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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

"Justice delays health law's birth control mandate": Jesse J. Holland of The Associated Press has this updated report.

I have posted online at this link the order that Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued tonight.
Posted at 10:20 PM by Howard Bashman

"Catholic groups ask court to halt health care law": Jesse J. Holland of The Associated Press has this report.
Posted at 08:26 PM by Howard Bashman

"Budget Cuts Imperil Speed and Safety of Court System, Roberts Says": Adam Liptak will have this article in Wednesday's edition of The New York Times.

Robert Barnes of The Washington Post reports that "Chief Justice John Roberts warns of a not-so-wonderful life for judiciary amid budget cuts."

David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times reports that "Budget cuts harming federal courts, Chief Justice Roberts warns."

Richard Wolf of USA Today reports that "Chief justice warns Congress on federal court cutbacks; John Roberts uses year-end report to warn that cutbacks will have serious consequences."

Jesse J. Holland of The Associated Press reports that "Roberts renews call for court funding."

Lawrence Hurley of Reuters reports that "U.S. chief justice calls for end to judiciary funding cuts."

Laurie Asseo of Bloomberg News reports that "Roberts Seeks to Boost Some Judiciary Spending After Cuts."

And at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times," Tony Mauro has a post titled "Roberts Warns of Impact of Budget Cuts on Judiciary."

You can access at this link the Chief Justice's 2013 Year-End Report on the Federal Judiciary.
Posted at 08:22 PM by Howard Bashman

"Utah Asks Highest Court To Suspend Gay Marriage": Jack Healy of The New York Times has this news update.

Robert Barnes of The Washington Post has a news update headlined "Utah asks Supreme Court to stay decision on same-sex marriage."

David G. Savage of The Los Angeles Times has a news update headlined "Utah asks Supreme Court to restore gay marriage ban."

Brooke Adams of The Salt Lake Tribune has a news update headlined "Utah takes next step in effort to stop same-sex marriage; State filed stay application with U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday afternoon."

And The Deseret News has an update headlined "Gay marriages are 'affront' to Utah, state argues in appeal to high court."
Posted at 08:12 PM by Howard Bashman

Majority on divided three-judge D.C. Circuit panel grants contraceptive mandate-related injunction pending appeal: You can access today's order of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and the dissent therefrom, at this link.

According to the dissent of Circuit Judge David S. Tatel, the case challenges the Affordable Care Act's requirement that certain religious organizations "self certify" their religious objections to the provision of contraceptive services as imposing a "substantial burden" under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The "Religion Clause" blog recently had this post reporting on a similar case pending in Colorado federal court in which a stay request is likely to be filed in the U.S. Supreme Court in the very near future.

Update: The stay request filed tonight in the U.S. Supreme Court in the Colorado case can be accessed here.

And the majority on a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit tonight also granted an injunction pending appeal in a similar contraceptive mandate challenge.
Posted at 05:44 PM by Howard Bashman

"Utah asks Supreme Court to block same-sex unions": The Associated Press has this report.

And at "SCOTUSblog," Lyle Denniston has a post titled "Utah seeks delay of same-sex marriages."

You can access the stay application at this link (via Michelle Olsen's Twitter feed).
Posted at 04:38 PM by Howard Bashman

"Federal judge upholds New York's ban on assault weapons, rejects 7-round magazine limit": The Buffalo News has this update.

And The New York Times has a news update headlined "Federal Judge Upholds Majority of New York Gun Law."

I have posted online at this link today's ruling (plus attachments) of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York.
Posted at 03:00 PM by Howard Bashman

Supreme Court of California announces that it will issue its decision Thursday on the case of an undocumented immigrant seeking admission to the State Bar of California: You can access the Notice of Forthcoming Filing at this link. The court's ruling will be available online via this link at 10 a.m. pacific time on Thursday, January 2, 2014.
Posted at 02:57 PM by Howard Bashman

"NY suit challenging laptop searches tossed": The Associated Press has a report that begins, "A Brooklyn judge has thrown out a lawsuit by a press photographers organization and others challenging searches of laptop computers at U.S. borders."

You can access today's ruling of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York at this link.

In response to the ruling, the ACLU issued a news release headlined "Court Rules No Suspicion Needed for Laptop Searches at Border."

Update: In other coverage, at's "Threat Level" blog, David Kravets has a post titled "Court Upholds Willy-Nilly Gadget Searches Along U.S. Border."
Posted at 02:23 PM by Howard Bashman

"Closing Shop": Law professor Kyle Graham has this post today at his now-former blog, ""
Posted at 02:03 PM by Howard Bashman

"Cheerleaders' scripture banner fight could escalate to Texas Supreme Court": The Beaumont Enterprise has this report today.
Posted at 01:28 PM by Howard Bashman

"Sotomayor Will Count Down to New Year in Times Square": Tony Mauro has this post today at "The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times."
Posted at 01:20 PM by Howard Bashman

"The Supreme Court Logic That Could Destroy Privacy in America: It's dangerous for courts to continue adhering to Smith v. Maryland, a decision that was made before the advent of big data." Conor Friedersdorf has this essay online at The Atlantic.

And in somewhat related news, "Dangerous" from Big Data continues its climb up the alternative charts.
Posted at 09:44 AM by Howard Bashman

"Pink Pony case heads to Supreme Court": The Dunwoody (Ga.) Crier has this report today.
Posted at 09:40 AM by Howard Bashman

"D.A. to appeal Superior Court decision to free Msgr. Lynn on bail": This article appears today in The Philadelphia Daily News.

And The Philadelphia Inquirer reports today that "Judge orders Lynn freed on bail."
Posted at 09:37 AM by Howard Bashman

"The Biggest Law Stories of 2013: Ten decisions and developments that rocked the legal community this year." Andrew Cohen has this essay online at Politico Magazine.
Posted at 09:25 AM by Howard Bashman

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