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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Courts - Kentucky Supreme Court "to hear case involving iconic Louisville eatery"

Jason Riley reports for WDRB Louisville in a long story that begins:By the time she was nine years old, Melissa...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 24, 2014

Friday, August 22, 2014

Courts - "Lessons from Tennessee Supreme Court retention election"

The ILB had a post on August 12th, quoting several reports of Tennessee's Aug. 7th retention election, where three Supreme...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 22, 2014

Courts - "Reading the Court’s signals on same-sex marriage"

In a long commentary today, Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSblog observes:Since early this year, the Supreme Court has stepped back into...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 22, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Courts - "Today’s Tech: A Federal Judge And His iPad (Part 1)"

Nicole Black of Above the Law interviews Judge Richard Wesley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Courts - SCOTUSblog: "Rapid action on same-sex marriage urged"

Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSblog has a much-updated post on cases in Circuit Courts that are likely to be eligible for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

Courts - One Gov. charged with signing bill in exchange for a bribe; another indicted for vetoing a bill

An interesting, 22-page, non-Indiana opinion today out of the 7th Circuit, Empress Casino Joliet Corp. v. John Johnston, read...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 15, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Courts - News from Tennessee about same-sex marriage and retention elections

"String of same-sex marriage rulings broken" was the heading to Lyle Denniston's SCOTUSblog post Monday. It begins [emphasis by ILB]:For...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Ind. Courts - "Chief Justice Rush sounds right to Lafayette legal community"

Chris Morisse Vizza of the Lafayette Journal Courier has a good story this morning on new Chief Justice Loretta Rush:Bob...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 07, 2014

Courts - More on yesterday's "Gay marriage showdown in Cincinnati: 4 states, 6 cases, 3 judges"

Updating yesterday's ILB post, here are reports of the oral arguments. From Chris Geidner of BuzzFeed, a story headed "Four...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 07, 2014

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Courts - "Nominees to Kansas Supreme Court question that court's timeliness in issuing rulings"

Steve Fry reported Aug. 4 to the Topeka Kansas Capital-Journal Online:The chief judge of the Kansas Court of Appeals, in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Courts - "Gay marriage showdown in Cincinnati: 4 states, 6 cases, 3 judges"

Five cases are listed as being argued before a 6th Circuit panel, sitting in Cincinnati, starting at 1:00 PM...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Monday, August 04, 2014

Courts - 6th Circuit: "4 states' gay marriage bans under fire"

Chrissie Thompson and Amber Hunt reported yesterday in the Cincinnati Enquirer in a long story that begins:The broadest attack yet...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 04, 2014

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Courts - "Attorney General Eric Holder to Oppose Data-Driven Sentencing"

Post from Sentencing Law Blog, quoting from a new article in Time....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 31, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

Courts - In light of the 4th Circuit opinion, North Carolina AG Roy Cooper makes statement

Watch this video of North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper making a public statement about the impact of the 4th...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 28, 2014

Courts - The 4th Circuit has joined the 10th in striking down a state's same-sex marriage ban

Here is Chris Geidner's BuzzFeed story this afternoon, including the opinion holding "that Virginia’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriages is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 28, 2014

Courts - "Kentucky courts one step closer to online public access"

Carrie Blackmore Smith reported July 23rd for the Cincinnati Enquirer:A statewide project to digitize court records – and eventually make...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 28, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Ind. Courts - "Man who threatened to bomb courthouse arraigned on federal charge"

Man who threatened to blow up Tippecanoe County Courthouse "arraigned in federal court Monday after a grand jury indicted him...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Courts - "Courts Issue Conflicting Rulings on Health Care Law"

Robert Pear just filed this long NY Times story on today's opinions; it begins:WASHINGTON — Two federal appeals court panels...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Monday, July 21, 2014

Courts - " In U.S. gay marriage cases, children emerge in the limelight"

That is the headline to a lengthy Reuters story this weekend by Joan Biskupic. A few quotes:(Reuters) - With legal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 21, 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Courts - "Supreme Court stay in Utah marriage recognition case not automatic"

Fascinating story from Dennis Romboy, Salt Lake City Deseret News, explaining that unless the SCOTUS acts before July 21 on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Courts - "The Supreme Court term wrapped up nice and neat last week. Unless you are a woman."

That is the subhead to Dahlia Lithwick's column posted last evening on Slate. It begins:For the first time in my...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 10, 2014

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Courts - More on: What if there had been no stay of federal Judge Young's order in Indiana?

This ILB post from Monday reported that there had been no efforts to appeal or stay the ruling of a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Monday, July 07, 2014

Courts - "Polarized Reaction to Wheaton College Injunction"

The WSJ Law Blog, which I believe is now freely accessible, has a long post today by Jacob Gershman, linking...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 07, 2014

Courts - More about the SCOTUS term, and the spawn of Hobby Lobby

Nina Totenberg of NPR had a nearly 8-minute report this morning on Morning Edition. In a section about "campaign finance...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 07, 2014

Courts - What if there had been no stay of federal Judge Young's order in Indiana?

That is what is happening in Pennsylvania right now ... Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSblog has a fascinating post this morning...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 07, 2014

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Courts - Did SCOTUS allow corporations to have it both ways?

A quote from an opinion piece by E.J. Dionne in the Washington Post:But above all, there is the very troubling...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 03, 2014

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Courts - Generate your own SSM ruling; an opinion generator

Slate's Outward, by Mark Joseph Stern:is offering a chance to create the ultimate gay marriage opinion. We’ve taken the most...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Courts - Kentucky federal district court invalidates Kentucky constitutional ban against SSM

Andrew Wolfson of the Louisville Courier Journal posted this story a few minutes ago. Some quotes:A federal judge today ruled...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Ind. Courts - Whither the new probation standards?

A long-time ILB attorney/reader from a rural county writes today:I just printed the Probation Standards from the Indiana Judicial Center...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014

Courts - Some press reports of Hobby Lobby

How Appealing has collected together a list of stories from national reporters here. SCOTUSblog's Lyle Denniston has an opinion analysis...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 30, 2014

Courts - SCOTUS expected to issue last two opinions of the term this morning

As always, follow SCOTUSblog for the blow-by-blow. Here are the cases remaining (thanks to SCOTUSblog):Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 30, 2014

Friday, June 27, 2014

Ind. Courts - More on: Courts' Marriage License E-Filing Application continues to require male and female applicant

Updating last evening's entry, here are some news stories this morning confirming again the confusion the court website has caused....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 27, 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Courts - SCOTUS to issue opinions at 10AM

There are only four cases yet to be decided. Opinions in all four could be handed down this morning, or...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 26, 2014

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Courts - Also today, first U.S. appeals court rules on same-sex marriage

Adam Liptak ‏@adamliptak Tenth Circuit voids Utah's same-sex marriage ban; 1st appeals court to act since DOMA ruling. Here is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Courts - Schnecter Poultry flies again? Unconstitutional delegation of legislative authority ...

Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSblog had a post Monday headed "Reviving an old constitutional idea?" He begins:It has been almost eighty...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ind. Courts - "ACLU of Indiana Challenges Street Performance Ordinance in South Bend"

From the Indiana ACLU press release today:Indianapolis - Many communities welcome street performers as a symbol of a vibrant downtown....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Courts - SCOTUS to issue opinions at 10 AM [Updated]

Watch SCOTUSblog for all the details, or watch here for highlights. Comments are from SCOUSblog: ABC v. Aereo. The opinion...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Monday, June 23, 2014

Courts - SCOTUS ruling today on EPA regulation of air emissions

The case is United Air v. EPA. NPR's Nina Totenberg has a good report this evening on All Things Considered....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 23, 2014

Courts - Three decisions today from SCOTUS

But none of the bigies. The SCOTUS will issue opinions again on Tuesday and Thursday. Perhaps also on the 30th....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 23, 2014

Courts - "Midge Rendell talks about life as a 3rd Circuit judge"

An interesting Sunday Daily News feature from Philly.com....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 23, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Ind. Courts - "Ind. chief justice not picked by governor, but process might not be immune from politics"

The AP story today by Charles D. Wilson begins with a new photo of the five Indiana justices, along with...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 19, 2014

Ind. Courts - Rule change re CLE credits

The Supreme Court announced today a rule it filed as final on June 10th which includes provisions allowing the CLE...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 19, 2014

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Courts - "Same-sex marriage cases are now in progress in five federal appeals courts"

That is from Lyle Denniston's just-posted SCOTUSblog report on the status of same-sex marriage cases in the federal circuits. The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Courts - "SCOTUS to consider online-threats case"

Supplementing yesterday's post, there are several stories today on the cert grant in Elonis v. U.S. Here are some quotes...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Monday, June 16, 2014

Courts - More on "Key decisions loom as Supreme Court session nears end"

Of the 17 cases remaining, the SCOTUS issued three today. Only one of them, Susan B. Anthony List v. Driehause,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 16, 2014

Courts - SCOTUS today grants cert in "true threat" case

The case is Anthony D. Elonis v. United States. Here is the cert petition, via this April 8th post by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 16, 2014

Courts - "Key decisions loom as Supreme Court session nears end"

That is the headline to David G. Savage's June 14th LA Times story. The story begins:The Supreme Court heads into...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 16, 2014

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Courts - "How to Take Out a Supreme Court Justice"

The sub-head to Dahlia Lithwick's column this weekend in Slate is "When politicians target elected judges with big money, the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 14, 2014

Law - Watch this: Women in prison

"Women Inmates: Why the Male Model Doesn’t Work. As the number of women inmates soars, so does the need for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 14, 2014

Friday, June 13, 2014

Courts - "Legal Confusion Follows Federal Judge’s Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage in Wisconsin"

Erik Eckholm reports today in a long story in the NY Times:In her ruling last Friday that struck down Wisconsin’s...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 13, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Courts - "Clever piece of code exposes hidden changes to Supreme Court opinions"

Jeff John Roberts writes in Gigaom about a newly devised little robot that watches the opinions of SCOTUS which have...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 12, 2014

Courts - "Courts - Yet more on: Lobbyist linked to Abramoff quits Indianapolis firm"

Updating three earlier ILB entries, ranging from 2006 to 2011, MainJustice's Mary Jacoby had a story late Tuesday headed Convicted...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 12, 2014

Monday, June 09, 2014

Courts - More on "Wisconsin federal Judge Strikes Down State's Ban On Same-Sex Couples’ Marriages"

Updating this ILB post from Friday, of the three states that constitute the 7th Circuit:Illinois' legislative authorization of same-sex marriage...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 09, 2014

Courts - Two articles for students of the SCOTUS

"Measuring Circuit Splits: A Cautionary Note," by Aaron-Andrew Bruhl, highlighted here in the blog, Circuit Splits. "Three Recently Accepted Cases...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 09, 2014

Friday, June 06, 2014

Courts - "Wisconsin federal Judge Strikes Down State's Ban On Same-Sex Couples’ Marriages"

So Chris Geidner of BuzzFeed reports late this afternoon in a post highlighting a good quote from the opinion, plus...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 06, 2014

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Courts - More on: 6th Circuit mulls fired lawyer’s suit against judge

Updating this ILB post from March 25, 2014, the Fort Wayne Jounral Gazette today has this follow-up story by Amanda...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Monday, June 02, 2014

Courts - "Double-Parking Is Exception on Liability in Rear-End Crashes, NYC Trial Judge Says"

Interesting story in the NY Times May 27th, reported by Marc Santora. Some quotes:From huge potholes to a taxi door...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 02, 2014

Friday, May 30, 2014

Courts - "From 'scraggly' kid to Federal judge, Muncie native recalls his journey"

Updating this Jan. 31st ILB post, headed "Courts - "Muncie native joins U.S. Court of Appeals"," Thomas St. Myer writes...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 30, 2014

Courts - "SCOTUS Upholds Law Enforcement's Qualified Immunity"

The NPR Nina Totenberg story from Tuesday reports:In two decisions handed down Tuesday, the Supreme Court made it more difficult...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 30, 2014

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Courts - "Obama judges tip appeals courts to Democrats"; 7th Circuit unaffected

So reads the headline to this Al Kamen piece in In the Loop, a Washington Post blog. Included is a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 29, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Courts - "Others Fade, but Judge Judy Is Forever: At 71, She Still Presides"

Most recently, the ILB posted about Judge Judy on January 26th of this year. This long story by Brooks Barnes...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Courts - "Support for same-sex marriage reaches a 'tipping point'"

Overview by Brad Knickerbocker at The Christian Science Monitor. It begins:Support for same-sex marriage in the United States has reached...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Courts - "DOJ reverses no-recording policy for interrogations"

Dennis Wagner reported May 21st in the Arizona Republic in a long story that begins:Since the FBI began under President...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Courts - "SCOTUS Strikes Down Florida Law on Execution Standards of Mentally Retarded"

That is the WSJ headline to this morning's SCOTUS opinion, subheaded "Justices Rule that 70 IQ Cutoff for Exemption from...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Courts - " From a diverse group of judges, a unanimous opinion on same-sex marriage"

A lengthy Washington Post story today by Robert Barnes begins:The headlines are so consistent, they could be written by a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Courts - "Final Word on U.S. Law Isn’t: SCOTUS Keeps Editing"

On July 23, 2013, the ILB has a long post headed "Ind. Courts - Current process for dealing with corrected...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 25, 2014

Friday, May 23, 2014

Courts - Paying For Prestige: What do law schools pay federal appeals judges?

The National Law Journal has this lengthy, interesting story by Zoe Tillman - some quotes:Law schools paid federal appeals judges...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 23, 2014

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Courts "Gay Marriage Turns Tide as Governors Drop Defense of Bans"

Sophia Pearson, Erik Larson and Romy Varghese report in Bloomberg in a story that begins (ILB emphasis):Pennsylvania, the last northeastern...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 22, 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Courts - Judges in recent same-sex marriage opinions conscious they are writing for history

See this post by Adam Serwer at MSNBC.com (h/t Rick Hasen, who is quoted at the end of the story)....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Courts - Same sex marriage developments: Pennsylvania

Politico has a brief story here. BuzzFeed's Chris Geidner has a longer story here re a Pennsylvania federal district court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Courts - "How should the Court assess the workings of the other institutions of government?"

Richard H. Pildes, New York University School of Law, gives a preview of his paper (available here via SSRN), "Institutional...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Courts - "Same-sex marriage developments: Utah and Oregon "

A few days ago the ILB tweeted that it had given up trying to keep on track of all the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Monday, May 19, 2014

Courts - "As Court Fees Rise, The Poor Are Paying The Price"

Joseph Shapiro has a long (over 12 minutes) NPR All Things Considered story tonight, accompanied by a chart of which...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 19, 2014

Courts - "Federal Judge Strikes Down Oregon Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Weddings Can Start Immediately"

State officials have said they will not appeal the ruling. Judge’s order is effective immediately, reports Chris Geidner in a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 19, 2014

Courts - "Keep politics out of the courthouse" - Randall Shepard

The Washington Post today has an opinion piece co-authored by Ruth McGregor, a retired chief justice of the Arizona Supreme...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 19, 2014

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Courts - "Immigration court tech crash drags on" - amazing story

This is an astonishing story from Josh Gerstein at Politico. Some quotes:A massive computer crash at the nation’s immigration courts...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Courts - "Indiana federal prisoners hope Obama program will mean freedom"

Maureen Hayden, CNHI Statehouse Bureau, reports today in the Anderson Herald Bulletin:INDIANAPOLIS — Within days of Attorney General Eric Holder’s...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 11, 2014

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Courts - Same-sex couple is married today in Arkansas after trial court ruling. Reminiscent of N.J.?

Here is a chart showing the organization of Arkansas' courts. There are 121 Circuit Court judges, each elected for a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, May 10, 2014

Friday, May 09, 2014

Courts - "Is Wikipedia A Reliable Legal Authority?"

See this lengthy post by Keith Lee at Above the Law....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 09, 2014

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Courts - More on: SCOTUS upholds opening public meetings with a prayer

Supplementing yesterday's ILB post, here are two posts from SCOTUSblog:Lyle Denniston's opinion analysis, "Prayers get a new blessing", and Amy...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Courts - More on: SCOTUS upholds opening public meetings with a prayer

Supplementing yesterday's ILB post, here are two posts from SCOTUSblog:Lyle Denniston's opinion analysis, "Prayers get a new blessing", and Amy...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Monday, May 05, 2014

Courts - SCOTUS upholds opening public meetings with a prayer [Updated]

The vote was 5-4, the case is Town of Greece, NY v. Galloway. Read it here, there are, according to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 05, 2014

Friday, May 02, 2014

Courts - "George Will: Here’s why we distrust the government" and a 7th Circuit opinion

The Indianapolis Star today published an opinion piece by George Will, that you will need to read for yourselves. It...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 02, 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Courts - "SCOTUS says Indiana must comply with pollution limits"

Maureen Groppe of the Indianapolis Star Washington Bureau reports in a story that begins:WASHINGTON – Indiana and 27 other states...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Courts - More on "Federal District Court Strikes Wisconsin Voter ID in ACLU Case"

Updating this ILB post from yesterday, the NYT has an editorial today titled "Voter ID Is the Real Fraud" that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Courts - "SCOTUS Taking Up Police Searches of Data Troves Known as Cellphones"

That is the headline of the NYT's Adam Liptak's pre-argument story re the SCOTUS oral arguments yesterday in the cases...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Courts - "Federal District Court Strikes Wisconsin Voter ID in ACLU Case"

The case is Frank v. Walker, here is the opinion. Here is Prof. Hasen's post in the Election Law Blog....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Ind. Courts - Challenging job opportunity, running appellate clerk's office

The Supreme Court has just posted this job: Deputy Clerk of Indiana Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and Tax Court....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Monday, April 28, 2014

Courts - "Stopping Link Rot: Aiming To End A Virtual Epidemic"

NPR Weekend Edition has a story on link rot - some quotes from the start of the story:Just about anyone...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 28, 2014

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Courts - Fascinating amicus brief filed by "Historians of Marriage" in 4th Circuit

While looking through the invaluable collection of briefs collected at Equality Case Files (website forthcoming at equalitycasefiles.org), the ILB ran...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, April 26, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Courts - "SCOTUS Affirms Michigan Ban On Race-Conscious College Admissions"

Scott Neuman of NPR has this story on the decision this morning in Schuette v. Coaltion to Defend Affirmative Action....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Courts - "Courtroom Sketch Artist: Art Lien" [Updated]

New Hampshire Public Radio has an over 10-minute interview with Art Lien, courtroom sketch artist. Here is Lien's worth-visiting website....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

Courts - The process for filling the upcoming vacancy resulting from Judge Barker's decision to take senior status

Here is a news release:Washington, D.C. – Senators Joe Donnelly and Dan Coats today announced the process for candidates interested...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 14, 2014

Courts - More on: Ohio federal judge to rule valid out-of-state SSMs must be recognized within Ohio

Updating this ILB post from April 4th, today Ohio U.S. District Judge Timothy S. Black issued the opinion he earlier...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 14, 2014

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Courts - "Federal Appeals Court Hears Arguments Over Utah’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban"

Here is Chris Geidner report in BuzzFeed on this morning's oral argument (see ILB post here) before the 10th Circuit...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 10, 2014

Courts - Lost or unfinished court transcripts issue arises again

The ILB has had many entries over the years on lost or unfinished court transcripts. Earlier this month the NY...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 10, 2014

Courts - More on: Thursday in the 10th Circuit, constitutionality of Utah same sex marriage ban review

Also today, as noted in this ILB post yesterday, "all eyes are focused on the 10th Circuit," to paraphrase the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Courts - "A Speedy, Supersized Verdict Against Takeda and Lilly"

The WSJ Law Blog has this post today by Josh Gershman that begins:How long is 45 minutes? It’s about half...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Courts - Thursday in the 10th Circuit, constitutionality of Utah same sex marriage ban review

Pete Williams of NBC News had this story yesterday that began:he constitutionality of banning same-sex marriage comes for the first...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Monday, April 07, 2014

Courts - Michigan's "Plea for quicker ruling on same-sex marriage"

Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSblog had an interesting post Friday that began:On Friday, state officials in Michigan, seeking to move a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 07, 2014

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Courts - Status of marriage equality cases across the nation, as of last Friday, April 4th

See the article by Chris Geidner, with a colorful map of the federal circuits, here at BuzzFeed....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 06, 2014

Friday, April 04, 2014

Courts - Ohio federal judge to rule valid out-of-state SSMs must be recognized within Ohio; status of states bordering Indiana [Updated again]

Lyle Denniston reports this afternoon in a SCOTUSblog post that begins:A federal judge in Cincinnati, who had already ruled that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 04, 2014

Courts - Impact of the Iowa same sex marriage opinion 5 years ago

The Des Moines Register is doing a look-back on the ruling with several stories. Here, from the April 3rd issue,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 04, 2014

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Courts - "Tape Of Hobby Lobby Case Shows Justices' Gender Differences"

NPR's Nina Totenberg effectively uses the audio from the Hobby Lobby oral argument in this story on this morning's Weekend...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 29, 2014

Friday, March 28, 2014

Courts - More on: Status of the 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend in Michigan

Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSblog has updated his post from last evening (cited here at ILB) to report:U.S. Attorney General Eric...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 28, 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Courts - Status of the 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend in Michigan

Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSblog had a post last evening quoting the Michigan governor's statement. From the post:The governor said the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 27, 2014

Courts - "Every horse gets one bite" ruled not the case in Connecticut

See the news reports compiled in this How Appealing post on a Conn. Supreme Court ruling yesterday that held, per...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 27, 2014

Courts - NLRB rules that college athletes are employees and can form unions

The NYT story by Ben Strauss and Steve Eder begins:CHICAGO — A regional director of the National Labor Relations Board...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 27, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Courts - Still more on "Federal judge strikes down Michigan ban on same-sex marriage"

Updating this ILB post and this post from March 21st, as the ILB reported at its Twitter account, @indianalawblog, although...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Courts - 6th Circuit mulls fired lawyer’s suit against judge

An AP story published here in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette offers a glimpse at what looks to be a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Courts - "Notre Dame students only women fighting challenge to providing birth control"

Maureen Groppe of the Gannett Washington Bureau has a long story today that begins:WASHINGTON -- — When the Supreme Court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014

Courts - "Contraception Ruling Could Have Reach Far Beyond Women’s Rights"

Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties will be argued tomorrow before the SCOTUS. The ILB has had a number of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 24, 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

Courts - More on "Federal judge strikes down Michigan ban on same-sex marriage"

Updating this earlier ILB entry, here is SCOTUSblog's Lyle Denniston's report on the Michigan DeBoer v. Snyder opinion, headed "Michigan...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 21, 2014

Courts - "Federal judge strikes down Michigan ban on same-sex marriage"

Updating this ILB post from March 8th headed "Courts - Long same-sex marriage trial in Michigan ended Friday," the WSJ...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 21, 2014

Courts - Three interesting Illinois decisions yesterday

The Illinois Supreme Court yesterday ruled unconstitutional a statute banning audio recordings without the consent of all parties. Steve Schmadeke...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 21, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Courts - Kentucky federal judge stays enforcement of gay marriage ruling pending appeal

In this Feb. 28th post it was reported that U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn II was giving "Kentucky officials...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 20, 2014

Monday, March 17, 2014

Courts - More on: Is it the Kentucky AG's duty to defend every law, or does he have discretion?

Updating yesterday's ILB post, the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette today has a long editorial - some quotes:Two neighboring states. Two...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 17, 2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Courts - Is it the Kentucky AG's duty to defend every law, or does he have discretion?

On March 4th The Kentucky Attorney General announced that he would not appeal the federal district court opinion (currently on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 16, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Ind. Courts - More on "Same-sex couples sue Indiana governor, attorney general over gay marriage ban"; and what is next?

Last Friday, March 7, the ILB reported that four same-sex couples had filed suit in federal court in New Albany,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 13, 2014

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Courts - Long same-sex marriage trial in Michigan ended Friday [Updated]

This Feb. 23rd ILB entry is headed "Federal trial begins Tuesday in Michigan same-sex marriage challenge." Late yesterday afternoon, Steve...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 08, 2014

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Courts - "Outside lawyer to appeal Kentucky gay-marriage ruling after attorney general refuses"

Updating this ILB post from a few minutes ago, Tom Loftus of the LCJ is now reporting that: Gov. Steve...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Courts - More on "Kentucky Attorney General Conway faces unenviable situation"

Updating this ILB post from March 3rd, the AP is reporting that Kentucky's attorney general will not appeal Bourke v....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Monday, March 03, 2014

Courts - "What Does the SCOTUS Really Think About the Right to Counsel?"

The subtitle to this Feb. 27th Atlantic article by Andrew Cohen is "The chief justice pens a paean to criminal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 03, 2014

Courts - "Kentucky Attorney General Conway faces unenviable situation"

Columnist Joseph Gerth wrote yesterday in the Louisville Courier Journal that begins:Attorney General Jack Conway, who wants to be the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 03, 2014

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Courts - "Renting Delaware Judges for Secret Rulings"

The ILB had a post Jan. 23rd, quoting stories about the State of Delaware's plans to appeal a 3rd Circuit...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 02, 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014

Courts - "Ky federal judge will decide by 4 p.m. today whether to grant a stay of his ruling requiring Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states" [Updated]

The Louisville Courier Journal has the preliminary story. See earlier ILB post here, from yesterday. [Updated March 1st] The linked...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 28, 2014

Courts - Flurry of federal court same-sex marriage opinions continues

From a story today by Richard Wolf in USA Today (included in today's Star), a few quotes [ILB emphasis]:WASHINGTON --...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 28, 2014

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Courts - More on: Kentucky seeks delay in implementing order requiring recognition of SSM performed in other states

Updating this post from earlier today, Andrew Wolfson is reporting this afternoon in the Louisville Courier Journal:At least for now,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 27, 2014

Courts - Kentucky seeks delay in implementing order requiring recognition of SSM performed in other states

Updating this Feb. 13th post, that reported a federal district court ruling that Kentucky must recognize same sex marriages performed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 27, 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Courts - "Federal judge strikes down Texas gay marriage ban"

Here is the AP report, beginning:AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge declared Texas' ban on gay marriage unconstitutional Wednesday, but...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Courts - "SCOTUS Opens Door To Easier Police Searches"

Here is Nina Totenberg's NPR report on Tuesday's SCOTUS opinion that:... police may search a home without a warrant if...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Courts - "Administrative judge was disbarred in 1998 but continued to work"

He had been disbarred in Indiana, but continued to work as an administrative law judge in the District of Columbia,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Courts - Federal trial begins Tuesday in Michigan same-sex marriage challenge

Brian Dickerson, columnist for the Detroit Free Press, has a long story today headed "Will Michigan's same-sex marriage showdown be...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 23, 2014

Courts - "Where the courts are on Nevada’s same-sex marriage ban"

That is the headline to Karoun Demirjian's long story today in the Las Vegas Sun. The story ends by noting...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 23, 2014

Courts - More on "Six attorneys general won’t defend their own state’s gay-marriage bans"

Updating this ILB post from Feb. 21st, Dan Carden of the NWI Times has a story today headed "Zoeller vows...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 23, 2014

Courts - SCOTUS Monday: "Challenges to the government’s authority to regulate the emission of greenhouse gases from industrial facilities"

Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSblog has the overview here, at length. David G. Savage of the LA Times has this story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 23, 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Courts - More on "Gay marriages in Cook Co. Illinois, don’t have to wait, judge rules"

Updating this ILB post from yesterday, the NWI Times reports today:CHICAGO | Same-sex couples in Illinois' largest county began receiving...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 22, 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014

Courts - "Gay marriages in Cook Co. Illinois, don’t have to wait, judge rules"

Stefano Esposito and Becky Schlikerman of the Chicago Sun-Times report this afternoon:Same-sex couples don’t have to wait until June to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 21, 2014

Courts - "Six attorneys general won’t defend their own state’s gay-marriage bans"

Niraj Chokshi has the story today in the Washington Post. A few quotes:The attorneys general of at least six states...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 21, 2014

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Courts - "Searching a cell phone incident to arrest"

The Volokh Conspiracy had a long post yesterday by Prof. Orin Kerr, beginning:The Supreme Court recently granted cert on two...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Courts - "SCOTUS could decide legality of poker games"

That is the headline to this story in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, reported by Justin Gray. (h/t/ How Appealing) A...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014

Courts - "Same-sex marriage moving swiftly back toward Supreme Court"

Here is David G. Savage's story today in the LA Times. Some quotes:WASHINGTON — The legal campaign for marriage equality...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 17, 2014

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Courts - "A Steady Path to Supreme Court as Gay Marriage Gains Momentum in States"

Adam Liptak writes on the front-page of the NY Times today, in an analysis that begins:WASHINGTON — A sweeping decision...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 15, 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

Courts - 9th Circuit rules "it is unconstitutional to confine the 'right to bear' arms solely to the home."

Lyle Denniston reported last evening in SCOTUSblog in a post that begins:The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 14, 2014

Courts - "Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban falls"

Late last evening U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen in Norfolk Virginia struck down Virginia's prohibition against same sex...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 14, 2014

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Courts - "Kentucky gay marriage ruling looks to precedents"

Excellent story today by Brett Barrouquere of the AP. The long story begins [ILB emphasis]: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 13, 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Courts - "Kentucky ban on gay marriages from other states struck down by federal judge"

Here is Andrew Wolfson's story, posted at 12:55 PM in the Louisville Courier Journal. Some quotes:A federal judge Wednesday struck...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Courts - Texas and Louisiana same sex marriage challenges

Two new AP stories so far this morning:Chris Tomlinson reports from Austin, Texas in a story headed "Judge to hear...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Courts - D.C. Circuit strikes down IRS regulation of tax preparers

Eugene Volokh, The Volokh Conspiracy, has the new post. The case is Loving v. IRS. The Court rules that the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014

Courts - "Michelle Olsen: The Supreme Court’s Social Media Maven"

A great article this evening in Ms. JD, written by Julie Silverbrook, about how Michelle Olsen "left her job as...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 10, 2014

Courts - "Registered sex offender makes case against sex offender registry"

On Jan. 6th the ILB posted an entry quoting from a story headed "Sex offender seeks admission to Kentucky bar."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 10, 2014

Courts - Ohio lawsuit: "Gay parents want names on birth certificates"

H/T to How Appealing for collecting these links. Kimball Perry reports at the Cincinnati Enquirer that:Cincinnati is once again the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 10, 2014

Law - "SCOTUS Asked to Clarify What it Means to ‘Bear’ Arms"

Interesting. The WSJ Law Blog writes today (referencing a Lyle Denniston article):You might think the question would be settled by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 10, 2014

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Courts - Will SCOTUS take up the Q of whether gun rights exist outside the home?

Lyle Denniston's post last evening at SCOTUSblog begins:The next chance for the Supreme Court to take up the most important...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 06, 2014

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Courts - "Drivers Allowed to Warn Fellow Motorists of Speed Traps "

From the WSJ Law Blog, a story by Jacob Gershman reported yesterday:A trial judge in St. Louis this week held...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Courts - "Was former teacher mandated to report student-coach sexual relationship?"

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution yesterday, a story by Maureen Downey (h/t/ How Appealing) that begins:The state Supreme Court will hear...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Monday, February 03, 2014

Courts - Suit brought in Wisconsin to challenge the same constitutional language Indiana aspires to duplicate

Dee J. Hall reports this afternoon in the Wisconsin State Journal:The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin on Monday filed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 03, 2014

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Courts - As of Jan. 27th, "Justice Samuel Alito Jr. has recused himself 52 times since the term began in October"

So reported Tony Mauro of the The National Law Journal. A quote: Justice Samuel Alito Jr. has recused himself 52...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 02, 2014

Friday, January 31, 2014

Courts - "Muncie native joins U.S. Court of Appeals"

The Muncie Star-Press has a long article today by Ivy Farguheson on Muncie native Robert Wilkins' recent confirmation to the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 31, 2014

Courts - More on: U.S. DOJ looking for prisoners to apply to the President for clemency

Updating this morning's post, quoting a NYT story, Sentencing Law Blog now has a post headed "Professor/practitioner perspective on DAG...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 31, 2014

Courts - U.S. DOJ looking for prisoners to apply to the President for clemency

From the NYT today, a story by Matt Apuzzo that begins:WASHINGTON — The Justice Department wants low-level drug criminals who...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 31, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Courts - "Maine supreme court: Transgender student's rights were violated"

How Appealing's post has links to today's Maine opinion, plus news coverage. See also this story from NE Indiana Public...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 30, 2014

Courts - "Constitution Check: Is the Religious Freedom Restoration Act unconstitutional?"

Fascinating article today in Constitution Daily, by Lyle Denniston....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 30, 2014

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Courts - I love this! - from BUZZFEED

where i'm at pic.twitter.com/OOEadn7fTn— Katherine Miller (@katherinemiller) January 28, 2014...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Courts - What is the state of online public access to top state courts?

Open Virginia Law has put out a 21-page report titled "Public Access to the States’ Highest Courts: A Report Card."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Courts - "Nevada ponders switch on same-sex marriage"

Very interesting post last evening by Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSblog - it begins:Nevada’s attorney general, who filed a full-scale defense...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 26, 2014

Courts - More on "‘Judge Judy’ is behind a new courtroom TV drama, ‘Hot Bench’"

Supplementing this ILB post from Jan. 24th, see this post at the WSJ Law Blog by Joe Palazzolo. It begins:Judith...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 26, 2014

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Courts - "Circuit Split Watch: Are 'Boobies' Bracelets the New Black Armbands?"

See Michelle Olsen's article at Appellate Daily. One of the cases mentioned is the ND Indiana Aug. 20, 2013 decision,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 23, 2014

Courts - "U.S. Supreme Court asked to review Delaware's 'secret trials' case" [Updated]

Tom Hals's Jan. 21st Reuters story begins:Delaware asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to review a lower court decision...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 23, 2014

Courts - "Judges build on Supreme Court’s Windsor ruling to extend gay rights" [Updated]

Alison Frankel writes at the "On the Case" blog at Reuters in an entry that begins:Justice Antonin Scalia of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 23, 2014

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Courts - More on: SCOTUS to consider "the authority of police to follow up on an anonymous tip about an unsafe driver"

Updating this ILB post from Jan. 20th, Mark Sherman of the AP has this story on the oral argument. A...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Courts - Pa. Supreme Court implements constitutional amendments guaranteeing the right "to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and aesthetic values of the environment" [Updated]

I saved this Jan. 6, 2014 story by Steve Esack in the Penn. Leigh Valley Morning Call because I thought...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014

Courts - SCOTUS to consider "the authority of police to follow up on an anonymous tip about an unsafe driver"

Lyle Denniston previews at length the SCOTUS oral argument tomorrow in Navarette v. California....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 20, 2014

Courts - Blogger/Law Prof Eugene Volokh winning attorney in 1st amendment case for defendant blogger

On Friday Prof. Eugene Volokh of The Volokh Conspiracy posted this entry which is titled "Bloggers = Media for First...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 20, 2014

Friday, January 17, 2014

Courts - "Schaerr Leaves Winston to Represent Utah in Marriage Case" - the reason?

Tony Mauro has this interesting post today at The Blog of Legal Times on "Veteran Supreme Court and appellate advocate...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 17, 2014

Courts - "Writing a brief for the iPad judge"

Thanks to this Eugene Volokh post for highlighting this Jan. 14th article in the Columbia Business Law Review, written by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 17, 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Courts - "Gay marriage rulings in Oklahoma, Utah build momentum"

A new long AP story by Sean Murphy and Brady McCombs begins:OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- In less than a month,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 16, 2014

Courts - "Never call a judge 'Judge'"

That is the advice from this FindLaw article by Brett Schneider, Esq. A quote:Never call a judge "Judge." Whenever you...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 16, 2014

Courts - "Beware of email attachments purporting to carry case information"

See this post from the ABAJournal Blog....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 16, 2014

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Courts - " Illinois Eavesdropping Law Assailed on Appeal"

The ILB had a number of entries in 2012 about an Illinois under the heading "Woman who recorded cops acquitted...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Courts - "Federal Judges in U.S. See $25,000 More as Salary Freeze Falls"

See James Rowley's story Jan. 13th in Bloomberg News. The ILB has a number of posts on the federal law...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Courts - Oklahoma District Court rules the Oklahoma constitutional prohibition violates the Equal Protection Clause

Here is the 68-page opinion, via ThinkProgress. Unlike Utah, however, the Oklahoma judge did stay his ruling, pending appeal....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Courts - "Bed bugs found in courts building in Cleveland"

From the AP, a story that begins:CLEVELAND (AP) — Bed bugs have invaded the Cuyahoga County Justice Center in downtown...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Friday, January 10, 2014

Courts - More on: After 8 years [now 9 years], Michigan courts are still litigating the meaning of the November 2004 constitutional amendment

A year ago, on January 9, 2013, the ILB has this post. It began:After 8 years, Michigan courts are still...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 10, 2014

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Courts - "Websites will no longer bill to remove mug shots"

John Seewer of the AP reports today in a long story that begins: TOLEDO, Ohio – Two Internet sites that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 09, 2014

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Courts - Federal judge "scraps Chicago's ban on retail gun shops"

So reported Dahleen Glanton and Jason Meisner in the Chicago Tribune earlier this week. The story begins:A federal judge on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Monday, January 06, 2014

Law - Two stories on law graduates and admission to the bar

On Jan. 2nd the NY Times published this story by Jennifer Medina headed "Allowed to Join the Bar, but Not...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 06, 2014

Courts - Court stops Utah gay marriages, pending federal appeals court ruling

Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSblog has the details this morning....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 06, 2014

Courts - Still more on "Indiana reflects contraception mandate disparity"

Updating this ILB post from Jan. 2nd, see "Analysis: The Little Sisters case and EBSA Form 700," by Lyle Denniston...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 06, 2014

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Courts - More on "Indiana reflects contraception mandate disparity" [Updated]

From this brief article by Amanda Marcotte posted today on Slate:Late on New Year's Eve, Justice Sonia Sotomayor granted a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 02, 2014

Courts - The Constitution in 2014: the state of same-sex marriage

Another overview this morning, this one by Lyle Denniston, writing in Constitution Daily. It begins:The campaign to win marriage rights...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 02, 2014

Courts - "Indiana reflects contraception mandate disparity"

Updating three earlier ILB entries, the most recent being this long overview from yesterday headed "Catholic groups appeal to Supreme...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 02, 2014

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Courts - "Budget Cuts Imperil Federal Court System, Roberts Says"

Adam Liptak's story in the NY Times begins:Budget cuts have imperiled the ability of the federal court system to deliver...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Courts - "Catholic groups appeal to Supreme Court re ACA contraceptive mandate"

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, headed "Judge stalls contraception insurance mandate for diocese", which detailed ND Indiana opinions from...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Courts - "Abortion clinic buffer zones’ fate in hands of high court"

Milton J. Valencia of the Boston Globe has this lengthy story today (h/t How Appealing). A sample:[Mass. has a 2007...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 29, 2013

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Courts - "Utah holdouts now issuing gay marriage licenses"

The AP is reporting this evening that:The last of the Utah counties that were holding out on issuing marriage licenses...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 26, 2013

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Courts - 10th Circuit "Appeals Court Refuses to Halt Same-Sex Marriages in Utah" [Updated]

So reported Jack Healy late yesterday for the NY Times. Some quotes:DENVER — A federal appeals court cleared the way...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Courts - "Judge fines Kentucky cabinet $756,000 for making 'mockery' of state Open Records Act "

This dispute in Kentucky between the courts and newspapers on one side, and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Courts - "An Eventful Day in Court for Same-Sex Marriage "

That is the heading of this article in the WSJ Law Blog (which I think is again freely available), written...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Monday, December 23, 2013

Courts - Gay marriage in Utah not stayed; Ohio federal judge says that state's ban is unconstitutional

Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSblog has the latest word, as of 5:05 PM, on the Utah case. The State of Utah...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 23, 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Courts - "Lights, camera, Supreme Court: It's about time "

Maureen O'Connor, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Ohio, had this excellent op-ed in the Dec. 20th LA Times....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 22, 2013

Courts - More on: Utah federal district court judge declares Utah's constitutional and statutory prohibitions against same sex marriage unconstitutional

Updating this ILB post from Friday, a NY Times story this weekend by Jack Healy, headed "Gay Couples in Utah,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 22, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

Courts - Utah federal district court judge declares Utah's constitutional and statutory prohibitions against same sex marriage unconstitutional

Here are some quotes from today's 53-page opinion by United States District Judge Robert J. Shelby [case via LegalTimes.com]:The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 20, 2013

Courts - "First electronic case filings made in Frankfort"

A brief AP story yesterday in the Louisville Courier Journal begins:Kentucky's courts are taking a step toward making electronic case...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 20, 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Courts - New Mexico Supreme Court rules same sex marriage legal

From the AP: SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -- The New Mexico Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in the state Thursday,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 19, 2013

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Courts - "England and Wales Crack Down on Googling Jurors; U.S. Not So Much "

A few quotes from Joe Palazzolo's report Friday in the $$ WSJ Law Blog:The Internet has made it downright easy...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 15, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Courts - "On average, 97 percent of defendants plead guilty in federal court."

Thanks to Sentencing Law Blog to the pointer today to this Dec. 6th article in The Atlantic authored by Andrew...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Monday, December 09, 2013

Courts - 9th Circuit leads the way in live video of oral arguments

Here is part of the 9th Circuit announcement:SAN FRANCISCO – Internet users will soon have a seat in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 09, 2013

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Courts - "Federal judge criticized by Supreme Court Justice Alito fires back"

Interesting story via Reuters, re diversity among counsel in class action certification....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 07, 2013

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Courts - "Gary angler takes fishing fight to the feds"

Great story in the Dec. 1st NWI Times, with photo, reported by Lauri Harvey Keagle. It begins:Silas Sconiers and Stacey...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Monday, December 02, 2013

Courts - "The 1970s and 1980s marked the rise of merit selection for judges. However, recent trends have been to eliminate merit selection, alter its components, or return judicial selection 'to its roots.'"

