"): The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which issued a precedential ruling on Christmas Eve (my post reporting on that ruling can be accessed here), has now also issued a precedential ruling on New Year's Eve.

Today's decision begins, "This appeal raises an issue that we have not previously decided: what standard should be applied when analyzing a claim that a defendant has breached a plea agreement." Interestingly, the Third Circuit did not issue any precedential rulings after Christmas Eve until today.
Posted at 03:25 PM by Howard Bashman

"The Chief's Year-End Report": At "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times," Tony Mauro has a post that begins, "Tonight's the night for champagne, Auld Lang Syne -- and the chief justice's end-of-year report on the state of the federal judiciary." If earlier years are any indication, press reports on the document will begin to appear online several hours before midnight east coast time, so stay tuned!
Posted at 03:11 PM by Howard Bashman

You're not going anywhere: I'm pleased to announce that I have extended my current relationship with ALM's for another two years. As a result, my weekly "On Appeal" column, which I began two years ago, will continue for another two years. And "How Appealing" will remain a part of the blog network through at least April 20, 2010.

The next installment of my "On Appeal" column will appear next Monday, when I will provide my list of the top ten appellate court rulings of 2007 (excluding U.S. Supreme Court rulings). Readers who would like to offer nominations for that list are invited to contact me via email.
Posted at 08:35 AM by Howard Bashman

"Race emerges as a death penalty issue": The Kansas City Star today contains an article that begins, "Across the nation, death chambers sit idle while the U.S. Supreme Court mulls the viability of lethal injection. But it's another less-publicized death penalty issue that in the long run may prove to have a much larger impact on who dies and who decides if they should. The issue is race."
Posted at 08:23 AM by Howard Bashman

"Phila.'s campaign limits are upheld": The Philadelphia Inquirer today contains an article that begins, "The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has upheld Philadelphia's campaign-finance limits, a victory for reform-minded Mayor-elect Michael Nutter just days before his inauguration."

And The Philadelphia Daily News reports today that "Supreme Court upholds city's law on campaign finances."

Friday's ruling of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, which that court posted online yesterday, consists of a majority opinion and a dissenting opinion.

As I wrote in this post from last night reporting on another ruling that Pennsylvania's highest court issued Friday and posted online yesterday, "In just a matter of days, three of the seven justices currently serving on Pennsylvania's highest court will be departing from that court. As a result, the court has been issuing an unusually high volume of decisions in argued cases over the past few days and weeks."
Posted at 08:22 AM by Howard Bashman

"Narragansetts mull U.S. Supreme Court appeal in smokeshop case": This article appears online today at Indian Country Today.
Posted at 08:17 AM by Howard Bashman

"Deep divisions over US gun control; Gun control is expected to become a hot topic for the US presidential election as the Supreme Court prepares to rule on a controversial handgun ban in the nation's capital": BBC News provides this report.
Posted at 08:15 AM by Howard Bashman

"Robert Henry to take top spot on federal court": The Associated Press provides a report that begins, "Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Robert Henry is getting a promotion. The Shawnee, Oklahoma, native will become chief judge of the Denver-based federal court tomorrow. The cousin of Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry, Robert Henry joined the court 13 years ago."

Because Circuit Judge Robert H. Henry was placed on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit by President Bill Clinton, his ascension to chief judge of that court will end the Republican appointee stranglehold on all of the Nation's federal appellate court chief judgeships that began when Alex Kozinski became chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit earlier this month.
Posted at 08:14 AM by Howard Bashman

"Guantanamo Bay detainee dies of cancer; The Afghan native, 68, was accused of being a member of the Taliban; He is the prison's first inmate to die of natural causes": Carol J. Williams has this article today in The Los Angeles Times.

And Carol Rosenberg of The Miami Herald has an article headlined "Pentagon: Cancer killed Guantanamo detainee."
Posted at 07:18 AM by Howard Bashman

"The Challenges Alex Kozinski Faces as the New Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit": Carl Tobias has this essay online today at FindLaw.
Posted at 06:50 AM by Howard Bashman

eXTReMe Tracker

From the Newswire:

Click to open links in new

Advertise on Legal Blogs

Related Blogs

20 Questions for the
 Appellate Judge

How Appealing Extra

My Appellate Columns
Especially Appealing Blogs

Above the Law


Adam Smith, Esq.