Important article today by William Raftery, Knowledge and Information Services Analyst, National Center for State Courts....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 02, 2013

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Courts - More on: Differences in two cases on searching cell phones reflect the fast-moving evolution of cell phones

Supplementing this ILB entry from Nov. 22nd, Politico's Tal Kopan today has a long, wide-ranging article titled "Digital era confounds...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, November 30, 2013

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Courts - More on: "Justices Take Companies’ Cases Challenging Contraception Rule"

Supplementing this ILB post from yesterday, here is a story by Maureen Groppe of the Gannett Washington Bureau headed "Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Courts - 9th Circuit administrative tribunal extends same-sex benefits to federal court employees' same-sex domestic partners

This appears to be a first. From a story by Bob Egelko in SFGate:The ruling was issued on behalf of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Courts - "Justices Take Companies’ Cases Challenging Contraception Rule"

The SCOTUS has agreed to hear Hobby Lobby (10th Cir.) and Conestoga Wood Specialties (3rd Cir.). As Adam Liptak writes...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

Courts - Differences in two cases on searching cell phones reflect the fast-moving evolution of cell phones

Orin Kerr wrote that on August 19th in this post at The Volokh Conspiracy that began:In recent weeks, two cert...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 22, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Courts - "Broader meaning of the Supreme Court’s abortion order" yesterday

Lyle Denniston, normally of SCOTUSblog, apparently has some spare time, and wrote this article today for Constitution Daily. A quote:The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Courts - "Michigan Judges Association opted not to take a position on the new Court of Claims law partly because its leaders thought doing so could hurt chances of getting a long-awaited judicial pay increase"

Ingham County, Michigan is the county where the state capital, Lansing, is located. Until this month, the Michigan Court of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Courts - Measure to raise the retirement age for justices on NY's highest court to 80 fails referendum of voters

Currently to retirement age for the highest NY court (the Court of Appeals) is 70, per the NY constitution, and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 10, 2013

Courts - "Kentucky attorney general fears court ruling could cripple his powers"

Andrew Wolfson had this lengthy story this weekend in the Louisville Courier Journal. Some quotes:In a case Kentucky Attorney General...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 10, 2013

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Courts - "Analysis: At Supreme Court hearing, passions over religion and its rules"

The SCOTUS on Wednesday heard oral argument in Town of Greece v. Galloway. The ILB has had five earlier entries...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 07, 2013

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Courts - "First 'gay divorce' attempted in Kentucky"; Overview of marriage equality efforts from USA Today

Andrew Wolfson had the long story in the Louisville Courier-Journal yesterday, Nov. 2. Some quotes:The case of Romero vs. Romero...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 03, 2013

Friday, November 01, 2013

Courts - Constitutionality of prayer before town council meeting before SCOTUS next week

SCOTUSblog notes this morning:The Oyez Project and ISCOTUS preview next week’s argument in Town of Greece v. Galloway, in which...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 01, 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Courts - "Ballot Measure on Judicial Retirement Age Is Said to Divide Cuomo and Top Judge"

This story today in the NY Times by James C. McKinley Jr., about a proposed constitutional amendment in the State...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Courts - IU Maurer law professor Dawn Johnsen on "the demise of originalism"

IU Maurer Law Professor Dawn Johnsen, about whom the ILB had many posts in the past (actually more than I'd...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Courts - "My Non-Artist Take on the Portrait of the Four Female Justices"

From Josh Blackman's Blog, this post on the giant (8 x 10 foot) portrait unveiled yesterday of the four female...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Monday, October 28, 2013

Courts - "Prosecutorial misconduct alleged in half of capital cases" in Arizona

How Appealing today links to the first 2 of a four-part series in the Arizona Republic....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 28, 2013

Courts - "At SCOTUS, tradition trumps technology, and transparency"

Robert Barnes writes today in the Washington Post at length about:... an event called “Today’s Supreme Court: Tradition v. Technology...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 28, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Courts - "Justices Return to a Death Penalty Issue"

Adam Liptak reports today in a story the NY Times:WASHINGTON — More than a decade after the Supreme Court banned...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Monday, October 21, 2013

Courts - "A challenge to same-sex marriage ends" in New Jersey

Updating earlier ILB entries, The State of New Jersey is no longer challenging the lower court ruling allowing same sex...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 21, 2013

Courts - "Law Scholarship’s Lackluster Reviews"

Adam's Liptak's "Sidebar" column today in the NYTimes begin:WASHINGTON — “Would you want The New England Journal of Medicine to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 21, 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013

Courts - New Jersey Supreme Court unanimously refuses stay in same sex marriage ruling

Updating this Sept. 27th ILB post, and this one from Oct. 11th, the Supreme Court of New Jersey today refused...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 18, 2013

Courts - "Illinois Supreme Court kills 'Amazon tax'"

Crain's Chicago Business is now reporting that:The Illinois Supreme Court ruled 6-1 today that Illinois' so-called Amazon tax on out-of-state...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 18, 2013

Courts - "Supreme Court suspends former AG Phill Kline's Kansas law license: Disciplinary Administrator had argued for disbarment"

Fascinating. Thanks to this post from How Appealing, the ILB has learned that the former Attorney of General of Kansas...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 18, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Courts - "Roberts Court Cloaks Activism in Complexity"

As is evident from this post earlier today, the SCOTUS decision to grant cert in the greenhouse gases case is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 17, 2013

Courts - "Federal Judiciary Budget Increases in Last-Minute Budget Deal"

So reports The Blog of Legal Times this morning....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 17, 2013

Courts - "SCOTUS lets EPA’s climate authority stand, will review permitting question"

That headline is from this Washington Post blog post by Juliet Eilperin. The LA Times story yesterday, by David G....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Courts - More on: Another big case today before the SCOTUS, this time it is affirmative action in higher education

Here is Lyle Denniston's recap of today's oral argument in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, at SCOTUSblog, which...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Courts - Another big case today before the SCOTUS, this time it is affirmative action in higher education

Last week it was campaign finance regulation, today it is affirmative action. Nina Totenberg has this report at NPR, headed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Friday, October 11, 2013

Courts - "Judge sets schedule for same-sex marriage case" in Penn. and in N.J.: "Judge Says New Jersey Can Begin Allowing Same-Sex Marriages in Two Weeks"

Amy Worden of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Harrisburg Bureau, reports:HARRISBURG - The federal judge presiding over a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 11, 2013

Courts - More on "Mugged by a Mug Shot Online"

Updating this ILB entry from Oct. 6th, John Caniglia of the Cleveland Plain Dealer had a long story yesterday headed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 11, 2013

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Courts - "Justice Kennedy On Law School, Blogging, And Popular Culture"

Jess Bravin of the $$ WSJ Law Blog, posts here on his "discussion on the Supreme Court before a student...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 10, 2013

Courts - "Federal courts likely to stay open despite government shutdown"

A Reuters story this afternoon by Joseph Ax includes:Once the funding runs out, the chief judge of each federal district...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 10, 2013

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Courts - Ever do something like this? [More]

Thanks to How Appealing for the link to this story by Paul Hammel of the World-Herald Bureau, headlined "Oops! Email...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Courts - More on "As recently as two weeks ago, Bopp was planning to argue the case."

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 26th, McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission was argued yesterday before the SCOTUS, in I...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Courts - "Federal Youth Case on Trial: Prosecution of 10-Year-Old on Sex Charges Stokes Debate Over Juvenile Justice"

A long story today in the $$ WSJ, by Zusha Elinson, begins:Two years ago federal prosecutors won a delinquency finding...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Monday, October 07, 2013

Courts - More on "Mugged by a Mug Shot Online"

Updating Sunday's ILB entry, here is a different view, from Mathew Ingram of Gigaom, headed "First they came for the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 07, 2013

Courts - Today is the First Monday in October

Nina Totenberg of NPR has this report this morning. A sample:It is the opening of a new term. The docket...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 07, 2013

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Courts - "Mugged by a Mug Shot Online"

The NY Times has a very long story today by David Segal, found on the front page of the Sunday...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 06, 2013

Friday, October 04, 2013

Courts - Is Miller v. Alabama retroactive? 3rd Circuit opinion

Mark Scolforo of the AP reported yesterday: HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Three men who have been serving life sentences since...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 04, 2013

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Courts - Re attorneys disciplined for criticizing judges

From the Central Pennsylvania Patriot-News, this story headed "Controversial attorney Don Bailey's law license suspended for 5 years." From Georgetown...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 03, 2013

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Courts - Increasing use of special masters by federal judges

A few quotes from Dionne Searcey's long Sunday story in the $$ WSJ, the headline was "Judges Outsource Workloads as...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Courts - Better addressing the legal needs of the unrepresented

A judge in a northern Indiana county has called the ILB's attention to this post from Richard Zorza's Access to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 29, 2013

Friday, September 27, 2013

Courts - A NJ State Superior judge ruled Friday that the state must allow same-sex couples to marry [Updated]

That is the word from this NY Times story by Kate Zernike and Marc Santora. This is a trial court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 27, 2013

Courts - Still more on "link rot" in SCOTUS opinions

Updating this ILB post from Sept. 23rd, Jacob Gershman of the $$ WSJ Law Blog wrote yesterday under the heading...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 27, 2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Courts - "As recently as two weeks ago, Bopp was planning to argue the case."

Tony Mauro of The Blog of Legal Times is reporting that:The plaintiffs in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the next...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 26, 2013

Courts - "There are good reasons not to call an opponent’s argument 'ridiculous'”

This 3-page, Sept. 24th 6th Circuit opinion in Bennett, et al. v. State Farm Mutual Auto. Ins. begins:KETHLEDGE, Circuit...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 26, 2013

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Courts - More on: Kentucky same-sex case could be landmark re spousal immunity [Updated]

Updating this ILB entry from June 16th of this year, Harold J. Adams reports today in the $$ Louisville Courier...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013

Courts - More on "link rot" in SCOTUS opinions

The ILB posted on July 10th about this article by Raizel Liebler & June Liebert in 15 YALE J.L. &...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 23, 2013

Friday, September 20, 2013

Courts - Justice Ginsburg celebrates 20 years on the SCOTUS with a speaking tour around county

Beckley Law has a lengthy story by Susan Gluss headed "US Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg Captivates Berkeley Law." It begins:U.S....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 20, 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Courts - "We are not amused ..." - Supreme Court of New Jersey

See this post from How Appealing that begins "In this appeal the Court considers whether a part-time municipal court judge...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 19, 2013

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Courts - "SCOTUS Weighs When Online Speech Becomes an Illegal Threat"

David Kravets reports today in WIRED in a story that begins:The Supreme Court is being asked to decide when an...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Courts - C-SPAN Radio today is airing historic 2010 SCOTUS argument re Indiana labor case

(H/T to SCOTUS Blog) From C-SPAN:C-SPAN Radio's Supreme Court Historic Oral Argument: Previewing Potus Recess Appointment Case New Process Steel...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, September 14, 2013

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Courts - Illinois Supreme Court rules on 2nd amendment protection outside the home

The opinion, issued today, is State of Illinois v. Aguilar. See discussion beginning on p. 7....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 12, 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Courts - Go back in time and watch Ruth Bader Ginsburg being nominated to the Supreme Court and her confirmation hearings

Adding to this ILB post from yesterday on Ruth Bader Ginsburg as an advocate before the SCOTUS, here is video...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Monday, September 09, 2013

Courts - Go back in time and listen to women's rights advocate Ruth Bader Ginsburg arguing before the SCOTUS in the 1970s [Updated]

On Friday, September 6, 2013 the National Constitution Center presented "An Evening with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg," billed as "a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 09, 2013

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Courts - "Indiana Man Gets 8 Months for Lie Detector Fraud"

ABC News has this AP story by Matthew Barakat that begins:ALEXANDRIA, Va. An Indiana man who taught federal job applicants...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 08, 2013

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Courts - "Assassinated judge gets portrait in Kentucky Capitol"

Roger Alford of the AP has this story today in the Louisville Courier Journal. From the interesting report:FRANKFORT, KY. —...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Courts - "Courts Split Over Ruling on Juvenile Life Sentences "

How Appealing links here to the long WSJ story by Ashby Jones. the subhead is "Confusion on 2012 Decision Creates...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Courts - Justice Ginsburg having a very fun summer!

Read Ruth Marcus' Washington Post column today. Some quotes:In the hermetic world the justices inhabit, Ginsburg has launched a virtual...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, August 31, 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013

Courts - "Justice Ginsburg to officiate same-sex wedding"

Robert Barnes long story in the Washington Post begins:Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will become the first Supreme Court member to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 30, 2013

Courts - "A Spectacularly Awful Week in Rape: When courts can’t get even the easy cases right, we’re in big trouble"

Outstanding Slate article by Dahlia Lithwick. About half-way through, this paragraph:Massachusetts is one of 31 states in which rapists are...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 30, 2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Courts - "Iowa governor declines comment on 'inappropriate' judicial questions"

This long story from the DesMoines Register, reported by Jason Clayworth, begins:Gov. Terry Branstad has declined comment about two of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 29, 2013

Monday, August 26, 2013

Courts - More on "Unusual Law Clerk Hire for D.C. Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown"

Updating this ILB entry from August 7th, Adam Liptak of the NY Times now has a long, very interesting article...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 26, 2013

Courts - More on "Justice Ginsburg's dedication undimmed after 20 years on court"

Updating this ILB entry from Aug. 2nd, Adam Liptak has an interview with the awesome Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 80,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 26, 2013

Friday, August 23, 2013

Courts - "Second Circuit Holds Owners Can't Revoke Permission to Use Copyrighted Litigation Documents"

A very interesting post from the Law Librarian Blog....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 23, 2013

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Courts - "Public Defenders Fall to the Sequester: Steep budget cuts compromise the justice system and won't save money in the long run"

The Sentencing Law Blog quotes a WSJ commentary by former federal district judges Paul Cassell and Nancy Gertner....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 22, 2013

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Courts - "North Carolina judges say social networking ban illegal"

Gary D. Robertson of the Associated Press reports in a long story the NC Charlotte Observer: RALEIGH The North Carolina...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Friday, August 16, 2013

Courts - NJ citizens have civil unions, but not marriage equality

Some quotes from an editorial in Thursday's NYT:A civil rights suit to be heard on Thursday in a New Jersey...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 16, 2013

Courts - "Litigation Over Noncompete Clauses Is Rising"

From the August 14th WSJ, a $$ story by Ruth Simon and Angus Loten that begins:More employers are requiring their...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 16, 2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Courts - "White women sent to Ohio prisons in record numbers, reports say"

Thanks to Sentencing Law Blog for pointing to this August 15th story by John Caniglia of The Cleveland Plain Dealer....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 15, 2013

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Courts - "Michigan's anti-begging statute cannot withstand facial attack"

See How Appealing's post on the 6th Circuit ruling today....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Courts - "I am really shocked, because when I was in law school my professors were outstanding"

That is a quote from an Ohio judge concerning a 17-year divorce proceeding. Here is the story, by Kimball Perry...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Courts - "Unusual Law Clerk Hire for D.C. Circuit Judge Janice Rogers Brown"

That is the heading of this post today at The Blog of Legal Times by Tony Mauro. It begins:Shon Hopwood's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Courts - "[t]he expungement statute does not transmute a once-true fact into a falsehood"

Valuable post and links from the SMB Blog....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Courts - "Diaper deal that gave $2.73M to lawyers, one-box refund to customers is nixed by 6th Circuit"

From the ABA Journal blog, this interesting report. Referencing an opinion from the Cincinnati-based 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals:The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 07, 2013

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Courts - "Dying Lawyer Asks Judge to Free Her From Prison"

Thanks to the Sentencing Law Blog entry (with extensive quotes)for pointing out this NY Times story by Benjamin Weiser. The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Courts - "7th Circuit Denies Immediate Illinois Conceal-Carry"

The most recent relevant ILB entry on this issue is from March 15th, and includes this quote from an AP...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Monday, August 05, 2013

Courts - More on "9th Circuit to Decide if Lawyers Can Block Gays From Juries"

Updating this ILB entry from July 30th, on sexual orientation and the Batson challenge, How Appealing this weekend collected several...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 05, 2013

Courts - "Judges Extend High Court Same-Sex Ruling"

Ashby Jones of the WSJ has this long story today (likely $$$) - some quotes:Just weeks after the U.S. Supreme...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 05, 2013

Courts - More on: 3rd Circuit: "For-Profit Companies Don’t Have Religious Rights"

Updating this ILB entry from July 26th, here is an August 2nd editorial from the NY Times that begins:At least...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 05, 2013

Courts - "Under civil forfeiture, Americans who haven’t been charged with wrongdoing can be stripped of their cash, cars, and even homes."

The ILB has had many entries on civil forfeiture and its abuses. Sarah Stillman will have this long article in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 05, 2013

Friday, August 02, 2013

Courts - "Justice Ginsburg's dedication undimmed after 20 years on court"

USA Today published a lengthy feature with many photos yesterday on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, authored by Richard Wolf....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 02, 2013

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Courts - "Ex-NCAA athletes can sue Electronic Arts over video game likenesses"

How Appealing has collected a number of stories on the ruling in this post. Among the stories, see this except...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 01, 2013

Courts - "Kentucky officials justify withholding details of child-abuse cases"

The Louisville Courier Journal has had continuing coverage of the child abuse and neglect issue in its state, which leads...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 01, 2013

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Courts - More on: Kentucky same-sex case could be landmark re spousal immunity

Updating this ILB entry from June 16th, that included this quote from Jason Riley's Louisville Courier Journal story:The case has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Courts - "With Supreme Court Case Against DOMA Done, Edith Windsor Will Soon Get Her Taxes Back"

A story today by Chris Geidner of BuzzFeed Politics begins:WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has formally ended Edith Windsor’s case...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Courts - "9th Circuit to Decide if Lawyers Can Block Gays From Juries"

From Adam Liptak's "Sidebar" column in the NY Times:May gays be excluded from juries on account of their sexual orientation?...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Friday, July 26, 2013

Courts - 3rd Circuit: "For-Profit Companies Don’t Have Religious Rights"

Joe Palazzolo of the WSJ Law Blog ($$$) had the story late this morning. Some quotes:On Friday, the Philadelphia-based U.S....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 26, 2013

Courts - Kentucky challenge to state ban on same sex marriage follows successful challenge in Ohio

"Ohio must recognize gay couple's marriage, judge rules" is the heading to one of a number of stories earlier this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 26, 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Courts - "Kentucky appeals ruling over questioning students"

From a story today in the Louisville Courier Journal, reported by Brett Barrouquere of the Associated Press:The U.S. Supreme Court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 25, 2013

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Courts - "When Scholarship Influences Courts"

Prof. Orin Kerr writes in The Volokh Conspiracy:Judges tend to ignore scholarship that doesn’t appreciate the judge’s sense of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Courts - "Concussion Suit Against N.C.A.A. Seeks Class-Action Status"

An AP story in the NY Times this weekend begins: CHICAGO — Attorneys suing the NCAA over its handling of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 21, 2013

Friday, July 19, 2013

Courts - "The Supreme Writer on the Court: The Case for Kagan"

A companion to this ILB post on July 15th re CJ Roberts, Ross Guberman, guest-blogging at The Volokh Conspiracy, had...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 19, 2013

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Courts - "Kentucky prosecutor suspended for sending email to judge"

A long story filed this evening with the Louisville Courier Journal, written by Jason Riley, begins:The email to Jefferson Family...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 18, 2013

Monday, July 15, 2013

Courts - "The Supreme Writer on the Court: The Case for Roberts"

Ross Guberman, guest-blogging at The Volokh Conspiracy, has this interesting post today. A few quotes:The Chief Justice was no doubt...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 15, 2013

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Courts - Still more on "Hobby Lobby Wins Before En Banc Tenth Circuit"

Supplementing this June 29th ILB post on the Hobby Lobby ruling, here is Prof. Marci A. Hamilton's July 11th commentary...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, July 13, 2013

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Courts - "What Vance v. Ball State Tells Us About Employment Discrimination"

Updating earlier ILB entries on Vance v. Ball State, Richard B. Lapp and Camille A. Olson have this article on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Courts - "SOMETHING ROTTEN IN THE STATE OF LEGAL CITATION: THE LIFE SPAN OF A UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT CITATION CONTAINING AN INTERNET LINK (1996-2010)"

I've seen two links already this morning, David Post at The Volokh Conspiracy, and Michelle Olsen @Appellate Daily, to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Courts - "The Supreme Writer on the Court: The Case for Kagan" [Updated]

Great read at The Volokh Conspirary, by guest blogger Ross Guberman, who wrote "Point Made: How to Write Like the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Courts - "A.C.L.U. Lawsuit Aims to Overturn Pennsylvania’s Ban on Gay Marriage" [Updated with complaint]

That is the headline to a NY Times story today reported by Trip Gabriel. Some quotes:The suit, carefully assembled by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Ind. Law - Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics "files IRS whistleblower complaint against campaign finance lawyer James Bopp"

From the news release:Washington, D.C. — Today, Melanie Sloan, Executive Director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW),...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Friday, July 05, 2013

Courts - "It would not be an exaggeration to call the recently completed Supreme Court term a lollapalooza"

So begins Nina Totenberg's nearly 8-minute wrap-up story today for National Public Radio....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 05, 2013

Courts - Appeal raises "critical questions about the scope of the computer crime laws"

Jacob Gershman of the WSJ Law Blog had this post July 2nd. From Prof. Orin Kerr's post at The Volokh...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 05, 2013

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Courts - "Exclusive: Supreme Court's Ginsburg vows to resist pressure to retire"

Joan Biskupic, of Reuters, has the exclusive with Justice Ginsburg this morning. My conclusion after reading - don't mess with...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 04, 2013

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Courts - Michigan federal litigation on marriage benefits worth watching [Updated]

For starts, Michigan's constitution, as amended in 2004, reads:Article 1, section 25: “To secure and preserve the benefits of marriage...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Courts - More on "Hobby Lobby Wins Before En Banc Tenth Circuit"

Updating this ILB post from June 28th, Joe Palazzolo of the WSJ Law Blog wrote June 27th about Hobby Lobby...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 29, 2013

Friday, June 28, 2013

Courts - "Hobby Lobby Wins Before En Banc Tenth Circuit"

This post in The Volokh Conspiracy is of interest because Hobby Lobby is kind of a companion case to Grote...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 28, 2013

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Courts - More on yesterday's "Rainbow Rulings"

That phrase is the banner headline used by USA Today. There is plenty of state coverage today on Indiana reactions...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 27, 2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Courts - "Next on the agenda for marriage equality litigators…"

Steve Sanders, an associate professor at the Maurer School of Law, has posted an excellent commentary on SCOTUSblog this evening....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Courts - 7th Circuit Judge Posner on Voting Rights decision

Writing for Slate, Judge Richard A. Posner's post begins:Shelby County v. Holder, decided Tuesday, struck down a key part of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Courts - SCOTUS decisions today ...

This IS a big day. There are three cases left to be decided. Hollingsworth v. Perry, the Prop 8 case,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Environment - SCOTUS Koontz decision today may have significant impact here

Here are some quotes from a story today by Michael Doyle of McClatchy Washington Bureau:Koontz purchased the Orange County land...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Courts - "Justice Ginsburg Can Take Care of Herself"

Updating this ILB entry from earlier this morning ("Justice Samuel Alito’s middle-school antics"), Emily Bazelon writes for Slate:Justice Samuel Alito...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Courts - SCOTUS decisions today ... [Updated]

This will be a big day. There are 6 opinions remaining to be issued. Opinions will start being issued at...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Courts - "Justice Samuel Alito’s middle-school antics"

Dana Milbank writes in a column today in the Washington Post on Justice Alito's demeanor on the bench. A sample:When...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Monday, June 24, 2013

Courts - Interesting commentary on today's SCOTUS ruling on SORNA

"United States v. Kebodeaux and Congressional Power under the Necessary and Proper Clause' is the heading of this post, by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 24, 2013

Courts - "SCOTUS to weigh in on Obama’s recess appointments"

Robert Barnes reports in the Washington Post in a long story that begins:The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 24, 2013

Courts - Good news for the EPA in today's cert grants

Tejinder Singh has this post in SCOTUSblog this evening that begins:The Supreme Court and the Environmental Protection Agency saw eye...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 24, 2013

Courts - SCOTUS "makes it harder to sue businesses"

Vance and another decision today, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar, are discussed in this long AP story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 24, 2013

Courts - SCOTUS decisions today ...

This could be a big day. There are 11 opinions remaining to be issued. Opinions will start being issued at...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 24, 2013

Courts - "A Test Track for Tuning Up Supreme Court Arguments"

Many lawyers appealing to our Indiana appellate courts first hold moot sessions before some of their peers. The NY Times...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 24, 2013

Friday, June 21, 2013

Courts - "What hope remains for consumers, employees after SCOTUS Amex ruling?"

Read Alison Frankel's long Reuters opinion piece today on yesterday's SCOTUS ruling in "American Express v. Italian Colors". It begins:The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 21, 2013

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Courts - Nina Totenberg covers today's three SCOTUS decisions

The NPR audio is nearly 7:30 minutes. There is also a transcript of her long, comprehensive story....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 20, 2013

Courts - "Michigan Supreme Court orders Wayne judge off bench for lying under oath"

From the story in the Detroit Free Press, reported by Paul Egan:LANSING — The Michigan Supreme Court today ordered Wayne...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 20, 2013

Courts - SCOTUS decisions today ...

As always, watch SCOTUSblog for complete coverage, or here for the ILB's highpoints. First opinion, Descamps, about enhanced sentences for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 20, 2013

Courts - Glossary of legal terms

SCOTUSblog has a Glossary of Legal Terms I hadn't noticed before, including terms like "CVSG" and "GVR"....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 20, 2013

Courts - Another big decisions morning at the SCOTUS

Fourteen cases and three decision days scheduled, today, and next Monday and Thursday. As always, watch SCOTUSblog for complete coverage,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 20, 2013

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Courts - There are 14 SCOTUS cases that are waiting decision, next announcement day is this Thursday

SCOTUSblog has the complete list, with details. Notice that the second "oldest" case, by virtue of when the oral argument...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Courts - Jockeying for cases before the SCOTUS

Joan Biskupic, reporting for Reuters, has a fascinating, long story today headed "For top U.S. lawyers, case in Guam is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Monday, June 17, 2013

Courts - More on 2 of today's SCOTUS decisions, Salinas and Actavis

From Orin Kerr blogging at The Volokh Conspiracy, a long post titled "Do You Have A Right to Remain Silent?...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 17, 2013

Courts - SCOTUSblog has a sketch artist

SCOTUSblog has recently added a sketch artist, Art Lien, and he adds a lot to the blog. See, for example,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 17, 2013

Courts - Opinions expected this morning from SCOTUS, beginning at 10 AM

Watch SCOTUSblog, or watch for some highlights here... First case decided, Salinas v. Texas - 5th amendment and silence -...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 17, 2013

Courts - 19 SCOTUS opinions expected to issue by the end of June

SCOTUSblog has the list this morning. Note also its redesigned site, a great visual improvement! The SCOTUS will announce some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 17, 2013

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Courts - Kentucky same-sex case could be landmark re spousal immunity

The Louisville Courier-Journal's Jason Riley has a long story today on a case pending in Kentucky's Jefferson Circuit Court. Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 16, 2013

Courts - Chart: "How the Court Could Rule on Same-Sex Marriage"

Chart from the NY Times showing the alternative outcomes possible in the two marriage equality cases the SCOTUS will decide...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 16, 2013

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Courts: "The SCOTUS Renders Another Decision Interpreting the Ex Post Facto Clause That Makes It More Difficult to Incarcerate Sex Offenders"

The SCOTUS decision June 10th reversing the 7th Circuit in Peugh v. United States is criticized as making it more...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 15, 2013

Friday, June 14, 2013

Courts - "Analysis: Top court's gay marriage ruling won't be last word"

That's the word from Joan Biskupic's long June 13th Reuters story. Some quotes:(Reuters) - Whatever the U.S. Supreme Court decides...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 14, 2013

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Courts - Commentary on Myriad Genetics decision today

SCOTUSblog's Lyle Denniston's analysis is here. It begins:Pronouncing what may seem like a patent truism, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 13, 2013

Courts - Federal judge Edith Jones under review

The ABA Journal has the story, with a number of good links. Jones' name has been mentioned for years as...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 13, 2013

Courts - Opinions expected this morning from SCOTUS, beginning at 10 AM

Check back here, or watch SCOTUS.blog for all the details. [Update] So far, no bigees as far as wide national...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 13, 2013

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Courts - New online repository of federal court opinions

@AppellateDaily this morning links to this news release from the 9th Circuit:SAN FRANCISCO – The United States Court of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Courts - "SCOTUS bars retroactive application of sentencing guidelines"

That is the headline of this story today by Robert Barnes of the Washington Post, writing about the SCOTUS decision...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Courts - "Merits cases remaining for SCOTUS October Term 2012"

Wonder what's remaining on the list of cases heard but yet to be decided by the SCOTUS this term? Here...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Monday, June 10, 2013

Courts - Today's SCOTUS opinion in the raisin case, re government regulation of farming

Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSblog has an analysis of today's SCOTUS opinion in Horne v. Department of Agriculture, the "raisin" case....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 10, 2013

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Courts - "Exhibit A for a Major Shift: SCOTUS Justices’ Gay Clerks"

A long, fascinating Adam Liptak story today on the front-page of the Sunday NY Times begins:WASHINGTON — As Justice Lewis...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 09, 2013

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Courts - "“The 70-year-old that existed in the 1890s is not the 70-year-old of today"

Those words from Assemblywoman Helene E. Weinstein, Democrat of Brooklyn, who is sponsoring a bill "a bill that would amend...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 06, 2013

Courts - "Obama nominates Muncie native to Court of Appeals"

Ivy Farguheson reports today in a long story in the Muncie Star-Press that Muncie native Robert Wilkins was named yesterday...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 06, 2013

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Courts - "New federal judge in Iowa accused of acting as "prosecutor-in-chief" at sentencing"

Remarkable story from Des Moines Register quoted in this Sentencing Law Blog post today....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Courts - More on "SCOTUS says states may bar information requests from nonresidents"

Updating these ILB entries from this spring and last fall, the ABA Journal has a longish article today by Erwin...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Courts - "Teacher Wins Case Against Archdiocese"

Sounds familiar? The ILB just yesterday posted another entry re Emily Herx's lawsuit against the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Courts - More on: Maryland v. King: Justice Scalia filed a dissenting opinion, which was joined by Justices Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan.

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, Nini Totenberg of NPR has this nearly 5-minute report on the opinion yesterday. Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Monday, June 03, 2013

Courts - Maryland v. King: Justice Scalia filed a dissenting opinion, which was joined by Justices Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and Kagan [Updated]

Here is SCOTUSblog's Lyle Dennison's "opinion recap/analysis" of today's opinion, headed "Solving 'cold cases' made easier." Some quotes from the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 03, 2013

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Courts - More on "Supreme Court’s Ruling in Arlington v. FCC Highlights Debate Over the Meaning and Future of Chevron Deference Doctrine in Administrative Law"

Updating this ILB post from yesterday morning, Cass R. Sunstein wrote in Bloomberg last evening, in a story headed "The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 30, 2013

Courts - Even more on "SCOTUS Takes Case on Prayer at Town Board Meetings"

Updating this ILB entry from May 21st, Marci A. Hamilton, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, writes today in Verdict...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 30, 2013

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Courts - "Supreme Court’s Ruling in Arlington v. FCC Highlights Debate Over the Meaning and Future of Chevron Deference Doctrine in Administrative Law"

That is the heading to this May 24th article in Verdict by Vikram Amar of the UC Davis Law School....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Courts - The abortion issue returns to the SCOTUS

From the New Yorker "Daily Comment" blog today, a long informative post by Jeffrey Toobin that begins:As the Supreme Court’s...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Courts - "Is capital punishment uniquely unfair to jurors required to make life/death decision?"

An interesting post from the Sentencing Law Blog....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Courts - "One Small Win for Raw Milk "

From the WSJ today, a story that I believe is publicly accessible, reported by Kelsey Gee. The story begins:Raw-milk proponents...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Monday, May 27, 2013

Courts - "Justices Agree to Agree, at Least for the Moment"

Some quotes from Adam Liptak's weekly NY Times column, "Sidebar": For now, consensus reigns. That is partly because some of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 27, 2013

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Courts - C-Span's Q&A tonight features Tom Goldstein, Co-founder and Publisher of SCOTUSblog.com [Updated]

C-SPAN's Q&A tonight features Tom Goldstein, Co-founder and Publisher of SCOTUSblog.com. Watch at 8 and 11 PM, more info here....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 26, 2013

Friday, May 24, 2013

Courts - "Ban on Note-Taking by Spectators in Court"

Eugene Volokh has the story here, referencing an Iowa district court judge's ban imposed on a reporter....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 24, 2013

Courts - SCOTUS Chief Justice Roberts gives the commencement address tonight at LaLumiere School in LaPorte [Updated]

The South Bend Tribune has a photo here and a brief AP story here. Some quotes:LAPORTE, Ind. (AP) — U.S....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 24, 2013

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Courts - Srinivasan's Confirmation First For D.C. Circuit In 7 Years"

He will fill the vacancy left by now-Chief Justice Roberts. So reports NPR's Nini Totenberg this evening in a story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 23, 2013

Ind. Courts. - "Ball State defends sex-discrimination lawsuit"

Seth Slabaugh reports today in the Muncie Star Press in a story that begins:MUNCIE — While Ball State University awaits...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 23, 2013

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Courts - Did Monsanto win the battle but lose the war?

Earlier this month Monsanto won its battle against an Indiana farmer when the SCOTUS ruled that the farmer was not...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Courts - Still more on "SCOTUS Takes Case on Prayer at Town Board Meetings"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, that includes links to prior coverage of the Indiana legislative prayer case, Dan Carden reports today...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Monday, May 20, 2013

Courts - More on "SCOTUS Takes Case on Prayer at Town Board Meetings"

Updating this post from earlier today, see also this NE Indiana Public Radio story by Mark Memmott, headed "Supreme Court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 20, 2013

Courts - More on "On (wrong?) constitutional grounds, split Sixth Circuit panel gives full retroactive effect to new FSA crack sentences"

Updating Saturday's ILB entry, Orin Kerr's post today in The Volokh Conspirary is headed "The Sixth Circuit Really Blewett." Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 20, 2013

Courts - "SCOTUS Takes Case on Prayer at Town Board Meetings" [Updated]

Adam Liptak of the NY Times has a brief story here on the Court's decision this morning to hear the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 20, 2013

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Courts - "On (wrong?) constitutional grounds, split Sixth Circuit panel gives full retroactive effect to new FSA crack sentences"

That is the heading of this post from the Sentencing Law Blog about yesterday's 2-1 decision by a 6th Circuit...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, May 18, 2013

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Courts - "Federal Courts Ask for Emergency Funding"

From The Blog of LegalTimes, a story that begins:Federal courts officials have asked the White House for emergency funding, saying...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Courts - More on: SCOTUS decides Monsanto case, ruling goes against Indiana farmer

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, Eric Bradner has this story today in the Evansville Courier & Press. It begins:INDIANAPOLIS — A...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Monday, May 13, 2013

Courts - "Justice Roberts to speak at La Lumiere commencement"

Stan Maddux of the NWI Times writes this evening in a story that reports:U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 13, 2013

Courts - More on "Who’s the Boss? The Supreme Court Hears Argument on the Meaning of the Term 'Supervisor' in Workplace Harassment Law"

Another opinion we are awaiting this month from the SCOTUS is in the case of Vance v. Ball State University....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 13, 2013

Courts - SCOTUS decides Monsanto case, ruling goes against Indiana farmer [Updated]

From SCOTUSblog, which is watching the Supreme Court opinions being issued this morning:First opinion is Bowman v. Monsanto. Federal Circuit...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 13, 2013

Courts - Book Review: “The Federalist Society: How Conservatives Took the Law Back From Liberals”

From the Sunday NY Times, this book review by Jeffrey Rosen, headed "Packing the Courts: A primer on the Federalist...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 13, 2013

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Courts - More on "Anonymous online reviews may not be so anonymous"

Updating this post from earlier today, see also this May 1st post from the blog Likelihood of Confusion: Ron Coleman's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 12, 2013

Courts - "The Breadth of the Ministerial Exception and Ecclesiastical Deference: A State Supreme Court Case Highlights Questions Left Open by Last Year’s U.S. Supreme Court Hosanna-Tabor Ruling"

Vikram David Amar, a Justia columnist, and Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis School of Law, has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 12, 2013

Courts - Michigan Supreme Court, "a secretive, corrupt arm of the insurance industry and other special interests"?

Detroit Free Press columnist Brian Dickerson writes today:The last thing you want when you have made your way to the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 12, 2013

Courts - "Anonymous online reviews may not be so anonymous"

Reminiscent of the Indiana Newspapers case (see May 3 transfer grant here) and this case out of Illinois, Alison Frankel's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 12, 2013

Courts - "SCOTUS weighing public school graduation in a church"

From the LA Times today, a story by David G. Savage on a 7th Circuit opinion pending SCOTUS review. Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 12, 2013

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Courts - "Righthaven’s Collective Copyright Enforcement Project Loses in the Ninth Circuit"

See The Volokh Conspiracy post....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 09, 2013

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Courts - "Recent amendments to Federal Rules"

See this SCOTUSblog post on some of the changes of interest....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Courts - "Wrongfully Convicted Often Find Their Record, Unexpunged, Haunts Them"

Some quotes from this long, May 5th story in the NY Times by Jack Healy: Across much of the country,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Monday, May 06, 2013

Courts - Volokh on PBS’s Constitution USA Series

Check it out here. A quote:PBS’s Constitution USA with Peter Sagal premieres tomorrow, Tuesday, May 7, and runs each Tuesday...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 06, 2013

Courts - Iowa Supreme Court: Birth certificate should name both same-sex parents

From the May 3rd DesMoines Register, a long story by Jeff Eckhoof that begins:Married same-sex couples have the same rights...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 06, 2013

Courts - "Wigged Out: Hong Kong's Lawyers Bristle Over Horsehair Headpieces"

This story in the April 30th WSJ ($$$ by Te-Ping Chen and Allison Murrow, includes a great photo of bewigged...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 06, 2013

Friday, May 03, 2013

Courts - Their compensation shall not be "diminished during their continuance in office"

Article 7, Section 19 of the Indiana Constitution: Pay. The Justices of Supreme Court and Judges of the Court of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 03, 2013

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Courts - More on "Woman facing misdemeanor for video recording Utah slaughterhouse"

Updating Monday's ILB entry, Jim Dalrymple II of The Salt Lake Tribune had a followup late last night headed "Utah...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Courts - "Unabomber lawyer Judy Clarke is appointed to represent Boston Marathon bombing suspect"

From the ABA Journal blog, this post compiling a number of links, including this long Bloomberg story by Erik Larson...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Courts - "SCOTUS says states may bar information requests from nonresidents"

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, How Appealing has collected a number of stories on yesterday's SCOTUS decision in McBurney...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Monday, April 29, 2013

Courts - "Woman facing misdemeanor for video recording Utah slaughterhouse"

That's the headline to this story by Jim Dalrymple II posted this afternoon by The Salt Lake Tribune. A few...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 29, 2013

Courts - SCOTUS upholds Virginia public records law [Updated]

From this SCOTUSblog post re today's opinion:In McBurney v. Young, a unanimous Court (in an opinion by Justice Alito) held...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 29, 2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Courts - "SCOTUS Rules for Immigrant on Deportation in Drug Case "

Adam Liptak reports on today's SCOTUS opinion in Moncrieffe v. Holder. The story begins:WASHINGTON — “The social sharing of a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Monday, April 22, 2013

Courts - "SCOTUS declines review of judicial pay case"

Marcia Coyle has the report here, in The Blog of Legal Times. It begins:The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 22, 2013

Friday, April 19, 2013

Courts - Two somewhat surprising lawsuits

Libel suit over a BNA case summary - From the Blog of Legal Times, the lengthy entry begins:Yorie Von Kahl...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 19, 2013

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Courts - More on "Judge Strikes Down Age Limits on Morning-After Pill"

Updating this ILB entry from April 5th, Linda Greenhouse of the NYT has a lengthy Opinionator column today that begins:If...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 18, 2013

Monday, April 15, 2013

Courts - More on: Can human genes be patented?

Updating this ILB entry from earlier today, Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSblog and Adam Liptak of the NYT have posted stories...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 15, 2013

Courts - More on problems caused by SCOTUS not allowing cameras in the Courtroom

This April 1st ILB entry referenced the Election Law Blog April Fools column headed "Supreme Court Announces 'No Cuts' Policy,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 15, 2013

Courts - SCOTUS avoids another gun case [Updated]

Lyle Denniston has just posted that, without comment this morning, the "Justices denied review of the latest attempt to test...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 15, 2013

Courts - Can human genes be patented?

The ILB has had many posts on the Myriad Genetics case. Today it is being argued before the SCOTUS. Nina...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 15, 2013

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Courts - "Can Congress punish a former sex offender for failure to register?"

The question will be before the SCOTUS on April 17th - the case is U.S. v. Kebodeaux. Here is a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 11, 2013

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Courts - Chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court writes that SCOTUS should allow cameras

Here is the long, op-ed column in the Sunday, April 7th Columbus Ohio Dispatch, written by Maureen O’Connor, the chief...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Courts - "Cases in which a defendant with lesser culpability draws the harshest sentence are not uncommon in Arizona and elsewhere around the country"

The NY Times this weekend had a long story by Fernanda Santos headed "Less Culpable, but With Longer Sentences." A...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 07, 2013

Friday, April 05, 2013

Courts - "Judge Strikes Down Age Limits on Morning-After Pill"

Pam Belluck of the NY Times has an article on today's ruling by a federal district judge in Brooklyn. Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 05, 2013

Courts - "Federal district judge in Brooklyn lifts age restrictions on over-the-counter sales of morning-after pill"

Debra Cassens Weiss of the ABA Journal Blog has the story, along with a link to the opinion....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 05, 2013

Courts - "Judicial selection should return to its roots"

That was the heading of a column published March 29th in USA Today, authored by G. Alan Tarr, director of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 05, 2013

Monday, April 01, 2013

Courts - SCOTUS addresses the symptom, rather than the real problem

Long lines formed to watch the marriage equality arguments before the SCOTUS last week. There was much interest in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 01, 2013

Courts - "Regulating Demeanor Of Judge A 'Difficult Task' -- But Video Helps"

Updating this March 18th ILB post from McKinney School of Law Professor Joel Schumm, headed "Are Indiana Judges Required...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 01, 2013

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Courts - "Defendant pays for DNA test to clear himself, but Louisville prosecutors won't close case"

Andrew Wolfson of the Louisville Courier-Journal reported yesterday in a lengthy story:Suppose you were so sure you were innocent of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 30, 2013

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Courts - "Divided Supreme Court Hinders Cops’ Use of Drug-Sniffing Dogs"

David Kravets of WIRED writes on Tuesday's SCOTUS decision in Florida v. Jardines. A quote:A divided Supreme Court on Tuesday...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 28, 2013

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Courts - Watch DOMA argument on C-SPAN at 2 pm

From C-SPAN: In United States v. Windsor, the court hears arguments on whether DOMA, which defines marriage as between one...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Courts - "5 Justices Seem Skeptical of Ban on Benefits to Gay Spouses"

Today's oral argument on the DOMA have wrapped up. Here is a long, early report from Adam Liptak and Peter...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Courts - Watch this morning's oral argument, reenacted on C-Span

Listen now to the actual audio of the oral argument in Hollingsworth v. Perry, with closed captioning and photos of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Courts - Prop. 8 being argued today; DOMA tomorrow

I hear audio of the oral arguments will be released by the SCOTUS early each afternoon. To follow the news,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Monday, March 25, 2013

Courts - "Supreme Court Hears 'Pay To Delay' Pharmaceutical Case"

From NPR's Nina Totenberg this morning, a 4-minute story that begins:The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on Monday in a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 25, 2013

Friday, March 22, 2013

Courts - "Indiana leading states supporting gay marriage bans"

Updating this ILB entry from February 26th, which includes links to several earlier ILB entries, a story today by Maureen...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 22, 2013

Courts - Why you might want to be admitted to practice bfore the SCOTUS

Orin Kerr of The Volokh Conspiracy, in a post headed "For Lawyers, Joining the Supreme Court Bar is a Vanity...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 22, 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Courts - Justices Ginsburg and Kagan share a personal trainer

Ginsburg does pushups, Kagan boxes, both in the Supreme Court gym - see the story in today's Washington Post....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Courts - "DUI acquittal reveals shortcomings in Kentucky state lab testing"

That is the heading of this very long story in the Louisville Courier Journal, reported by Andrew Wolfson. It begins:[The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Courts - More on: Cameras at SCOTUS oral arguments suddenly look much less likely than ever

Updating this ILB entry from March 14th, Michelle Olsen of @AppellateDaily has tweets this morning pointing to this Feb. 14th...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Courts - "Four former Pa. governors come out for judicial merit selection"

Aubrey Whelan, Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer, reports today:Pennsylvania is one of just a handful of states where residents elect all...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 17, 2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Courts - Cameras at SCOTUS oral arguments suddenly look much less likely than ever

Stephanie Condon reports today for CBS News in a story that begins:Two Supreme Court justices today expressed concern that if...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 14, 2013

Courts - Wis. law students get clinical experience with 7th Circuit

Here is the news release from the U. of Wisconsin Law School. It begins:Beginning next fall, a new clinical offering...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 14, 2013

Courts - "Merit selection for judges: efforts to adopt it, extend it, end it or change it advance in 4 states in last 3 days"

See the story by Bill Raftery in Gavel to Gavel. [More] See this update....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 14, 2013

Monday, March 11, 2013

Courts - "Courthouse’s new security measures add estimated 30 minutes to entrance time"

The ABA Journal blog has this item. Here is a quote from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel blog:Visitors now must remove their...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 11, 2013

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Courts - "Should the papers of the Justices of the SCOTUS be treated as governmental property?"

That is the heading to this post at Prof. Josh Blackman's Blog, pointing to this great-sounding new paper ("Judges and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Courts - Missouri: "Should an attorney’s service on a merit selection commission force the entire firm to be recused out of cases?"

Bill Raftery of the blog Gavel to Gavel looks at this issue. He writes that under a bill pending in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Courts - "A New Lease for Old Judges "

Ashby Jones of the WSJ has a story today (subscription required) that begins:State lawmakers across the nation are pushing to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Courts - Two interesting federal sentencing articles

Sentencing Law Blog points to two interesting sentencing articles today. The first, from the NY Times, is quoted in this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 03, 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Court - A glimpse at today's SCOTUS in oral argument

Fascinating glimpse of the current Supreme Court personalities in action in this column by Dana Milbank of the Washington Post....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 28, 2013

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Courts - Sheet metal and AC contractors demand takedown of federally mandated standards posted online

Recalling earlier ILB entries, such as this one from Aug. 7, 2008 ("Indiana building codes, part of the Indiana Administrative...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Courts - "Republicans Sign Brief in Support of Gay Marriage" (but not Indiana, which is leading the opposition)

Sheryl Gay Stolberg reports today in a long story the NY Times:WASHINGTON — Dozens of prominent Republicans — including top...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Courts - 10th Circuit: "No Second Amendment guarantee for concealed carry"

Yesterday the ILB reported that the 7th Circuit, by a vote of 5-4, had denied rehearing in Michael Moore v....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 23, 2013

Friday, February 22, 2013

Courts - "Judges Urged to Think Before ‘Liking’"

Per an ABA guideline, via this post by Jacob Gershman at the apparently now subscription only WSJ Law Blog. A...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 22, 2013

Courts - "Pa. Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, sister Janine Orie found guilty on almost all counts"

That is the headline to this long story this morning, reported by Adam Brandolph and Bobby Kerlik, in Western Pennsylvania's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 22, 2013

Monday, February 18, 2013

Courts - Tomorrow: "Indiana Farmer's Fight With Monsanto Reaches The Supreme Court"

Updating a number of earlier ILB entries, oral argument in the case in which "Vernon Hugh Bowman, an Indiana farmer,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 18, 2013

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Courts - A decision on the issue of whether atorneys may copyright their briefs

Here is a story reported by Jessica Dye of ThompsonReuters that begins:NEW YORK, Feb 11 (Reuters) - A federal judge...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 17, 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Courts - "When judges, jurors and the Internet collide" What is different about the internet?

An article by Nicole L. Black at LLRX.com explores this question. It begins:In the past, I've described misguided attempts by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 14, 2013

Courts - "Eli Lilly CEO warns Canadian court rulings put jobs at risk"

From the Toronto Globe & Mail, a long story by Jeff Gray and Tavia Grant that begins:The head of U.S....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 14, 2013

Courts - A look at the states filing amicus briefs in the same-sex marriage cases

In this post yesterday at SCOTUSblog, Marty Lederman takes a look at the amicus briefs filed in the same sex...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 14, 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013

Courts - "Michigan Supreme Court Justice Hathaway's quick resignation helps colleagues skirt a disciplinary thicket"

Interesting article in the Detroit Free Press, reported by Brian Dickerson, on Justice Hathaway's resignation. A sample:She announced her resignation...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 11, 2013

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Courts - "Should a US Attorney take pride in helping to 'have produced the longest average prison sentences in the country'"?

I saw that heading for a post on The Sentencing Law Blog and idly clicked to find out -- who...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 02, 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Courts - Does witness testifying in disguise violate the Confrontation Clause?

See How Appealing post re 9th Circuit opinion....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ind. Courts - "Reflecting on Forty Years of Merit Selection in Indiana"

The most recent issue (Vol. 46, No. 1) of The Indiana Law Review is now online. It covers the presentations...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Courts - "Court Rejects Obama Move to Fill Posts"

Updating ILB posts from Friday on the recess appointment decision, Charlie Savage and Steven Greenhouse of the NY Times had...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 27, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013

Courts - More on "DC Circuit Recess Appointments Clause Decision"

"Court Ruling Upsets Conventional Wisdom On Recess Appointments" is the title to this long analysis by Carrie Johnson of NPR....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 25, 2013

Courts - "DC Circuit Recess Appointments Clause Decision"

Good post by Prof. Lawrence B. Solum on the recess appointment ruling today. This story by Robert Barnes in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 25, 2013

Courts - "D.C. Circuit rules that President Obama's recess appointments to the NLRB were invalid"

See How Appealing and The Volokh Conspiracy....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 25, 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Courts - More on "Michigan Supreme Court Justice Hathaway to retire amid scandal"

Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 7th, which quoted the Detroit Free Press re the resignation of Michigan Supreme Court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Courts - Watch Justice Sonia Sotomayor on The Daily Show

Here is the link to the segment from last night's show. Here is Part 2. Here is part 3....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Courts - More on "Indiana Farmer Tackling Monsanto's Seed Policy Gets A Day In Supreme Court"

Updating this ILB entry from Oct. 17, 2012, Alison Frankel's "On the Case" column today is headed "Supreme Court conundrum:...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 17, 2013

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Courts - "‘Judicial Arbitration’ Is Unconstitutional, Say Newspapers"

Jacob Gershman's post last evening in the WSJ LawBlog began:Should the nation’s premier forum for corporate litigation have the right...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Courts - "It May Float, but a Home Isn’t a Boat, Justices Rule." and some ILB observations

That is the heading to an Adam Liptak column in today's NY Times. A few quotes [ILB emphasis]:WASHINGTON — A...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Monday, January 14, 2013

Courts - Kentucky Court decides dram shop case, holds club not liable

Jim Hannah wrote this story which appears in several Gannett papers. It begins:A Kentucky Supreme Court opinion that the Fort...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 14, 2013

Courts - Justice Sonia Sotomayor and her new autobiography

Featured last evening on 60 Minutes:In her first broadcast interview, Sotomayor talks about her life and career leading up to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 14, 2013

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Courts - More on "Do police need a court order to get a blood sample from an individual suspected of drunk driving?"

Updating this Jan. 7th ILB entry, here is NPR's Nina Totenberg's 5-minute report on the oral argument, headed "Supreme Court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 10, 2013

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Courts - Important Twomby/Iqbal (Twiqbal) cert denial

See Alison Frankel's On the Case article, headed "Supreme Court declines to halt 2nd Circuit's Twiqbal pushback."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Courts - More on: "Do police need a court order to get a blood sample from an individual suspected of drunk driving?"

Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 7th, Jacob Gershman of the WSJ Law Blog has this post this afternoon headed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Courts - More on Michigan, Pennsylvania Supreme Courts

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, Eugene Volokh also has a post on the Michigan resignation, plus this note on Pennsylvania:For another...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Monday, January 07, 2013

Courts - "Michigan Supreme Court Justice Hathaway to retire amid scandal"

This ILB post January 3rd quoted a report in the Detroit Free Press that:Michigan Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Kelly leaves...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 07, 2013

Courts "Do police need a court order to get a blood sample from an individual suspected of drunk driving?"

That is the issue in the case of Missouri v. McNeely; the oral argument before the SCOTUS is this Wednesday...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 07, 2013

Courts - SCOTUS To Hear Gay-Marriage Cases March 26-27

See WSJ Law Blog entry here....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 07, 2013

Courts - "Fight over mandatory retirement for PA judges moves to federal court"

See How Appealing entry here....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 07, 2013

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Courts - "Forced out by age, Justice Marilyn Kelly retiring from Michigan Supreme Court"

Ed White of the AP had this story Dec. 31 in the Detroit Free Press. Several items caught my eye...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 03, 2013

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Courts - "Courtroom sketching is starting to disappear"

"As cameras begin to proliferate at trials, courtroom artists see themselves getting the brush: 'We've been becoming extinct for a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Courts - SCOTUS's building is undergoing restoration and is wrapped in fabric from a Carmel IND company

According to the Architect of the Capitol:Scaffolding was installed during the summer of 2012 across the entire west elevation of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Courts - "Maine Bank Agrees to Reimburse Hacking Victim $300K in Precedent-Setting Case"

This story is from Nov. 30th. Kim Zetter's report in WIRED begins:In a case watched closely by banks and their...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 27, 2012

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Courts - Impact of SCOTUS rulings on a defendant’s Sixth Amendment right to effective assistance of counsel in plea bargaining

See this Sentencing Law post, linking to a new paper by Laurie Levenson, Loyola Law School Los Angeles....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 16, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Courts - "Michigan Appeals Court to Consider Anonymity for Blogger Who Criticized Cooley Law School"

Interesting ABA Journal post on a Michigan case, which is somewhat reminiscent of the Miller v. Junior Achievement case (recent...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Courts - "Justices to Take Up Generic Drug Case"

This long Dec. 7 story in the NY Times, reported by Edward Wyatt, begins:WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

Courts - SCOTUSblog roundup of coverage and commentary on the marriage cases

Friday's roundup. Monday's roundup....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 10, 2012

Friday, December 07, 2012

Courts - SCOTUS has announced that it will review the constitutionality of both the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8

That is per SCOTUSblog, more coming. Check back this evening when some good commentaries are available, or/and follow SCOTUSblog directly....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 07, 2012

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Courts - "Michigan Supreme Court Campaign Credits Facebook Ads With Margin of Victory"

Here is an interesting article by Cotton Delo in AdAgeMobile. It begins:What tipped the scales in favor of a candidate...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 06, 2012

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Courts - "When to Hold, When to Fold, and When to Reshuffle: The Art of Decisionmaking on a Multi-Member Court."

Essay by 7th Circuit Judge Diane P. Wood - see more in this How Appealing post....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Courts - More on: SCOTUS to hear cases on water runoff this week

Updating this ILB entry from Monday, the oral argument on "stormwater discharges through logging-road ditches and culverts" took a surprising...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Courts - "SCOTUS to Decide if Human Genes Are Patentable"

David Kravets of WIRED reported Nov. 30th:The Supreme Court announced Friday it would review a case testing whether human genes...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Monday, December 03, 2012

Courts - SCOTUS to hear cases on water runoff this week

"High Court to decide how logging roads regulated " is the headline to this long AP story by Jeff Barnard...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 03, 2012

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Courts - "Supreme Court delays decision on taking up gay marriage cases"

Updating last week's ILB entries on the gay marriage cases being considered by the SCOTUS (most recent ILB entry here),...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 02, 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012

Courts - SCOTUSblog: Last of a 4-day series on "the constitutional controversy, now awaiting the Supreme Court’s attention, over same-sex marriage"

Written by Lyle Denniston, Part IV's title is "The Court’s options." Tom Goldstein writes an essay today in SCOTUSblog that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 30, 2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Courts - "SCOTUS Muses on Unicorns in Debating Sentencing"

Adam Liptak of the NY Times has an amusing article today (except for the attorney involved) on the oral argument...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 29, 2012

Courts - SCOTUSblog 3rd of a 4-day series on "the constitutional controversy, now awaiting the Supreme Court’s attention, over same-sex marriage"

Written by Lyle Denniston, Part III's title is "The arguments against." Tomorrow: Part IV, the final article, on the options...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 29, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Courts - SCOTUSblog 2nd of a 4-day series on "the constitutional controversy, now awaiting the Supreme Court’s attention, over same-sex marriage"

Written by Lyle Denniston, Part II's title is "The arguments for". Also today, Marcia Coyle of the Daily Report has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Courts - "Judge in Rilya Wilson trial denies mistrial based on prosecutor’s standing with Florida Bar"

That is the headline to this story yesterday in the Miami Herald. The subhead: "The judge refused to grant a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Courts - "Who’s the Boss? The Supreme Court Hears Argument on the Meaning of the Term 'Supervisor' in Workplace Harassment Law" [Updated]

Supplementing this ILB post from Nov. 26th, about the SCOTUS oral argument Monday in the case of Vance v. Ball...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Courts - SCOTUSblog begins 4-day series on "the constitutional controversy, now awaiting the Supreme Court’s attention, over same-sex marriage"

Written by Lyle Denniston, Part I's introduction reads:This is the first article in a four-part series explaining the constitutional controversy,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

Courts - "On average the Stones older than US Supreme Court"

See the AP story....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 26, 2012

Courts - "SCOTUS Gives Nod to Citizens Who Record Police, Amidst Reports of Multiple Arrests"

See this post by Martha Neil at the ABAJournal Blog. Read it in conjunction with this ILB post from May...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 26, 2012

Courts - Voters throw out two highly capable Ohio Supreme Court justices, replacing them with " two candidates blessed with Irish names"

Brent Larkin of the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote in a long column on Nov. 24th that begins: Greater Cleveland voters...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 26, 2012

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Courts - "PACER federal court record fees exceed system costs"

From The Bay Citizen ("Your nonprofit source for no-holds-barred reporting about the Bay Area"), this Nov. 20th story by Shane...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 25, 2012

Courts - "Decisions Open Door to Appeals of Plea Bargains "

John R. Emshwiller and Gary Fields reported Friday in the WSJ that:The Ninth Circuit's September decision cited two Supreme Court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 25, 2012

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Courts - Judges' cut-and-paste opinions under scrutiny in Canada

From a long story by Marty Klinkenberg of the Edmonton Journal reported on Nov. 18th:The Alberta Court of Appeal has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Friday, November 16, 2012

Courts - "State chief justices and court administrators met this week in Washington, D.C., to discuss policy priorities for the upcoming year and beyond"

Terry Carter has this article at ABA Journal.com. A quote from near the end:In Utah, the civil courts are now...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 16, 2012

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Courts - "Pennsylvania Judges Sue over Mandatory Retirement Provision"

Joe Palazzolo of the WSJ Law Blog reported yesterday that begins:Six Pennsylvania judges are suing to invalidate a state constitutional...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Courts - "Purdue, IU pulling for Texas; affirmative action ruling could mean big changes"

That is the headline to Eric Weddle's long story today in the Lafayette Journal Courier. Some quotes:Purdue and Indiana universities...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Courts - Delaware Supreme Court rebukes chief judge of the Delaware Court of Chancery for opinion containing nearly a dozen pages of dictum

Peter Lattman reports today in the NY Times in a long story that begins:As the chief judge of the Delaware...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, November 10, 2012

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Courts - The history behind Michigan’s judicial selection system

Prof. Larry Solum at Legal Theory Blog highlights a new paper titled "The Politics of Judicial Selection: The Case of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 08, 2012

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Courts - "Efforts to Oust State Supreme Court Justices Fail"

Supplementing this ILB post from earlier today on Iowa, Ashby Jones of the WSJ Law Blog surveys all the major...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Courts - "Voters retain Iowa Justice David Wiggins" [Updated]

From the DesMoines Register, Jeff Eckhoff reports:Voters retained Justice David Wiggins on the Iowa Supreme Court, following a heated campaign...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Courts - "Hawaii Judicial posts lure fewer applicants"

Ken Kobayashi reports in the Honolulu Star Advertiser that the Hawaii Judicial Selection Commission:The release of the data was a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Monday, October 29, 2012

Courts - "Filming in state courtrooms gets its most prominent test in northwestern Illinois murder case"

From Clifford Ward, in a special to the Chicago Tribune, this long story today that begins:When the murder trial of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 29, 2012

Courts - A Reporter's Guide to Applications Pending before the SCOTUS

A useful 17-page guide that begins:An application is a request for emergency action addressed to an individual Justice. Although most...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 29, 2012

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Courts - "Groups battle over how to pick judges in Missouri"

From the St. Louis Post Dispatch column, "Political Fix," an Oct. 27th story by Elizabeth Crisp. Some quotes from the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 28, 2012

Courts - "Search for U.S. attorney to succeed Patrick Fitzgerald narrows to 8 former prosecutors"

So reported Annie Sweeney and Ameet Sachdev in this story in the Chicago Tribune on Oct. 16th....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 28, 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Courts - "New Jersey Court’s Split Decision Provides Little Clarity on Surrogacy"

This story is in today's paper NY Times. The blurb reads: "A New Jersey case over whether a woman can...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 25, 2012

Courts - "Tom Goldstein changed how lawyers get to the Supreme Court—and how news gets out of it"

See Stephanie Mencimer's article in The Atlantic on Tom Goldstein, of SCOTUSblog. A sample: The Court’s stance toward Goldstein’s Web...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 25, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Courts - "A law review article suggests that flubbing an argument can sometimes be a fast track to the Supreme Court"

Tony Mauro has this article in Law.com's Corporate Counsel. It begins:Are lawyers throwing their clients under the bus in pursuit...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Courts - "Iowa Justice Who Ruled for Gay Marriage Faces Test That Peers Failed"

The much-watched judicial retention election in Iowa is the subject of two national stories today. In 2009 the Iowa Court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

Courts - "Second Circuit’s DOMA Decision: A Road Map for SCOTUS?"

Supplementing this ILB entry from earlier today, see this WSJ Law Blog coverage by Joe Palazzolo, along with this story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 19, 2012

Courts - More on "2nd Circuit Rules for Surviving Gay Spouse, Says DOMA Violates Equal Protection Clause"

Updating this ILB entry yesterday on the 2nd Circuit ruling, I been anticipating SCOUSblog's Lyle Denniston's coverage of the new...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 19, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Courts - "2nd Circuit Rules for Surviving Gay Spouse, Says DOMA Violates Equal Protection Clause"

Here is the ABA Journal post by Debra Cassens Weiss with a number of links, including to the opinion. Here...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 18, 2012

Courts - "After 2,000 Case Files Are Found in a Closet, Prosecutors Recommend Dismissals"

Read Debra Cassens Weiss post about a Georgia judge's discovery in the ABA Journal....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 18, 2012

Courts - "Chief Justice Roberts: Technology among top issues for court"

Isn't that the truth! Mile Tolson's long story today in the Houston Chronicle begins:Reconciling ever-changing science and technology with established...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 18, 2012

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Courts - "Time, Pen and Paper, and Now the Ear of the Supreme Court"

That is the heading to this "Sidebar" column today by Adam Liptak of the NY Times. The lengthy story begins:WASHINGTON...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Courts - "A look at four states that are hosting hot state supreme court races this fall."

Louis Jacobson has a long, comprehensive story today in Governing, headed "Judicial Races in Four States Draw Big Money, Partisanship."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Courts - Illinois judicial candidate accused of striking a "Charlie's Angels" pose in ad

Apparently the reference is not to your 1970's Farrah Fawcett Charlie's Angels, but to this pose demonstrated by a more...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 14, 2012

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Courts - Parts 1 and 2 of a 3-part series on a broken state court system

The series is in the Atlantic and is by Andrew Cohen, a contributing editor at The Atlantic and legal analyst...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Courts - Still more on "Federal Judges Rule for Judges on Pay"

Updating this ILB entry from October 7th, Alison Frankel's column On the Case reports on the en banc appeals court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Courts - More on "SCOTUS to hear: Indiana Soybean farmer accused of infringing Monsanto patents"

Barbara Leonard of Courthouse News Service has a detailed article today titled "Monsanto's Patent Case Heads to Supreme Court."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Monday, October 08, 2012

Courts - "SCOTUS to review a Virginia case that could put a stop to the increasing balkanization of state freedom-of-information laws"

Tony Mauro reports today for the First Amendment Center in a story that begins:At issue in McBurney v. Young is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 08, 2012

Courts - More on "G.O.P. Aims to Remake Florida Supreme Court"

Updating this ILB entry from October 3rd, this story from this weekend in the Miami Herald is headed: " Fla....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 08, 2012

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Courts - More on "Federal Judges Rule for Judges on Pay"

Updating this Oct. 6th ILB entry, Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSblog has a long entry today headed "Major victory – and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 07, 2012

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Courts - "Federal Judges Rule for Judges on Pay"

From the WSJ Law Blog today, this post by Brent Kendall. Some quotes:Refereeing a remarkable dispute between the judiciary and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 06, 2012

Friday, October 05, 2012

Courts - "Another revolution on sentencing?" SCOTUS grant puts Harris precedent at issue

See Lyle Denniston's long post this afternoon at SCOTUSblog that begins:Just as the Supreme Court set off a revolution in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 05, 2012

Courts - "SCOTUS to hear: Indiana Soybean farmer accused of infringing Monsanto patents"

One of the seven cases accepted for review by the SCOTUS today, according to this Reuters story, is "an Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 05, 2012

Courts - "Picking Your Font for Legal Briefs" Or not. [Updated twice]

Joe Palazzolo of the WSJ Law Blog quotes today from the 7th Circuit's guidance for what fonts to use...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 05, 2012

Monday, October 01, 2012

Courts - SCOTUS denies appeal in challenge over Iowa Judicial Nominating Commission

Jessica M. Karmasek reports this afternoon in Legal Newsline that the SCOTUS has:... refused to hear an appeal in a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 01, 2012

Courts - "Cook County judges routinely have hidden hundreds of cases from public view since 2000, sealing lawsuits involving a famous chef, millionaire businessmen and even other judges"

Lengthy story (free registration) in the Chicago Tribune by Cynthia Dizikes and Todd Lighty headed "How clout keeps court cases...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 01, 2012

Courts - Today is SCOTUSblog’s 10 year anniversary.

Today is SCOTUSblog’s 10 year anniversary. Congratulations - I can no longer imagine following the Supreme Court without you!...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 01, 2012

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Courts - "Another Big SCOTUS Term On The Docket"

Listen to NPR's Nina Totenberg:A new Supreme Court term opens Monday. Hot-button issues that could come up include affirmative action,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 30, 2012

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Courts - More on "SCOTUS to rule on forced tests for DUI suspects"

Updating this ILB entry from September 26th, Lyle Denniston has an article in Constitution Daily titled "How much privacy does...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 27, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Courts - "SCOTUS to rule on forced tests for DUI suspects"

The SCOTUS yesterday granted cert in the case of Missouri v. McNeely (see SCOTUSblog). David G. Savage of the LA...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Courts - More on "Protecting Property Rights from the Army Corps of Engineers: The Supreme Court prepares to hear a major Takings Clause case"

Supplementing this ILB post from Sept. 20th, the AP is reporting:NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court reversed itself Monday...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Courts - "This is a battle over the future of a fair and independent judiciary."

That is a line from this editorial today in the NY Times, about the judicial retention election in Iowa. It...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Courts - More on "Montana Rule Banning Party Endorsements of Judges Blocked"

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 18th, Mike Dennison of the Helena Montanna Independent Record reported Sept. 21st in a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 23, 2012

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Courts - "One district judge's take on the spat between Justice Scalia and Judge Posner"

From Sentencing Law blog....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, September 22, 2012

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Courts - " Protecting Property Rights from the Army Corps of Engineers: The Supreme Court prepares to hear a major Takings Clause case"

Although the headline brings to mind the current dispute in Indianapolis re the proposed Army Corps levee in Broad Ripple,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 20, 2012

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Courts - "The most detailed, persuasive complaint of its kind" that he has ever read

Steven Brill writes in his Reuters opinion blog about the Beef Products, Inc. complaint against ABC News, re a beef...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Courts - "Montana Rule Banning Party Endorsements of Judges Blocked"

Karen Gullo reports for Bloomberg - some quotes:Montana’s law making it a crime for political parties to endorse candidates in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Courts - "Missouri appeals court upholds summary of ballot measure changing judicial selection process"

Updating this ILB entry from earlier today, re "Lawsuit seeks to change how Kansas Supreme Court judges are appointed," Missouri...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Courts - Updating "Lawsuit seeks to change how Kansas Supreme Court judges are appointed"

This Sept. 15, 2010 ILB entry reported that a Kansas federal district court had refused "to grant a temporary...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Courts - "Savannah Dietrich attackers get slightly tougher sentence"

The Louisville case of sexual assault victim Savannah Dietrich appears to have concluded with her attackers getting slightly tougher sentences....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 16, 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Courts - "A hot – and very expensive – market for high court clerks" [Updated]

Tony Mauro reports in the Supreme Court Insider ($$) in a long story that begins:After a history-making year at the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Courts - "In Facebook court cases, high tech and free speech collide"

Michael Doyle of McClatchy Newspapers reported Sept. 7th in a long, useful overview that begins: WASHINGTON — “Like” the First...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

Courts - "Will acceptance of gays by high court influence rulings?"

Lengthy, fascinating story today by Joan Biskupic of Reuters. And from Michel Kirkland, UPI Senior Legal Affairs Correspondent, a long...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 10, 2012

Courts - More on: Indiana Electrical Workers Pension Trust Fund among those suing Wal-Mart

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 5th, Tony Cook of the Indinapolis Star has a front-page story today headed "Small...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 10, 2012

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Courts - More on Kentucky courts' budget crunch

Tom Loftus reports today in the Louisville Courier Journal in a long story headed "Costly courtrooms: Construction boom is questioned...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Courts - Indiana Electrical Workers Pension Trust Fund among those suing Wal-Mart

Jef Feeley of Bloomberg News reports today that:Pension funds from New York, California and Indiana have agreed to serve...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Courts - Do Judicial Plates Violate Code of Judicial Conduct?

Joel Stashenko reported in the New York Law Journal on August 27th. The long story begins:Judges whose license plates identify...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, September 01, 2012

Courts - "Fishers company loses court battle over Marilyn Monroe's estate"

Updating two earlier ILB entries on Marilyn Monroe and the rights of publicity, Carrie Ritchie reports today in the Indianapolis...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, September 01, 2012

Friday, August 31, 2012

Courts - "Copy-and-Paste: the Role of Judicial Clerks in Shaping Precedent"

Thanks to the blog Circuit Splits for highlighting this new article, Copy-Paste Precedent....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 31, 2012

Courts - "Federal Judge Orders Ohio to Restore Weekend Early Voting in Ohio Weekend Before Election Day"

Another big election law ruling, re early voting in Ohio. See Rick Hasen's Election Law Blog post here....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 31, 2012

Courts - Kentucky Courthouses to close Tuesday for furlough

Updating this ILB entry from August 7th, Kentucky courthouses are scheduled be closed for the second time in as many...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 31, 2012

Courts - More on "Victory for Texas Voters: Restrictive Voter ID Law Rejected by Federal Court"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry on the DC District Court opinion upholding Justice Dept. challenges to the Texas voter ID law,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 31, 2012

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Courts - "Victory for Texas Voters: Restrictive Voter ID Law Rejected by Federal Court"

Here is the press release from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law. Here is Prof. Rick Hasen's analysis...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 30, 2012

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Courts - "Cameras come to federal courtrooms in Chicago"

Annie Sweeney, Chicago Tribune reporter, has the story in today's Tribune. Some quotes:It wasn't exactly "Law & Order," but for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Courts - "Savannah Dietrich sexual assault ruling could help open other juvenile cases, lawyer says"

Updating this ILB entry from earlier today, here is a story from Andrew Wolfson of the Louisville Courier Journal. He...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Courts - "Savannah Dietrich sexual assault files should be open, Louisville judge rules" Yes!

If you haven't been following this Louisville case, start here for background. Earlier in the Louisville Courier Journal:Frustrated by what...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Friday, August 24, 2012

Courts - Still more on "Assault victim's tweets prompt contempt case"

Updating this July 23rd ILB entry, the story continues. Earlier in the LCJ:Frustrated by what she felt was a lenient...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 24, 2012

Courts - "Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright was appointed to the position of associate justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court"

From Minnesota Public Radio News: ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Court of Appeals Judge Wilhelmina Wright will soon take her...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 24, 2012

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Courts - "Federal Courts Cracking Down on Social Media Use by Jurors"

From the Blog of Legal Times:The federal judiciary released new model jury instructions [2 pp.] this week aimed at deterring...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 23, 2012

Courts - "Free-speech fight costs Kentucky Bar Association $191,000"

Andrew Wolfson of the Louisville Courier Journal reports today in a long story that begins:The Kentucky Bar Association’s violation of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 23, 2012

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Courts - "Kentucky: County attorney battles requests to erase misdemeanor convictions"

From the Louisville Courier Journal, this lengthy story from Jason Riley that begins:To the dismay of some judges and attorneys,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 19, 2012

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Courts - "Citing Wikipedia in Court Opinions"

Prof. Eugene Volokh posts quotes today from a Utah opinion telling you more than you may ever have thought you...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 16, 2012

Courts - "Supreme Court should have 4 women says retiring justice"

That is a quote from a retiring justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Marie Deschamps, reported by Meagan Fitzpatrick...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 16, 2012

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Courts - "Judge rules that Kentucky ban on groceries selling liquor is unconstitutional"

From the Louisville Courier-Journal, Gregory A. Hall reports in a long story:Kentucky’s more than 70-year ban on selling liquor and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Courts - Northwestern Univ. Law Review devotes entire issue to Justice John Paul Stevens

Access Northwestern University Law Review, Volume 106, Issue 2 here....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Courts - "Gay married couple allowed to file joint bankruptcy in Kentucky"

Andrew Wolfson reports today in the Louisville Courier Journal - some quotes from the long story:Despite living together for 16...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Courts - "Chief Justice calls Monday's shut down of the courts 'disheartening'"

Jason Riley has this story yesterday in the Louisville Courier-Journal. Some quotes from the beginning of the long story:Kentucky Chief...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Courts - More on "Missouri Supreme Court throws out medical malpractice caps"

Updating Tuesday's brief ILB entry, here is more from the WSJ Law Blog. A quote:The court found that a 2005...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 02, 2012

Courts - More from Texas: "Endorsements point to sharp differences in state Supreme Court hopefuls Medina has established political connections; Devine has support of religious, conservatives"

Updating this ILB entry from July 30th, which I noted presented an interesting contrast with Indiana, the results of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 02, 2012

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Courts - More on "Identify writer on blog: Idaho newspaper ordered to provide information"

Updating this ILB entry from Jully 13, 2012, Martin Kaste of NPR's All Things Considered has a followup story, dated...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Courts - "Missouri Supreme Court throws out medical malpractice caps"

See How Appealing post....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Monday, July 30, 2012

Courts - From Texas: "Endorsements point to sharp differences in state Supreme Court hopefuls Medina has established political connections; Devine has support of religious, conservatives"

Interesting contrast with Indiana, this story from the Austin Statesman by Chuck Lindell begins:In Tuesday's GOP runoff for a seat...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 30, 2012

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Courts - More on: 3rd Circuit rules "Pay-for-delay drug settlements are illegal"

Updating this ILB entry from July 17th, Edward Wyatt reported July 26th in a story headed "For Big Drug Companies,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 29, 2012

Friday, July 27, 2012

Courts - "Certainly one of the best things I've ever read about discovery. Highly recommended"

That high praise comes from Prof. Lawrence B. Solum of Legal Theory Blog, about Frederic Bloom's (University of Colorado Law...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 27, 2012

Monday, July 23, 2012

Courts - More on "Assault victim's tweets prompt contempt case"

Updating this morning's post on the story July 21st Louisville Courier Journal that began:Frustrated by what she felt was a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 23, 2012

Courts - "So You Want To Be A Supreme Court Justice?" (SCOTUS)

The blog Above the Law looks at the the vetting form O’Melveney & Myers chairman A.B. Culvahouse used to vet...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 23, 2012

Courts - "Assault victim's tweets prompt contempt case"

This lengthy story by Jason Riley was in the July 21st Louisville Courier Journal. Some quotes:Frustrated by what she felt...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 23, 2012

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Courts - 3rd Circuit rules: "Pay-for-delay drug settlements are illegal"

From a long analysis by Alison Frankel in "On the Case." A quote:On Monday, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Courts - "Even Scalia's Dissenting Opinions Get Major Scrutiny"

Worth reading (or listening to), from Nina Totenberg of NPR....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Friday, July 13, 2012

Courts - "Identify writer on blog: Idaho newspaper ordered to provide information"

The Spokane Spokesman-Review had a story yesterday reminiscent of the Indiana situation described in this Feb. 22, 2012 entry headed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 13, 2012

Monday, July 09, 2012

Courts - "The blogification of U.S. law is not limited to the Supreme Court ."

The heading is a quote from a lengthy opinion piece today in Politico, written by Jeffrey Rosen. A sample:Scalia’s angry...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 09, 2012

Courts - "Should Supreme Court justices Google?"

Updating this ILB entry from June 9th, that linked to a Boston Globe article I termed "really eye-opening," Robert Barnes...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 09, 2012

Friday, July 06, 2012

Courts - "Court Hearing Video of Angry Jurist Shouting ‘Shut Up’ Gains YouTube Traction"

Via the ABA Journal, a 15-minute video. Martha Neil's report begins:Updated: An official recording of a May family court hearing...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 06, 2012

Courts - "Because if you put [yourself] in his position ... what's he supposed to think? That he finds his allies to be a bunch of crackpots? Does that help the conservative movement?"

Nina Totenberg of NPR has two stories worth reading/hearing this morning, one on the Supreme Court term and the other...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 06, 2012

Friday, June 29, 2012

Courts - "I don't know why people are acting like they've never seen sequinned pants before."

The headline to the story in the New Zealand Herald is "Reporter ejected for 'disco pants' at trial." It begins:A...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 29, 2012

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Courts - "Which States Will Refuse Medicaid Expansion?"

From Pro Publica, by Charles Ornstein....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 28, 2012

Courts - "Uncertain Future for ACA Medicaid Expansion?"

From Governing, by Dylan Scott....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 28, 2012

Courts - "A reader’s guide to health care ruling"

From Lyle Denniston at SCOTUSblog....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 28, 2012

Courts - More on: At SCOTUSblog (and SCOTUS) this morning

Here are a few more interesting observations from SCOTUSblog (and perhaps others): Amy Howe: Take a quick look at Footnote...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 28, 2012

Courts - At SCOTUSblog (and SCOTUS) this morning

Stolen Valor Act (military awards) invalidated. Opinion. From SCOTUSblog re ACA: Amy Howe: The individual mandate survives as a tax....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 28, 2012

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Courts - Calculating Court Deadlines

New e-book. The author writes:I thought if I can’t find the resources I need, I would try and make them...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Courts - "Wisconsin S Ct. sides with newspaper in dispute with Milwaukee Police Department"

Thanks to Gitte Laasby, formerly of the Gary Post Tribune, who tweeted today about this long story by John Diedrich...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Courts - Judge Posner addresses Justice Scalia's dissent in Arizona v. US

This must-read article by 7th Circuit Judge Richard A. Posner is one of several takes on the immigration opinion published...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Courts - "Bryan Stevenson, the man behind the juvenile justice cases decided by the Supreme Court"

Eva Rodriguez of the Washington Post has the long story. It begins:Bryan A. Stevenson — Harvard law and government grad,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Courts - "Justices Define Narrow Opening on Immigration"

Stories today give a range of different interpretations of the SCOTUS decision yesterday in Arizona v. US. In Indiana, the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012

Courts - "Lyle Denniston, icon of Supreme Court press corps"

Liz Goodwin, Yahoo! News, writes today about SCOTUSblog's Lyle Denniston. A few quotes:On Monday, the first day of the final...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 25, 2012

Courts - Today at the SCOTUS

The Court decides the immigration case, Arizona v. US. Per Tom Goldstein of SCOTUSblog: "for now, Arizona can apply the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 25, 2012

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Courts - The blog SCOTUSblog featured in long Forbes story

Dan Diamond of Forbes has a long story today on the blog, SCOTUSblog. A sample:SCOTUSblog turns ten this year, and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 24, 2012

Courts - "The remaining merits cases as of June 23: In Plain English"

See the post from SCOTUSblog's Amy Howe. Some quotes:Counting the health care cases as one “case,” and the juvenile life-without-parole...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 24, 2012

Friday, June 22, 2012

Courts - More on yesterday's SCOTUS rulings [Updated]

Updating this ILB post from yesterday, Lyle Denniston, writing for SCOTUSblog, has an "opinion recap" on the cases (Hill and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 22, 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Courts - SCOTUS opinions today of note

"In 6-3 opinion, SCOTUS finds that Apprendi rule applies to criminal fines" - see Sentencing Law blog The case is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 21, 2012

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Courts - Implications of SCOTUS decision relating to Navajo tribe may be much broader

Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSblog writes about yesterday's SCOTUS opinion in Salazar (Interior Secretary) v. Ramah Navajo. The post begins:The federal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012

Courts - Bankruptcy petition preparers abuses raise concern

From the United State Courts, this report today headed "Increased Use of Bankruptcy Petition Preparers Raises Concerns." ILB: The 2005...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 18, 2012

Courts - SCOTUS today decides Illinois confrontation clause case [Updated]

The case is Williams v. Illinois. Here is the SCOTUSblog case page. Here is today's opinion. The Court upholds the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 18, 2012

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Courts - "Over the next two weeks, the SCOTUS is expected to issue fourteen more opinions in argued cases."

Amy Howe of SCOTUSblog has posted this very useful entry that begins:Over the next two weeks, the Court is expected...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 16, 2012

Friday, June 15, 2012

Courts - "The SCOTUS is considering a series of questions to determine whether the law, or parts of it, will survive."

Accompanying this article in the NY Times today headed "With Justices Set to Rule on Health Law, 2 Parties Strategize"...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 15, 2012

Courts - "Growing Division Over Iqbal/Twombly’s Applicability to the Pleading of Affirmative Defenses"

See this entry today from Circuit Splits. Two Indiana decisions, one from the ND and one from the SD, are...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 15, 2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Courts - "Richmond Virginia Circuit Court appoints openly gay judge"

The story this afternoon in the Washington Post begins:RICHMOND — Circuit Court judges have appointed an openly gay prosecutor to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 14, 2012

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Courts - Use of iPads by judges

Judge David Nuffer, of the Federal District Court in Utah, sent this informative guest post to 3 Geeks and a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Courts - Digital devices replace court reporters in NJ courtrooms

Thanks to the WSJ Law Blog for the pointer to this long June 10th story by Kibret Markos in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Courts - "Courts Invalidate Federal Law’s Rejection of Same-Sex Marriage"

Joanna L. Grossman, Hofstra University law professor and a regular columnist for Justia's Verdict, writes at length today on the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Courts - SCOTUS "Saves Best for Last"

Peter Landers discusses briefly in the WSJ Law Blog five of the high-profile cases awaiting decision this term. They include...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Courts - "As governor, Mitt Romney backtracked on promised reforms in appointing judges"

That is the headline to a very long and interesting story on merit selection, by Jerry Markon and Alice Crites,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 10, 2012

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Courts - Unusual sanction by bankruptcy judge in a Fair Finance proceeding

From the order of Judge Shea-Stonum filed May 22, 2012:At the commencement of the hearing the Court took appearances of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 09, 2012

Courts - "In-house research, much of it done online, is changing the way America's highest court works."

Thanks to How Appealing for pointing to this long item by Josh Rothman in the June 7th Boston Globe headed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 09, 2012

Monday, June 04, 2012

Courts - "Judges Should Write Their Own Opinions"

That is the headline to a NYT op-ed contribution today, written by William Domnarski. Some quotes:THERE is a crisis in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 04, 2012

Friday, June 01, 2012

Courts - "Thursday’s ruling by the First Circuit marked the first time that a challenge to DOMA had succeeded in a federal appeals court"

An excellent article by Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSblog on the 1st Circuit ruling this week (a unanimous three-judge panel ruling...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 01, 2012

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Courts - "Text-message question headed to Pennsylvania Supreme Court: Cumberland County case could affect how attorneys use e-messages as evidence"

Thanks to How Appealing for pointing to this long and fascinating article today in the Lehigh Valley, Penn. newspaper, The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Friday, May 25, 2012

Courts - SCOTUS weakens double jeopardy protection in certain cases

Here is the heading to David G. Savage's long story in the LA Times: "Supreme Court limits protection against double...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 25, 2012

Courts - More on: Nationally-known, Chicago-based U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to retire

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, Ameet Sachdev's Chicago Law has a column today headed "Chicago Law: What next for outgoing U.S....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 25, 2012

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Courts - Nationally-known, Chicago-based U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to retire

Here is yesterday's story in the Chicago Sun-Times, reported by Natasha Korecki, and headed "Patrick Fitzgerald quits U.S. attorney post...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 24, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Courts - "First Circuit Dissenters Discuss Supreme Court’s Case-Selection Criteria"

See this post from Circuit Splits....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012

Courts - "The SCOTUS on Monday said a man's children who were born through artificial insemination after his death can't get Social Security survivor benefits."

This is a WSJ link to an AP story....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 21, 2012

Courts - "6 Tools in the Appellate Judge's Toolbox"

See this post from Circuit Splits. (If the link isn't working right now, you can currently see it here.)...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 21, 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

Courts - "Practitioners and justices say it is the rare oral argument that wins or loses a case"

"Are Oral Arguments Worth Arguing About?" is the title of an interesting Adam Liptak column from the May 5th NY...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 14, 2012

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Courts - More on "In Iowa, Voters Oust Judges Over Marriage Issue"

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 3, 2010, reporting that the three Iowa Supreme Court justices up for retention who...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 13, 2012

Friday, May 11, 2012

Courts - Judge Posner: "Technical advances outpace, outsmart many in court"

Good column today in Ameet Sachdev's Chicago Law (Chicago Tribune). A few quotes:Richard Posner, a distinguished federal judge in Chicago,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 11, 2012

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Courts - “Lasting credibility on an issue such as judicial restraint requires us to practice it, as the old saying goes, when the shoe pinches as well as when it comforts.”

Great quote from "J. Harvie Wilkinson, the federal appeals judge from Charlottesville, Va." in this WSJ LAW Blog entry by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 03, 2012

Courts - "Recording Police v. Recording Citizens Debated in 7th Circuit and in Illinois Legislature"

On Sept. 14, 2011 the ILB posted this entry on the 7th Circuit oral argument, held the previous day,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 03, 2012

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Courts - DC local judges chat with citizens on Law Day

The Blog of Legal Times reports on a good idea:An hour-long Twitter chat with the chief judges of Washington's local...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Courts - Top female advocates before the SCOTUS

Daily Writ has a post with a table compiling:... a list of the top 10 female advocates with the most...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Monday, April 30, 2012

Courts - "The reality at the SCOTUS is that those who know don't talk, and those who talk don't know. "

Good article today by Joan Biskupic of Reuters, headed "As US Supreme Court mulls healthcare, rumors fly."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 30, 2012

Courts - "The vanishing oral argument?"

Squire Sanders has a blog following our neighboring 6th Circuit, called the Sixth Circuit Appellate Blog. This post April 25th,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 30, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

Courts - "Which Federal Appeals Court Cites Wikipedia Most Often?"

Joe Palazzolo of the WSJ Law Blog has a terrific post this evening. Of course, the 7th Circuit was by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 23, 2012

Courts - "U.S. Supreme Court immigration case weighs states' powers"

James Vicini reported Sunday for Reuters that "A clash over immigration law will go before the U.S. Supreme Court this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 23, 2012

Friday, April 20, 2012

Courts - "Judges Drive Truck Through Loophole in Supreme Court GPS Ruling"

Kim Zetter reports today in a long story in Wired's "Threat Level" that begins:A federal judge in Iowa has ruled...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 20, 2012

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Courts - More on "SCOTUS rules lawyers hired by cities can seek immunity"

Updating this ILB entry from April 17th, Adam Liptak of the NY Times run a story yesterday on the Filarsky...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 19, 2012

Courts - 7th Circuit judges rank very high in one informal short list of nation's top judges

Circuit Splits has a post today headed "Ross Guberman's Short List of the Nation's Top Judges (Part 2 of 3)."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 19, 2012

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Courts - Another grammar lesson today, but this time from the SCOTUS

The ILB's first post this morning was about a news story "corrected" by the sports copy desk. Now Joe Palazzolo...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Courts - Still more on "Keep Your Hands off My Briefs: Lawyers Sue Westlaw, Lexis"

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 12, 2012, see this column by Susan Hackett in the ABA "Legal Rebels" blog....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Courts - "SCOTUS rules lawyers hired by cities can seek immunity"

Reuters has the story here. The case is Filarsky v. Delia. (Thanks to Appellate Daily.) [More] The ABA said this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Courts - "Texas judges' misdeeds often kept secret by oversight commission"

Eric Dexheimer has the very long story today in the Austin Texas American-Statesman. It begins:In 2008, a Texas judge found...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Courts - Still more on "A Cook County judge has banned reporters from tweeting inside his courtroom"

A long AP story today from Michael Tarm, headed "Judges, journalists clash over courtroom tweets."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Courts - "University of Michigan law professor is running for Michigan Supreme Court. All three Democratic nominees are women."