Bag and Baggage


The Becker-Posner Blog

Bench Memos

The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times

Concurring Opinions

Confirm Them

The Confrontation Blog

Copyrights & Campaigns



Dorf on Law

Drug and Device Law

Election Law

Ernie the Attorney


Jack Bog's Blog

Jeremy Blachman's Brand New Weblog

Law News Now

Legal Theory

Notes from the (Legal) Underground



Religion Clause


Sentencing Law and Policy

TalkLeft: The Politics of Crime

TaxProf Blog

Threat Level

Throwing Things + busblog

The Volokh Conspiracy


Workplace Prof Blog's Law Blog

Other Links's The Note

The Associated Press Newswire

Best of the Web Today

The Corner

McSweeney's Internet Tendency

Movie Review Query Engine

Obscure Store & Reading Room

The Onion




Even More Blogs

The 10b-5 Daily

Abstract Appeal

The Agitator

Alas, a blog

Anonymous Lawyer

Appellate Law & Practice

Balloon Juice

The Baseball Crank

Beautiful Confusion

Begging The Question

Begging to Differ

Behind the Homefront



Betsy's Page

Big Picnic


The Bitch Girls

the bitter shack of resentment

The Bleat

Blithering Idiot

The Blog from the Core

Blonde Justice

Blue Mass. Group

Body and Soul

Boing Boing

Braves Journal

Brendan O'Neill

Brian Peterson's Legal Weblog

Brothers Judd Blog

The Buck Stops Here




California Insider

Captain Indignant's Fortress of Peevishness

Chicago Boyz

Civil Liberties Watch

Class Maledictorian

Clayton Cramer's BLOG

a clever sheep

The Comedian

Common Sense and Wonder



Copyfight: The politics of IP

Corp Law Blog

Corsair the Rational Pirate

Criminal Appeal


Critical Mass

Crooked Timber

Croooow Blog

Current copyright readings

cut on the bias


Daniel W. Drezner

Dave Copeland

Deadly Mantis

Dean's World

death by committee

Delaware Law Office


The Doc Searls Weblog


Dr. Weevil

Dubyanell Feds

easily distracted



EmoryLaw Adam

Eric's Weblog


excited utterances

FalconRed goes to Law School

Final Protective Fire

the fog of warre

for the sake of clarity


Froggi's update

Frothing at the Mouth




Geodog's MT Weblog

George's Employment Blawg

Gideon's Blog

Grant M Henninger

GreenGourd's Garden


grrrl meets world

Half the Sins of Mankind

Heh. Indeed.

Hit & Run



Hose Monster Blog

Howling Point


The Importance Of

inappropriate response


In Context

The Indiana Law Blog


Insolvent Republic Of Blogistan

Inter Alia


Ipse Dixit


Jens 'n' Frens

Jewish Buddha

Jim Dedman


Joe Gratz's blog

John Scalzi's Whatever


Jumping To Conclusions


Ken Layne

Kieran Healy's Weblog

The Kitchen Cabinet


Kiwi Pundit

Kyle Still Free Press


Law Dork


Lawrence Lessig

Law School UNconfidential


Legal Fiction

Legal Ramblings

The Legal Reader

The Leiter Reports: Editorials, News, Updates

Letters of Marque

Lex Communis

Life, Law, Libido

The Light of Reason

The Lincoln Plawg

little green footballs

Log -- David Chess

Lonestar Expat


The Manifest Border

Mansfield Fox

Man Without Qualities

Mark A.R. Kleiman


Matthew Yglesias

MaxSpeak Weblog

MC Estoppel

Media Dragon



Michael J. Totten

Mirthful Ones | blog

ms. morality

Natalie Solent

Neal Pollack's The Maelstrom

The Neutral Zone Trap

nikita demosthenes


No Left Turns

Notes from the (1L) Underground

No Watermelons Allowed

Nuts and Boalts

Off the Kuff

Off the Pine

Oliver Willis

One Fine Jay

One Maven

Open Book

Oscar Jr. Was Here

Outside the Beltway


Overtaken by Events


Oy Vey!

Paper Chase

Parkway Rest Stop

Pathetic Earthlings

Patio Pundit

Patterico's Pontifications

Paul's Boutique

The Perpetual Three-Dot Column

Phillip Coons


Political Animal

Political Parrhesia

Political State Report

Power Line

Prince Roy's Realm

Public Defender Dude

Q Daily News


rabbit blog

Rachel Lucas

Rain Man 2

Random Jottings


The Rattler

Reason & Liberty


Regions of Mind

The Remedy

Res Ipsa Loquitur

RiShawn Biddle's The Usual Suspect

The Rittenhouse Review

Robert Fortuno's Weblog

Roger's View

Rory Perry's Weblog

Running With Lawyers

Sarah Eve Kelly

Sarah Lai Stirland


A Sassy Lawyer in Philippine Suburbia

Scoobie Davis Online


Scripting News


Second Opinions

Second p0st

The Securities Law Beacon

Seeking for Righteousness

Semi-Daily Journal

The Shout

Shouting 'Cross the Potomac

Silflay Hraka

Simone Koo

skippy the bush kangaroo

The Slithery D

Snark Attack


Sneaking Suspicions

The Sound And Fury

South Dakota Politics

The Spoons Experience

Sporadic Thoughts


Stop the Bleating!


Sugar, Mr. Poon?

superficial intelligence

Supreme Court Blog

Susan Crawford blog

SW Virginia law blog

Taegan Goddard's
Political Wire

the talking dog

Talking Points Memo



Tech Law Advisor

Terebi II

Texas Law Blog

that abby girl's journal

That Broken Girl

That's News To Me

The Third Branch

Tierney's WeblAG

Tim Blair

Tom Tomorrow

The Trademark Blog

Troppo Armadillo


The Truth Laid Bear

Tutissima Cassis


unbillable hours


Unqualified Offerings

urban nomad

U.S. Supreme Court Blog


The Ville


Waddling Thunder



The Week in Review

William Burton

Will Work for Favorable Dicta

The Wired GC


Woman of the law

Xrlq's Blog

A Yank in Oz

The Yin Blog