Jo Mathis has this story in the Washtenaw County Legal News (for more on the Michigan publication, check here). Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 15, 2012

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Courts - More on "A Cook County judge has banned reporters from tweeting inside his courtroom"

My post yesterday afternoon, linking to Ameet Sachdev's Chicago Law column, led to several retweets from Indiana reporters. It also...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, April 14, 2012

Friday, April 13, 2012

Courts - "A Cook County judge has banned reporters from tweeting inside his courtroom during the high-profile trial of a man accused of murdering three family members of singer and actress Jennifer Hudson"

From Ameet Sachdev's Chicago Law column in the Chicago Tribune. A few quotes from the long column:Earlier this year, the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 13, 2012

Courts - "Cook County judge (who is up for retention this fall) pleads ‘not guilty’ in courthouse incident "

Lisa Donovan has the story in the Chicago Sun Times. Some quotes:Cook County Judge Cynthia Brim found herself on the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 13, 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Courts - More on "Women Supreme Court Justices Celebrate 30 Years Since Court's First Female" [Updated]

Updating this ILB entry from earlier today, Tony Mauro reports today in the Blog of Legal Times in a story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 12, 2012

Courts - "Women Supreme Court Justices Celebrate 30 Years Since Court's First Female"

Mike Sacks has the story today in the Huffington Post. It begins:WASHINGTON -- The only four women to serve as...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 12, 2012

Courts - "Florida Supreme Court has established new rules that would muzzle individual judges who try to have their way with the Legislature."

That is a quote from a story headed "In wake of 'Taj Mahal' scandal, Florida Supreme Court approves new lobbying...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 12, 2012

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Courts - "Though there was a will, Fifth Third found a way to save Boots"

Becky Yerak reported this probate/animal law-related story April 4th in the Chicago Tribune - here are some quotes:Boots, an 11-year-old...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 08, 2012

Friday, April 06, 2012

Courts - "Confronting Supreme Court fact finding"

Supplementing this ILB entry from March 22nd, that quoted from an article titled "CAUTION: Now Entering Grey Area: Indiana Judges’...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 06, 2012

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Court - TaxMasters (yes, you've seen their ads on cable) files for bankruptcy

Alex Weprin of Mediabistro has the story, headed "TaxMasters Bankuptcy Screws CNN, Fox News, MSNBC."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Monday, April 02, 2012

Courts - "Police Are Using Phone Tracking as a Routine Tool"

This long story by Eric Lichblau was on the front-page of Sunday's NY Times. It begins:WASHINGTON — Law enforcement tracking...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 02, 2012

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Courts - Sadly, "The Justices now have before them a perfect illustration of the gross distortion that can instantly be made of recordings of their proceedings."

Here is a must-read post this evening from the esteemed Supreme Court advocate and founder of SCOTUS.blog, Tom Goldstein....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 29, 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Courts - Argument recap of Day #2 - the individual health insurance mandate

If you read nothing else on this, read this recap by Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSblog....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Courts - Massive coverage of health care arguments via C-SPAN

Started at 7 am yesterday, watching right now the discussion of today's upcoming argument. Audio of today's historic Day 2...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Monday, March 26, 2012

Courts - SCOTUS releases audio and transcript of this morning's health care argument

See SCOTUSblog....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 26, 2012

Courts - Follow health care argument at WSJ

The WSJ is liveblogging the arguments:The Supreme Court, starting Monday, is hearing three days of arguments on the constitutionality of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 26, 2012

Courts - Historic Health Care arguments this week before the SCOTUS

Too big a topic for the ILB, but SCOTUSblog's Lyle Denniston has done great prep work with his four introductory...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 26, 2012

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Courts - "Courtroom trials, the stuff of television dramas, almost never take place"

Updating this ILB entry from March 22nd, headed "Supreme Court expands rights in plea bargains," about the SCOTUS's decisions this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 24, 2012

Courts - "A Bizarre Outcome on Generic Drugs"

Updating this post from yesterday, which quoted a March 20th NYT story headed ""Generic Drugs Proving Resistant to Damage Suits."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 24, 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012

Courts - Human gene patents; generic drugs

Two unrelated stories, but both medical law based. From Alison Frankel's On the Case (Thomson Reuters) column, "Could SCOTUS Prometheus...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 23, 2012

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Courts - More on "Supreme Court expands rights in plea bargains"

Updating this ILB entry from earlier today, Adam Liptak's coverage in the NY Times begins:WASHINGTON — Criminal defendants have a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 22, 2012

Courts - "Supreme Court expands rights in plea bargains"

Here from Google is a sampling of some stories about the SCOTUS's decision yesterday in Lafler v. Cooper: Justices expand...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 22, 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Courts - Assistant prosecutor in New Orleans resigns for online postings

Main Justice's Elizabeth Murphy reports: "Sal Perricone, former New Orleans Assistant U.S. Attorney, announced he would be leaving his post...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Courts - More on the implications of U.S. v. Jones - the GPS case

A long entry March 18th in the Volokh Conspiracy, by Orin Kerr, begins:The various opinions in United States v. Jones...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Courts - Still more on "Ky. court will hear appeal by Amish: Safety triangles at issue in case "

Updating this ILB entry from July 3, 2011, the Louisville Courier Journal has a March 15th story by Peter Smith...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 17, 2012

Friday, March 16, 2012

Courts - More on "Jury Files: The Temptation of Twitter"

Updating this ILB entry from March 14th, see also this story today from Ameet Sachdev's Chicago Law column in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 16, 2012

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Courts - Different regions of the country tend to share selection methods for appellate judges

Orin Kerr writes at The Volokh Conspiracy:The Federalist Society recently put up this interesting website with information on how different...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Courts - "Jury Files: The Temptation of Twitter"

That was the heading to an entry Monday by Steve Eder of the WSJ Law Blog. It begins:U.S. courts are...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

Courts - What if a judge accepts, then vacates a plea bargain and the defendant goes to trial? Is this double jeopardy?

See "A Bad Deal: Can a Court Force Trial After Accepting a Defendant's Guilty Plea?" by Nicholas J. Wagoner at...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 12, 2012

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Courts - "Inside Merit Selection: A National Survey of Judicial Nominating Commissions"

Announced Tuesday and released to the public today, this 84-page report is written by Rachel Paine Caufield and published by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 08, 2012

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Court - Ohio Supreme Court releases style manual for opinions

The Supreme Court of Ohio has released a 174-page "WRITING MANUAL: A Guide to Citations, Style, and Judicial Opinion Writing."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Courts - "Jurors' Tweets Upend Trials: Lawyers Are Using Posts on Twitter and Facebook to Overturn Court Rulings "

A few quotes from a long story by Steve Eder in today's WSJ:While most judges frown upon jurors' using their...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Monday, March 05, 2012

Courts - "How is the Roberts Court unusual? A law professor counts the ways"

Fascinating article by Robert Barnes in the Washington Post. The story is based on this paper by Benjamin H. Barton,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 05, 2012

Courts - "Second Circuit: NYS version of Rule on Attorney ‘Specialists’ Is Unconstitutional"

Joe Palazzolo has the story here in the WSJ Law Blog....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 05, 2012

Courts - "Are Historical Cell-Site Data Protected Under the Fourth Amendment After United States v. Jones?"

See Prof. Orin Kerr's post at The Volokh Conspiracy. Jones was the GPS case recently decided by the SCOTUS. (Historical...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 05, 2012

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Courts - "Washington State Supreme Court is being asked to determine whether jurors should be told that eyewitnesses who identify strangers across racial lines — for example, a white man identifying a black man — are more likely to be mistaken"

How Appealing points to this story today in the Seattle Times, reported by Ken Armstrong, and headed "Before state's high...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 04, 2012

Courts - "After Scandal, New Rules For Juveniles In Pa. Courts"

Remember the 2009 stories about the two Luzerne County Pennsylvania judges who "sent thousands of juveniles to detention centers in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 04, 2012

Friday, March 02, 2012

Courts - Still more on: "Chief U.S. District Judge sends racially charged email about president"

Updating this most recent ILB entry on the Montana federal judge, the ABA Journal blog has an entry today headed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 02, 2012

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Courts - More on: "Chief U.S. District Judge sends racially charged email about president"

The ILB posted this entry this morning re the Montana federal judge's email. This evening the 9th Circuit's official website...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 01, 2012

Courts - "Although it does not excuse their crimes, most people sent to prison for life as youth were failed by systems that are intended to protect children"

That is the first sentence in the introduction to a new, 47-page report, released today by The Sentencing Project, titled...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 01, 2012

Courts - "Chief U.S. District Judge sends racially charged email about president"

The Helena Montana Great Falls Tribune has a long story today that begins:HELENA — Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 01, 2012

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Courts - "Finding Room For Fashion In The Courtroom"

NPR's introduction to the 7-minute story:Tricia Elam once worked in a small Washington, DC law firm — where she learned,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Courts - "Keep Your Hands off My Briefs: Lawyers Sue Westlaw, Lexis"

That is the heading to this WSJ Law Blog post by Chad Bray, dated Feb. 22. Some quotes from the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 23, 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Courts - Relevant to Barnes? SCOTUS: "Says Police Cannot Be Sued Over Warrant"

Jesse J. Holland of the AP is reporting:The Supreme Court said Wednesday that California police officers cannot be sued because...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Courts - "Do grandparents get visitation rights? Supreme Court declines case"

This issue comes up a lot and the ILB has many entries. Yesterday, per this long story today in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Courts - "If federal prosecutors receive public credit for their good works--as they should-they should not be able to hide behind the shield of anonymity when they make serious mistakes"

9th Circuit's response to federal prosecutor who wished not to be publicly admonished in a decision. See How Appealing entry...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Courts - Access to juvenile records and juvenile courts - does confidentiality or transparency work best?

Kentucky has an ongoing court battle which the ILB has covered sporadically on public access to records in fatal child...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 12, 2012

Monday, February 06, 2012

Courts - "Kentucky rulings can affect some fairly unusual events"

Andrew Wolfson of the Louisville Courier Journal has a lengthy story today - here he sets up the premise:Do you...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 06, 2012

Courts - "McDonald's strip-search hoax turned into movie without victim's knowledge"

Recall this ILB entry from March 27, 2010 headed "Kentucky Appeals court upholds $6.1 million strip-search verdict against McDonald's." Saturday,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 06, 2012

Friday, February 03, 2012

Courts - Banks created "bizarre and complex end-around of the traditional public recording system"

MERS in the spotlight. "New York Sues 3 Big Banks Over Mortgage Database" is the headline to a story from...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 03, 2012

Courts - More on "9th Circuit won't release CA gay marriage trial videos"

Yesterday we learned (ILB entry here) the 9th Circuit won't permit the release of the video of the Prop. 8...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 03, 2012

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Courts - "9th Circuit won't release CA gay marriage trial videos"

New AP story in the Seattle Times, reported by Lisa Leff, subheaded "A federal appeals court refused Thursday to unseal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 02, 2012

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Courts - SCOTUS Fails to Communicate Effectively to Public

In the Blog of Legal Times, Tony Mauro reports on law dean Erwin Chemerinsky's recent speech, part of a recent...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Courts - Studies of tweets by federal court jurors

Check out this post and the links from Joe Palazzolo of WSJ Law Blog....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 26, 2012

Courts - In NY, "A Judgeship With Prestige, and, Oh, What a Grand Room"

William Glaberson's story today in the NY Times begins with a photo of "The chambers occupied by the top judge...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 26, 2012

Courts - More on: "WICHITA, Kan. -- U.S. Senior District Judge Wesley Brown has died at age 104"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, the NY Times has an obituary today written by A.G. Sulzberger. Some quotes:Judge Wesley E. Brown,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 26, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Courts - "Illinois trials may soon be televised: State Supreme Court to scrap camera ban, allow pilot program"

That is the headline to this story today by By Ryan Haggerty of the Chicago Tribune. The long story begins:The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Courts - More on Jones v. State

Tom Goldstein, founder of SCOTUSblog, has a long entry today on the SCOTUS decision this week in Jones v. State,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Courts - "WICHITA, Kan. -- U.S. Senior District Judge Wesley Brown has died at age 104"

Ron Sylvester of McClatchy Newspapers has the story in the Kansas City Star. The long, interesting story includes:"I hope to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Courts - "Why the GPS-Tracking Case is Just the Beginning for the Supreme Court"

See Nicholas J. Wagoner's Circuit Splits Blog post today under that heading. A sample:It's worth noting that when the Court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Courts - Retroactivity of SORNA

The ILB has had a number of entries, including this one from June 1, 2010, on the question of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Courts - More on "Supreme Court rules warrant needed for GPS tracking"

Listen to Nina Totenberg's four and a half minute report on yesterday's ruling in Jones here, via NPR. Or read...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Monday, January 23, 2012

Courts - "Supreme Court rules warrant needed for GPS tracking"

More on this morning's SCOTUS ruling in Jones. Joan Biskupic, USA TODAY Lyle Dennison, SCOTUSblog Adam Liptak, NY Times Robert...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 23, 2012

Courts - Notable SCOTUS opinions this morning

Reynolds v. United States (SCOTUSblog case page here). From this morning's SCOTUSblog "live blog":Amy: We have the second opinion in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 23, 2012

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Courts - 10th Circuit rules sex offenders have right to libraries

The Chicago Tribune today has a story by Keith Coffman of Reuters. The story begins:A federal appeals court ruled on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 21, 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Courts - "SCOTUS rejects appeals in student speech cases"

A brief AP story reports that the SCOTUS this morning rejected two cases re "whether schools may censor students who...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Courts - "SCOTUS rejects appeal over prayer at public meeting"

A brief AP story reports that the SCOTUS this morning rejected:... an appeal from a North Carolina county commission over...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Courts - "The Supreme Court gets the full-monty treatment"

Brilliant and normally staid attorney/journalist Dahlia Lithwick has a hilarious column today in Slate. I LOL at paragraph 2....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Courts - "Cheerleader punctures website’s immunity"

Patrick Murphy, in the blog Benchmarks, has an interesting post today that begins:The Communications Decency Act presents a formidable obstacle...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Courts - "SCOTUS rules against man convicted by eyewitness ID"

Mark Sherman's AP report begins:WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court declined Wednesday to extend constitutional safeguards against the use of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Courts - SCOTUS "Supreme Court overturns New Orleans man's murder conviction"

Following up on these two earlier ILB entries on Smith v. Cain, Joan Biskupic's story today in USA Today begins:The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Courts - In a number of states, "Legislators Are Out to Take Over Their State Judiciary Systems"

A few quotes from a lengthy Jan. 1. 2012 story in the ABA Journal, written by John Gibeaut:[I]n the wake...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 08, 2012

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Courts - SCOTUS to hold oral arguments on three major election law cases on Monday

Lyle Denniston of the SCOTUSblog has posted a long argument preview that begins:Just as the Supreme Court’s controversial ruling two...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 07, 2012

Friday, January 06, 2012

Courts - Do the community caretaking exception set forth in Cady applies to warrantless searches of homes?

"New Exception Allowing Warrantless Home Entries Headed to the High Court?" is the heading to this entry by Nicholas J....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 06, 2012

Friday, December 23, 2011

Courts - "Illinois Supreme Court clarifies law on noncompete agreements"

Ameet Sachdev's Chicago Law, a column in the Chicago Tribune, reports today in a story that begins:In an era when...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 23, 2011

Courts - "What is the proper response to a courtroom wailer? Look away? Tell him or her to man up? "

That question is examined in this story today in the NY Times today reported by William Glaberson. Some quotes:Courthouse regulars...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 23, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Courts - "The very fine and ideologically unaligned Indiana Law Blog ..."

That wonderful endorsement from the State Bar of Michigan blog introduces their Dec. 5, 2011 post headed "Indiana Supreme Court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Courts - "Sentencing Proportionality in the States"

Sentencing Law and Policy points to "this notable student note now available via SSRN by Gregory Schneider."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Courts - Part 2 of "3 Reasons Why Circuit Splits Matter"

The most recent entry from Nicholas J. Wagoner, of the blog Circuit Splits. And here is Part 3....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 18, 2011

Courts - More on "Ray Charles could see that signature was doctored"

This ILB entry from March 3, 2011, began:According to this AP story, Pennsylvania state Sen. Jane Orie, R-Allegheny, 49 "and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 18, 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

Courts - "At least 600 DUI cases in jeopardy because of lapsed Breathalyzer certifications"

That is the headline to this Dec. 15th story by Jason Riley in the Louisville Courier Journal that begins:Alcohol breath...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 16, 2011

Courts - Part 1 of "3 Reasons Why Circuit Splits Matter: Enhanced Certworthiness"

The latest entry from Nicholas J. Wagoner, of the blog Circuit Splits....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 16, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Courts - 6th Circuit "to hear newspaper’s appeal to unseal Fair Finance search records"

Ed Meyer of the Akron Beacon Journal reports in a story that begins:A federal appeals court will hear oral arguments...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 15, 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Courts - "ACLU Sues Over Voter-ID Law "

A few quotes from a Wall Street Journal story ($$$), dated Dec. 13, 2011, written by Amy Merrick:As new state...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Courts - A blog about cases ripe for review

AppellateDaily points to a new blog, Circuit Splits. The two most recent entries are on the Arizona immigration case and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Courts - "Another landmark ruling in the offing"

Lyle Denniston's just-posted SCOTUSblog entry today begins:Adding further to the historic rank of the Supreme Court’s current Term, the Justices...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 12, 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Courts - "Statewide Coordination of Problem-Solving Courts: A Snapshot of Five States"

From the press release from the U.S. Department of Justice:This report highlights five states (California, Idaho, Indiana, Maryland, and New...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 11, 2011

Courts - "Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Irv Maze declared a mistrial after some potential jurors said they had read a story about the suit published that morning in The Courier-Journal"

On the morning of Dec. 5, 2011 the Louisville Courier Journal ran a long, front-page story, reported by Andrew Wolfson,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 11, 2011

Courts - "Status Offenders: Kentucky among nation's leaders in jailing children"

The Louisville Courier Journal today has a "Sunday exclusive" on Status Offenders. The intro:Kentucky judges are jailing youths for truancy...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 11, 2011

Friday, December 09, 2011

Courts - "Oregon judge rules bloggers aren't journalists"

Steven Musil of CNET has the story here. A quote from the story:Despite Oregon's legal definition of "any medium of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 09, 2011

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Courts - "Murder conviction overturned because of tweeting, sleeping jurors"

See How Appealing entry....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 08, 2011

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Courts - Supreme Court still looking at confrontation clause

Tom Goldstein, Supreme Court guru, had a preview article yesterday at SCOTUSblog about today's argument in:... Williams v. Illinois, the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Courts - "Congress Considers Televising Supreme Court Arguments"

Today at 10 AM the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing entitled “Access to the Court: Televising the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Monday, December 05, 2011

Courts - Changes to Federal Rules took effect Dec. 1, 2011

Brief details here....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 05, 2011

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Courts - Advice on building an appellate practice

Last month Tom Goldstein of SCOTUSblog invited comments to appellate practitioners: "on building an appellate practice, including a Supreme Court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 03, 2011

Friday, December 02, 2011

Courts - "Bankruptcy filings botched: Judges cracking down on paid preparers who pocket fees, overcharge clients, wreck paperwork"

That is the headline to a lengthy "Watchdog Report" in the Nov 30, 2011 Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, written by Cary Spivak,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 02, 2011

Courts - "Kentucky officials agree to produce records in fatal child abuse, neglect cases"

From a long story by Deborah Yetter in the Louisville Courier-Journal:FRANKFORT, KY. — Kentucky officials said Wednesday they will begin...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 02, 2011

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Courts - "Flat-fee contracting for indigent defense is used in more than a dozen states around the country"

"States beginning to rethink indigent defense systems" is the title to this story by Maggie Clark, Stateline staff writer. A...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 01, 2011

Courts - "College Athletes Move Concussions Into the Courtroom"

That is the headline to a very long story by George Vecsey of the NY Times, published yesterday. A quote:[Derek...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 01, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Courts - Despite reports to the contrary, law student finds "Twombly, Iqbal rulings have 'substantial impact'"

From an interesting "On the Case" column, dated 11/28/2011, by Alison Frankel:In March, the Federal Judicial Center put out a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Courts - "An Illinois Court Weighs in on the Protection of Anonymous Internet Message Board Speech"

Julie Hilden has posted a long article for Justia's Verdict - some quotes:When you post an anonymous message on an...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

Courts - "Tribune Co. bankruptcy case haunting former shareholders: Creditors poised to go after even the smallest investors to claw back billions"

Did you ever own stock in the Tribune Company? Michael Oneal and Ameet Sachdev, Chicago Tribune reporters, had a massive...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 28, 2011

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Courts - "End the ban on cameras in the Supreme Court"

From an editorial published Nov. 25th in the Washington Post:IN MARCH, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear one of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 27, 2011

Courts - "Few offices have fought post-conviction evidence with as much gusto as the Lake County state’s attorney’s office, which is coming under increased scrutiny for an alarming number of [perceived] wrongful convictions"

A very long article in the NY Times Magazine today, reported by Andrew Martin, looks at the case against Juan...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 27, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Courts - Might the health care litigation finally get SCOTUS to open up to cameras?

So asks the Sentencing Law blog in this entry. Surely the time has come ......

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Courts - "Storied high court: Justices bring life to oral arguments"

See the Nov. 17th feature story by Joan Biskupic of USA TODAY. A sample:Oral arguments, which run October to April...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, November 19, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011

Courts - "Church Turns to Higher Authority in Zoning Battle"

The Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 (“RLUIPA”)is the focus of a lengthy story $$$ by Jess...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 18, 2011

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Courts - "Are Pennsylvania’s ‘Presentments’ Fair to Defendants?"

That is the heading to this entry today by Ashby Jones in the WSJ Law Blog. Jones also wrote this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 17, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

Courts - "Fanon Rucker to run for Supreme Court"

From Cincinnati.com, a story from Kimball Perry. Some quotes:Fanon Rucker wants to follow in his father's footsteps. Rucker is a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 14, 2011

Courts - Law Professors' briefs: "This entire discussion may be, for want of a better word, academic"

Adam Liptak's law column this Monday in the NYTimes looks at law professors friend-of-court filings. A sample:The health care brief...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 14, 2011

Courts - SCOTUS to review health care law

Follow the developing stories here, at SCOTUSblog....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 14, 2011

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Courts - "Despite title, U.S. Supreme Court not always last word"

A very interesting report today by Mark Sherman of the AP. Here it is in the Stamford Advocate and at...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 13, 2011

Courts - Two modern SCOTUS justices with Indiana connections

Dan Carden in the NWI Times today, in a story headed "Region ties fostered friendship between U.S. Supreme Court justices,"...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 13, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Courts - More on: Missouri trial court throws out law based on one-subject requirement

Updating this ILB entry from April 1, 2011 (that includes a link to the 1994 opinion cited, Hammerschmidt v. Boone),...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 11, 2011

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Court - "Judges Weigh Phone Tracking "

If you have access to the WSJ, this is an interesting article, reporting that cellphone tracking by authorities is far...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Courts - "An angry Court gives New Orleans prosecutors a scolding"

Smith v. Cain, the case in which the SCOTUS agreed to consider another legal challenge to prosecutorial conduct in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Courts - More on: "Do Police Need Warrants For GPS Tracking Devices?"

Updating this ILB entry from this morning, Prof. Orin Kerr of the Volokh Conspirary attended this morning's argument and has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Courts - "Do Police Need Warrants For GPS Tracking Devices?"

United States v. Jones, the GPS tracking case, is being heard today before the SCOTUS. Nina Totenberg had an excellent,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Friday, November 04, 2011

Courts - "Ruling could save Hoosier Park millions"

From the Nov. 2nd Anderson Herald Bulletin, some quotes from a long story by Abbey Doyle that begins:ANDERSON, Ind. —...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 04, 2011

Courts - The variability of the writing of two judges known to write their own opinions, Richard A. Posner and Frank Easterbrook, was markedly lower and more consistent than any current or recent Justices on the SCOTUS

That is (a paraphrase of) one of the findings of a summary taken from Judicial Ghostwriting: Authorship on the Supreme...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 04, 2011

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Courts - "Supreme Court examines reliability of eyewitness testimony"

Joan Biskupic of USA TODAY has a long story today about the oral argument before the SCOTUS yesterday in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 03, 2011

Courts - More on "Change in crack sentencing means early releases"

Updating yesterday's entry, Dan Browning and Pam Louwagie of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune have a lengthy story today detailing the nuts...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 03, 2011

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Courts - SCOTUS denied cert in case re the distinction between off-campus and on-campus speech

"U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear High School Free Speech Case in Burlington" was the headline to this long story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Courts - "Change in crack sentencing means early releases"

From USA TODAY yesterday, a long story, including:The disparity in sentences for crack versus powder had long been criticized as...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Courts - "In sum, the Court's current approach to state court decisions is to ignore all but the biggest errors"

That is a quote from Jason Mazzone, a law prof at Brooklyn Law School, blogging at Balkinization....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Courts - More on: "Two Cases Tied To Dubious Legal Advice Reach High Court"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, David G. Savage's story today in the LA Times is headed "Supreme Court hesitates to extend...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Cracking down on courtroom networking: Judges try to control juries in the age of Facebook

Ameet Sachdev, Chicago Tribune law reporter, had this story Oct. 30th. Some quotes from the long story:Judges have long instructed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Monday, October 31, 2011

Courts - "Obesity Fuels Custody Fights: Ex-Spouses Hurl Accusations in Court About Their Kids' Nutrition and Exercise"

Ashby Jones and Shirley S. Wang had the long story in the Oct. 29th WSJ. It begins:The nation's waistline is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 31, 2011

Courts - "Two Cases Tied To Dubious Legal Advice Reach High Court"

That is the heading to Nina Totenberg's story this morning on NPR's Morning Edition. A quote:On Monday the U.S. Supreme...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 31, 2011

Courts - "Supreme Court to take another look at prosecutorial misconduct"

"Cruel but Not Unusual: Clarence Thomas writes one of the meanest Supreme Court decisions ever" was the heading to a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 31, 2011

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Courts - "Trial reveals distrust between gun club, county"

Tacoma Washington is the site of this very long story from Oct. 29, published in the Kitsap Sun, interesting because...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 30, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Courts - Yet more on: Lobbyist linked to Abramoff quits Indianapolis firm [Updated]

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 20th,2011, USA TODAY is reporting:WASHINGTON (AP) – A former lobbyist who was a rising...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Courts - "John Stinneford on the Court’s Eighth Amendment jurisprudence"

From SCOTUSblog, this long entry by guest John Stinneford, summarizing his 80-page Virginia Law Review article. A sample:The limited impact...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

Courts - "Can a City Broadly Ban People From Soliciting Work, Business, or Contributions on Its Streets and Highways? A Ninth Circuit En Banc Majority Says No"

Julie Hilden, a Justia columnist, has posted this article today on an issue as relevant to Indianapolis as to the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 17, 2011

Courts - "Telegram for the Federal Circuit: Electronic Case Filing Is Now Available"

That is the heading to this entry by Andrew Dhuey at Patently-O Blog. The entry points out that:[T]here is usually...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 17, 2011

Law - U.S. v. Jones, the GPS tracking case, is scheduled for argument in early November

Here is the SCOTUSblog page collecting documents on the case, which is to be argued Nov. 8th. The issue:Whether the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 17, 2011

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Courts - "A Judge’s Education, a Sentence at a Time"

Judge Denny Chin of Federal District Court in Manhattan and the thought process behind his sentencing decisions is the subject...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 09, 2011

Courts - More on "Reliability Of Eyewitness Testimony Under Scrutiny"

Supplementing this ILB entry from Sept. 1st, and this one from Aug. 22nd that was headed "Memory should be treated...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 09, 2011

Courts - "Ohio high court drawn into magnetic-homes case"

David Eggert reported the story in last Wednesday's Columbus Dispatch. Some quotes:After they moved into brand-new homes, two Canal Winchester...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 09, 2011

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Courts - Justice Stevens' Memoir

How Appealing today collects links to articles on Justice Stevens' memoir. From Adam Liptak's story today in the NY Times:In...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Courts - More on "Immigration law may face federal test: Justice Department considers challenge in Indiana, other states"

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 30th, quoting a story by Heather Gillers and Tim Evans in the Indianapolis Star,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Monday, October 03, 2011

Courts - "Open Up High Court to Cameras"

Kenneth W. Starr, the president of Baylor University, and formerly a federal appellate judge, solicitor general and independent counsel, argues...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 03, 2011

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Courts - Still more on: ChicagoTribune wins suit over U of Illinois clout list

Updating this ILB entry from July 14, 2011, see this story in yesterday's Chicago Tribune by Carla K. Johnson headed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 02, 2011

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Courts - "The Top 10 Supreme Court Previews"

From Andrew Cohen of The Atlantic. This is Part 3, the earlier parts are linked at the top of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 01, 2011

Friday, September 30, 2011

Courts - "Videotape and the Scope of Traffic Stops Under the Fourth Amendment"

See this Volokh Conspiracy entry by Orin Kerr "about the Fifth Circuit new decision in United States v. Macias that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 30, 2011

Courts - More previews of the upcoming SCOTUS term

"Supreme Court term could influence 2012 election," a long overview from Joan Biskupic of USA Today. "Major Religion Case Ushers...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 30, 2011

Courts - "Immigration law may face federal test: Justice Department considers challenge in Indiana, other states"

Heather Gillers and Tim Evans report the story in today's Indianapolis Star. Some quotes from the comprehensive account:Indiana's tough new...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 30, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Courts - "First Monday in October" is next week

The SCOTUS' term begins Monday, Oct. 3rd. "Full docket as Supreme Court term begins" is the heading to a comprehensive...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 29, 2011

Courts - More on: Excellent background article on legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 26th, Adam Liptak reports in today's NY Times in a long story headed "Supreme...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 29, 2011

Courts - "Justice for sale"

That is the subject of a special section of the October 2011 issue of The American Prospect....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 29, 2011

Monday, September 26, 2011

Courts - Excellent background article on legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act [Updated]

Here it is, as the first article in a new series for the revamped SCOTUSblog, titled "SCOTUS for law students:...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 26, 2011

Courts - Several states debate judicial elections versus appointed bench

A long, very interesting survey story from Reuters....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 26, 2011

Courts - Still more on: "Post-Chandra Levy murder trial 12/1: The secret juror questionnaires"

Updating this Jan. 4, 2011 ILB entry, the Blog of Legal Times posted a Sept. 20th entry that begins:The District...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 26, 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Courts - "Sherman Minton: The Hoosier they named the bridge for"

Over the years, the ILB has had several entries on Sherman Minton - Justice Minton was a Hoosier (New Albany)...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 25, 2011

Friday, September 23, 2011

Courts - "Judges Compete for Law Clerks on a Lawless Terrain"

Reported by Catherine Rampell, a long story in the business section of today's NY Times. A few quotes:Federal judges are...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 23, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Courts - Still more on: Lobbyist linked to Abramoff quits Indianapolis firm

Updating this ILB entry from April 17, 2007, Mike Scarcella of The Blog of Legal Times is reporting today:Kevin Ring,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

Courts - More on "Reliability Of Eyewitness Testimony Under Scrutiny"

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 1, 2011, John Schwartz reports today the NY Times in a story headed "Changes...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 19, 2011

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Courts - "GPS used to track fired NY state worker raises privacy issue"

The Sept. 16th story in the Albany NY Times-Union is subheaded "Fired state training manager contends use of tracking device...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 18, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Courts - "Illinois court asked to review alleged bias by justice "

A March 22, 2008 ILB entry quoted a WSJ opinion piece headed "Justice for Sale." A sample:Lloyd Karmeier, the winner...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Courts - Bad news for public access to court documents

Politico's Josh Gerstein reports today:The basic fee federal courts charge for electronic copies of court records will be hiked by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Courts - "We are seeing the [Wis. Supreme] court fall apart before our eyes," said Charles Geyh, a professor at Indiana University's Maurer School of Law

From Nathan Koppel of the WSJ, this long story today (which may be $$$). It begins:Justices on the Wisconsin Supreme...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Courts - More on "Woman who recorded cops acquitted of felony eavesdropping charges"

Updating this ILB entry from August 25th, the Chicago Sun-Times today has this report of remarks made by Judge Poser...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Courts - "Federal Judicial Conference Urges Restraint In Sealing Civil Cases"

This entry in the Blog of Legal Times begins:The policy-making body of the federal judiciary approved a new standard today...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Courts - "Stenographer sues Pa. lawyer over transcript claim"

From the AP yesterday, a story that begins:WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — A court stenographer has sued a western Pennsylvania attorney...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

Courts - "More bullying cases have parents turning to courts" [Updated]

That is the headline to this long story in USA TODAY, reported by Natalie DiBlasio. The WSJ Law Blog cites...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 12, 2011

Courts - "Court Case Asks if ‘Big Brother’ Is Spelled GPS"

Adam Liptak writes today in the NY Times about the upcoming SCOTUS case, U.S. v. Jones. (The ILB has a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 12, 2011

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Courts - A third federal Circuit Court weighs in on Health Care Act

A good, succinct summary of the three circuits that have ruled, here in the NY Times. [More] Lyle Denniston of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 08, 2011

Courts - "Padilla v. Kentucky and the Evolving Right to Deportation Counsel: Watershed or Work-in-Progress?"

Read about the law journal article by Professor Daniel Kanstroom here, at Sentencing Law blog....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 08, 2011

Courts - "Suspected illegal immigrants jailed in Cook County on minor charges will no longer be turned over to immigration authorities for possible deportation"

The Chicago Sun-Times has this story today, reported by Lisa Donovan. More from the story:In the past, undocumented residents could...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 08, 2011

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Courts - 2011 Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference sessions online

Video of what appears to be much of the 2011 Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference is now available online. The program...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Monday, September 05, 2011

Courts - "Cooking School Owners May Soon Eat Losses"

A very brief story this morning on NPR's Morning Edition reports:Many people dream of becoming chefs. Some have gone to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 05, 2011

Courts - "Is it Unethical for Judges to be Facebook 'Friends' With Lawyers who Appear Before Them?"

Updating these two earlier ILB entries:Law - "Social media emerges as battleground for protected speech at work" From Ameet Sachdev's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 05, 2011

Friday, September 02, 2011

Courts - "Chief Justice: Courts must use Facebook, Twitter to counter 'skewing of information"

This fascinating look at use of social media is from the Sidney, Australia Morning Herald. A few quotes:Victorian courts should...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 02, 2011

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Courts - More on "Woman who recorded cops acquitted of felony eavesdropping charges"

Recall this August 25th ILB entry, along with several linked stories, about videotaping police making arrests. Here now is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 01, 2011

Courts - Suit on authority of State of Washington AG to make the State "a plaintiff in a multistate lawsuit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of the health care reform legislation recently passed by Congress"

Thanks to How Appealing for spotting this decision and linking to the majority opinion and the two separately linked concurring...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 01, 2011

Courts - "Reliability Of Eyewitness Testimony Under Scrutiny"

This ILB entry from August 22nd quoted a NYT article by Adam Liptak headed "34 Years Later, Supreme Court Will...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 01, 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Courts - "Revolt Weakens Chief Judge Edith H. Jones’ Control of Fifth Circuit Law: Bankruptcy"

This is interesting. See the long story by Bill Rochelle in Bloomberg Businessweek. It begins:Sixteen judges on the U.S. Court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Courts - Resources to Assist Self-Represented Litigants

This 59-page pdf handbook, dated June 2011, contains a great detail of information....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

Courts - Two stories from California on public access to court proceedings

The first involves a California federal trial court that vidotaped a trial, but has been prevented from making the video...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 29, 2011

Friday, August 26, 2011

Courts - "Millions of US court records bound for shredder"

Michael Tarm of the AP has a very long story today on the plans of U.S. officials "to destroy millions...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 26, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Courts - "No charges against Wisconsin justice accused in choking"

The Chicago Tribune has this AP report, which begins:Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser won't face criminal charges over allegations...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 25, 2011

Courts - "Woman who recorded cops acquitted of felony eavesdropping charges"

Recall these ILB entries from July 2 and July 10. Those stories involved videorecordings. Today's story from the Chicago Tribune,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 25, 2011

Courts - Florida Supreme Court rules Gov. Scott violated separation of powers

The Florida Supreme Court ruled August 16th in a 5-2 opinion that, per a long Miami Herald story reported by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 25, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Courts - "Internet guilty of killing 1st Amendment"

Great story by Monica Bay of the Daily Business Review, on statements (many of which will be familiar to ILB...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Courts - "A Lawyer in Minnesota Challenges the Accuracy of D.W.I. Breath Tests"

Timothy Williams reported in the August 19th NY Times about a challenge to "the accuracy of drunken driven tests administered...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

Courts - "Memory should be treated “as a form of trace evidence: a fragment collected at the scene of a crime, like a fingerprint or blood smear, whose integrity and reliability need to be monitored and assessed ..."

Adam Liptak's long Sidebar column this week in the NY Times is headed "34 Years Later, Supreme Court Will Revisit...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 22, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Courts - "Michigan Judges Agree With Need to Cut Court Budgets"

That is the headline to this entry in the WSJ Law Blog that begins:In this age of fiscal austerity, we’ve...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 18, 2011

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Courts - "Special prosecutor named to investigate the case of two Wisconsin Supreme Court justices fighting in chambers"

Reid J. Epstein has the story today in Politco. Some quotes:[Sauk County District Attorney Patricia Barrett, who is not seeking...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Courts - "Commentary on DOJ’s Brief in United States v. Jones: Applying the “four models of Fourth Amendment protection” to GPS tracking case."

On Friday, Prof. Orin Kerr posted this commentary on SCOTUSBlog. It begins:The Department of Justice has recently filed its brief...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, August 13, 2011

Friday, August 12, 2011

Courts - More on: 7th Circuit Judge Terence Evans dies after battling a sudden, serious illness

Here is a long story/obituary today by Amy Rabideau Silvers in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Terence T. Evans. It...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 12, 2011

Courts - "E.P.A. Bans Sale of Tree-Killing Herbicide, Imprelis"

Updating three earlier ILB entries, today Jim Robbins of the NY Times reports in a story that begins:The Environmental Protection...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 12, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Courts - 7th Circuit Judge Terence Evans dies after battling a sudden, serious illness [Updated]

Here is a brief obituary from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. [More] See the Election Law Blog's tribute here. [Updated at 2:38...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 11, 2011

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Courts - "Thomas A. Cooley Law School is trying to discover the names of four anonymous bloggers"

The Detroit Free Press reporter, David Jesse, has the story, dated August 6th. A quote from the story:Cooley filed the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Courts - Federal Court Rules That Police Cannot Use Warrants to Obtain Cell Phone Location of Person Who is Subject of Arrest Warrant

Prof. Orin Kerr writes at length about the 60-page, August 3rd, D.Md. opinion by Magistrate Judge Susan K. Gauvey today...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Monday, August 08, 2011

Courts - Use of Rosie, a golden Retriever who helps young victims testifying in court, challenged

Don't miss the photo. NY Times reporter William Glaberson writes today in a story that begins:POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — Rosie, the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 08, 2011

Courts - “A death warrant cannot trump the Constitution.”

That quote is from Ohio federal judge Gregory L. Frost, in this 60-page July 7, 2011 ruling staying the execution...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 08, 2011

Courts - "3rd Circuit Limits Use of Fake Names in Litigation"

Via AppellateDaily, this lengthy story from The Legal Intelligencer, reported by Shannon P. Duffy, that begins:Adopting a nine-factor balancing test...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 08, 2011

Courts - "New California law bans jurors' texting, tweeting"

California did it by statute, according to this AP story - some quotes:A new state law clarifies that jurors are...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 08, 2011

Sunday, August 07, 2011

Courts - Next SCOTUS nominee? "Democrats simply don’t have many federal appellate judges to choose from."

That is a quote from a column in today's NY Times magazine, written by Emily Bazelon, a senior editor at...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 07, 2011

Friday, August 05, 2011

Courts - The five top SCOTUS decisions from the past term

From Findlaw.com, an article headed "The Top 5: The Year's Top 2010 Supreme Court Cases," by Robyn Hagan Cain....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 05, 2011

Courts - "When does a defendant's Sixth Amendment right to an attorney begin?"

Apparently you aren't going to find out any time soon from the Illinois Supreme Court, according to this story this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 05, 2011

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Courts: "The Mechanics of Federal Appeals: Uniformity and Case Management in the Circuit Courts"

Marin K. Levy, Lecturing Fellow at Duke University - School of Law has posted this paper, which is forthcoming in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Courts - "State Supreme Court Law Clerk Salary Chart"

Check it out here, at Law Clerk Addict....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Courts - "High court asked to hear student online-speech case"

David L. Hudson Jr. writes at the First Amendment Center in an entry that begins:A former Connecticut high school student...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Monday, August 01, 2011

Courts - "Court Blocks Kansas Law Defunding Planned Parenthood"

Nathan Koppel of the WSJ Law Blog is reporting:Today, Kansas federal judge J. Thomas Marten blocked the law, agreeing with...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 01, 2011

Courts - Jerry Brown nominates Goodwin Liu to the California Supreme Court

So reports Dan Morain in the Sacramento Bee. Lui's nomination to the 9th Circuit by President Obama was blocked in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 01, 2011

Courts - Still more on: Ruling now issued in "Cancer Patients Challenge the Patenting of a Gene" [Updated]

Updating this July 30th ILB entry, the July 29 Federal Circuit ruling in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 01, 2011

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Courts - More on: Ruling now issued in "Cancer Patients Challenge the Patenting of a Gene"

Updating this brief ILB entry from Friday, here is a longer report from today's NYTimes, by Andrew Pollack. Here is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, July 30, 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011

Courts - "All too often courts permit parties to file entire briefs under seal when there is only a kernel of confidential information."

That is a quote from this article -- "Not So Confidential: A Call for Restraint in Sealing Court Records" by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 29, 2011

Courts - Ruling now issued in "Cancer Patients Challenge the Patenting of a Gene"

Updating this long list of ILB entries, the WSJ Law Blog has now posted "Appellate Court Says Breast-Cancer Genes Can...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 29, 2011

Courts - "Justices Kagan and Sotomayor to Stay in the Cert Pool"

From The National Law Journal:The Supreme Court's newest justices, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, say they have decided to remain...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 29, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Courts - More on: 4th Circuit rules on Discipline of Student Over Internet Bullying

Updating this ILB entry from earlier today, Ben Skirvin reports/comments this afternoon for StateImpact Indiana (a collaboration of WFIU, Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 28, 2011

Courts - 4th Circuit rules on Discipline of Student Over Internet Bullying

Mark Walsh has the story at The School Law Blog. A quote:The decision is one of several in recent months...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 28, 2011

Courts - Still more on "Pennsylvania Homeowner and Indiana Golf Course Company File Class Action Lawsuit Alleging DuPont's New Herbicide Imprelis is Causing the Death of Trees Nationwide"

"DuPont admits new herbicide has damaged spruce, pine trees," is the headline to this long story this morning from DelawareOnline....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 28, 2011

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Courts - "Court says states may set stricter ballast rules" than the federal rules

A July 25th story by Dan Egan in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that begins:A push by the shipping industry to roll...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Courts - "Why Lawyers and Judges Should Watch Executions"

New today in The Atlantic, this article by Andrew Cohen. (For background start with this ILB entry from July 24th.)...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Courts - “You can’t do by signing statement what you can’t do by veto"

That is one of the issues in a case that will be before the SCOTUS this fall, a case which,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011

Courts - Is the collection of DNA samples from people arrested -- but not yet convicted of crimes -- constitutional? [Updated]

How Appealing has just posted a link to this story by Rich Lord of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, headed "U.S. Appeals...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 25, 2011

Courts - "Iowa Considers Secrecy Proposal for Lawyer Misconduct"

Really? Nathan Koppel has this story on the WSJ Law Blog....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 25, 2011

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Courts - More on "Why shouldn't Georgia lethal injection — and all executions — be recorded on video?"

Updating this ILB entry from July 21, 2011, Erica Goode of the NY Times had a long report this weekend...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 24, 2011

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Courts - "Why shouldn't Georgia lethal injection — and all executions — be recorded on video?"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, Prof. Doug Berman of the Sentencing Law and Policy Blog, poses that question today in this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 21, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Courts - "Top Georgia court allows rare videotape of execution, denies stay for death row inmate"

From the Washington Post this evening, this AP story -- some quotes:JACKSON, Ga. — Georgia’s top court on Wednesday narrowly...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Courts - "Software Designer Reports Error in Anthony Trial"

This story from the NY Times, reported by Lizette Alvarez, looks like it also could be titled "Prosecutors allegedly behaving...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Courts - More on "Pennsylvania Homeowner and Indiana Golf Course Company File Class Action Lawsuit Alleging DuPont's New Herbicide Imprelis is Causing the Death of Trees Nationwide"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, here is the 45-page complaint filed in Delaware federal district court on July 18, 2011....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Monday, July 18, 2011

Courts - "Pennsylvania Homeowner and Indiana Golf Course Company File Class Action Lawsuit Alleging DuPont's New Herbicide Imprelis is Causing the Death of Trees Nationwide"

According to the press release, suit was filed in Delaware federal court. From the release:Jonathan Selbin of the national plaintiffs'...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 18, 2011

Courts - "Ohio voters to decide issue of judges’ age"

By Indiana statute, appellate court judges must retire at age 75. Until this year's legislative session, many trial court judges...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 18, 2011

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Courts - "Feds, states in dispute over court interpreters;" and more from Indiana

Dave Collins of the AP has this very long story today. Here are some quotes:HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Annie Ling...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 17, 2011

Friday, July 15, 2011

Courts - "Accused leaker asks feds to fact check NYT reporter's book"

Not something the ILB would normally cover, but this column item from Politico points out what looks to be a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 15, 2011

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Courts - More on: ChicagoTribune wins suit over U of Illinois clout list

Remember the award-winning Chicago Tribune investigative series, "Clout goes to college," about admissions practices at the University of Illinois. This...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 14, 2011

Courts - "Michigan Supreme Court rules homelessness not a defense for sex offender failing to register"

See the Sentencing Law Blog entry here....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 14, 2011

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Courts - Wisconsin justices may only remove themselves from a case, not each other

Or, as this story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, by Patrick Marley, begins:Madison - State Supreme Court justices can't kick...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Courts - Following up on: Can DOJ force you to give up computer password?

Following up on the ILB entry from July 11th, the Law Librarian Blog today looks at that issue, plus this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Courts - "Ohio Supreme Court finds new Ohio SORNA-compliant sex offender requirements punitive"

Sentencing Law & Policy has the decision here. The intro:In a ruling with potential national implications even though based only...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Courts - "Polygamist, Under Scrutiny in Utah, Plans Suit to Challenge Law"

John Schwartz reports today in the NY Times in an interesting story that begins:Kody Brown is a proud polygamist, and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

Courts - Can DOJ force you to give up computer password?

See this lengthy CNET story by Declan McCullagh that begins:The Colorado prosecution of a woman accused of a mortgage scam...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 11, 2011

Friday, July 08, 2011

Courts - More on: India's Supreme Court locates treasures worth $22 billion in the sealed vaults of a 16th century Hindu temple

Updating this ILB entry from July 5th, a long story reported by Vikas Bajaj in today's NYTimes is headed: "India’s...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 08, 2011

Courts - "Trial records at mercy of court reporters' performance"

The ILB has been compiling stories about lost or unfinished court transcripts (or in one case, "taken") for years. For...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 08, 2011

Courts - "Amid Stacks of Paper, ‘E-Court’ Is Finally in Session" in Manhattan

Long, interesting story in today's NY Times, from William Glaberson. Some quotes:For the past year, New York State has for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 08, 2011

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Courts - "The Supreme Court closes the door to justice"

From the July 6th LA Times, an opinion piece on the SCOTUS by Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the UC Irvine...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 07, 2011

Courts - "Should the Government Need a Search Warrant to Track Your Car with GPS?"

From Time, an article by Adam Cohen, dated July 5, 2011, that begins:The Supreme Court ended its term Monday with...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 07, 2011

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Courts - More on "Dictionary Citations by SCOTUS Justices Rise Sharply"

Updating this ILB entry from June 15th, which quoted an Adam Liptak NY Times column about Supreme Court justices citing...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Courts - More on "Kentucky judges can grant out-of-state minors permission for abortions, appeals court rules"

This long Jan. 16, 2011 ILB entry quoted a story from Andrew Wolfson in that day's Louisville Courier Journal. (The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Courts - India's Supreme Court locates treasures worth $22 billion in the sealed vaults of a 16th century Hindu temple

Talk about proactive! From the WSJ's India Realtime blog, some quotes from Margherita Stancati:But if this news evoked images of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Courts - "Pretrial Detention, Bail and Due Process"

Here, at LLRX, is a useful guide to "recent publications and other notable resources concerning the relationship between the administration...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Courts - "The D.A. Stole His Life, Justices Took His Money"

In the print version of today's Sunday NY Times, an article taking up two columns and running down the entire...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 03, 2011

Courts - More on "Ky. court will hear appeal by Amish: Safety triangles at issue in case "

Updating this ILB entry from January 28, 2009, Peter Smith of the Louisville Courier Journal has this report today, headlined...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 03, 2011

Courts - "A Significant SCOTUS Term, With Bigger Cases Ahead"

So reads the headline to this analysis by Adam Liptak of the NY Times, accompanied by this cool graphic of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 03, 2011

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Sports Law - NBA champ Dallas Mavs poorly managed?

Seems like Ross Perot, who owns 5% of the Dallas Mavericks, sued Mark Cuban last year (May 11, 2010) claiming...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, July 02, 2011

Friday, July 01, 2011

Courts - "Business, Free Speech Winners In High Court Term"

NPR's Nina Totenberg has a good wrap-up today of this just-ended SCOTUS term. It begins:The U.S. Supreme Court term that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 01, 2011

Courts - "U.S. Sentencing Commission approves retroactive crack guidelines"

Mike Scarcella of The National Law Journal reports in a story that begins:Tens of thousands of federal prisoners could be...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 01, 2011

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Courts - "Planned Parenthood juggles multiple lawsuits"

Politico reporter Sarah Kliff has this long report this morning....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Courts - "Where police needed probable cause before seizing your day planner, they can now piece together your whereabouts from your purchases, cellphone data and car’s GPS"

That is a quote from a brief article by Alex Kozinski, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Courts - Today SCOTUS grants cert in Illinois Supreme Court confrontation clause case; Idaho CWA case

See the SCOTUSblog case page on Williams v. Illinois. Issue:Issue: Whether the Court should grant certiorari to review the Illinois...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Courts - "High Court OKs Sales Of Violent Video Games To Kids"

Nina Totenberg's NPR Morning Edition story on the SCOTUS decision yesterday in Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Ass'n. Her long story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

Courts - More on "Tensions Run High, Very High, at Wisconsin Supreme Court"

Updating this entry from earlier today, Jennifer Epstein of Politico reports:Infighting on Wisconsin’s Supreme Court must be resolved for the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 27, 2011

Courts - "Tensions Run High, Very High, at Wisconsin Supreme Court"

Nathan Koppel of the WSJ Law Blog, has this entry this morning. It begins:The Wisconsin Supreme Court is arguably the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 27, 2011

Courts - SCOTUS to hand down final four opinions of term today

Watching SCOTUSblog again ... Some quotes, which are updated continually:Amy: We are expecting a decision in the violent video games,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 27, 2011

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Courts - "Drug Industry Wins In 2 Supreme Court Rulings"

NPR reporter Nina Totenberg had this story on last Thursday's two SCOTUS rulings on the drug industry. The intro:The U.S....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 26, 2011

Courts - End of term discussion with Paul Clement, Walter Dellinger and Dahlia Lithwick

Access the discussion on Slate; so far there are five parts. Here is the most recent. Also interesting is this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 26, 2011

Courts - SCOTUS newest confrontation clause opinion

"Supreme Court says defendants may confront lab analysts who prepare reports" is the headline of Robert Barnes story June 23rd...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 26, 2011

Friday, June 24, 2011

Courts - "High court sides with defendant in Louisville crack cocaine case"

Yesterday's SCOTUS opinion in Freeman v. U.S. is the subject of this long story today in the Louisville Courier Journal,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 24, 2011

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Courts - SCOTUS issuing more opinions today

Thanks again to SCOTUSblog for providing the info below:Amy: Just to recap: We are expecting opinions today (no orders). Monday...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Courts - "Alito, Sotomayor give voice to court split"

Robert Barnes had an interesting report in the June 19, 2011 Washington Post, that began:The Supreme Court’s two former prosecutors...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Courts - More on yesterday's SCOTUS opinions

Law.com has links this morning to articles about these major SCOTUS decisions from yesterday:Supreme Court Hands Wal-Mart Big Win in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011

Courts - "Supreme Court limits Wal-Mart sex bias case "

Mark Sherman of the AP now has posted this story in the Wal-Mart decision today. [More] Here is the AP...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 20, 2011

Courts - SCOTUS opinions today

Thanks to SCOTUSblog:American Electric v. Conn. case page is here. Opinion: "The Court holds that the Clean Air Act and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 20, 2011

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Law - "Lots of good reasoning on crime and punishment at Reason"

That is the heading to this entry at Sentencing Law Blog, about the July issue of Reason magazine....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 19, 2011

Courts - More on "Schools May Punish Students for Off-Campus, Online Speech"

Updating this ILB entry from June 16th, here is a good, link-rich June 13th story from the Student Press Law...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 19, 2011

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Courts - "New Jersey Supreme Court Will Hear Fourth Amendment Case Involving Supposed 'Administrative Search' of a Family’s Back Yard"

This entry in The Volokh Conspiracy, by Prof. Volokh, really is interesting and the ILB will try to follow any...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 18, 2011

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Courts - "Schools May Punish Students for Off-Campus, Online Speech"

This story from Wired, by David Kravets, is the first I've heard of the 3rd Circuit's action re online speech....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 16, 2011

Courts - SCOTUS decides today that age must be weighed in interrogations

Here is the coverage by Joan Biskupic, USA TODAY. It begins:WASHINGTON — By a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 16, 2011

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Courts - "Wisconsin Supreme Court reinstates collective bargaining law"

The battle over the new Wisconsin collective bargaining ban seems finally at an end -- ILB readers may recall...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Courts - "Dictionary Citations by SCOTUS Justices Rise Sharply"

Adam Liptak has a great column yesterday in the NY Times about Supreme Court justices citing dictionary entries as authority....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Courts - "CA Court Says Bar Exam Information Not Protected"

Kate Moser reports in The Recorder in a story that begins:SAN FRANCISCO — A California appeal court breathed new life...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Courts - "NY Appeals Court Clarifies MERS Role in Foreclosures"

Here is the intro to an article today by Brendan Pierson of the New York Law Journal:The ubiquitous Mortgage Electronic...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Monday, June 13, 2011

Courts - Writing hints from the Justices of the SCOTUS

NPR's Nina Totenberg had a great, over 5-minute story this morning, based on "a series of interviews conducted with the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 13, 2011

Courts - SCOTUS issuing opinions this morning [[Updated]

From SCOTUSblog this morning, while awaiting this morning's opinions:Tom: 23 cases are left to be decided. 58 have been decided...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 13, 2011

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Courts - "Arkansas Supreme Court justice says clothing ad a surprise, asks designer to stop using her image"

A long June 11th story from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, reported by Debra Hale-Shelton, and reprinted in the Columbus IN Republic,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 12, 2011

Courts - Lawyer advertising tactics on internet upheld

Bruce Vielmetti reported in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on June 8th about a case where one law firm purchased another's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 12, 2011

Courts - "Alabama's top court overturns law granting grandparents limited visitation rights"

Eric Velasco of the Birmingham News reported June 10th:MONTGOMERY, Alabama -- An Alabama law granting grandparents limited visitation rights was...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 12, 2011

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Courts - More on the growing problem of thefts of funds out of bank accounts by online hackers

This Jan. 1, 2010 ILB entry began:The ILB has had a number of earlier entries on the growing problem of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 11, 2011

Friday, June 10, 2011

Courts - D.C. divorce lawyer sued by former, Nobel prize-winning, client

"D.C. Divorce Lawyer, Nobel Laureate Feud " is the headline to this story by Zoe Tillman of The National Law...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 10, 2011

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Ind. Decisions - More on today's SCOTUS ruling in Sykes [Updated]

Updating this ILB entry from earlier today, here are some quotes from this lengthy story by Bill Mears of CNN:Washington...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 09, 2011

Courts - Supreme Court issues several interesting opinions today

One is the Microsoft v. i4i patent case. Here is the opinion. And here is the SCOTUSblog case page, for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 09, 2011

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Courts - "Judge Lynch, who always wears dresses to work, said she won't take the glass stairs at the new Franklin County Common Pleas Courthouse"

Thanks to How Appealing, here is a don't miss story, complete with photos, from today's Columbus Ohio Dispatch, headed "New...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Courts - Some of the cases awaiting decision by the SCOTUS

Time is drawing near for the SCOTUS summer vacation. What big cases are still outstanding? Michael Kirkland at UPI has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 05, 2011

Courts - More on "The Confidential Nature of Lawsuits"

Updating this ILB entry from May 31, 2011, here is a 2010 law journal article titled "Pseudonymous Litigation," authored by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 05, 2011

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Courts - How to become a federal judge

From The Blog at Legal Times this entry today that begins:Frustrated by the lack of centralized information on the process...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Courts - Illinois Supreme Court moves to public domain citation system

The Madison Record reports in a long story dated May 31, 2011 that begins:In another bow to the digital age,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Courts - More on "Ky. S.Ct: fathers of children conceived during affairs have parental rights"

Recall this ILB entry from last week, I had hoped to give the Indiana position, and thanks to an email...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Courts - "Warrantless cell phone searches spread to more states"

Headline from a story today by Amy Gahran in a special to CNN-Tech. The story begins:Think about all the data...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Courts - "Madoff Victim Seeks Divorce Do-Over"

Don't miss this front-page story today in the NY Times, reported by business writer Peter Lattman. It begins:After 33 years...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Courts - "The Confidential Nature of Lawsuits"

Law.com has posted this article by attorneys Joel Cohen and Katherine A. Helm. A sample:The need for pseudonyms in litigation...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Friday, May 27, 2011

Courts - "In blow to business groups, SCOTUS upholds Arizona law on hiring foreign workers "

Tony Mauro of The National Law Journal has this lengthy story on yesterday's ruling in Chamber of Commerce of United...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 27, 2011

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Courts - "Ky. S.Ct: fathers of children conceived during affairs have parental rights"

Andrew Wolfson of the Louisville Courier Journal posted this lengthy story late yesterday. Some quotes:Men who father a child during...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 26, 2011

Courts - "High court sustains Ariz. employer sanctions law "

Here is the AP's first take on the SCOTUS opinion today in Chamber of Commerce of United States v. Whiting....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Courts - Still more on: SCOTUS decides major prison case today

Updating this May 23rd ILB entry on the SCOTUS decision in Brown v. Plata, Monique Garcia reported yesterday in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Courts - "Records suffice for breath evidence in DUI, court says"

Martin Finucane reported today in the Boston Globe in a story that begins:The state’s highest court ruled yesterday that prosecutors...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Courts - Still more on seizing of domain names

Updating this ILB entry from May 9th, Wired's David Kravets has a new story headed "Feds Seize 8 More Domains...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Monday, May 23, 2011

Courts - More on: SCOTUS decides major prison case today

Updating this ILB entry from this morning on the SCOTUS decision today in Brown v. Plata, the WSJ Law Blog...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 23, 2011

Courts - SCOTUS decides major prison case today

And, as noted by Amy How of SCOTUSblog: "Justice Kennedy has apparently attached photos to his opinion in Brown v....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 23, 2011

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Courts - "Losing Kentucky counties in Ten Commandments cases face growing legal bills to ACLU"

From the Lexington Kentucky Herald-Leader, a long story by Bill Estep reported on May 19th:SOMERSET — The legal bill continues...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 22, 2011

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Courts - More on: SCOTUS decides 4th amendment "exigent" circumstances case today

Updating this ILB entry on the SCOTUS decision Monday in the case of Kentucky v. King, here are two interesting...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Courts - University general counsels as appellate judges

Lest there be any question that a university general counsel is qualified to sit on an appellate court, see this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Courts - "Secret Cash Dominates in State Court Races"

Tim Jones of Bloomberg Businessweek has this story. A quote:In the 39 states that elect judges, the funding of campaigns...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Monday, May 16, 2011

Courts - SCOTUS decides 4th amendment "exigent" circumstances case today

From SCOTUSblog today:In Kentucky v. King (opinion here), the Court reversed the decision of the Kentucky Supreme Court. Justice Alito...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 16, 2011

Courts - "Top Pennsylvania jurist says courts underfunded"

Thanks to How Appealing for the link to this lengthy story today in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, reported by Brad Bumsted...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 16, 2011

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Courts - "U.S. courts say casinos have no 'duty of care' responsibility to halt compulsive gamblers from playing"

This lengthy article today by John Mangels of the Cleveland Plain Dealer references, among others, two Indiana decisions, Williams v....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 15, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Courts - "When a Home Birth Ends in Tragedy, Can the Midwife Go to Jail?"

That is the title to a story posted yesterday on Slate. reported by Libby Copeland. The ILB has posted several...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Courts - "Courts nationwide hold hearings with video"

Colleen Long reports in this long AP article in the Sunday San Francisco Chronicle that begins:George Villanueva, charged with first-degree...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Monday, May 09, 2011

Courts - More on seizing of domain names

Earlier ILB entries reported the still-pending case of the Kentucky governor seizing 141 Internet domain names of online gambling sites,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 09, 2011

Courts - SCOTUSblog now has special page devoted to health care law challenges

Access it here. The intro:Welcome to SCOTUSblog's Health Care page, where you can find our coverage (principally by our reporter...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 09, 2011

Friday, May 06, 2011

Courts - "Applying the Rules of Evidence Related to Authentication to Online Sources"

UCLA law prof. Eugene Volokh of the Volokh Conspirary has an interesting entry this morning that begins:Evidence law has special...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 06, 2011

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Courts - Does it seem like it is always the nuns?

"Nuns' ballots rejected in state Supreme Court recount" is the headline to a May 4th story in the Milwaukee Journal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 05, 2011

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Courts - "What may be expected of lawyers in terms of rudimentary competence has lately been high on the SCOTUS' agenda"

That is the topic of Adam Liptak's "Sidebar" column today in the NY Times....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Friday, April 29, 2011

Courts - SCOTUS justices planning to stay put

Mark Sherman of the AP reports that no justices are planning to retire this year. But see this in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 29, 2011

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Courts - "Court deals potentially fatal blow to class action arbitrations "

Updating yesterday's entry, here is a story today by Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal, headed "Court deals potentially...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 28, 2011

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Courts - "After AT&T Ruling, Should We Say Goodbye to Consumer Class Actions?"

That is the headline to this WSJ Law Blog post by Ashby Jones, reacting to the SCOTUS decision today in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Courts - "SCOTUS Examines State, Local Ethics Laws"

Listen to Nina Totenberg's NPR story about today's oral argument. It begins:The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Courts - More on "SCOTUS Weighs Whether To Limit Data Mining"

Updating this ILB entry from first thing this morning, the oral argument took place this morning. How did it go?...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Courts - "A record 17 times last year, Wisconsin's Court of Appeals hit lawyers with $150 "summary sanctions" when judges thought briefs were missing some supporting documentation"

So begins another Wisconsin story, this one by Bruce Vielmetti of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. A few more quotes:The state...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Courts - "SCOTUS Weighs Whether To Limit Data Mining" [Updated]

Fascinating, nearly 5-minute story this morning by Nina Totenberg of NPR, that begins:At the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday, the justices...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Courts - Turmoil involving Supreme Court makeup in Iowa and Wisconsin continues

Stories this weekend: From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, this story by Larry Sandler and Jason Stein headlined "Count on some chaos...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 24, 2011

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Courts - "Sealed Records Exposed In Major Court Gaffe: Federal prosecutors scramble to cloak details of ongoing probes"

The Smoking Gun has the story yesterday. The amazing report begins:APRIL 22--In a shocking failure to protect sensitive details about...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, April 23, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Courts - Continuing on with: "Kentucky Supreme Court to hear online gambling case"

Remember this ILB entry from March 19, 2010? The Governor of Kentucky had seized 141 Internet domain names of online...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 21, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Courts - More on: Indiana Attorney General and Harvard's Laurence Tribe in agreement

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, the New York Times today, in an editorial, presents the opposing view. It begins:The case about...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

Ind. Courts - More on: Mandatory retirement age for trial court judges? And more on noncode drafting issues

Updating this long ILB entry from Feb. 9, 2011, SB 463, which repeals or otherwise removes all provisions that establish...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 18, 2011

Courts - "Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and other politicians often weigh in on the selection of Cook County associate judges — a process supposed to be free of political influence"

Jeff Coen and Todd Lighty has this lengthy report in the April 15th Chicago Tribune. It begins:The letters from Illinois...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 18, 2011

Courts - Miami Herald editorial: "Legislature’s attempt to overhaul judicial system is based on spite"

Interesting opinion piece in Sunday's Miami Herald....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 18, 2011

Courts - Indiana Attorney General and Harvard's Laurence Tribe in agreement

Both have written opinion pieces on the upcoming argument before the SCOTUS in the case of American Electric Power Co....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 18, 2011

Courts - SCOTUS "should hold that the compelling interest in ensuring impartial judges is sufficient to permit restrictions on campaign spending that would be unconstitutional for nonjudicial elections"

So argue Erwin Chemerinsky, the dean of the law school at the University of California, Irvine, and James J. Sample,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 18, 2011

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Courts - "Is 'plagiarism' in a judicial decision wrong?"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, Prof. Eugene Volokh, in an interesting entry yesterday, first points to this entry by Bill Poser,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, April 16, 2011

Friday, April 15, 2011

Courts - Judicial plagiarism in British Columbia results in $5-million judgment thrown out

How Appealing has the story, plus a link to the ruling of the BC Court of Appeal here. The Vancouver...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 15, 2011

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Courts - "Did Blogging Kill the First Amendment?"

Fascinating post from Above the Law by Christopher Danzig. It begins:Our buddy, the Honorable Alex Kozinski, is on a roll....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 14, 2011

Courts - Might some counsel lose all sense of perspective at times, while others don't?

It would seem so, as epitomized via this 3-page Order on Motion to Continue filed April 12, 2011 by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 14, 2011

Courts - "Sonia Sotomayor may play on congressional softball team this year"

JoanBiskupic just tweeted:At a House Approps hearing on #SCOTUS budget , Rep. Emerson reveals [Justice] Sonia Sotomayor may play on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 14, 2011

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Courts - "Amendment would raise age limit for Ohio judges to 75"

Jim Siegel reports today in the Columbus Dispatch:Examining how old is too old to serve on the bench in Ohio,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Courts - "Wisconsin previews 2012 chaos"

Long and interesting story today in Politico on the Wisconsin judicial election. [More] "Wisconsin Awaits Outcome of Supreme Court Vote"...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Courts - "US District Court Says Kentucky Bar Can Restrict Attorney Speech"

Stephanie Francis Ward has this concerning report in the ABA Journal blog. Be sure to read the linked Lexington Herald-Leader...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011

Courts - "Appeals Court Upholds Facebook Settlement" [Updated] With Twins

When $70 million isn't enough ... Reuters is reporting from the 9th Circuit:SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) — A federal appeals court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 11, 2011

Courts - 9th Circuit upholds Justice challenge on Ariz. immigration law [Updated with opinion]

Here is early WaPo story. [Updated] Longer Reuters story now. [Updated again] Here is the opinion....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 11, 2011

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Courts - "Illinois high court allows nonresidents to transport guns"

Here is the April 7, 2011 opinion of the Illinois Supreme Court in the cases of People v. Holmes. From...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 10, 2011

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Courts - Wisconsin Supreme Court election caught up in politics

Larry Sandler and Patrick Marley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report this morning kin a lengthy and interesting story, under...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Courts - "Two executions blocked over lawyers’ role"

"In each case, the claim is that the defense lawyer failed to provide an effective professional performance in a post-conviction...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Courts - Still more on "Court leaves in place Ariz. school tax break "

Updating yesterday's entry, this WSJ Law Blog entry today by Ashby Jones is headed "In Tax-Credit Case, High Court Sidesteps...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Monday, April 04, 2011

Courts - More on "Court leaves in place Ariz. school tax break "

Updating this ILB entry from this morning, there are several articles available already providing good coverage of the SCOTUS decision...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 04, 2011

Courts - "Court leaves in place Ariz. school tax break "

That is the headline to this very brief, first to report, story by AP on the SCOTUS ruling today in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 04, 2011

Courts - Campaign Finance; Patenting Genes

Not related, except that they are each the subject of an interesting entry this morning in the WSJ Law Blog:The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 04, 2011

Courts - More on "Welcome to Wal-Mart: The Biggest Case of the Term"

Updating this ILB entry from March 27th, the NY Times Supreme Court writer, Adam Liptak's Sunday column begins:Can a class-action...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 04, 2011

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Courts - "Legal scholars examine the U.S. high court's 'Supreme Mistakes'"

The subhead to this LA Times story from Carol J. Williams: "A high-powered gathering of legal scholars at Pepperdine's law...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 03, 2011

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Courts - "Cruel but Not Unusual: Clarence Thomas writes one of the meanest Supreme Court decisions ever"

The SCOTUS decision this week in Connick v. Thompson, which the ILB noted in this March 30th entry, has been...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, April 02, 2011

Friday, April 01, 2011

Courts - Missouri trial court throws out law based on one-subject requirement

Fascinating story today in the St.Louis Post Dispatch, reported by Virginia Young. Some quotes from the long story:Missouri's ethics law,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 01, 2011

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Courts - New Jersey: "Judge Orders Newspaper to ID Commenter re Manslaughter Case Against Former ‘Melrose Place’ Actress"

ABA Journal blog has this March 30th entry that begins:A judge in New Jersey yesterday ordered the Newark Star-Ledger to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 31, 2011

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Courts - "A Defining 48 Hours at the Supreme Court"

From Joan Biskupic's Supreme Court Blog today, this entry that begins:Sitting in the courtroom the last two days, I was...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Courts - "Exonerated inmate won't get $14M "

A USA TODAY story by Brad Heath reeports:WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court made it more difficult to sue local...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Courts - "Justice Antonin Scalia ticketed for GW Parkway fender-bender"

The Washington Post's "Reliable Sources" column has the story. From the story:The Supreme Court justice was ticketed early Tuesday for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Courts - CJ of SCOTUS conducts independent research

See this ABA Journal blog entry this morning, headed "Chief Justice Checks Out a Website for Constitutional Ammunition in Campaign...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Courts - "Federal Courts Worry Your Smartphone Might Be a Bomb"

Interesting, balanced article by David Kravets of Wired. It begins:Smartphones could offer journalists and the public an easy and cost-effective...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Courts - "Welcome to Wal-Mart: The Biggest Case of the Term"

That is the headline to this story in The Atlantic, written by Andrew Cohen. The first paragraph:On Tuesday morning, the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 27, 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011

Courts - "Minnesota Supreme Court Issues Test Period for Cameras in the Courtroom"

Andrew Gauthier's story in MediaBistro begins:The Minnesota Supreme Court has instituted a two-year test period to examine the use of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 25, 2011

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Courts - Do indigent persons have a constitutional right to counsel if they face jail for failing to pay child support?

That issue was before the SCOTUS yesterday in the case of Turner v. Rogers. Marcia Coyle of the National Law...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 24, 2011

Courts - "New Iowa justices will campaign when facing retention vote"

From the long story in the DesMoines Register by Jans Manuel Krogstad, who reports:Iowa's three new Supreme Court justices said...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 24, 2011

Courts - "SCOTUS Justices debate rights of juveniles"

The oral argument yesterday before the SCOTUS in the case of J.D.B. v. North Carolina is the subject of a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Courts - "State courts' embattled administrator to retire"

From the San Francisco Chronicle, Bob Egelko reports today:State court administrator William Vickrey, who has managed California's judicial system during...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Courts - More on "Want to Serve on a Jury? Be Careful What You Post"

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 22, 2011 that cited a WSJ story, the Indianapolis Star today has a lengthy...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Courts - "Supreme Court Decides -- Narrowly -- Against Hearing Enviro Search Case"

The NY Times, March 21st, had a report by Lawrence Hurley of Greenwire about an important environmental issue. From the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011

Courts - "Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Gildea warns against more budget cuts"

T.W. Budig reports in the Princeton MN Union-Eagle, in a long story that begins:Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 18, 2011

Environment - 5th Circuit rules EPA cannot require livestock operations to obtain Clean Water Act permits unless they are discharging manure into a waterway of the U.S.

The decision is Natl Pork Producers, et al v. EPA. Access the 29-page, March 15, 2011 opinion here. Here...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 18, 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Courts - "Welcome to Debtors' Prison, 2011 Edition " [Updated]

Today's WSJ has this long story by Jessica Silver-Greenberg. Here is a quote:More than a third of all U.S. states...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Courts - "Jury: Blogger Johnny Northside must pay $60,000 to fired community leader"

Abby Simons of the Minneapolis-St.Paul Star-Tribune reported March 12, 2011 in a long story that began:Though blogger John (Johnny Northside)...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

Courts - "Supreme Night Court: Judges Relax By Trying the Fictitious and the Dead"

Jess Bravin of the WSJournal has an interesting story today about the mock trials many of the justices participate in....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 14, 2011

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Courts - "Judges Resist Plan to Unify Court system"

Here is the interesting story in the March 12, 2011 NY Times. Some quotes:The troubles plaguing the project, which is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 13, 2011

Friday, March 11, 2011

Courts - "Blogger Jailed; Allegedly Threatened Dearborn Ohio Judge"

Eagle Country News 93.3 FM, covering SE Ind., N. Ky. add SW Ohio, reports today that a Norwood, Ohio man...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 11, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Courts - National efforts to change merit selection systems continue

How Appealing this morning points to two interesting judicial merrit retention stories. From the Orlando Sentinel, a story by Aaron...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 10, 2011

Courts - ChicagoTribune wins suit over U of Illinois clout list

For background start with this ILB entry from July 12, 2009. Today Antonio Olivo of the Chicago Tribune reports in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 10, 2011

Courts - Two interesting articles on Justice Scalia [Updated]

First, Linda Greenhouse has an opinion column in the March 9, 2011 NYT, headed "Justice Scalia Objects." Her thesis:Antonin Scalia,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Courts - Crime law woes and the upshot in New York's Nassau County

The ILB has had a number of entries based on IndyStar reporting, headed "Errors found in Indiana state lab toxicology...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Courts - "Ray Charles could see that signature was doctored"

According to this AP story, Pennsylvania state Sen. Jane Orie, R-Allegheny, 49 "and her sister, Janine Orie, 56, are charged...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 03, 2011

Courts - Standard of review decides cases

Interesting article by Mark Hermann in Above the Law....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 03, 2011

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Courts - SCOTUS decides for protesters in funeral protest case

Per SCOTUSblog: "09-751 Snyder v. Phelps. Chief Justice Roberts wrote for the Court. The decision rules that the First Amendment...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Courts - "'Dynamic' duo of Kagan, Sotomayor add vigor to court"

So reports Joan Biskupic in USA TODAY in an interesting story that begins:WASHINGTON — After each Supreme Court appointment in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Courts - SCOTUS continues parsing confrontation clause

SCOTUSblog today has a good roundup of articles on yesterday's SCOTUS decision in Michigan v. Bryant (ILB entry here). In...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011

Courts - SCOTUS rules today on reach of confrontation clause [Updated]

The opinion is Michigan v. Bryant. Sentencing Law blog has the first entry I've seen on today's opinion. [More] A...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 28, 2011

Courts - Likely just as true here as in Canada

How Appealing points to an article in the Vancouver Sun headed "Legal system doesn't work for ordinary people, top judge...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 28, 2011

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Courts - On your way to prison? Hire a prison consultant

"Ex-cons offer prison primers for soon-to-be incarcerated execs" is the headline to this long story by Lisa Black of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 26, 2011

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Courts - Iowa governor names three new justices to fill slots of three who failed retention election

Here is a story from the Feb. 23rd DesMoines Register. Here is a more detailed story from today. Today the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 24, 2011

Courts - "If You’re Not Using Facebook, You’re A Bad Lawyer"

So writes Kashmir Hill in the blog, Above the Law. More:If you’re not booting up your laptop or iPad during...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 24, 2011

Courts - SCOTUS "allows state suits in seat belt cases"

Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal reports, in a long story dated Feb. 23rd:The Supreme Court on Wednesday opened...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 24, 2011

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Courts - "Obama DOJ Announces It Will Not Defend DOMA"

The Wonk Room entry begins:Moments ago, in a sharp reversal of policy, the Obama administration announced that it believes that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Courts - DC Circuit on citing unpublished orders

Here is an interesting entry in How Appealing referencing a decision on the value of citing unpublished orders in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Courts - "Want to Serve on a Jury? Be Careful What You Post"

The WSJ Law Blog today discusses and points to a WSJ story today headlined "Searching for Details Online, Lawyers Facebook...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Friday, February 18, 2011

Courts - "2nd Judge Insured By State Farm Steps Aside in $350M Case"

Interesting item from Martha Nell of the ABJ Journal Blog....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 18, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Courts - Chicago Court clerk lays off 170 county workers

Lisa Donovan, Cook County reporter for the Sun-Times, reports today:Cook County Circuit Clerk Court Dorothy Brown’s office handed pink slips...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011

Courts - "W.Va. court says warrants can cover cell phones"

In a case of first impression in West Virginia, the W.Va. Supreme Court has ruled:"When searching a vehicle pursuant to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 14, 2011

Courts - "New York Takes Step on Money in Judicial Elections"

In the NY Times today, William Glaberson has a long report that begins:New York’s top court officials will bar the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 14, 2011

Courts - Another update on "Three lawsuits may change how NCAA operates"

Updating this earlier ILB update from one year ago, Paul Elias of the AP had a lengthy story yesterday on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 14, 2011

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Courts - "To Defend the Accused in a Tucson Rampage, First a Battle to Get Inside a Mind"

Joseph Goldstein and Marc Lacey of the NY Times have this very interesting story today on "Judy Clarke, the public...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 13, 2011

Courts - "Where Have You Gone, Atticus Finch?"

Ashby Jones at WSJ Law Blog wrote Friday:Where have you gone, Atticus Finch? And you, Perry Mason? What about Clarence...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 13, 2011

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Courts - "Documents in FOIA Requests Must Be 'Searchable,' Federal Judge Rules"

Daniel Wise reports in the Feb. 10, 2011 New York Law Journal in a story that begins:The federal government must...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 12, 2011

Courts - "Real Time Texting OKed by UK Supreme Court"

See this post from the Law Librarian Blog. In brief, the official policy is:[A]ny member of a legal team or...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 12, 2011

Friday, February 11, 2011

Courts - Look forward to improved federal district court websites

Tony Mauro has the report at the Blog of Legal Times, headed "Makeover Urged for Federal Court Web Sites." A...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 11, 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Courts - "Court Holds that Data About Car Speed and Brake Usage Stored in Car’s Computer Protected by Fourth Amendment"

Orin Kerr of the Volokh Conspiracy has posted an entry that begins:A California appellate court has handed down a fascinating...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 10, 2011

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Courts - "N.J. Supreme Court considers journalism shield laws in blogger case"

An interesting story dated Feb. 8th by MaryAnn Spoto of the Trenton NJ Star-Ledger begins:In a courtroom on the eighth...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Monday, February 07, 2011

Courts - More on "Convicted attorneys are still practicing: Some even have kept their licenses while serving time for their crimes"

Updating this Jan. 30, 2011 ILB entry re Wisconsin, headed "Convicted attorneys are still practicing: Some even have kept their...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 07, 2011

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Courts - More on: "The Health Care Ruling: The Experts Speak"

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 1, the WSJ Law Blog has another useful post on the topic today, this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Courts - "Justices weigh rights to Lake Erie beachfront access"

This entry this morning from How Appealing compiles a number reports on a case argued yesterday before the Ohio Supreme...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Courts - "The Health Care Ruling: The Experts Speak"

Ashby Jones of the WSJ Law Blog has a useful survey of reactions this morning. It also has two earlier...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Courts - "Convicted attorneys are still practicing: Some even have kept their licenses while serving time for their crimes"

That is the headline to this story today in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reported by Cary Spivak and Ben Poston....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 30, 2011

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Courts - "Most capital punishment states have run out of key injection drug, or will soon"

Including Indiana, according to this lengthy AP story reported by Andrew Welsh-Huggins: A few quotes:Most of the 35 U.S. states...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 29, 2011

Friday, January 28, 2011

Courts - Still more on: Illinois COA boots Rahm Emanuel from Chicago ballot

Comparable? The Jan. 27, 2011 Illinois Supreme Court decision in the dispute contesting Rahm Emanual's eligibility for the Chicago mayoral...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 28, 2011

Courts - “Increasingly, judges in civil cases are granting access to online caches that had formerly been considered off-limits,”

That is a quote from this Reuters Legal article, repeated in this WSJ Law Blog entry this morning by Ashby...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 28, 2011

Courts - "Hoosier legend Oscar Robertson is suing the NCAA for using images of him playing for UC on current trading cards"

The story, from WLWT Cincinnati, reports that:Attorney Stan Chesley said that Robertson found out about the cards when fans started...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 28, 2011

Courts - More on: Illinois COA boots Rahm Emanuel from Chicago ballot [Updated]

Illinois Supreme Court reversed yesterday. See "Courts - Illinois COA boots Rahm Emanuel from Chicago ballot," from the Volokh Conspiracy....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 28, 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Courts - "Closed door Wisconsin Supreme Court meeting riles some justices"

Interesting story today by Patrick Marley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel begins:Madison — State Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 27, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Courts - "N.Y. Judges Present Range of Moonlighting Requests for Extra Pay"

Joel Stashenko of the NY Law Journal has a lengthy story today with examples of paid outside work requests that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Courts - "UK settles religious-discrimination suit for $125,000"

Cheryl Truman reported Jan. 19, 2011 in the Lexington Herald Leader:The University of Kentucky will pay $125,000 to an astronomy...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011

Courts - Illinois COA boots Rahm Emanuel from Chicago ballot

Thanks to the Election Law Blog, here is the 42-page, 2-1 opinion. Here is the story from Politico. More, with...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 24, 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Courts - "Legal challenge to Iowa judicial nominators is rejected"

As with challenges to the judicial selection systems for appellate judges in Kansas and Alaska, a federal court yesterday threw...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 20, 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Courts - "The Oldest Bench Ever: Extreme aging in the federal judiciary—and the trouble it causes."

Long, very interesting article by Joseph Goldstein, published in Slate on Jan. 18, 2011. Some quotes:Life tenure, intended to foster...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Courts - "Kentucky judges can grant out-of-state minors permission for abortions, appeals court rules"

Andrew Wolfson has this story today in the Louisville Courier Journal. Some quotes from the lengthy story:Minors from other states...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 16, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Courts - "State of the Judiciary" in Indiana and Iowa

The Chief Justices of Indiana and Iowa addressed their respective General Assemblies yesterday. Here are some reports. Indiana. Eric Bradner...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Courts - Another laudatory article: "Judy Clarke: Jared Loughner's 'Amazing' Attorney"

Andrew Cohen, legal analyst for Politics Daily, has this long and detailed report today. A sample:The 22-year-old defendant in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Courts - "Judges no strangers to balancing security "

MSNBC's Carrie Dann has a long story today that begins:WASHINGTON — As Americans grapple with the Tucson shootings and congressional...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Courts - "Jared Loughner's Federal Trial: Previewing the Tucson Massacre Case"

Here is a good law overview of what to expect in the trial of Tucson shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Courts - "Arizona Federal Judge, John Roll, 63"

The WSJ Law Blog has this obituary of John McCarthy Roll, the chief judge of the District of Arizona, shot...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 09, 2011

Friday, January 07, 2011

Courts - "Top Court in Massachusetts Voids Foreclosures by 2 Banks"

A Reuters story this afternoon posted by the NY Times begins:In a ruling that may affect foreclosures nationwide, the Massachusetts...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 07, 2011

Courts - "End the impeachment war on judges"

That is the heading to this opinion piece in today's Washington Post by Bert Brandenburg, who is "executive director of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 07, 2011

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Courts - In Illinois, "Can you cite to unpublished opinions?" What about Indiana?

The answer, according to an article by Helen W. Gunnarsson in the Illinois Bar Journal, is "In Illinois state court,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Courts - More on: "Post-Chandra Levy murder trial 12/1: The secret juror questionnaires"

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 1, 2010, Michael Doyle, a reporter for McClatchy's Washington Bureau continues to follow the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Courts - "Scalia on ‘Controverisal Stuff’: ‘I Don’t Even Have to Read the Briefs’"

Ashby Jones of the WSJ Law Blog posted this worth-reading entry today....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Monday, January 03, 2011

Courts - "Muncie native Robert Wilkins has been approved as a U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia"

From a Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology news release:TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The new year has brought a new position for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 03, 2011

Courts - Updating: Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold and her daughter Sydney 's $50 million lawsuit against the Plain Dealer and Advance Internet

Updating a list of ILB entries from last spring, the most recent from April 8, 2010, Anthony Sowell of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 03, 2011

Friday, December 31, 2010

Courts - C-SPAN Radio's Saturday night broadcast of selected oral arguments

The ILB missed these, but this article from Andrew Cohen of Politics Daily makes me want to look for rebroadcasts....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 31, 2010

Courts - Interview with Justice Kagan

The entire 49:21 minute C-SPAN interview with Justice Elena Kagan, from which you may have seen excerpts....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 31, 2010

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Courts - "Golf Courses: A Gold Mine for Lawsuits"

On Sept. 13th, 2010 the Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case of Cassie Pfenning v. Joseph Lineman, et...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 30, 2010

Monday, December 27, 2010

Courts - More on "Reform of New York’s Small-Town Courts Stalls "

The ILB had this post on Jan. 9, 2010. It seems especially relevant now and bears rereading....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 27, 2010

Courts - "The Robe Seems To Suit New Justice Kagan"

From NPR's Morning Edition this morning, Nina Totenberg's very interesting 7 min 32 sec feature on the new justice....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 27, 2010

Courts - "Longtime judge takes on Cook County juvenile court system"

Chicago WGN posted this interesting report Dec. 24th. Some quotes:A veteran judge who helped revamp how death penalty cases are...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 27, 2010

Court - Outrage from some continues in Iowa

This Dec. 24th story from Jennifer Jacobs of the DesMoines Register gives the picture:Impeachment isn't the best route for getting...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 27, 2010

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Courts - "Blogger Who Threatened 7th Circuit Judges Is Sentenced to 33 Months in Prison"

Updating a series of ILB entries ending with this one from August 14, 2010, Mark Fass of the New York...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Courts - “Chief Justice Roberts promised to just call balls and strikes and then he moved the bases.”

Words from retiring Senator Arlen Specter. See the WSJ Law Blog here....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Courts - IU Mauer Law prof's study of post-Booker sentencing realities in Massachusetts federal courts cited

"Disparity cited in sentence lengths" is the headline today to this long Boston Globe story by Jonathan Saltzman. The US...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 20, 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Courts - "SCOTUS Justices Offer Receptive Ear to Business Interests"

The Sunday NY Times has a major, front-page story today on the impact of business interests on the Roberts court:...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 19, 2010

Friday, December 17, 2010

Courts - "Sandra Day O'Connor Interviews John Paul Stevens"

Read it here, in Newsweek. At one point, Justice O'Connor says:I was so stunned recently when I sat in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 17, 2010

Courts - "After Iowa Judicial Ouster, a New Move to Bounce Other Justices"

Ashby Jones has the report in the WSJ Law Blog:Apparently the ouster of the trio wasn’t enough for some new...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 17, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Courts "Mississippi considers pro bono mandate for lawyers"

David Harrison, Stateline staff writer, has this long story that begins:For every client helped by a Mississippi legal aid office,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 16, 2010

Courts - New Hampshire swears in its first woman chief justice

This report today in the Concord Monitor, by Shira Schoenberg, begins:Justice Linda Stewart Dalianis took the oath of office yesterday...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 16, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Courts - "When do Supreme Court justices need to just sit down and be quiet?"

Dahlia Lithwick and Sonja West of Slate have a lengthy, interesting article today -- here are a few quotes:There has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Monday, December 13, 2010

Courts - "Justice Kagan on Using a Kindle to Read Briefs " and a suggestion from the ILB

In this short C-SPAN clip, Justice Kagan says she reads briefs on a Kindle and remarks that maybe she should...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 13, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Courts - New appointment means Ohio Supreme Court has 4-3 female majority

So reported Jim Provance of the Toledo Blade yesterday. From the long story:COLUMBUS — Yvette McGee Brown, who would have...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 11, 2010

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Courts - Editorial: Will of voters should not guide judges

The editorial is from the DesMoines Iowa Register. It begins:[Gov.-elect] Terry Branstad suggested Monday new members of the Iowa Supreme...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 09, 2010

Courts - "On aliens, Arizona may win — for now"

So writes Lyle Denniston of the SCOTUSblog. Denniston's analysis begins:States and cities may gain added power to take some steps...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 09, 2010

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Courts - More on: 9th Circuit Prop. 8 oral argument online

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 6th, Ashby Jones of the WSJ Law Blog had an entry yesterday on how...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Monday, December 06, 2010

Courts - 9th Circuit Prop. 8 oral argument online today at 1 pm

Via C-SPAN:A three-judge panel on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco will hear an oral argument today...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 06, 2010

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Courts - "Legal experts say that 2010 may be remembered as the year in which retention elections took on all the bruising characteristics of regular head-to-head judicial elections"

So reports John Gramlich in this story today in the Washington Post. Some quotes:Legal experts say that 2010 may be...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 05, 2010

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Courts - Did extensive use of Twitter in covering gruesome trial improperly sway jury?

William Glaberson reports today in the NY Times in a story that begins:NEW HAVEN — There were half a dozen...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 02, 2010

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Courts - "Post-Chandra Levy murder trial 12/1: The secret juror questionnaires"

Suits & Sentences, a legal affairs blog written by Michael Doyle, a reporter for McClatchy's Washington Bureau, has this entry...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Courts - SCOTUS questions broad use of FOIA exemption

Interesting AP story today by Mark Sherman that begins:WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday questioned the government's broad use...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Courts - "Amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure take effect today"

From How Appealing Blog, with an interesting note re new Appellate Rule 29(c)(5)....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Courts - More on: "Sealed cases are too hidden, says Kentucky Chief Justice: Chief justice says names, docket numbers to be public"

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 25, 2010, in this post Michael Stevens of the Kentucky Law Blog quotes a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Courts - "Judges Make List of Top 10 High-Paying Jobs With No Future"

See this item from the ABA Journal Blog....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 29, 2010

Courts - "These assets turn into crime-fighting tools"

Joseph H. Hogsett, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, has an opinion piece today in the Indianapolis Star,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 29, 2010

Courts - Focus on Justice John Paul Stevens and the death penalty

Here, via YouTube, is last evening's 60 Minutes interview with the retired justice. The NY Times' Adam Liptak wrote Nov....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 29, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Courts - "Sealed cases are too hidden, says Kentucky Chief Justice: Chief justice says names, docket numbers to be public"

Jason Riley reported Nov. 22, 2010 in the Louisville Courier Journal:For the past several years, thousands of court cases across...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 25, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Courts - "California ruling backs police use of DNA from discarded cigarette"

A story Tuesday in the Sacramento Bee, reported by Denny Welsh, begins:In the first case of its kind in California,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Courts - "Michigan Supreme Court censures ex-justice for secretly recording court deliberations"

From a Detroit Free Press story by Dawson Bell:The Michigan Supreme Court has issued a pointed rebuke of former justice...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Courts - Recusal: "Judging Whether to Be the Judge"

Recusal was the subject of Adam Liptak's NY Times "Sidebar" column yesterday. “Justice Kagan took no part in the consideration...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Courts - "Florida judges may be on political hot seat"

From the Palm Beach Post, a story by Jane Musgrave reporting:With little or no funding, several single-issue activist groups influenced...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 14, 2010

Courts - Have you ever wondered whether to use "pleaded" or "pled"?

The ILB has, and apparently so have many others, as Eugene Volokh discussed Nov.. 12 in his blog....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 14, 2010

Courts - "Does Routinely Sampling DNA From Arrested Felons Violate The Fourth Amendment? "

Sherry F. Colb, law prof at Cornell Law, writes Nov. 10, 2010 for Findlaw.com on the issue of routinely sampling...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 14, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

Courts - "OSHA Case May Break New Legal Ground"

From The Blog of Legal Times, this post from Jenna Greene that begins:The business community is watching a potentially precedent-setting...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 12, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Courts - "Iowa Vote Shows the Injustice of Electing Judges"

That is the headline to a long article by Adam Cohen in Time Magazine. Cohen appears to argue for the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 11, 2010

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Courts - Howard Bashman's view on the Iowa retention vote

Howard Bashman, Pennsylvania appellate litigator and editor of How Appealing, has this Nov. 8th article in The Legal Intelligencer, headed:...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Courts - "Are class-action lawsuits going the way of the Dodo?" [Updated]

That is the first line of Ashby Jones' entry yesterday in the WSJ Law Blog, headed "Is D-Day Approaching For...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Monday, November 08, 2010

Courts - More on removal of Iowa judges

The Indianapolis Star has a long AP story today on p. 4 headed "Judge-ouster effort could spread." But it is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 08, 2010

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Courts - "Will justices vote tarnish or help Iowa's image?"

The DesMoines Register today has a very long and thorough article, reported by Tom Witisky, on the impact of last...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 07, 2010

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Courts - "Russian Courts: Unyielding, an Oligarch vs. Putin"

Not your usual ILB entry, but this column today by Joe Nocera of the NY Times is fascinating. Here is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, November 06, 2010

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Courts - Indiana case on "Petitions to Watch" list

On SCOTUSblog's "Petitions to Watch" list for the Court's Nov. 5th conference, the Indiana case of Bill K. Wilson, Superintendent,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 04, 2010

Courts - More on: "In Iowa, Voters Oust Judges Over Marriage Issue"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, there are a number of stories today. A.G. Sulzberger of the NY Times has a lengthy...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 04, 2010

Courts - Ruling on "Lawsuit seeks to change how Kansas Supreme Court judges are appointed"

Updating this Sept. 15, 2010 ILB entry, which related that "A federal judge has denied a request to stop the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 04, 2010

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Courts - "In Iowa, Voters Oust Judges Over Marriage Issue"

A.G. Sulzberger reports this morning in the NY Times in a lengthy story:DES MOINES — In a rebuke of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Monday, November 01, 2010

Courts - Another example of a juror behaving badly

The WSJ Law Blog has the entertaining version this afternoon. William Glaberson's NY Times story takes the more serious approach,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 01, 2010

Courts - Five reasons why Nevadans should vote "no" on changing to an appointed, rather than elected, Supreme Court

A letter today in the Las Vegas Review-Journal from two professors Sylvia R. Lazos, at UNLV's William S. Boyd School...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 01, 2010

Courts - Updating "Cancer Patients Challenge the Patenting of a Gene"

The ILB has had a number of entries under that heading. On Oct. 29th Andrew Pollack had this story in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 01, 2010

Courts - "Judges Weigh Fairness of Juvenile Life Without Parole"

In this WSJ Law Blog entry from Friday, Oct. 29, Nathan Koppel wrote:Is it cruel and unusual punishment to sentence...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 01, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

Courts - More on "Justices can't cite foreign law in death penalty cases but just fine with foreign lethal injection drugs for executions"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, there is a strong editorial today in the NY Times. A quote:In the case of Jeffrey...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 29, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Courts - "Is Calif. Ban on Violent Video Games Legal?"

Supplementing this entry from earlier today, the WSJ Law Blog has this entry that begins:In most states, it’s illegal to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 28, 2010

Courts - Interesting assessments of court choices by Prof. Tribe leaked

Charilie Savage of the NY Times has the story, headed "Leaked: Obama Mentor’s Blunt Advice on Court Choices."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 28, 2010

Courts - "High court case on violent games tests limits on speech"

Joan Biskupic of USA TODAY has a long story on the upcoming SCOTUS oral argument. A quote:On Tuesday, Supreme Court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 28, 2010

Courts - "Justices can't cite foreign law in death penalty cases but just fine with foreign lethal injection drugs for executions"

Those are attorney and Slate columnist Dahlia Lithwick's words from a tweet. I'm quoting them because some may have exactly...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Courts - "Corporate campaign ads haven't followed Supreme Court's prediction"

The subhead to this important LA Times story today, reported by David G. Savage, is "Companies and unions have been...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Courts - "Evil Men in Black Robes"

Attorneys Richard L. Hasen and Dahlia Lithwick have a feature in Slate, dated Oct. 26, on the five worst judicial...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Courts - Judicial retention races in Illinois and Iowa continue in the news

"No Opponent, But Big Money In Illinois Justice's Race" is the title of a great story this morning by Carrie...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Monday, October 25, 2010

Courts - "Effort to open Kentucky judicial records falls flat"

Andrew Wolfson of the Louisville Courier Journal has a lengthy story this morning on the transparency of Kentucky judicial records....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 25, 2010

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Courts - Study finds: "A conservative Indiana lawyer engineered the string of legal victories that have enabled corporations and wealthy individuals to channel tens of millions of dollars into this year's midterm elections secretly"

Greg Gordon of McClatchy Newspapers has a lengthy story today headed "The lawyer who argued that money is speech." A...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 24, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

Courts - Justice up for retention in Ilinois is the subject of a focused campaign

"Attack ads target Illinois Supreme Court justice: Actors portraying the state's nastiest criminals 'explain' how Thomas Kilbride sided with them...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 22, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Courts - Even more on: Is the poker game Texas Hold 'em one of skill, or one of chance?

Updating the ILB entry posted just a few minutes ago, Lafayette attorney and blogger Doug Masson sends this note:That poker...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 21, 2010

Courts - More on: Is the poker game Texas Hold 'em one of skill, or one of chance?

Updating this ILB entry from Monday, Oct. 18th, Schuyler Kropf of the Charleston Post and Courier reports today at length...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Courts - "I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband."

So said Virginia Thomas in a phone message she recently left for Anita Hill. Read more in this story by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Courts - Chief Justice Roberts claims two home towns

Does it depend on where he is speaking? This story today from the Buffalo News by Jay Rey is headed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Law - "The ABA Is Slowly Coming Around on Law School Transparency"

That is the heading to this entry this morning from Elie Mystal of Above the Law. [More] See also this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Courts - Watch the SCOTUS oral arguments online, almost

First the SCOTUS announced at the beginning of this term that it would release the audio of each oral argument...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

Courts - Covering a murder trial via Twitter

William Glaaberson of the NY Times reported Oct. 15th in a long story headed "A Grisly Murder Trial, in 140-Character...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 18, 2010

Courts - Is the poker game Texas Hold 'em one of skill, or one of chance?

That issue will be argued tomorrow before the South Carolina Supreme Court, according to this story by Schuyler Kropf of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 18, 2010

Courts - Iowa lawyer reprimanded for plagiarizing two briefs

Thanks to the Legal Profession Blog for the link to the Supreme Court of Iowa ruling of Oct. 15,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 18, 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Courts - Retention battle being waged in Iowa re three justices

The DesMoines Register today is reporting this story by Tom Witosky that begins: "A new advocacy group that includes former...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 14, 2010

Court - WAPO's Robin Givhan comments on SCOTUS attire

"Trial by attire: Supreme Court look should go with everything we believe in" is the heading of this Oct. 9th...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 14, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Courts - "Ruling Proves to Be Primer on E-Discovery Enforcement: Judge Paul Grimm's recent opinion both a road map and commentary on spoliation, sanctions"

The ILB has had a number of entries on the admissibility of electronic evidence, including discussions of the widely-cited May...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

Courts - "Facebooking in Court: Coping With Socially Networked Jurors"

Check out the Law.com article by Harry A. Valetk here. A useful article, it concludes:[E]nforcing court rules on the way...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 11, 2010

Courts - "2nd Circuit Overturns Religious License Plate Restriction"

The ILB has had a long list of entries on issues relating "specialty license plates," such as "God" plates and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 11, 2010

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Courts - Protest during military funerals oral argument

The SCOTUS recently announced that this term it would make audio tapes of oral arguments available at the end of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 09, 2010

Courts - The Rise of the Specialized Supreme Court Bar [Updated]

Long, fascinating article today by the NY Times Adam Liptak. [Updated 10/11/10] For more on this, see this entry by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 09, 2010

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Courts - More on: How significant are halting foreclosures to the housing market overall?

Supplementing yesterday's ILB entry, which included this quote from the NPR story:But how significant are halting foreclosures to the housing...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 07, 2010

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Courts - Use of GPS to track person's car without a warrant

From an editorial today in the NY Times:In August, three judges on the United States Court of Appeals for the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Courts - "Should the state require you to show ID to vote?"

This question is now an issue in Kansas. Rick Plumlee of the Wichita Eagle has a very long story today...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Monday, October 04, 2010

Courts - Nina Totenberg on Justice Stevens

NPR's Nina Totenberg today has a long, two-part feature on Justice Stevens. The first part (nearly 8 minutes) was this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 04, 2010

Courts - The Perils Of Big Money In Judicial Elections As Groups Target Judges Over Narrow Issues, Will That Affect How They Rule?

That is the heading to this column by Eliza Newlin Carney of The National Law Journal in her regular series,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 04, 2010

Courts - The SCOTUS women

Via SCOTUSblog, a photo of our three current women justices, plus Justice O'Connor....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 04, 2010

Courts - "Flawed Paperwork Aggravates a Foreclosure Crisis"

Supplementing our foreclosure coverage from this weekend, my NY Times this morning has this front-page story by Gretchen Morgenson. The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 04, 2010

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Courts - More on "GMAC Mortgage Stops Foreclosures in 23 States"

Updating this ILB entry from earlier today, David Streitfeld is reporting today in the NY Times in a story that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 02, 2010

Courts - Even more on "Lawsuit seeks to change how Kansas Supreme Court judges are appointed"

Updating this Sept. 15, 2010 ILB entry, which related that "A federal judge has denied a request to stop the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 02, 2010

Courts - "GMAC Mortgage Stops Foreclosures in 23 States"

This includes Indiana. What does this mean for the future? What does it mean for finalized foreclosures? The ILB hopes...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 02, 2010

Friday, October 01, 2010

Courts - "Couple Allowed to Sue Morgue for Retaining Son's Brain"

Mark Fass reports today in the New York Law Journal, in a story that begins:The New York City Medical Examiner's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 01, 2010

Courts - More pre-first Monday in October stories

"Major cases for the Supreme Court's 2010-11 term" is the heading of this lengthy story by Joan Biskupic in USA...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 01, 2010

Courts - A guide to the technology cases before the SCOTUS

A long survey today by David Kravets of the Wired blog, Threat Level, begins:The U.S. Supreme Court begins a new...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 01, 2010

Courts - "Your Early Guide to the Big Business Cases of the High Court Term"

A useful review from Ashby Jones of the WSJ Law Blog....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 01, 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Ind. Courts - Dueling law profs on Camm trial? [Updated]

The second half of this ILB entry yesterday quoted a LCJ story quoting Thomas Schornhorst, a professor emeritus of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Courts - SCOTUS to release the audiotape recordings of all of the arguments at the end of each argument week

This is a distinct step forward. See this entry by Lyle Denniston of the SCOTUSblog for discussion of some pros...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Courts - "Free Speech to be Tested in Coming Supreme Court Term"

That is the heading to this entry from the WSJ Law Blog. It points to a WSJ story yesterday by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Friday, September 24, 2010

Courts - "Circuit Split Deepens Over 1st Circuit Ruling on Effective Date of Sex Offender Registration Act"

Sheri Qualters reports this afternoon in The National Law Journal, in a story that begins:The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 24, 2010

Courts - It was bad enough when there was one victim

Ryan Haggerty and Jason Stein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report this afternoon in a story that begins:The state Office...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 24, 2010

Courts - "Unfinished transcripts put district court reporter behind bars: Wayne Co. judge: Court reporter has stalled cases"

So reads the headline to this lengthy story today by Joe Swickard of the Detroit Free Press. It begins:Paulette Martin,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 24, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Courts - "It's systemic now, and … the system is not able to control this type of behavior. There is no accountability."

That is a quote from Pace University law professor Bennett Gershman, an expert on misconduct by prosecutors, in this lengthy...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 23, 2010

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Courts - "Why Have Federal Civil Jury Trials Basically Disappeared?"

Ashby Jones of the WSJ Law Blog had this post yesterday. It included nine reasons why the number of federal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Courts - "An inmate shouldn't die because of his lawyers' error"

A Washington Post editorial today about the SCOTUS appeal of Cory Maples. A sample: A judge's order denying the last...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Monday, September 20, 2010

Courts - "Three years after landmark court decision, Louisville still struggles with school desegregation"

Robert Barnes of the Washington Post has this lengthy report today that begins:LOUISVILLE - Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 20, 2010

Courts - Jury issues in major criminal trials

I read this NY Times "Reporter's Notebook" story Sunday by William Glaberson, headed "In Court, Echoes and Ghosts," about a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 20, 2010

Courts - "Missouri Tells Judges Cost of Sentences"

A story dated Sept. 18, in the NY Times, reported by Monica Davey, begins:ST. LOUIS — When judges here sentence...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 20, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Courts - Yet more on "Lawsuit seeks to change how Kansas Supreme Court judges are appointed"

Update this most recent ILB entry from Sept. 13, 2010, Ron Sylvester of the Wichita Eagle reports:WICHITA — A federal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Monday, September 13, 2010

Courts - "Burp v Breathalyzer: Kentucky Supreme Court to decide issue in DUI case"

That is the headline to this lengthy story today by Andrew Wolfson of the Louisville Courier Journal. A few quotes:It...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 13, 2010

Courts - "History Through A Supreme Court Justice's Lens"

A fascinating Nina Totenberg story today on NPR's Morning Edition on Justice Breyer's new book, read or listen to it...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 13, 2010

Courts - "Perry County Kentucky judge stabbed while eating lunch"

From the AP, a brief story dated Sept. 11th:HAZARD, Ky. — A man who once stood before Perry County Judge...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 13, 2010

Courts - Still more on "Lawsuit seeks to change how Kansas Supreme Court judges are appointed"

Updating earlier ILB entries (the most recent here, from Aug. 29, 2010) re the suit challenging the Kansas method of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 13, 2010

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Courts - Twenty-first century jury issues

Take a look at this post in Sentencing Law & Policy blog, along with its links. Also see this post...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 12, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

Courts - Still more on: "Kansas joins case to head off federal carbon regulation"

Supplementing Wednesday's ILB entry on the amicus brief filed by the Indiana AG in Connecticut v. AEP, and yesterday's ILB...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 10, 2010

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Courts - "Ohio's republican justices squawk over website"

From the Columbus Dispatch's "Daily Briefing" blog, see this item posted by statehouse reporter James Nash. Ohio justices are elected,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Courts - "Kansas joins case to head off federal carbon regulation"

This lengthy story appeared in the Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010 edition of the Wichita Kansas Eagle. Some quotes:Attorney General Steve...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Courts - "Appeals Court in Atlanta Again Rejects Racial Discrimination Claim"

Here are a couple quotes from Adam Liptak's "Sidebar" column in the NY Times of Sept. 6, 2010:Last month, for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Courts - "Barring Hunters From Jury Panel Violates 'Batson,' N.Y. Judge Finds" What about Indiana?

Daniel Wise writes today in the New York Law Journal in a story that begins:The same U.S. Supreme Court precedent...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Monday, September 06, 2010

Courts - "Jefferson County court-video failures cause trials, hearings to be lost"

The ISBA Appellate Section held a CLE on Oct. 28, 2008 titled "Welcome to the 21st Century: An Appellate Perspective."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 06, 2010

Courts - "Florida has set up foreclosure-only courts to reduce a huge backlog, but borrowers’ lawyers are critical of the process"

Although about Florida, this long NY Times article reported by Gretcheen Morgenson and Geraldine Fabrikant recounts the various horrors of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 06, 2010

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Courts - More on "Bursting Pipes Lead to a Legal Battle "

Following up on this Feb. 12, 2010 ILB entry, JM Eagle issued a press release yesterday headed "Indiana joins California,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 02, 2010

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Courts - Still more on "Justices Take Case on Video Game Law"

Updating earlier ILB entries, Tony Mauro and Carrie Levine report today in a very long story the National Law Journal:Representatives...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Courts - "Judicial Reform: How to Cut Down on Hung Juries"

A long story dated Aug. 31, 2010 on the Time website quotes Chief Justice Shepard extensively on hung juries, such...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Courts - "NY Times Series on Civil Commitment and Sex Offenders"

Sex Crimes, "a blog devoted top the criminal laws regulating and punishing sexual violence," yesterday featured a "multimedia New York...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Courts - More on "Lawsuit seeks to change how Kansas Supreme Court judges are appointed"

Updating this ILB entry from August 27, 2010, here is the complaint filed in USDC, District of Kansas on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 29, 2010

Friday, August 27, 2010

Courts - "Lawsuit seeks to change how Kansas Supreme Court judges are appointed"

A story by Ron Sylvester of the Wichita Eagle begins:An Indiana lawyer has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 27, 2010

Courts - California on its way to a woman chief justice

From the August 26th Recorder, a story by Kate Moser headed "Judicial Committee Unanimously Confirms California's First Filipina-American Chief Justice"...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 27, 2010

Monday, August 23, 2010

Courts - "Courtroom Paintings Raise Questions on Artist’s Perspective"

Read this article today by Adam Liptak of the NY Times if you have argued a case before the SCOTUS,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 23, 2010

Courts - More on: "What's Behind the Flurry of Judicial Resignations in Georgia?"

Supplementing this ILB entry from August 20th, Nathan Koppel of the WSJ Law Blog today writes about a lengthy Aug....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 23, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Courts - "What's Behind the Flurry of Judicial Resignations in Georgia?"

An interesting story today by R. Robin McDonald of the Fulton County Daily Report that begins:Since Alapaha Circuit Chief Judge...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 20, 2010

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Courts - "Wall Street Journal Calls For Fitzgerald Resignation"

This August 10, 2010 ILB entry linked to a Chicago Tribune story headed "Verdict could cast light or shadow on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 19, 2010

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Courts - Interesting commentary on interesting observation in 9th Circuit opinion

From Above the Blog....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Courts - "Blago guilty on one count: Lying to the FBI"

From the Chicago Tribune at 4:45 pm, CDT:A federal jury today convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich of only one count...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010

Courts - "The New Politics of Judicial Elections, 2000-2009: Decade of Change"

That is the title of a report released today by the Justice at Stake Campaign, the Brennan Center for Justice...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 16, 2010

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Courts - Still more on "GPS and Privacy Rights"

Updating this ILB entry from August 6, 2010, Charlie Savage of the NY Times had a story Aug. 13th headed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 15, 2010

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Courts - Blagojevich on trial: " The jury, in its 10th day of deliberations, has sent no notes and asked no questions in more than a week"

It just occurred to me that the Blagojevich jury is still out! I checked the Chicago Tribune and it looked...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Monday, August 09, 2010

Courts - Ted Olson on Fox News Sunday discussing his recent victory in overturning Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriages in California

Well worth watching - access it here, via the Wonk Room....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 09, 2010

Friday, August 06, 2010

Courts - More on "GPS and Privacy Rights"

From a Nov. 23, 2009 ILB entry:From an editorial today in the NY Times:A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C.,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 06, 2010

Courts - "Karen Sypher stoic, silent as jury convicts her of extorting Rick Pitino"

Here is the wrap-up, from the Louisville Courier Journal, with links to many other stories. Here is a list of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 06, 2010

Courts - More on: California's Same-sex marriage ban nullified: Proposition 8 cannot be enforced

Updating yesterday's ILB entry on the federal court decision this week striking down California's Prop 8 which banned gay marriage,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 06, 2010

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Courts - California's Same-sex marriage ban nullified: Proposition 8 cannot be enforced

Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSblog had this post late yesterday, with a link to the 138-page opinion. There has been a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 05, 2010

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Courts - Sexting in the news

The ILB has had a number of earlier entries on sexting. Two new stories: First Story. "Pennsylvania Latest State to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Courts - "A federal judge on Monday ruled that the state of Virginia’s court challenge to the health care refrom plan may go forward"

The Aug. 2, 2010 opinion in the case, Virginia v. Sebelious, out of the ED Virginia, is here. SCOTUSBlog's Lyle...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Courts - "Former U.S. prosecutor practiced on suspended law license"

Here is a story from yesterday, posted by WRAL.com in Raleigh, NC. It begins:Raleigh, N.C. — The validity of some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Courts - "A Mailroom Mix-Up That Could Cost a Life" - Should a client be blamed for a mistake he did not commit?

From Adam Liptak's NY Tmes "Sidebar" column today:Cory R. Maples, a death row inmate in Alabama, must have been grateful...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Monday, August 02, 2010

Courts - "Volunteer federal prosecutors: They Work Hard — For No Money"

Main Justice has the story by Channing Turner. It begins:Some U.S. Attorney’s offices have added “special” prosecutor positions that offer...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 02, 2010

Courts - Wrapping up week one of Karen Sypher trial

Updating our most recent link to a Rick Pitino trial story, from July 29th, here are two more:"Rick Pitino and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 02, 2010

Friday, July 30, 2010

Courts - "Judge Refuses to Vacate Verdicts in Astor Trial"

Following on a long line of stories about the Brooke Astor estate dispute, James Barron of the NY Times reported...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 30, 2010

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Courts - "Rick Pitino becomes emotional describing embarrassment from Karen Sypher case"

See the Louisville Courier Journal story here....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 29, 2010

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Courts - "Karen Sypher conviction no 'slam dunk' in Rick Pitino extortion case"

That is the headline to a lengthy story last evening by Andrew Wolfson of the Louisville Courier Journal that begins:On...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Monday, July 26, 2010

Courts - More on "Arrest has put one of the hottest controversies in American law enforcement to its first major test"

Updating this ILB entry from July 9, 2010, the July 24, 2010 has a story in the business section, reported...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 26, 2010

Courts - "Court Under Roberts Is Most Conservative in Decades"

Adam Liptak reports in a lengthy, front-page NY Times story today on the Roberts Court. A sample:Chief Justice Roberts, 55,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 26, 2010

Friday, July 23, 2010

Courts - "But it's getting hard to find politicians willing to set partisanship aside. So when there's an example of one who does, and who has for decades, it's worth pointing out."

So writes Matthew Tully of the Indianapolis Star today in a column that begins:Sen. Richard Lugar's statement about the latest...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 23, 2010

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Courts - "More Strapped Litigants Skip Lawyers in Court "

That is the headline to this story by Nathan Koppel in today's WSt Journal. A few quotes:A growing number of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 22, 2010

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Courts - "With another woman, the SCOTUS can't help but change"

Check out David S. Broder's column for tomorrow's Washington Post....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Courts - "Pick for Calif. Chief Justice Could Create Court's First Female Majority "

The Recorder is reporting today that:Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Third District Court of Appeal Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye to be...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Courts - Intensive parenting can become over-parenting: Article, therefore, cautions against hasty incorporation of Intensive Parenting norms into the law.

That is from a forthcoming law journal article currently available at SSRN. Here is the synopsis:Today the child is king....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Courts - "Federal appeals court nixes ban on Kentucky judicial party affiliations" [Updated]

A story this afternoon via the LCJ by Brett Barrouquere of the AP begins:LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A federal appeals court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Courts - "Supreme Court Review: Campaign Cash, Controversy"

NPR's Nina Totenberg had a 7 min 36 sec review of the SCOTUS term on Morning Edition today. Read and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Friday, July 09, 2010

Courts - "Arrest has put one of the hottest controversies in American law enforcement to its first major test"

From a lengthy, interesting story by Jennifer Steinhauer in today"s NY Times:Only two states, Colorado and California, have a codified...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 09, 2010

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Court - Georgia death penalty case full of murky legal questions

A long story reported by Russ Bynum in yesterday's Atlanta Journal Constitution begins:Thanks to an order from the U.S. Supreme...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Courts - More on the Kagan nomination for the SCOTUS

Two articles from the last week caught my eye: "Kagan Reminds Senators: Legislation Is Your Job" is the headline to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, July 03, 2010

Courts - "Summary rulings spike at the high court"

Interesting article by Tony Mauro of The National Law Journal - a quote:[A]t the end of a term that produced...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, July 03, 2010

Courts - Kentucky public defenders challenge the constitutionality of allowing prosecutors to decide whether to seek the death penalty

Jim Hannah of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported July 1, 2010. Some quotes:A person who commits a crime in one county...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, July 03, 2010

Courts - "Martin Ginsburg's Legacy: Love Of Justice"

Listen to NPR's Nina Totenberg's report this morning: Martin Ginsburg's Legacy: Love Of Justice. It begins:On the last day of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, July 03, 2010

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Courts - "Tipping the Scales: In the south, women have made huge strides in the state judiciaries"

A fascinating, and timely, article in the July ABA Journal. The Journal cover has photos of three state chief justices,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Environment - DC Circuit rules unilateral administrative cleanup orders do not violate due process [Updated]

"Superfund is Constitutional" is the heading to this entry by Jonathan H. Adler at the Volokh Conspiracy. [Updated 6/30/10] "DC...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Courts - More on "Rick Pitino extortion trial judge asked to reconsider media restrictions"

Updating this ILB entry from June 26th, Andrew Wolfson reports today in the Louisville Courier Journal:A federal judge has dropped...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Monday, June 28, 2010

Courts - SCOTUS action today

Via SCOTUSblog, we are following the SCOTUS action on the final day of its term. Decisions are anticipated in four...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 28, 2010

Courts - Ruth Bader Ginsburg loses husband Marty after 56 years of marriage. One of the great feminists married to another

So writes Slate's Dahlia Lithwick this morning on Twitter, with a link to this story with a great photo of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 28, 2010

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Courts - SCOTUSblog presents "The scenario for Monday: How closing day will unfold"

Tomorrow is a very big SCOTUS day. The final four decisions of the term will be issued. It is Justice...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 27, 2010

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Courts - "Rick Pitino extortion trial judge asked to reconsider media restrictions"

Updating this ILB entry from June 23rd on the Rick Pitino extortion trial, Andrew Wolfson of the Louisville Courier Journal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 26, 2010

Courts - "High court ruling could help convicted region politicians"

Teresa Auch Schultz reported June 25 in the Gary Post Tribune in a story that begins:A U.S. Supreme Court decision...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 26, 2010

Friday, June 25, 2010

Courts - Final four SCOTUS decisions expected Monday; also 1st day of Kagan hearings

Debra Cassens Weiss of the ABA Journal Blog has a very good overview of what is anticipated Monday from the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 25, 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Courts - Still more on Doe v. Reed

Election law expert Rick Pildes has a entry titled "The First Amendment, Direct Democracy, and the Risks of Technology: Today's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 24, 2010

Courts - New decisions from the SCOTUS this morning [Updated]

Again, via SCOTUSblog. Only 11 cases left to be decided, and two days scheduled, today and next Monday (which is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 24, 2010

Courts - "Assessing the Changing World of Civil Procedure Post-'Twombly,' 'Iqbal'"

Jeff Jeffrey of The National Law Journal has a story dated June 21st that begins:The impact of two landmark Supreme...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 24, 2010

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Courts - Civil commitment laws for sex offenders squeeze states' budgets

An AP story today by Martiga Lohn focuses on the 20 states with civil commitment laws for sex offenders who...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Courts - Here is the juror questionaire in the Rick Pitino extortion case

From the Lexington Herald-Leader:The jury questionnaire, released Wednesday, includes multiple questions about a potential juror's connections to the [University of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010

Courts - Women lawyers, a moving target?

Two headlines posted today on the the ABA Law Blog caught my eye: "Kagan E-Mails Reveal a ‘Sharp-Elbowed and Sometimes...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 21, 2010

Courts - More on "Study Finds Blacks Blocked From Southern Juries"

Updating this ILB entry from June 3, 2010, NPR's All Things Considered also had a brief story about the study...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 21, 2010

Courts - More on today's SCOTUS rulings

Updating the entry from this morning, SCOTUSblog, that blog has posted this summary of the decision today in Monsanto Co....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 21, 2010

Courts - SCOTUS issues more opinions this morning

Via SCOTUSblog, three opinions so far, none of the bigees (although I'm sure they are bigees for some ...). The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 21, 2010

Friday, June 18, 2010

Courts - "Stevens' Recusal Makes Difference in Fla. Property Ruling" [Updated]

Tony Mauro reports in The National Law Journal today that Justice Stevens figured prominently in another SCOTUS decision yesterday (in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 18, 2010

Courts - "High Court Rules On Beaches, Texting, Labor Board"

NPR's Nina Totenberg reported this morning on three of yesterday's opinions by the SCOTUS. Read, or listen to, her story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 18, 2010

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Courts - "Ken Feinberg, America’s problem solver extraordinare!"

Just posted on the WSJ Law Blog, "Ken Feinberg (Who Else?) To Handle Oil-Spill Escrow Fund." [More] And see "Who...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Courts - "Supreme Court Rejects New Albany DVD Case: Way now clear for adult store to remain open despite city ordinance"

Updating the ILB entry from earlier today where New Albany said the case was not closed, Mark Kernes reports today...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Courts - "New albany city attorney said Monday the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to stay out of New Albany’s legal battle with an adult book store doesn’t mean the case is closed"

Re the denial yesterday of the City's petition for cert to the SCOTUS in the case of City of New...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010

Courts - SCOTUS news from today [Updated]

Updating this ILB entry from June 9th, headed "Indiana confrontation clause case being considered for cert by SCOTUS at the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 14, 2010

Courts - "Repeat DUI offenders a challenge for law enforcement"

David Singleton reported June 13, 2010 in the Scranton Pa Times-Tribune about "double DUIs" - cases where motorrists arrested for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 14, 2010

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Courts - SCOTUS term's pending cases

SCOTUSblog has a good roundup by Anna Christensen of what is likely coming yet this month. The intro:So far, the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 12, 2010

Friday, June 11, 2010

Courts: More on "Distasteful speech protected, too"

Last Sunday the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette published a commentary authored by their Washington editor, Sylvia A. Smith. The subject:...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 11, 2010

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Courts - Justice Souter's Harvard Commencement remarks

Here, via the Harvard Gazette, is the text of the remarks Justice David Souter delivered at Harvard's 359th Commencement. And...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 10, 2010

Courts - "400 drunken-driving convictions in D.C. based on flawed test, official says"

Mary Pat Flaherty of the Washington Post reports today:Nearly 400 people were convicted of driving while intoxicated in the District...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 10, 2010

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Courts - "Justices Approve Bureau of Prisons' Calculations for 'Good Time Credit'"

More on one of the SCOTUS decisions yesterday, from Tony Mauro of The National Law Journal. The story begins:In a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Monday, June 07, 2010

Courts - Monday's orders, explained by Lyle Denniston

In a lengthy and valuable new post, Denniston, of SCOTUSblog, writes that today the Supreme Court:has put off, until after...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 07, 2010

Courts - More on: "Courts - "Despite adjustments, court harried in June " [Updated]

The SCOTUS issued three opinions this morning. None of them were the cases of interest on the list in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 07, 2010

Courts - More on: NJ Governor's failure to grant tenure to sitting justice causes controvery

Updating this ILB entry from May 15, 2010, Henry Gottlieb of the New Jersey Law Journal reports today in a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 07, 2010

Courts - "Despite adjustments, court harried in June "

Joan Biskupic, USA TODAY, has this report:WASHINGTON — Supreme Court justices front-loaded their calendar this term, holding more oral arguments...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 07, 2010

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Courts "Distasteful speech protected, too"

That is the heading to a commentary today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, authored by their Washington editor, Sylvia...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 06, 2010

Friday, June 04, 2010

Courts - More on: "Did a Minnesota judge and his law clerk attempt to collude to put a clerk on the bench? "

Updating this ILB entry from earlier today, Above the Law now has another entry....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 04, 2010

Courts - "Did a Minnesota judge and his law clerk attempt to collude to put a clerk on the bench? "

Remember that this spring a Lake County judge withdrew his candidacy for reelection four minutes before the close of filing...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 04, 2010

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Courts - "Study Finds Blacks Blocked From Southern Juries"

Shaila Dewan reported in the June 1, 2010 NY Times in a long story that began:In late April in a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 03, 2010

Courts - More on "Eight Judges Out: Mass Recusal Cripples 5th Circuit"

It is not only the circuit judges, the district judges are also recusing themselves. Tresa Baldas of The National Law...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 03, 2010

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Courts - "Eight Judges Out: Mass Recusal Cripples 5th Circuit"

Ashby Jones reports in a worth reading in full entry in the WSJ Law Blog:[A] full eight judges on the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Courts - SCOTUS decisions today

Carr v. U.S. - SCOTUS rules 6-3 that "that a 2007 law (SORNA) that requires sex offenders to register does...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Monday, May 31, 2010

Courts - More on: "Judge probes possible rogue jury in cockfighting case: Juror admits surfing Internet in defiance of judge’s orders"

One really can't top the story posted here May 27, 2010, about the federal court juror in a recent South...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 31, 2010

Courts - The new Slap Suit? When Online Grievances Are Met With a Lawsuit"

Dan Frosch reports today in the NY Times in a long story that begins:After a towing company hauled Justin Kurtz’s...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 31, 2010

Friday, May 28, 2010

Courts - "Circuit Split Widens on Copyright Registration Timing"

Amanda Bronstad has the story today in The National Law Journal. Interesting article. It begins:When does a copyright get registered?...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 28, 2010

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Courts - " Judge probes possible rogue jury in cockfighting case: Juror admits surfing Internet in defiance of judge’s orders"

This is a pretty astonishing story from the Columbia, South Carolina paper, The State. Here is some of John Monk's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 27, 2010

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Courts - "District Court Opinions Precedential Within the Same District?"

Interesting post today by Eugene Volokh. It begins:I had always assumed that federal district court opinions (as opposed to Court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Courts - More on "Several States Look to Boost Retirement Age for Judges"

Updating this April 14, 2010 ILB entry, which concluded:Indiana's retirement age for appellate judges, set by statute, is 75. For...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Courts - Kagan's Harvard Law report card

Here it is, via the NY Times story today by Charlie Savage and Lisa Faye Petak, headed "A B-Minus? The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Monday, May 24, 2010

Courts - More on "NCAA Documents in Fraud Case Made Public by Florida State"

Updating this ILB entry from Oct. 15, 2009, Paul Flemming of the Tallahassee News Journal reports today under the headline:...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 24, 2010

Courts - SCOTUS action today [Updated]

The SCOTUS has granted cert in 5 cases, and issued a number of opinions this morning. Check SCOTUSblog here. [Updated]...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 24, 2010

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Law "Many school officials incorrectly believe they have the right to search through cell phones whenever a student is misusing one"

"Student's Privacy Rights Violated in Pa. 'Sexting' Case, ACLU Suit Says" is the headline to a story by Shannon Duffy...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, May 22, 2010

Courts - "Do Supreme Court justices tweet?"

Find the answer via the Washington Post, which features a short clip from "the answers given Thursday at a House...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, May 22, 2010

Courts - "Federal Judge Weinstein Takes On Child Pornography Laws"

From a long story by A.G. Sulzberger in the May 21st NY Times:There is little public sympathy for collectors of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, May 22, 2010

Friday, May 21, 2010

Courts - "Republicans Push Lawsuits to Unshackle Corporate Campaign Cash"

Jonathan D. Salant reports today in Business Week, in a lengthy story -- some quotes: May 21 (Bloomberg) -- The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 21, 2010

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Courts - "Is a lifetime in jail the best way to deal with sex offenders?"

Newsweek columnist Mary Carmichael wrote yesterday on Monday's SCOTUS decision in US v. Comstock (ILB entry here) in an article...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 20, 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Courts - Here is Elena Kagan’s Senate questionnaire

Via SCOTUSblog. On p. 199 Kagan describes the White House selection process, as it applied to her -- when she...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Courts - "Justices Rule on Prison Time for Juveniles, Sex Offenders"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry on the two big rulings yesterday from the SCOTUS, Tony Mauro and Marcia Coyle of The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Monday, May 17, 2010

Courts - Several big SCOTUS opinions today

This is thanks to SCOTUSblog: US v. Comstock - "The Court upholds the law passed by Congress to order the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 17, 2010

Courts - Impact of SCOTUS Citizens United decision seen in Kentucky magistrate's race?

Columnist Joseph Gerth writes today in the Louisville Courier Journal:While the top players in the U.S. Senate race are lobbing...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 17, 2010

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Courts - NJ Governor's failure to grant tenure to sitting justice causes controvery

Follwing upon the ILB's Minnesota Supreme Court appointments entry, politics is also an issue in the non-reappointment of a New...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 16, 2010

Courts - Minnesota Supreme Court restricts governor's ability to "unallot" appropriated funds; dissenter appointed chief justice

In this June 23, 2009 entry. the ILB looked at the 2009 budget bill and the authority it gave Gov....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 16, 2010

Courts - Overview of the 2009-2010 SCOTUS term

Sat. evening C-Span's "America and the Courts" had a terrific two-hour show featuring a panel, chaired by Solicitor General Elena...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 16, 2010

Friday, May 14, 2010

Courts - Blogger appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court

SCOTUSblog has this entry today, headed "Congratulations to David Stras." For more, see this entry from the blog, Politics in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 14, 2010

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Courts - "State Supreme Courts Have Many Judges Outside the 'Judicial Monastery'"

Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal has this story today - some quotes:The U.S. Supreme Court nomination of Elena...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 13, 2010

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Courts - "Try to avoid behavior that leads judges to officially castigate you in their court opinions"

Headed "Tips for Lawyers," Prof. Eugene Volokh of The Volokh Conspiracy today points to a New York federal court opinion...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Courts - "The Administration plans to identify its nominee in 'guidance' at 7:20 am tomorrow morning, with a formal announcement by the President at 11 am"

So begins this long entry by Tom Goldstein of SCOTUSblog. [More] Kagan announcement now set for 10 AM....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 09, 2010

Courts - "Family sues over daughters' deaths in crash with Illinois trooper on cell phone"

A chilling story reported today by Len Wells in the Evansville Courier & Press:As Illinois State Police begin enforcing the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 09, 2010

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Courts - "No cameras, no audio and now, no main entry to the high court. Is Court growing more insular under Roberts?"

So reads the headline to this story by Tony Mauro in The National Law Journal....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, May 08, 2010

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Courts - More on "Key New York Suit Calls Public Defender Programs Inadequate"

Updating this ILB entry from March 16, 2010, William Glaberson reports today in the NY Times that:There are enough signs...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 06, 2010

Courts - "Kentucky courts slashing 113 jobs"

Beth Musgrave of the Lexington Herald-Leader reported in a lengthy April 29, 2010 story:FRANKFORT — Kentucky courts will axe 113...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 06, 2010

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Courts - "Judge closes trial's Internet window: In a medical negligence case, the court clerk was told to block online access to public documents"

Deciding that admonishing jurors not to access the internet was not enough, a judge in Oklahoma has twice blocked public...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Courts - "N.Y. Court Expands Rights of Nonbirth Parents in Same-Sex Relationships" [Updated]

Jeeremy W. Peters reports today in the NY Times:ALBANY — New York State’s highest court somewhat expanded the rights of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Courts - "Federal Judge Bars 'Sexting' Prosecution of Pennsylvania Girls"

By now the ILB has a long list of entries on sexting, but an AP story today indicates that the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Courts - More on "Justices Take Case on Video Game Law"

Updating this ILB entry from April 26, 2010, Linda Greenhouse, the former Supreme Court correspondent for the NY Times who...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 02, 2010

Friday, April 30, 2010

Courts - Angry filings in Cook County dispute

Above the Law has an entry this afternoon containing quotes from, and links to, a motion to reconisder and a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 30, 2010

Courts - "New Push to Give Abuse Victims More Time to Sue: Latest Scandals to Hit the Catholic Church Ratchet Up Pressure on State Lawmakers to Extend or Eliminate Statutes of Limitations"

Ashby Jones has a long story in today in the WSJ - some quotes:The recent wave of accusations that the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 30, 2010

Courts - More on: "The danger of judicial activism now comes from the right, not the left"

Echoing yesterday's ILB entry, which quoted an editorial column, today Charlie Savage and Sheryl Gay Stolberg of the NY Times...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 30, 2010

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Courts - More on: "Cameras and the Supreme Court "

Updating this ILB entry from earlier today, The Blog of Legal Times has an entry this afternoon reporting on this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 29, 2010

Courts - "The danger of judicial activism now comes from the right, not the left"

So writes E.J. Dionne, columnist for Washington Post, in a long column featured today on the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 29, 2010

Courts - "Cameras and the Supreme Court "

This morning SCOTUSblog has a long entry by Matt Sundquistby setting out the history of cameras and courts, the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 29, 2010

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Courts - Transcript of Doe #1 v. Reed oral argument [Updated]

Updating this ILB entry from earlier today, the SCOTUS has now posted the transcript of today's oral argument in Doe...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Courts - "Without Scalia, whither anonymity? John Doe No. 1 v. Reed, Argument recap"

Here is SCOTUSblog's Lyle Denniston's great writeup of this morning's oral argument, updating this ILB entry from earlier this morning...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Courts - More on: "Supreme Court takes up Wash. case involving disclosure of petition signatures: The case could decide whether signing a petition for a ballot measure is private or whether the names of signers can be made public"

Updating this ILB entry from April 25, 2010, about an oral argument today before the SCOTUS, Nina Totenberg of NPR...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Courts - More on: "Justices Take Case on Video Game Law"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, today's papers have a number of stories, including this one from Warren Richey of the Christian...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Courts - "Wal-Mart to face massive class-action suit"

A story from Paul Elias of the AP in today's Washington Post begins:SAN FRANCISCO -- A sharply divided federal appeals...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Courts - "Kentucky Supreme Court rejects state funding for Baptist college"

Updating this April 19, 2009 ILB entry headed "Can the Indiana General Assembly appropriate money to Notre Dame?" and the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Monday, April 26, 2010

Courts - "Should Supreme Court Opinions Be Anonymous?"

Interesting post and comments at Above the Law....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 26, 2010

Courts - "Justices Take Case on Video Game Law"

The NY Times has just posted an AP story reporting:WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court, wading into a thicket of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 26, 2010

Courts - "Pressure Grows to Pick a Nonjudge for the High Court: All nine justices on the current U.S. Supreme Court hail from the federal appellate bench"

Tony Mauro has an interesting report this morning in The National Law Journal, that concludes:Yale Law School professor Stephen Carter,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 26, 2010

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Courts - "Honoring the Legacies of Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., and Justice Thurgood Marshall" transcript

The most recent issue of the Indiana Law Review contains the transcript of a Feb. 23, 2010 panel discussion...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 25, 2010

Courts - "Supreme Court takes up Wash. case involving disclosure of petition signatures: The case could decide whether signing a petition for a ballot measure is private or whether the names of signers can be made public"

Next Wednesday, April 28, 2010, the SCOTUS will heard oral arguments in the case of Doe v. Reed. Here is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 25, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Courts - 7th Circuit Judge Diane P. Wood and her colleagues, Judges Posner and Easterbrook

"Judicial Bouts Reveal Power of Persuasion" is the heading to this long article by Sheryl Gay Stolberg in today's NY...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 22, 2010

Courts - If only the SCOTUS would permit cameras at oral arguments, comedians wouldn't have to do reenactments using finger puppets

Updating this ILB entry from April 20, 2010, headed "Our 'tech-savvy' supreme court", New York Magazine has an item this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 22, 2010

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Courts - "Can Texas court require litigants to file all documents through LexisNexis 'File and Serve?'"

Check out Law Librarian Blog entry and links....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Courts - More on: "Families Say Schools Snoop in Their Homes With District-Issued Laptops & Webcams"

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 19, 2010, Marha Neil has a report in the ABA Journal re a federal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Courts - "Our ''Tech-Savvy Supreme Court"

I found these entries yesterday from the WSJ Law Blog and DC Dicta to be seriously scarey, given the age...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Monday, April 19, 2010

Courts - "Supreme Court still resists pressure to televise proceedings"

Not only that, but, according to C-Span:[F]or the seventh and final time this term, the Supreme Court has turned down...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 19, 2010

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Courts - "Several States Look to Boost Retirement Age for Judges"

Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal reports today:As Justice John Paul Stevens is so ably about to prove, "90"...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010

Courts - How Stevens leaving will change the SCOTUS internal dynamics

The knowledgeable Lyle Denniston SCOTUSBlog has of valuable insights on how Justice Steven's leaving will affect the role played by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 12, 2010

Friday, April 09, 2010

Courts - Fascinating account of alleged ticket hacking

Mary Pat Flaherty of the Washington Post has a lengthy account of how, according to federal investigators, "a ring of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 09, 2010

Courts - "The plain terms of the statute prohibit Sec. 1927 sanctions from being imposed against a law firm."

That was the ruling of a federal judge in Nevada in the case of Montgomery v. eTreppid Technologies, LLC. From...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 09, 2010

Law - "Sex offender housing restrictions may lead to more crimes"

From the Chicago Tribune today, a story by Megan Twohey - some quotes:A Tribune review has found that the state's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 09, 2010

Courts - "Regulatory failure? Blame the D.C. Circuit"

An interesting opinion piece today in the Washington Post, written by business columnist Steven Pearlstein. A sample:Unfortunately, it often takes...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 09, 2010

Courts - Justice Stevens to Step Down [Updated]

The WSJ Law Blog has some initial coverage. See this entry from from SCOTUSblog, by Lyle Denniston, headed "Stevens’ era...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 09, 2010

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Courts - Still more on: Chief Justice Roberts at Indy Law Tuesday

Two more takes on Justice Roberts' appearance yesterday:Tony Mauro at The Blog of Legal Times begins his entry:Chief Justice John...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 08, 2010

Courts - Updating: Anonymous commenter turns out to be judge's daughter

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, Cleveland's WKYC has a report that begins:Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold and her...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 08, 2010

Courts - More on: Chief Justice Roberts at Indy Law Tuesday

Coverage today of Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts appearance yesterday at Indiana University School of Law -...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 08, 2010

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Courts - "Supreme Court May Soon Lack Protestant Justices"

That is the headline to this story by Nina Totenberg today on NPR's Morning Edition. The lengthy (5min 23 sec,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Courts - Chief Justice Roberts at Indy Law today, not Thursday [Corrected]

From the Lafayette Journal Courier:Chief Justice John Roberts will be the third member of the U.S. Supreme Court to give...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Courts - "Why Chicago's Diane Wood Should Replace Justice Stevens"

NBC Chicago's entertaining political blog, Ward Room, has posted this entry today by Edward McCLelland...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Monday, April 05, 2010

Courts - Paying your annual attorney fee from your escrow account -- priceless!

The Legal Profession Blog had this entry April 2nd:From the Attorney e-Newsletter of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania's Disciplinary Board's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 05, 2010

Friday, April 02, 2010

Ind. Law - More on: "Rethinking Sex Offender Laws for Teenage Texting"

Updating this ILB entry from March 20, 2010, which notes that legislation with differentiated sexting language re juveniles, SEA 224,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 02, 2010

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Courts - More on "Lawyers Must Advise Clients on Deportation, Supreme Court Rules"

Prof. Douglas A. Berman of Sentencing Law and Policy has an interesting entry today on yesterday's SCOTUS ruling in Padilla....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 01, 2010

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Courts - "Lawyers Must Advise Clients on Deportation, Supreme Court Rules"

Tony Mauro has this report in The National Law Journal, His story begins:In a decision that one justice called "a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Courts - Reporting on "Cancer Patients Challenge the Patenting of a Gene"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, Ashby Jones of the WSJ Law Blog has an entry today compiling some of the reports....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Courts - "Fundraising for states' high-court races"

Indiana's appellate judges are appointed and subject to a yes/no retention ballot question every 10 years. But in many states,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Courts - We are the electric company and we are here to help you

The Courthouse News Service has a story today by Jamie Ross headed "'Smart Meters' Soak Customers, Class Claims." Some quotes:(CN)...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Court - "High court mulls speech rights and more"

Joan Biskupic of USA Today takes a comprehensive look at free-speech cases this term. Worth reading....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Courts - More on: "Illinois offers option to keep driving records clean for speeders"

Updating this March 21, 2010 ILB entry, the same Chicago Tribune reporters, Joe Mahr and Gerry Smith, write today:Most speeding...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Courts - Even more on "Cancer Patients Challenge the Patenting of a Gene"

Updating earlier ILB entries, GenomeWeb Daily News reports: "Federal Court Rules that Myriad's BRCA Patents are Invalid; Deems 'Isolated DNA'...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Monday, March 29, 2010

Courts - More on: Anonymous commenter turns out to be judge's daughter

Or maybe not. "More than 80 anonymous online comments originated from the personal Internet address of Cuyahoga County Common Pleas...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 29, 2010

Courts - Challenging the new health care law

Indiana AG Zoeller has issued a press release today announcing that he will join with some other states in a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 29, 2010

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Courts - More on "Kentucky Appeals court upholds $6.1 million strip-search verdict against McDonald's"

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 21, 2009, Andrew Wolfson reported yesterday in the Louisville Courier Journal, under the headline...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 27, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

Courts - New DC gun laws tested under Heller standard [Updated again]

In Heller v. DC, in 2008, the SCOTUS reinterpreted the 2nd amendment and invalidated DC gun laws. Now the District...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 26, 2010

Courts - Anonymous commenter turns out to be judge's daughter

Following on this ILB entry March 22nd headed "Courts in a quandary over cheap shots by anonymous bloggers," and its...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 26, 2010

Courts - "After victory, conservatives mount new challenges to campaign finance limits"

Indiana attorney James Bopp is the focus of this story today in the Washington Post, reported by Tomoeh Murakami Tse,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 26, 2010

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Courts - "Kentucky High court rules on open records"

Reminiscent of the Indiana Court of Appeals decision in Knightstown Banner, LLC v. Town of Knightstown, et al. (see ILB...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 25, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Courts - 7th Circuit Judge could be Supreme Court contender

Again, as Judge Diane Wood was a strong contender for the opening last year. Today Joan Biskupic reports in USA...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Courts - Georgia joins Illinois in striking medical malpractice caps

On Feb. 4, 2010, the ILB had an entry headed "The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday found unconstitutional a state...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Monday, March 22, 2010

Courts - 3rd Circuit considers independent internet search by district court judge

In U.S. v. Bari (3/22/10), the 2nd Circuit panel writes: During the supervised release revocation hearing, Judge Chin noted that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 22, 2010

Courts - "Courts in a quandary over cheap shots by anonymous bloggers"

The ILB has had a number of entries about anonymous posts, under the heading "Harsh Words Die Hard on Campus."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 22, 2010

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Courts - "Illinois offers option to keep driving records clean for speeders"

That is the headline to this story today in the Chicago Tribune, reported by Joe Mahr and Gerry Smith:Illinois looks...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 21, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

Courts - Yet more on: "Kentucky Supreme Court to hear online gambling case"

For background, start with this ILB entry from Nov. 3, 2009. Beth Musgrave reports today in the Lexington Herald-Leader: FRANKFORT...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 19, 2010

Courts - More on: Attorneys who provide bankruptcy assistance are debt-relief agencies

Updating this ILB entry from March 8, 2010 on the SCOTUS ruling in Milavetz, Gallop & Milavetz, P.A. v. United...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 19, 2010

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Courts - 3rd Circuit declines to address whether "sexting" was protected by free speech law

Updating this ILB entry from March 27, 2009, which was headed "Students Sue Prosecutor in Cellphone Photos Case," Nathan Gorenstein...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 18, 2010

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Courts - Articles on other states' online court records

"Tennessee lags behind with online court records" is the headline to this March 16, 2010 AP story from the Blount...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Courts - Wonderful website of NBC's "court artist"

The blog of Art Lien, court artist for NBC News. Its name, CourtArtist.com, "going where cameras cannot."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Courts - More on: "Judiciary Approves PACER Innovations To Enhance Public Access "

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, the Law Librarian Blog notes today its opinion that:[T]he most noteworthy development is the the Conference's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Courts - "Judiciary Approves PACER Innovations To Enhance Public Access "

A news release today from the Judicial Conference of the United States:March 16, 2010 — The Judicial Conference of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Courts - "Key New York Suit Calls Public Defender Programs Inadequate"

That is the headline to this story today in the NY Times, reported by William Glaberson. It begins:A class-action suit...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Courts - "The Second Circuit held Friday that a ban on the use of nicknames like "Heavy Hitters" or client testimonials about pending cases violates the First Amendment."

A New York attorney has successfuuly challenged the New York rules on lawyer advertising. Here are some quotes from a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 13, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010

Courts - Still more on "Test Case Linking Vaccines and Autism Reaches Federal Court"

Updating this ILB entry from June 10, 2007, the LA Times reports today, in a story by Thomas H. Maugh...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 12, 2010

Courts - "3rd Circuit Asked to Clarify Student Internet Speech Cases"

Read this in conjunction with yesterday's ILB entry, "School sued for punishing teens over MySpace pix." Shannon P. Duffy of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 12, 2010

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Courts - More on "Three lawsuits may change how NCAA operates"

Updating this Feb. 13, 2010 ILB entry, Katie Thoas of the NY Times reports today:Eleven former college football and basketball...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 11, 2010

Monday, March 08, 2010

Courts - Per settlement, Eli Lilly to add ethics watchdogs

John Russell has the story today in the Indianapolis Star. Some quotes:Eli Lilly and Co. has agreed to add four...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 08, 2010

Courts - "Majestic Star mortgages may be invalid on Ind. casinos"

Another bankruptcy story this morning, this one via Bloomberg News:The creditors' committee for Majestic Star Casino LLC constructed a theory...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 08, 2010

Courts - Attorneys who provide bankruptcy assistance are debt-relief agencies; Action on petitions [Updated]

So ruled the SCOTUS today in Milavetz, Gallop & Milavetz, P.A. v. United States. See details here via SCOTUSblog. See...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 08, 2010

Courts - Kentucky state mock trial match featured

Darla Carter of the Louisville Courier Journal has a nice story with photos on the the Kentucky High School Mock...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 08, 2010

Friday, March 05, 2010

Courts - Big vote-buying trial going on in Kentucky

Here is one of the earlier stories, reported Feb. 2, 2010 by Bill Estep of the Lexington Herald-Leader and headed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 05, 2010

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Courts - SCOTUS "Petitions to Watch" of interest to Indiana

The "Petitions to Watch" feature from SCOTUSblog today includes several "of interest to Indiana" cases up for consideration at the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 04, 2010

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Courts - "New Orleans: Prospective Juror Sues Judge Over Intrusive Questionnaire"

From the Courthouse News Service today, this story by Sabrina Canfield. Some quotes:NEW ORLEANS (CN) - A Tulane graduate student...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Courts - " Supreme Court lets stand order to remove Ten Commandments monument" [Updated]

Warren Richey of the Christian Science Monitor reported March 1st:The US Supreme Court declined on Monday to take up a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Monday, March 01, 2010

Courts - "Debate brewing over Supreme Court change to Miranda Rights"; and yet another Miranda case awaiting a decision

That is the headline to this story today by Troy Kehoe of WSBT TV, Mishawaka. The case he is writing...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 01, 2010

Courts - More on "SCOTUS to define reach of gun-control laws"

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 26th, more on tomorrow's oral argument. From today's Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:In Washington, D.C.,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 01, 2010

Courts - More on: Kentucky courthouse spending spree

On Feb. 18, 2010 the ILB posted this entry quoting a Louisville Courier Journal editorial about the courthouse building spending...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 01, 2010

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Courts - "Finding Untainted Jurors in the Age of the Internet"

An article today by Adam Liptak of the NY Times -- here are some quotes:It has been two decades since...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 28, 2010

Courts - "Kentucky Law firm, medical clinic accused of trading clients"

Reminiscent of this Aug. 9, 2009 ILB entry, quoting a story in the Gary Post Tribune headed "Chiropractor, attorney accused...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 28, 2010

Friday, February 26, 2010

Courts - "SCOTUS to define reach of gun-control laws"

Updating these ILB entries from the fall of 2009 which were headed "The McDonald v. Chicago cert grant," Joan Biskupic...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 26, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Courts - "If the President’s priority were to appoint a brilliant, moderately liberal jurist in whose views he has confidence (because she has a track record), he would appoint 7th Circuit Judge Wood."

And many continue to hope he will. The quote used in the heading is from an entry by Supreme Court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 25, 2010

Courts - "Georgia Headed to Court Over Voter ID Law" [Updated]

Main Justice has this story dated Feb. 23, 2010, reported by Andrew Ramonas. Some quotes:The Voting Rights Act of 1965...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 25, 2010

Courts - SCOTUS loosens Miranda rule on questioning suspects without a lawyer

NPR's Nina Totenberg has the story here this monring. Some quotes:The U.S. Supreme Court has created a new rule governing...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 25, 2010

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Courts - SCOTUS denies review of Seymour-based Rose Acre Farms takings judgment

Updating previous ILB entries, Gabriel Nelson of the NY Times reported yesterday:The court also declined to review Rose Acre Farms...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Friday, February 19, 2010

Courts - "Families Say Schools Snoop in Their Homes With District-Issued Laptops & Webcams"

From Courthouse News, a Feb. 18th story by Jeff Schreiber thast begins: PHILADELPHIA (CN) - A federal class action claims...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 19, 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Court - Kentucky courthouse spending spree hits bottom line

Indiana generally tries to preserve its existing courthouses. But, in Kentucky, according to this editorial in the Lexington Herald-Leader:When it...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Courts - More on: "Florida high school student files complaint after suspension for creating Facebook page critical of teacher"

Updating this ILB entry from December 10, 2008, Hannah Sampson of the AP is reporting today under the headline "Judge...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Courts - Kentucky Court of Appeals bans arbitration in divorce cases.

Indiana has a Family Law Arbitration Act, IC 34-57-5, passed in 2005. Kentucky apparently does not have a similar, specific...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 14, 2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Courts - Another "Kafkaesque" case involving a homeowner and a large bank

"Appeals court sides with Greenfield homeowner" was the heading to this Feb. 9th ILB entry about the case of Elliott...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 13, 2010

Courts - Update on "Three lawsuits may change how NCAA operates"

Updating this ILB entry from July 26, 2009, which quoted a story by Mark Alesia of the Indianapolis Star --...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 13, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

Courts - "Bursting Pipes Lead to a Legal Battle "

A long story today in the NY Times, reported by Mary Williams Walsh, includes:State and local governments across the country...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 12, 2010

Courts - More on "Judge denies Star motion to unseal search warrants in Durham case"

Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 5, 2010, Jim Mackinnon of the Akron Ohio Beacon Journal has a story today...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 12, 2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Courts - Still more on "If Chicago cop caught you with LIDAR, go to court: Judge will dismiss it"

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 9, 2009, the word from the Chicago Tribune today is: maybe not anymore. Megan...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 11, 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Courts - More on "Michigan Faces Constitutional Case Over Cash-Strapped Public Defenders"

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 25, 2009, Dustin Grove reports today in the South Bend Tribune, under the headline...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Courts - Cheek swabs and the 4th amendment

On Jan. 11, 2010, the Indiana Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case of Arturo Garcia-Torres v. State of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Monday, February 08, 2010

Courts - "A former bank robber, Shon R. Hopwood emerged from more than a decade in federal prison as a skilled Supreme Court practitioner"

Adam Liptak of the NY Times has a pretty amazing story today. Here is a sample:Mr. Hopwood spent much of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 08, 2010

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Courts - "States Weigh Judicial Recusals: Some Judges, Businesses Oppose Restrictions on Cases Involving Campaign Contributors"

The Jan. 26, 2010 WSJ has a story by Nathan Koppel that began:More states are responding to a longstanding concern...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 07, 2010

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Courts - "Michigan appellate panel says state sex offender registration law does not apply to homeless"

See this Feb. 5, 2010 entry from the Sentencing Law and Policy Blog....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 06, 2010

Courts - More on "The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday found unconstitutional a state law capping non-economic damages in medical-malpractice cases"

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 4, 2010, here is the NYT report on the decision. Here is the WSJ's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 06, 2010

Friday, February 05, 2010

Courts - "Do 3rd Circuit Rulings Over Student Speech on MySpace Pages Contradict?"

An interesting article today by Shannon P. Duffy of The Legal Intelligencer begins:Lawyers were scratching their heads on Thursday over...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 05, 2010

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Courts - "The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday found unconstitutional a state law capping non-economic damages in medical-malpractice cases"

So reports the WSJ Law Blog this afternoon. Here is the Chicago Tribune coverage by Bruce Japsen, It begins:The Illinois...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 04, 2010

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Courts - Prop. 8 trial, banned from broadcast, re-enacted

The SCOTUS prohibited a California federal district court from broadcasting the "Prop. 8" trial. See a number of earlier ILB...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Court - Federal Judicial Conference develops juror instructions re electronic devices

Michael Cooney, an online news editor with Network World, writes today:If you think you're going to use your spanking new...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Courts - More on "More court cases to test campaign-finance limits"

Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 27, 2010, Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal has a long article today...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Monday, February 01, 2010

Courts - "Wealthy Kentucky businessman's heirs fight wife over will"

This long story today in the Louisville Courier Journal, reported by Andrew Wolfson, is but another instance of the children...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 01, 2010

Courts - More on: Oral argument Nov. 3, 2009 before the SCOTUS in RICO case in which many states have an interest

The case is Hemi Group, LLC v. City of New York. As noted in this ILB entry from Nov. 3,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 01, 2010

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Courts - "Idea of company-as-person originated in late 19th century"

Martha C. White writes today in the Washington Post, in an article that begins:The Supreme Court's 5 to 4 decision...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, January 31, 2010

Friday, January 29, 2010

Courts - "PACER: Picking Up the Pace?"

The ILB has posted a number of stories critical of PACER (the system that makes federal dockets and documents available...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 29, 2010

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Law - Dawn Johnsen hearing postponed

Dawn Johnsen was on the Senate Judiciary Committee schedule this morning, as part of her "do-over." I've just learned:Judiciary Committee...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 28, 2010

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Courts - "Studies Link Rare Ailment to Pain Pumps "

A very long story today in the sports section of the NY Times includes several Indiana-related references. Some quotes:When the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Courts - "More court cases to test campaign-finance limits"

Supplementing this ILB entry from Jan. 25, 2010, is this long story today by Fredreka Schouten of USA TODAY. Some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Monday, January 25, 2010

Courts - Still more on: "Prosecutors in Manhattan — aware that the legal clock for bringing a case was running out — devised the novel strategy of indicting the rapist’s DNA"

This ILB entry from Nov. 5, 2009 included this quote from The Recorder:At issue in People v. Robinson is whether...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 25, 2010

Courts - "Indiana Crusader Bent on Dismantling Spending Rules"

David D. Kirkpatrick of the NY Times reports in a story on p. 1 of today's Times. It begins:WASHINGTON —...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 25, 2010

Courts - SCOTUS rules in Briscoe v. Virginia

Here is the full opinion:PER CURIAM. We vacate the judgment of the Supreme Court of Virginia and remand the case...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 25, 2010

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Courts - "Citizens United v. FEC in plain English"

From SCOTUSBlog - part of their "plain English" series, by Lisa McElroy....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 23, 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

Courts - "Judge Stevens bemoans changed court" in campaign finance dissent

That is the headline to a story today in USA Today by Joan Biskupic, that begins:WASHINGTON — When liberal Justice...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 22, 2010

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Courts - This is the day for Citizens United v. FEC [Updated]

The SCOTUS is holding "a non-argument session to announce one or more opinions" at 10:00 AM. Follow it live at...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 21, 2010

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Courts - No Citizens United v. FEC from the SCOTUS this week

Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 14th, SCOTUSBlog reports that no Citizens United decision will issue today....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Courts - "Court won't close shipping locks to keep out carp"

Updating this story from yesterday, and many earlier ILB entries about the Asian Carp threat, the NY Times had this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Courts - "Court won't close shipping locks to keep out carp"

So reports USA Today in this AP story, accompanied by a video labeled "Asian carp poisoning begins in an effort...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Environment - Asian carp plea denied by SCOTUS

Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSBlog reported here, shortly after 10:00 AM:The Supreme Court refused on Tuesday to order emergency measures sought...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Monday, January 18, 2010

Courts - "Mass. law on wine shipping unconstitutional"

Snipits from the AP story by Bob Salsberg:BOSTON -- A Massachusetts law that sharply restricts out-of-state winemakers from shipping their...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 18, 2010

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Courts - Broadcasting same-sex marriage trial, or not; Making anti-same-sex petition signers' names secret, or not

Broadcasting same-sex marriage trial, or not. Updating this ILB entry from Jan. 13th, Robert Barnes of the Washington Post had...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 16, 2010

Courts - "Something's Fishy at the High Court"

Tony Mauro of The National Law Journal explains how the case got to the Supreme Court so fast, in this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 16, 2010

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Courts - "Judge finds jury misconduct in taser death case" [Updated]

A federal district court decision today dealing with both tasers and juror misconduct (by accessing the internet). The AP has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 14, 2010

Courts - More on both the Citizens United and Prop. 8 cases

The anticipated SCOTUS ruling re Citizens United v. FEC apparently will not issue this week. Yestersday Rick Hasen of Election...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 14, 2010

Courts - "Kentucky's judicial branch has joined a Web site promoting government transparency"

From the Lexington Herald-Leader:Gov. Steve Beshear and Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. announced Tuesday that Kentucky's Open Door Web...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 14, 2010

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Courts - More on: Dispute about televising Calif. federal same-sex marriage test may prove instead a test between authority of Judicial Conference and the federal Circuits [Updated] [Updated again]

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, Jan. 12, 2010, Tony Mauro of The National Law Review has now written an...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Courts - Citizens United v. FEC decision today? No again.

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, the anticipated opinion in Citizens United v. FEC, the campaign finance case, was not issued today,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Courts - More on "Can sex offenders be held after serving criminal sentences?" [Updated]

Updating this ILB from yesterday, Adam Liptak's coverage today in the NY Times clears up some questions I had when...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Courts - Dispute about televising Calif. federal same-sex marriage test may prove instead a test between authority of Judicial Conference and the federal Circuits

So concludes Lyle Denniston today in this SCOTUSblog entry, headed "Court TV and judicial powers." [More] See this WSJ Law...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Courts - Citizens United v. FEC decision today? No.

An anticipated opinion in Citizens United v. FEC, the campaign finance case, was not issued today. See Sept. 6, 2009...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Courts - "Can sex offenders be held after serving criminal sentences?"

The SCOTUS is hearing arguments today in the case of U.S. v. Comstock (08-1224). See this How Appealing post for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Monday, January 11, 2010

Courts - Briscoe v. Virginia oral argument this morning before SCOTUS

See the SCOTUSlaw blog entry here. See also Nina Totenberg's report this morning on NPR, headed "Criminal Prosecutors Pin Hopes...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 11, 2010

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Courts - "Reform of New York’s Small-Town Courts Stalls "

William Glaberrrson reports today in the NY Times:The most ambitious efforts in decades to reform New York State’s vast network...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 09, 2010

Courts - "Social networking among jurors is trying judges' patience"

Del Quentin Wilber reports today in the Washington Post in a long story that begins:Al Schuler, one of 12 jurors...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 09, 2010

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Courts - "Lawmakers quiz court on computer costs "

That is the headline from a story from the Dec. 8, 2009 Oklahoma Tulsa World. Some quotes from the report...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, January 07, 2010

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Courts - "DOJ Issues Discovery Guidance for Federal Prosecutors" [Updated]

This Blog of Legal Times entry is interesting, particularly as it includes links to the three DOJ memos. The entry...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Courts - "Rules vary on phones in courtrooms"

A lengthy AP story in the Omaha World-Herald, dated Jan. 4, 2010, reports:Cell phone policies vary. Rules are stricter in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Courts - Two federal stories today from the National Law Journal

"Slow Going in Senate for DOJ, Judicial Nominees: Only three circuit and nine district judges confirmed last year," is the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Monday, January 04, 2010

Courts - "Michigan Supreme Court direction reverses, divide remains"

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 6, 2009, that quoted a story that began "Can the back-biting, name-calling and playground-level...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, January 04, 2010

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Courts - More on "Judging the Federal Judges"

In this Dec. 14th entry, the ILB quoted from a Houston Chronicle story, reported by Lise Olsen, headed "Judging the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, January 02, 2010

Friday, January 01, 2010

Law - "What 'Could' Have Been Entering the Public Domain on January 1, 2010?"

This is an interesting article that highlights how the protection of copyright has been expanded. Duke Law's Center for the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 01, 2010

Courts - "Federal Court Limits the Use of Tasers "

John Schwartz of the NY Times has this story today. Some quotes, read the entire article for some views on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, January 01, 2010

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Courts - "FaceBook App Maker Hit With Data-Breach Class Action"; Indiana connection

David Kravets of Wired's Threat Level has this entry about a lawsuit filed in federal court in California that begins:RockYou,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 31, 2009

Monday, December 28, 2009

Courts - "The Recession Begins Flooding Into the Courts "

William Glaberson's lengthy story in today's NY Times begins:New York State’s courts are closing the year with 4.7 million cases...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 28, 2009

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Courts - "Oversight of Pa. judges is wrapped in secrecy: The Judicial Conduct Board, created to protect citizens from errant judges, is criticized as doing just the opposite"

More fallout surrounding the two Luzerne County Pennsylvania judges who sent thousands of juveniles to detention centers in return for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 27, 2009

Courts - More on "Justices Revisit Rule Requiring Lab Testimony"

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 20th, the Jan. 2010 issue the ABA Journal has an article by Mark Hensen...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 27, 2009

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Courts - More on: Ohio Supreme Court rules warrant required for cell phone searches

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 15th, some quotes from an editorial today in the NY Times:The Ohio Supreme Court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 26, 2009

Courts - "The World's District Attorney: Legendary prosecutor Robert Morgenthau"

A long piece in the opinion section of today's WSJ, that may be freely available (try here), begins:In the criminal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 26, 2009

Friday, December 25, 2009

Courts - "Michigan Faces Constitutional Case Over Cash-Strapped Public Defenders"

Tresa Baldas reported Dec. 24th in The National Law Journal, in this story:Are Michigan's public defenders improperly pushing the poor...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 25, 2009

Courts - More on: Kentucky sex-offender case appealed to U.S. Supreme Court

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 24th, quoting a LCJ story that began:Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is asking the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, December 25, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Courts - Kentucky sex-offender case appealed to U.S. Supreme Court

Updating this list of ILB entries, Andrew Wolfson reports today in the Louisville Courier Journal:Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 24, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Courts - More on "Doing time well past their prime"

That was the heading of the most recent of the ILB's list of entries on issues surrounding the Brooke Astor...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Courts - "Illinois Supreme Court delays medical malpractice damage cap ruling"

Bruce Japsen has this story in the Thursday, Dec. 17 issue of the Chicago Tribune. Some quotes:The Illinois Supreme Court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 20, 2009

Courts - "Justices Revisit Rule Requiring Lab Testimony"

Adam Liptak writes today in the Sunday NY Times, in a front-page story, about how:in an unusual move, the Supreme...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 20, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Courts - Ohio Supreme Court rules warrant required for cell phone searches [Updated]

Stephen Majors AP story begins:COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Police officers must obtain a search warrant before searching the contents of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Courts - "Kirkland Partner Slapped With Dismissal and Judge's Rebuke for Filing Misstep"

Understanding this "jurisdictional misstep" is above my pay grade, but it did happen in our circuit ... Some quotes from...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Courts - "Though the legal issue in the case concerns only text messaging in government workplaces, the Supreme Court’s decision may provide some hints about its attitude toward privacy in the Internet era more generally"

So writes Adam Liptak of the NY Times in this Dec. 14th article headed "Supreme Court Takes Texting Case." See...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Monday, December 14, 2009

Courts - "Attorneys and experts said court decisions have been "all over the map," offering little clarity to confused school administrators."

"For students, a right to be mean online? With schools meting out discipline for what they see as cyber-bullying, some...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 14, 2009

Courts - "SCOTUS will rule on privacy of text messages sent on employer-owned devices"

David G. Savage of the LA Times has a story today, updating his story from Dec. 12, 2009. Here is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 14, 2009

Courts - "Terrific reporting on prosecutorial declinations and prosecutor elections"

That is the heading to this entry today in the Sentencing Law & Policy Blog. After reading the lengthy stories...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 14, 2009

Courts - "Judges confounded by jury's access to cyberspace" What about Indiana?

Andrea F. Sieg reported Sunday in the Baltimore Sun:It's TMI - too much information, in the language of the Internet,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 14, 2009

Courts - Federal judges in the news [Updated]

Two stories today on federal judges: "Federal Judges Push Back Against Recusal Proposals: Congress considers revising rules on judge disqualifications"...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 14, 2009

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Courts - "Louisville's Jewish Hospital quietly drops suit against lawyers"

The ILB had a number of entries in May of 2007 under the heading "Jewish Hospital sues lawyers who unsuccessfully...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, December 12, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Courts - "Kentucky Court will reconsider fetuses, drug use: Some maintain that it's a form of child abuse"

From a lengthy story dated Dec. 9th, by Andrew Wolfson in the Louisville Courier Journal:When Ina Cochran and her newborn...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 10, 2009

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Courts - More on: SCOTUS decides Alvarez asset-forfeiture challenge

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday on the SCOTUS decision yesterday in Alvarez v. Smith, Ilya Somin has some interesting...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Courts - "Man Alleges Casino Fueled His Record-Breaking, Yearlong Binge With Liquor and Painkillers"

ABC New's Lisa Fletcher, Jen Wlach and Sarah Netter has this lengthy story this morning on GMA. Some quotes:A Nebraska...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Courts - SCOTUS decides Alvarez asset-forfeiture challenge

The SCOTUS today issued an opinion in Alvarez v. Smith, the asset forfeiture case. Justice Breyer writes:We granted certiorari...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Monday, December 07, 2009

Courts - "Famous Miranda rights warning could get rewrite" [Updated]

Today the SCOTUS heard oral arguments in the case of Florida v. Powell (08-1175) - see the links and argument...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 07, 2009

Courts - "A Victim’s Daughter Takes the Cellphone Industry to Court "

That is the headline to this Dec. 6th NY Times story by Matt Richtel that begins:Questions about how much the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, December 07, 2009

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Courts - More on "New recusal rules for Mich. Supreme Court under fire"

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 1st, a column by Brian Dickerson of the Detroit Free Press today begins:Can the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 06, 2009

Courts - More on "Does the punishment fit the crime for child porn?"

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 21st, see this entry today from the Sentencing Law and Policy Blog....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 06, 2009

Courts - More on: James Bopp Jr. to represent newly elected Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice

Updating earlier ILB entries on Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, including this one from Nov. 26, 2008, Patrick Marley...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, December 06, 2009

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Courts - "Trial of Blogger Accused of Threatening 7th Circuit Judges Opens"

Just so you know, a trial with bizarre facts is taking place in Brooklyn. Today's New York Law Journal story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 03, 2009

Courts - PACER's $0.08 a page rate adds up in a hurry

That is the conclusion from this WIRED story by Ryan Singel, headlined "DOJ Pays $4M a Year to Read Public...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, December 03, 2009

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Courts - More on "States Letting Lawyers Provide 'A La Carte' Menu of Legal Services"

Updating this ILB entry from January 4, 2007, the Dec. 1 ABA Journal had this item by Debra Cassens Weiss...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Courts - "Today is the first day of the so-called 'days are days' approach to calculating time" under the Federal Rules.

See Howard Bashman's discussion in How Appealing....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Courts - "New recusal rules for Mich. Supreme Court under fire"

Mark Hornbeck reports today in the Detroit News in a story that begins:Lansing -- New rules governing disqualification of justices...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Courts - "Doing time well past their prime"

From a column today in the Washington Post, written by Abigail Trafford:Ashen-faced was the way the press described Brooke Astor's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Monday, November 30, 2009

Courts - Two bankruptcy cases before SCOTUS on Tuesday

Per the entry "This Week at the Court" from SCOTUSBlog today, two cases the ILB has been covering are sceduled...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 30, 2009

Courts - Continuing with: "Judges In Pa. Corruption Case Likely to Evade Civil Charges" Indiana case mentioned [Updated]

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 23rd, David Post of The Volokh Conspiracy had an interesting post on Nov. 28th,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 30, 2009

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Courts - "When Prisoners Phone Home "

From an editorial today in the NY Times:New York State’s highest court has rejected the last vestiges of a lawsuit...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, November 28, 2009

Friday, November 27, 2009

Courts - "State Courts at the Tipping Point "

That is the headline of a Nov. 24, 2009 editorial in the NY Times. Some quotes:State courts are not just...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 27, 2009

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Courts - "First Amendment No Shield for Debt Collectors Gone Bad, Alaska Supreme Court Says"

A brief article by Marcia Coyle of The Blog of Legal Times today begins:Debt collectors who use unfair or deceptive...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Courts - Illinois appellate court rejects "legitimate business interest" test

Here is the opinion, issued 9/23/09, Sunbelt Rentals v. Ehlers. Here is the write-up today in Chicago Law, with the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Courts - "NY Judge Blasts Bank's Foreclosure Conduct and Cancels Mortgage"

Vesselin Mitev reports in the New York Law Journal in a long story that begins:A lender's "unconscionable, vexatious and opprobrious"...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Monday, November 23, 2009

Courts - "GPS and Privacy Rights" [Updated]

From an editorial today in the NY Times:A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., heard arguments last week about whether...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 23, 2009

Courts - "Standards for Juvenile Punishment "

Adam Liptak's weekly "Sidebar" column in the NY Times begins today:The law is made up of rules and standards. Here...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 23, 2009

Courts - Still more on: "Judges In Pa. Corruption Case Likely to Evade Civil Charges" Indiana case mentioned

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 12th, Leo Strupczewski of The Legal Intelligencer reports today in a lengthy story -...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 23, 2009

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Courts - "If the lender can’t come forward with proof of ownership, and judges don’t look kindly on that, then borrowers may have a stronger hand to play in court and, apparently, may even be able to stay in their homes mortgage-free"

In conjunction with this Nov. 19th ILB entry, here is another recent mortgage ruling that turned on lack of documentation,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 22, 2009

Courts - "When, whether and how defendants should be informed about the collateral consequences of pleading or being found guilty"

Tony Mauro of The National Law Journal has this new article, dated Nov. 23rd and headed "Do Defendants Get Enough...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 22, 2009

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Courts - "Does the punishment fit the crime for child porn?" [Updated]

Thanks to the Sentencing Law and Policy Blog for the pointer to this story by Tracey Read, published Nov. 19th...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, November 21, 2009

Courts - "Kentucky Appeals court upholds $6.1 million strip-search verdict against McDonald's"

Updating this long list of earlier ILB entries, Andrew Wolfson reports in today's LCJ in a lengthy story:The Kentucky Court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, November 21, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009

Courts - Still more on the McDonald v. Chicago cert grant

Updating this ILB entry from Oct. 1, 2009, Ashby Jones of the WSJ Law Blog had this entry yesterday headed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 20, 2009

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Courts - Still more on: In Kansas, the Mortgage Machine Backfires; MERS issue raised in Indiana

This Oct. 10, 2009 ILB entry includes a quote from the Boston Globe from Oct. 9th (from a Globe story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 19, 2009

Courts - "Justice Sotomayor adds celebrity to court"

The Washington Post on Nov. 17th had this lengthy story reported by Jesse J. Holland of the AP. Some quotes:WASHINGTON...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 19, 2009

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Courts - "Taking Aim at Student Muckrakers"

Updating this ILB entry from Oct. 25, 2009, headed "Lake County Illinois prosecutors 'Turn Tables on Student Journalists'" (and the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Courts - "GOP Opposition Slows Obama's Judicial Nominees"

Nina Totenberg's report this morning on NPR's Morning Edition is available for listening or reading here. The Washington Post has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

Courts - "New Justice Sotomayor Emerges as Frequent -- and Tough -- Questioner"

So writes Tony Mauro in this article for The National Law Journal. A sample: As Sotomayor wraps up her second...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 16, 2009

Courts - "A showdown is set for Tuesday with Judge David Hamilton's nomination"

Here is a companion to the story posted here yesterday from The Hill. David G. Savage of the LA Tmes...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 16, 2009

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Courts - "Conservatives split over filibuster of Obama court pick"

That is the headline to this story by Alexander Bolton, reporting for The Hill. The long story begins:Leading conservative activists...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 15, 2009

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Courts - More on: Kentucky judge rejects mayoral candidate's motion to seal divorce files

Updating this ILB entry from Oct. 28, 2009, Joseph Gerth of the Louisville Courier Journal reported yesterday in a story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, November 14, 2009

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Courts - "Conservatives Oppose Judicial Nominee"

Kate Phillips writes this evening in "The Caucus," a NY Times blog, at the start of a lengthy analysis piece:Conservative...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 12, 2009

Court - More on: Lake County Illinois prosecutors "Turn Tables on Student Journalists "

Updating this ILB entry from Oct.25th, the story has taken an even stranger turn. "Chicago Judge Lambastes Sidley Lawyers Over...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 12, 2009

Courts - "Attorney sues over comments posted on Kentucky.com"

The ILB has had a number of entires on impacts of and access to anonymous posts and comments, the most...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 12, 2009

Courts - "I’m Innocent. Just Check My Status on Facebook"

That is the headline to this story by Damiano Beltrami of the NY Times who reports today on social network...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 12, 2009

Courts - More on: "Judges In Pa. Corruption Case Likely to Evade Civil Charges" Indiana case mentioned

The SCOTUS opinion in the Indiana case of Stump v. Sparkman is in the news again today. Here is the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 12, 2009

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Courts - "'I Believe' tag fails test in court Judge says S.C. religious plate based on discriminatory law"

The headline is from this story by Adam Parker today in the Charleston South Carolina Post & Courier. The ILB...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Courts - "NJ Supreme Court committee to look at what can be done to make e-discovery cost-effective and accessible to all"; "Evidence on Social Networking Sites"

For the first article, see this Nov. 10th article from the New Jersey Law Journal, which deals in the main...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Monday, November 09, 2009

Courts - Still more on Judge David Hamlton's nomination to 7th Circuit

Updating this ILB entry from earlier today, which quoted from the Baltimore Sun story today headed "Long wait may soon...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 09, 2009

Courts - More on "Justices Weigh Life in Prison for Youths Who Never Killed " [Updated]

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, stories are now coming in re the oral arguments this morning in the two...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 09, 2009

Courts - More on Judge David Hamlton's nomination to 7th Circuit

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 5, which included this quote from the Washington Post:WASHINGTON -- Ten months into Barack...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 09, 2009

Courts - More on "If Chicago cop caught you with LIDAR, go to court: Judge will dismiss it"

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 6th, Megan Twohey of the Chicago Tribune reports today in a story headlined: "Speeding...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 09, 2009

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Courts - "Kentucky's troubled death-penalty system lets cases languish for decades"

Like the Gary Post Tribune, quoted in the entry below, the Louisville Courier Journal today has devoted a lot of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 08, 2009

Courts - "Justices Weigh Life in Prison for Youths Who Never Killed "

Adam Liptak reports today in the NY Times about tomorrow's upcoming oral argument before the SCOTUS in the case of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, November 08, 2009

Friday, November 06, 2009

Courts - "Comment decision in New Hampshire high court’s hands"

Adding against to the ILB's list of entries on impacts of and access to anonymous posts and comments, Ashley Smith...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 06, 2009

Courts - "Court blocks Illinois' parental notification law: State panel had cleared enforcement of law, but hours later a judge grants ACLU restraining order"

This NY Times story from Nov. 3rd, reported by Monica Davey and headed "Illinois Curb on Minors’ Abortions Nears ,"...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 06, 2009

Courts - "If Chicago cop caught you with LIDAR, go to court: Judge will dismiss it "

The Chicago Sun-Times column today, by Mark Brown, is headed: "How to beat a speeding ticket: If city cop caught...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 06, 2009

Courts - "Rethinking Prosecutorial Immunity"

The Supreme Court oral argument Nov. 4th in the case of Pottawattamie County v. McGhee, the subject of this ILB...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, November 06, 2009

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Courts - More on: "Prosecutors in Manhattan — aware that the legal clock for bringing a case was running out — devised the novel strategy of indicting the rapist’s DNA"

Updating this Oct. 19th ILB entry, this issue is now before the California Supreme Court, according to a story today...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 05, 2009

Courts - In Pennsylvania, "Women begin to dominate state appellate courts"

That is the headline to this story today, reported by Debra Erdley, in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Here is a quote...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 05, 2009

Courts - Sex offender laws before several courts

Nov. 2nd ILB entry discussed recent decisions of the Indiana and Kentucky Supreme Courts relating to the ex post facto...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 05, 2009

Courts - Update on Judge David Hamlton's nomination to 7th Circuit

A long analysis by Larry Margasak of the AP is published by the Washington Post today. Some quotes:WASHINGTON -- Ten...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, November 05, 2009

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Courts - Former Indiana University administrator and "non-traditional" law student argues before SCOTUS as a Meyer Brown associate [Updated again]

Here is the story, from the Chicago Law blog. It begins:Fourth-year associates at big law firms rarely find themselves making...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Courts - Still more on "Cancer Patients Challenge the Patenting of a Gene"

On May 13, 2009 the ILB posted an entry quoting from a NY Times story by John Schwartz about "a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Courts - "Flipping off Illinois judge gets homeless man new digs -- jail"

Carolyn Rusin reports in the Chicago Tribune:A homeless McHenry County man in trouble with the law will have a roof...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Courts - State of Indiana co-authors amicus brief in Melendez-Diaz challenge

From a press release issued yesterday:INDIANAPOLIS -- Following a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in June that abruptly required crime-lab...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Courts - Oral argument today before the SCOTUS in RICO case in which many states have an interest

According to this entry today in SCOTUSBlog, the SCOTUS today is hearing the following case:1 p.m. – In Hemi Group,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Courts - More on: Louisville paper gets it wrong re Kentucky AG "advising" the Corrections Department not to follow a recent state Supreme Court ruling; Implications

Yesterday the Louisville Courier Journal, at the behest of the Kentucky Attorney General, published a correction in its printed paper...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Courts - Still more on: "Kentucky Supreme Court to hear online gambling case"

Updating this Oct. 23rd ILB entry, which quoted from a story on the oral argument that took place Oct. 22,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Monday, November 02, 2009

Courts - Kentucky Supreme Court won't suspend sex offender ruling

The AP is reporting:FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The Kentucky Supreme Court on Monday denied the state's request to suspend its recent...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 02, 2009

Courts - Louisville paper gets it wrong re Kentucky AG "advising" the Corrections Department not to follow a recent state Supreme Court ruling

The Louisville Courier Journal has pulled the editorial included in this ILB post from Oct. 31st. It has published a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, November 02, 2009

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Courts - Ky AG advises the Corrections Department not to follow a recent state Supreme Court ruling as he appeals it to SCOTUS [But see corrections below]

"State to appeal ruling limiting sex-offender law" is the headline to a story dated Oct. 29th in the Louisville Courier...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 31, 2009

Friday, October 30, 2009

Courts - "Kansas Supreme Court hears arguments about caps on damages awarded to patient"

That is the headline to this story yesterday in the Kansas Lawrence Journal World. The subhead is "Case against Lawrence...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 30, 2009

Courts - "Judges In Pa. Corruption Case Likely to Evade Civil Charges" Indiana case mentioned

Remember the stories about the two Pennsylvania judges who "sent thousands of juveniles to detention centers in return for kickbacks"?...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 30, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Courts - Arizona Supreme Court holds that embedded metadata in an electronic public record is subject to disclosure

The case is David Lake v. City of Phoenix. The opinion of the Arizona Supreme Court begins:Arizona law provides that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 29, 2009

Courts - More problems with elected justices and campaign money [Updated]

SCOTUSBlog's Thursday roundup puts it succinctly:The Wisconsin Supreme Court, by a vote of four to three, adopted rules allowing judges...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Courts - Kentucky judge rejects mayoral candidate's motion to seal divorce files

Andrew Wolfson reported yesterday in the Louisville Courier Journal:A judge Tuesday rejected a motion by Louisville mayoral candidate Jim King...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Courts - More on: "SCOTUS declines to set rule on drunk driving stops, letting stand a Virginia court ruling that police must actually see erratic driving – and not just rely on anonymous tips – to stop a suspected drunk driver"

Updating this ILB entry from Oct. 21st, the Washington Post today has this editorial, headed "'One free swerve': The Supreme...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

Courts - "In Astor Trial, a Lesson for Estate Lawyers "

In this long list of entries on the Brook Astor estate issues, the ILB has stated several times: "The Brooke...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 26, 2009

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Court - Lake County Illinois prosecutors "Turn Tables on Student Journalists "

Monica Davey has this long story in the Oct. 24 NY Times. It begins:EVANSTON, Ill. — For more than a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 25, 2009

Courts - "Most state judges in the US must retire in 70s"

Rachael LaCorte of the AP has this lengthy story today -- a few quotes:OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Chief Justice Gerry Alexander...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 25, 2009

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Courts - House Judiciary Committee to hold the first congressional hearing on Iqbal Oct. 27th

David Ingram reports in The National Law Journal:Ashcroft v. Iqbal, the 5-month-old U.S. Supreme Court decision that has become a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 24, 2009

Friday, October 23, 2009

Courts - "Were hundreds of criminals in Maryland given the wrong sentences because lawyers messed up a basic work sheet?"

That is the headline to this Oct. 22, 2009 story in Slate, reported by Ray Fisman. It is a long...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 23, 2009

Courts - "Supreme Court of Kansas holds that a criminal defendant must have used actual force to justify a self-defense jury instruction"

Take a look at this entry just posted by How Appealing. See also this entry just posted at The Volokh...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 23, 2009

Courts - More on: "Kentucky Supreme Court to hear online gambling case"

Updating this ILB entry from Oct. 21st, which includes links to a number of earlier entries, Stephene Steitzer of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 23, 2009

Courts - Even more on: "SCOTUS rejects 7th Circuit ruling re Joseph Corcoran"

An editorial today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, headed "A proper reversal," concludes:Here is the legal issue: After Corcoran’s...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 23, 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Courts - "SCOTUS declines to set rule on drunk driving stops, letting stand a Virginia court ruling that police must actually see erratic driving – and not just rely on anonymous tips – to stop a suspected drunk driver"

Warren Richey of The Christian Science Monitor has the story here. It begins:The US Supreme Court has let stand a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Courts - "Kentucky Supreme Court to hear online gambling case"

Updating a long list of earlier entries, the most recent from Feb. 1st of this year, Stephenie Steitzer of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Courts - More on "State of Washington federal judge shields signatures in gay-rights referendum"

The ILB entry from Sept. 13th includes this quote from the NYT:The case is the latest filed by a conservative...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Courts - "Alito troubled by concerns over court's Catholics"

Marrclaire Dale has this report in the Washington Post that begins:PHILADELPHIA -- U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito voiced frustration...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Courts - SCOTUS rejects 7th Circuit ruling re Joseph Corcoran [Updated]

This ILB entry from Dec. 31, 2008 summarizes a 2-1, 7th Circuit opinion in Joseph E. Corcoran v. Buss (ND...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Courts - "Sotomayor’s Gift of Gab Grabs Headlines Again"

Check it out - from the WSJ Law Blog - by Jennifer Forsyth...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

Courts - More on "$6.4M fine in Ohio for illegal practice of law"

"Ohio High Court Hits Alleged Trust Mill With $6.4 Million Fine" is the title of this article by Karen Sloan...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 19, 2009

Courts - "Prosecutors in Manhattan — aware that the legal clock for bringing a case was running out — devised the novel strategy of indicting the rapist’s DNA"

"Indicting DNA Profiles Is Vital in Old Rape Cases" is the headline to this story today in the NY Times,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 19, 2009

Courts - More on: The Legacy of Justice John Paul Stevens

Updating this ILB entry from Oct. 17th on C-SPAN's America & the Courts program devoted to Justice Stevens, today Joan...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 19, 2009

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Courts - "Advocates see NYC Astor case a win on financial abuse"

Jennifer Peltz of the AP reports today in the WAPO in a lengthy story that begins:NEW YORK -- To senior...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 17, 2009

Courts - The Legacy of Justice John Paul Stevens

That is the focus of tonight's edition of C-Span's America and the Courts. You can watch it tonight at 7:00...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 17, 2009

Friday, October 16, 2009

Courts - "A List of Obama's Judicial Nominees"

Here is the Washington Post's complete list of who has been nominated and where their nominations stand. It supplements this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 16, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Courts - "NCAA Documents in Fraud Case Made Public by Florida State"

Another NCAA story, following on this Oct. 14th story in an unrelated matter. Today NY Times reporters Katie Thomas and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 15, 2009

Courts - More on "the future of media in New Jersey "

The story about the defamation suit against the Bergen New Jersey Record, quoted in this long ILB entry from Oct....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 15, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Courts - "$6.4M fine in Ohio for illegal practice of law"

See this entry from How Appealing....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Courts - SCOTUS looks at asset-forfeiture hearings, in a review of a 7th Circuit opinion [Updated]

Jennifer Forsyth of the WSJ Law Blog has the report, including links to a story in today's WSJ, and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Courts - "Justices grant rare, revealing interviews to C-SPAN"

Tony Mauro of The National Law Journal gives some examples today and then writes:These revealing vignettes from justices on a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

Courts - A short course on Michigan criminal procedure; and what can go wrong in the reporting [Updated]

Written for Detroit Free Press reporters, Joe Grimm reports the highlights of a crash course in criminal procedure. Access it...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 12, 2009

Courts - "Restoring judicial restraint: Running roughshod over GOP precedents would only diminish court's moral authority"

That is the headline to an editorial in yesterday's Detroit Free Press. It begins:In the decade between 1998 and 2008,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 12, 2009

Courts - Making the case for elected judges

Tony Mauro of The Blog of Legal Times reports: Two Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices made the case for electing judges...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 12, 2009

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Courts - "NYC Astor trial shines light on jury-room strife"

This AP story by Jennifer Peltz takes a comprehensive look at the issue of jury tensions....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 11, 2009

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Courts - More on: In Kansas, the Mortgage Machine Backfires; MERS issue raised in Indiana

Supplementing this ILB entry from Sept. 27th is this story that appeared yesterday in the Boston Globe, reported by Jenifer...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 10, 2009

Friday, October 09, 2009

Courts - 2005 Bankruptcy law requirement to go before SCOTUS

It is the challenge to the "we are a debt relief agency" requirement of the 2005 revisions, familiar to bankruptcy...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 09, 2009

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Courts - "Florida pushes ahead with an all-digital courthouse"

A long and interesting article Oct. 5 in the Orlando Sentinel, reported by Aaron Deslatte. Some quotes:TALLAHASSEE - Florida courts...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Courts - Via Iqbal, the Supreme Court Slams the Door

That is the opinion of law prof Herman Schwarzt in this article published Sept. 30th in The Nation. A quote:In...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Courts - "Justices Decline to Hear Some 2,000 Cases "

Adam Liptak of the NY Times today details some of the cases refused cert yesterday by the SCOTUS. His column...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Courts - Still more on "Justices Asked to Weigh Free Speech vs. License Plates"

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 14th, which discussed the likelihood of the 7th Circuit decision in Choose Life Illinois,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Courts - Still more on "Astor Trial (Finally!) Heads to the Jury"

Updating this ILB entry from Oct. 4th, John Eligon and Matthew R. Warren of the NY Times report:The judge overseeing...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Monday, October 05, 2009

Courts - If possible, SCOTUS Blog gets even better

SCOTUSblog, which unofficially fills the role of "the law blog of record for the Supreme Court", had this post yesterday...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, October 05, 2009

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Courts - "Six Supreme Court justices, VP attend Red Mass"

USA Today has posted this AP story that begins:WASHINGTON (AP) — An American cardinal on Sunday issued a plea for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 04, 2009

Courts - More on "Astor Trial (Finally!) Heads to the Jury"

That was the headline to this entry from Sept. 22nd. Nearly 10 days, last Friday, Oct. 1, John Eligon of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 04, 2009

Courts - "U.S. attorney vacancy no laughing matter: Lawyer’s cartoons don’t help him"

Andrew Wolfson of the Louisville Courier Journal reports today in a story that begins:Want to be a U.S. attorney in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, October 04, 2009

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Courts - More on: C-SPAN to focus on Supreme Court this week

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, Hank Stuever of the Washington Post has reviewed the upcoming C-SPAN series. Some quotes:There...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 03, 2009

Courts - "The Propriety of Criticizing Judges"

"The Propriety of Criticizing Judges," a lengthy article by Joel Cohen and Katherine A. Helm, prepared as a special to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, October 03, 2009

Friday, October 02, 2009

Courts - C-SPAN to focus on Supreme Court this week

Starting tonight. At 6:00 PM, a "Supreme Court Preview"::Tonight, watch a preview of the upcoming Supreme Court term, hosted by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, October 02, 2009

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Courts - "We Are Devoting Too Many of Our Best Minds to’ Lawyering"

From the WSJ Law Blog today, this gem, from Justice Scalia and C-SPAN....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 01, 2009

Courts - Still more on the McDonald v. Chicago cert grant

Several of the stories I've read today indicate that McDonald v. Chicago is a different case than NRA v. Chicago....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 01, 2009

Courts - The new Supreme Court, 2009 - 2010

This USA Today story features a cool photo galley of all the justices - and each photo can be expanded...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 01, 2009

Courts - More on the McDonald v. Chicago cert grant

Updating yesterday's ILB entry headed "Courts - The SCOTUS has granted cert in a number of cases, including an Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, October 01, 2009

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Ind. Courts - More on: DOJ Files Lawsuit Against Indianapolis Law Firm to Enforce the Employment Rights of Indiana Army National Guardsman

Remember this story from March 16th? The DOJ put out this release:WASHINGTON, March 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Justice...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Courts - The SCOTUS has granted cert in a number of cases, including an Indiana federal case

Includng three from the 7th Circuit, one on the right to bear arms and its application to ordinances prohibiting possession...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Courts - More on upcoming SCOTUS term

The WSJ Law Blog has this entry today, "Pre-Gaming the 2009-10 Term." From the WSJ itself today, a long article...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009

Courts - "The Case of the Plummeting Supreme Court Docket "

The NY Times' Adam Liptak's "Sidebar" column today begins:In the early 1980s, the Supreme Court decided more than 150 cases...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 28, 2009

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Courts - In Kansas, the Mortgage Machine Backfires; MERS issue raised in Indiana

This is a story about MERS (the Mortgage Electronic Registration System) and a Supreme Court decision in Kansas. We've had...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 27, 2009

Courts - "Judicial pay disparity drains talent from federal bench"

Carol J. Williams reports today in the LA Times:With seven children to care for and a caseload that quadrupled this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 27, 2009

Courts - "The right of students across the country to speak their minds in blogs and text messages at stake"

Updating this entry from July 17, 2007, and this one from Feb. 20, 2009, today the Waterbury Connecticut American-Republican has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 27, 2009

Courts - "High Court Justices to Take Up Lawyer Ethics, Errors: Six cases on the calendar will have direct consequences for the practice of law"

Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal reports in a story dated Sept. 28. The lengthy report begins:How lawyers do...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 27, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Courts - "How does the concept of plain view apply to the modern technology of a computer?"

This ILB entry from August 26th looked at the Ninth Circuit's new computer search and seizure decision in United States...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 24, 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Courts - "MLB savior and judge Sotomayor to throw out ceremonial pitch" [More]

This story today in USA Today, complete with photo. From Joan Biskupic's story:WASHINGTON — Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who grew up...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Courts - "A lawsuit seeking to identify a Gmail user who accidentally received confidential bank information must proceed in public" [Updated]

That's the headline to this long story by Thomas Claburn in Information Week that begins:A bank's effort to prevent the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Courts - "Astor Trial (Finally!) Heads to the Jury"

The ILB has had a number of entries on the Brooke Astor estate dispute and trial. Today Ashby Jones of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Courts - "Judicial Campaign Speech Case May Be Destined for Supreme Court: Wisconsin justice faces sanctions for ad that may have gone too far"

Marcia Coyle reports today in The National Law Journal - some quotes from the lengthy story:The challenger's ad in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Monday, September 21, 2009

Courts - More on: Sotomayor not yet decided on cert pool

Updating this ILB entry from July 16th, Tony Mauro has another article on the practice today in The Blog of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 21, 2009

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Courts - More on "David Jason Stinson found not guilty in football player’s death"

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 18th, Andrew Wolfson has a Louisville Courier Journal story today titled "Stinson’s acquittal poses...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 20, 2009

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Courts - "Plaintiffs Groups Mount Effort to Undo Supreme Court's 'Iqbal' Ruling"

Tony Mauro of The National Law Journal writes in a lengthy story dated Sept. 21st that begins:On May 18, the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, September 19, 2009

Friday, September 18, 2009

Courts - "Massachusetts high court OK's use of secret GPS tracking devices"

Adding to the growing list of ILB entries on various aspects of the use of GPS tracking devices, yesterday the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 18, 2009

Courts - "David Jason Stinson found not guilty in football player’s death:

The ILB has had a number of entries, under the heading "You don’t see newspapers fighting to open court proceedings...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 18, 2009

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Courts - "Is Sotomayor’s ‘Corporations Aren’t People’ Comment a Harbinger?"

This is really interesting. Ashby Jones has this entry today on the WSJ Law Blog. Here is a snippet:The issue...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 17, 2009

Courts - "Stolen marriage licenses lead to charges for Lexington man"

That is the headline to this story by Greg Kocher in the Lexington Herald-Leader. Some quotes: NICHOLASVILLE — Police arrested...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 17, 2009

Courts - "Nobody Puts Baby Sonia Sotomayor in a Corner"

From Above the Law, quoting the WAPO:Justice Sonia Sotomayor would have been the belle of the ball even if she...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 17, 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Courts - "Bowman on the Supreme Court's Sentencing Jurisprudence"

Legal Theory Blog notes that "Frank O. Bowman III (University of Missouri School of Law) has posted Debacle: How the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

Courts - More on "Justices Asked to Weigh Free Speech vs. License Plates"

Updating this ILB entry from April 27th, SCOTUSBlog today selects the 7th Circuit decision Choose Life Illinois, Incorporated, et al....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 14, 2009

Courts - "Lawsuit challenging Alaska judge choice tossed"; system similar to Indiana's

Lisa Demer reported Sept. 11th in the Anchorage Daily News Some quotes:A lawsuit challenging how Alaska chooses its judges was...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 14, 2009

Ind. Courts - Judge David Hamlton's still-pending nomination is focus of New Yorker story

Jeffrey Tobin has a very long article in the upcoming (Sept. 21st) issue of The New Yorker, titled "Bench Press:...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, September 14, 2009

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Courts - "State of Washington federal judge shields signatures in gay-rights referendum"

Jesse McKinley reports today in the NY Times in a story that includes the following:SAN FRANCISCO — Come November, Washington...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 13, 2009

Courts - "Federal judge rejects LCJ’s bid to block enforcement of city’s anti-litter ordinance"

Sean Rose reports in the Sept. 12th Louisville Courier Journal - some quotes:A federal judge has rejected The Courier-Journal's effort...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 13, 2009

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Courts - "7th Circuit Chief Judge Calls for Loosening of Sentencing Guidelines"

Lynne Marek has this report in The National Law Journal, dated Sept. 14th. It begins:Judge Frank Easterbrook urged the U.S....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, September 12, 2009

Friday, September 11, 2009

Courts - "Blogging Assistant PD Accused of Revealing Secrets of Little-Disguised Clients"

Debra Cassens Weiss of the ABA Journal has this interesting story that begins:A former Illinois assistant public defender’s blog musings...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 11, 2009

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Courts - "Requests to Change Venues of Trials Rarely Move Judges"

From the WSJ today, a long story by Jennifer S. Forsyth and Lauren Eetter that begins:Last week, a federal court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 10, 2009

Courts - Leahy Introduces Bill To Authorize Federal Judgeships

That from this press release from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Among the recommendations, 38 new permanent district...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 10, 2009

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Courts - Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission argued this morning [Updated again]

Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSBlog begins his analysis of today's oral argument in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission:If supporters of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Courts - "San Francisco Superior Court Lays Down Law on Jury Internet Use"

Kate Moser reports today in The Recorder:A new rule proposed by San Francisco Superior Court would remind potential jurors not...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Courts - Three federal court decisions in the news today

"State Discriminated Against Mentally Ill, Judge Rules" is the headline to this NY Times story by James Barron. Some quotes:New...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Courts - Houston lawyer asks "several local media outlets to provide the names of readers and listeners who commented about his client online"

Adding to the ILB's list of entries on impacts of and access to annonmyous posts and comments, some quotes from...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 06, 2009

Courts - C-SPAN focuses on the Supreme Court; also feature on campaign finance

C-SPAN is going all out - it has a new website, totally devoted to the SCOTUS. And it will have...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, September 06, 2009

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Courts - More on: SCOTUS will hear case next month, preceding the "First Monday in October"

Updating this ILB entry from August 30th, here are two very good stories on the important oral argument coming up...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, September 05, 2009

Friday, September 04, 2009

Courts - Relying on Indiana law, Illinois federal judge allows woman to sue bank for lax security after $26,000 stolen by hacker [Updated]

From a story by Kim Zetter of Wired:An Illinois district court has allowed a couple to sue their bank on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 04, 2009

Courts - EEOC award of nearly $330,000 in damages to a former Marion County chief deputy coroner who claimed reverse discrimination

Jon Murray reported Sept. 2nd in a story that began:The city likely will appeal a federal agency's award of nearly...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 04, 2009

Ind. Gov't - "Petitions U.S. Supreme Court, Seeks Equitable Compensation for Indiana Funds Affected by Chrysler, LLC Bankruptcy"

Updating this earlier ILB entry, here is the press release of Indiana's Treasurer:INDIANAPOLIS (September 3, 2009) – Indiana State Treasurer...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 04, 2009

Courts - Even more on: "You don’t see newspapers fighting to open court proceedings the way they used to, and people are starting to notice"

That title is from a column by Adam Liptak of the NY Times, discussed in this ILB entry Sept. 1st,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 04, 2009

Ind. Gov't. - More on: "Indiana Funds May Not Be Done with Chrysler"

This June 24th ILB entry quoted a Business Week story that began: "Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock is contemplating yet another...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, September 04, 2009

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Courts - PACER to List “Sealed vs. Sealed” Cases

Supplementing recent ILB entries on PACER from Sept. 2, Aug. 26, and March 1, here is some information I just...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 03, 2009

Courts - "Pfizer Inc. to pay Indiana nearly $3.7 million in historic settlement"

From a NY Times story by Gardiner Harris headed "Pfizer Pays $2.3 Billion to Settle Marketing Case ":WASHINGTON — The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, September 03, 2009

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Courts - Federal court officials recoil at RECAP

Recall this ILB entry from August 26th headed "Changes in store for PACER?" and this one from March 1 quoting...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Courts - Still more on: "You don’t see newspapers fighting to open court proceedings the way they used to, and people are starting to notice"

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday about judges closed the courtroom during jury selection -- the entry ended with a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Courts - "D.C. Circuit Begins Mandatory Electronic Filing "

The Blog of Legal Times has posted this report by Mike Scarcella:The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Courts - More on: "You don’t see newspapers fighting to open court proceedings the way they used to, and people are starting to notice"

This ILB entry yesterday quoted from an article by Adam Liptak of the NY Times, which centered on: the case...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Monday, August 31, 2009

Courts - "A.C.L.U. Lawyers Mine Documents for Truth "

Scott Shane had this lengthy story August 29th in the NY Times. It began:WASHINGTON — In the spring of 2003,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 31, 2009

Courts - "You don’t see newspapers fighting to open court proceedings the way they used to, and people are starting to notice"

That is the lede to this column today by Adam Liptak of the NY Times. Some quotes from this important...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 31, 2009

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Courts - SCOTUS will hear case next month, preceding the "First Monday in October"

"Supreme Court to Revisit ‘Hillary’ Documentary" is the headline to this Adam Liptak story today in the NY Times. A...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 30, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

Courts - "D.C. Circuit Tosses FCC Rule Capping Cable Subscribers"

Take a look at this just-posted entry from the Blog of Legal Times....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 28, 2009

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Courts - changes in store for PACER?

The Blog of Legal Times reports this afternoon:The Administrative Office of the United States Courts announced Monday that they are...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Courts - "This is the most free-wheeling, 'look ma no hands' legal decision I've read in a long time" [Updated]

That is a quote from George Washington law prof Orin Kerr, who has just posted this entry to The Volokh...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Courts - More on: "Federal Judges Given Guidance on Web Sources"

Updating this ILB entry from August 23rd, a reader has sent me the document which, as the cited article stated:The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Courts - "Kentucky court strikes down reference to God in state law"

Stephene Steitzer of the Louisville Courier Journal reports today in a story that begins:FRANKFORT, Ky. — A Franklin circuit judge...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Courts - One of the federal trial judges in the 7th Circuit is reportedly not taking new criminal cases

"U.S. judge Stadtmueller not taking new criminal cases" is the headline to this lengthy story by John Diedrich of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Courts - Tips on "Managing the electronic communication revolution in the Indiana courtroom"

Miriam Rozen of the Texas Lawyer reports today on three Texas judges and how they use social network sites to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Courts - "Federal Judges Given Guidance on Web Sources"

Mary Pat Gallagher's story in the New Jersey Law Journal, dated August 21st, included these quotes:Judges, like the rest of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 23, 2009

Ind. Courts - More on: Channel 6 finds public defender appointed upon request, with no effort at determining financial need

Updating this ILB entry from Thursday, an ILB reader send this August 22nd story from the Anchorage Daily News. The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 23, 2009

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Courts - "3rd Circuit Appeal Challenges Judge's Outside Research in Bench Trial"; Where is Indiana on this?

Henry Gottlieb writes today in the New Jersey Law Journal:A federal appeals court has been asked to limit the right...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 20, 2009

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Courts - "After Settlement in Amtrak Case, Opinions Erased From Lexis and Westlaw" [Updated]

Shannon P. Duffy of The Legal Intelligencer reports today in a lengthy article. Here are some quotes:Ordinarily, the decision to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Courts - "Judge rules blogger's identity must be revealed"; differing viewpoints

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press site has this brief story:A blogger lost his bid to keep his...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Courts - "Astor Trial Plods On, Trying the Patience of Many "

Adding to this long list of earlier Brooke Astor estate trial entries, this story, by A. G. Sultzberger and John...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Courts - More on "Two Kentucky diet-drug lawyers permanently disbarred"

Updating this Oct. 24, 2008 ILB entry, that headline wasn't the half of it. This story yesterday from the Lexington...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Courts - "Va. Rushes To Address Ruling on Analysts: Drug-Case Demands Have Strained State Lab"

Still pending before the Indiana Supreme Court are two cases which may turn on the SCOTUS ruling June 25th in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Courts - Visteon judge to rule on cutting retiree benefits: Indiana retirees impacted

Randall Chase of the AP had this story Friday. Some quotes:WILMINGTON, Del. — A Delaware bankruptcy judge is weighing whether...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 16, 2009

Friday, August 14, 2009

Courts - "Federal Judges’ Dissents for Death Row Inmates Are Rising"

So reports NY Times reporter John Schwartz in a long story that begins:It took just 80 words for a federal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 14, 2009

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Courts - New bankruptcy numbers out

The release on the U.S. Courts site begins:In the 12-month period ending June 30, 2009, there were 1,306,315 bankruptcy cases...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 13, 2009

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Ind. Courts - "Fort Wayne Attorney Believes Automated Welfare System Is Hurting Child Support Collections"

Jeff Neumeyer reports for Indiana's NewsCenter: Fort Wayne WPTA-TV, WISE-TV, CW, and My Network:Attorney Josh Tourkow says in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Courts - "The search is on for a candidate for one of the most scenic jobs in American law: magistrate judge for the United States District Court in Yosemite National Park"

Here is the story in the NY Times, reported by Jesse McKinley, dateline Yosemite National Park....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Courts - "Bankruptcy Judges, Justice Dept. Rip Mortgage Companies"

This comprehensive set of resources from ProPublica, along with the story by Karen Weise, provides much useful material re mortgage...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Courts - "In Retirement, Justice O'Connor Still Rules "

From the Wall Street Journal today, a long story by Jess Bravin that begins:Sonia Sotomayor just became the third woman...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Monday, August 10, 2009

Courts - Wine shipping dispute involving Maine and Oregon, with the latter represented by IU Law Prof. Tanford [Update]

[Updated 8/11/09] This is a red-face item for sure. An alert reader was nice enough to let me know that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 10, 2009

Courts - "Litigants become their own lawyers"

The LA Times' John Keilman has a story today on "people are navigating the justice system themselves." The ILB has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 10, 2009

Courts - "Mentally Ill Offenders Strain Juvenile System"; related stories

Solomon Moore of the NY Times has this long story today. Some quotes:As cash-starved states slash mental health programs in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, August 10, 2009

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Courts - "Tennessee appeals court rules that public records laws apply to Corrections Corporation of America"

Kate Howard reported yesterday in the Tennessean:Prisons run by Nashville-based Corrections Corporation of America perform a government function and must...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, August 08, 2009

Courts - Two interesting SCOTUS articles

David Ingram has a story to be published Monday in The National Law Journal, titled "Democrats Take Aim at Supreme...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, August 08, 2009

Friday, August 07, 2009

Courts - Dawn Johnsen and David Hamilton still in limbo

Updating this long list of entries about DOJ nominee Dawn Johnsen, the Blog of Legal Times reports this afternoon that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 07, 2009

Courts - "Cameras come to the SCOTUS - Camel's nose inside the tent?"

Tony Mauro has this item this afternoon at the Blog of Legal Times - some quotes:While he was a Supreme...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 07, 2009

Courts - "Boston attorney sues lenders, says they created ‘toxic’ products"

From the August 5th Boston Globe, this story by Jennifer B. McKim. Some quotes from the lengthy report:A Boston attorney...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, August 07, 2009

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Courts - "Writing Expert Says Astor’s Signature Was Forged"

Updating this list of earlier ILB entries on the Brooke Astor estate dispute, John Eligon wrote yesterday in the NYT...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 06, 2009

Courts - "'Iqbal' Forces Federal Judge's Hand on No-Fly List"

Updating this ILB entry from August 4th, Dan Levine of The Recorder writes today in a story that begins:Northern District...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, August 06, 2009

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Courts - More on: 2nd Circuit Refuses to Block Chrysler’s Sale

Updating this ILB entry from June 5th, today the 2nd Circuit has filed the 53-page opinion to accompany its June...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Courts - "Kentucky judge's no-objection policy struck down"

Jason Riley reports today in the Louisville Courier Journal:The Kentucky Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling ordering...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Courts - "Two More 'Iqbal' Dismissals Emerge in Product Liability Cases"

Updating earlier ILB "Iqbal" entries, Alison Frankel reports today in the The American Lawyer in a story that begins:The Supreme...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Courts - Indiana's statutory history and the dangers of the controversial Google book settlement

This editorial from the July 29th NY Times, headed "Google’s Big Plan for Books ," gives a good summary of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, August 02, 2009

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Courts - Two interesting SCOTUS stories

"Supreme Court Appoints Advocate to Argue Immigration Case" writes Tony Mauro for The National Law Journal. The story begins:As we...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, August 01, 2009

Friday, July 31, 2009

Courts - "Appeals Court Sets Rehearing on Ruling That Eased Gun Restrictions "

John Schwartz of the NY Times has an article today about DC v. Heller and federal Circuit Court decisions on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 31, 2009

Courts - "Louisville lawyer pleads guilty in police impersonation case"

Jason Riley reported in yesterday's Louisville Courier Journal:A Louisville attorney charged with impersonating a police officer after pulling over four...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 31, 2009

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Courts - Still more on: Open meetings law may be unconstitutional, 5th Circuit rules

Updating this May 15th ILB entry, which quoted a report that:In a court filing Monday, attorneys general for Louisiana and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 30, 2009

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Courts - "The Senate has not confirmed any nominees to the federal judiciary this year"

From the Blog of LegalTimes:The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee accused Republicans today of stalling the confirmation of nominees...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Monday, July 27, 2009

Courts - Another article on impact of Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts

Here is a list of earlier ILB entries on the opinion. Today David G. Savage has an article in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 27, 2009

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Courts - Jefferson Co. Kentucky judge can't explain chronic delays

Andrew Wolfson reports today in the Louisville Courier Journal in a lengthy story - here are some quotes:For three years...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 26, 2009

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Ind. Courts - Managing the electronic communication revolution in the Indiana courtroom

It began with stories of cell phones banned in the Allen County Courthouse. That was in November of 2006. Several...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, July 25, 2009

Courts - "5th Circuit Rules That Changes in Debtor Income Should Be Addressed in Chapter 13 Bankruptcies"

John Council has this lengthy story in the Texas Lawyer. A few quotes:The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, July 25, 2009

Courts - Votes to assure Dawn Johnsen confirmation may be in hand

So reports Andy Graham today in this story ($$) in the Bloomington Herald-Times. Some quotes:Sources indicated Friday that there are...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, July 25, 2009

Courts - "Indiana and Idaho currently have no female Supreme Court justices"

That is a quote from this story July 19th by Sarah McCann and Tracey D. Samuelson of The Christian Science...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, July 25, 2009

Courts - Another view on Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts

Robert McCartney, Metro Columnist for the Washington Post, had a column Thursday on the impact of the SCOTUS decision in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, July 25, 2009

Courts - Thorough look at federal appellate practice

Over the past week, law prof Eugene Volohk has excerpted passages from the Mayer Brown's Federal Appellate Practice treatise, commented...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, July 25, 2009

Friday, July 24, 2009

Courts - "Specter Proposes Return to Prior Pleading Standard"

Updating this ILB entry from July 20th on the end of notice pleading as we know it, at least in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 24, 2009

Courts - "Former Milbank Chairman to Testify as Wills Expert in Brooke Astor Trial"

Noeleen G. Walder's report today in the New York Law Journal begins:Three months into the criminal trial of socialite Brooke...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 24, 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Courts - More on "Va. Special Session Called to Address Crime Lab Testimony Ruling"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, a story today by Tom Jackman and Rosalind S. Helderman of the Washington Post implies that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 23, 2009

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Courts - "NCAA Hit With Another Suit Over Licensing Issue"

That is the heading to this comprehensive WSJ Law Blog entry by Chris Herring this afternoon. It begins:It’s been a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Courts - "Va. Special Session Called to Address Crime Lab Testimony Ruling"

Updating this ILB entry from July 15th, headed "Impact of the crime lab testimony decision,", the Washington Post has posted...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Courts - Prosecutors across the country being laid off

So reports Amir Efrati of the WSJ Law Blog, in this entry headed "Arizona AG Axes 12 Attorneys As Nationwide...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Courts - Who decides when all the judges should normally recuse themselves?

That is the subject of this story today about the New York judicial pay disputes, reported by Joel Stashenko of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Monday, July 20, 2009

Courts - "Under the Iqbal decision, federal judges will now decide at the very start of a litigation whether the plaintiff’s accusations ring true, and they will close the courthouse door if they do not."

That is how this article by Adam Liptak of the NY Times, on the end of notice pleading as we...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 20, 2009

Courts - Impact of anonymous online newspaper reader comments on trials

This July 17th ILB entry is headed: "Venue changed in LaPorte County judge's case; 200 anonymous online newspaper reader comments...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 20, 2009

Courts - "Might it happen? Slaughterhouse overruled?"

The 7th Circuit's opinion last month in NRA v. City of Chicago may play a pivotal role this fall in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, July 20, 2009

Friday, July 17, 2009

Courts - Senator Lugar's statement supporting Judge Sotomayor [Updated]

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar released the following statement on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be Associate Justice of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 17, 2009

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Courts - Sotomayor not yet decided on cert pool

This item posted today by Tony Mauro of The National Law Journal was interesting to me -- I didn't know...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 16, 2009

Courts - "States increasingly are recognizing a child's primary caregiver as a legitimate challenger to parental rights"

Updating this ILB entry from July 7th headed "Jackson’s Will Could Set Off Legal Battle Over Estate," Carla Murphy, contributor...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 16, 2009

Courts - "One Rogue Worker Can Take an Entire Company Down: The courts are taking an uncompromising approach to respondent superior"

That is the title of a long article today by Stanley A. Twardy Jr. and Daniel E. Wenner in The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 16, 2009

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Courts - Impact of the crime lab testimony decision [Updated]

The Washington Post today has an editorial on the impact of the June 25th SCOTUS decision in the case of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Courts - Mistrial in Florida caused by: (1) plainitff's motion, (2) reporter's story, (3) juror misconduct, (4) none of the above

Here is some information about a mistrial in Florida: 1. On June 27th, Frank Cerabino of the Palm Beach Post...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 12, 2009

Friday, July 10, 2009

Courts - DC Police Use of Vehicle Checkipoints enjoined by DC Circuit

A panel of the DC Circuit today, in the case of Mills v. D.C., granted a preliminary injunction in a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 10, 2009

Courts - More on "Automakers’ Swift Cases in Bankruptcy Shock Experts"

Updating this ILB entry from July 7th, Zach Lowe of The American Lawyer had a story yesterday headed "GM and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 10, 2009

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Courts - More on: Specialty plates questions being heard in 3rd Circuit

Updating this ILB entry from April 14th, featuring a vegan's request for a LVTOFU license plate, the AP's Brendan Riley...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 09, 2009

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Courts - Interview with Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Emily Bazelon of Slate has an outstanding interview with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the online NY Times. Not to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Courts - "Growing Presence in the Courtroom: Cellphone Data as Witness"

Anne Barnard of the NY Times had a lengthy story Monday on cellphone data and the courts. Some quotes:Mikhail Mallayev,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Ind. Decisions - "People Forced to Appear in Court Without Interpreters, Violating Federal Law"

From the Jan. 9, 2008 Indiana Supreme Court decision in Jesus Arrieta v. State of Indiana:American courts regularly supply interpreters...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Courts - "Automakers’ Swift Cases in Bankruptcy Shock Experts"

Micheline Maynard of the NY Times reports today:In fewer than 45 days each, General Motors and Chrysler swept through government-sponsored...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Courts - More on: "A lesson for every Internet user: Nothing is private"

On June 15, 2008, the ILB quoted from an editorial in the Seattle Times:THE roiling water in which Judge Alex...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, July 05, 2009

Friday, July 03, 2009

Courts - Federal Court Tells Out-of-State (Indiana) Wine Stores to Stay Out of New York

Mitch Frank of Wine Spectator reports in a story that begins:New Yorkers who order wine online from retailers in other...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, July 03, 2009

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Courts - "Supreme Court Closes Deeply Divided Term"

Listen to Nina Totenberg's nearly 8 minute wrapup of the SCOTUS term here, on NPR....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 02, 2009

Courts - Even more on: NY high court rules police need warrants for GPS trackers

Updating this ILB entry from May 18th, Sherry F. Colb, Professor of Law and Charles Evans Hughes Scholar at Cornell...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 02, 2009

Courts - Suit against Kentucky newspaper to reveal anonymous poster's identity

Jason Riley has this story today in the Louisville Courier Journal, under the headline "EKU student sues over anonymous post."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 02, 2009

Courts - "Tweeting, Texting, Googling Banned for Mich. Jurors"

Tresa Baldas of The National Law Journal has this long story today. A quote:The Michigan Supreme Court has laid the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, July 02, 2009

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Courts - "Ohio Plaintiff in Private Lawsuit Has No Right to Discover Confidential Medical Records of Non-Parties"

Recalling these ILB entries from late 2006, under the heading "The Planned Parenthood Records Decision" (wherein the Indy Star wrote:...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Courts - "Is Melendez-Diaz already endangered?"

Monday the SCOTUS has decided the case of Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts (07-591), on whether a state forensic analyst’s laboratory report...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Monday, June 29, 2009

Courts - SCOTUS final three decisions today

The SCOTUS has reversed the 2nd Circuit's ruling in Ricci, 5-4. Here is the opinion (may be slow). Thanks once...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 29, 2009

Courts - The realities of plea bargaining

Douglas A. Berman's Sentencing Law and Policy blog had an entry yesterday pointing to: "local paper from Maryland this morning...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 29, 2009

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Courts - C-SPAN features CJ Roberts and panel on recent opinions

The C-Span description of last evening's expanded America and the Courts reads:U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts made remarks...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 28, 2009

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Courts - SCOTUS to decide final 3 cases on Monday

Mark Sherman of the AP reports today in the Washington Post:WASHINGTON -- A closely watched discrimination lawsuit by white firefighters...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 27, 2009

Friday, June 26, 2009

Courts - More on yesterday's SCOTUS rulings

"Strip Searches and the Law: A smart compromise balances the rights of students with the needs of school administrators" is...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 26, 2009

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Courts - More on today's SCOTUS decisions

Updating this ILB entry from earlier today, Joan Biskupic of USA Today has this story on the Redding decision, headed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 25, 2009

Courts - SCOTUS decides Melendez-Diaz, others; Indiana implications of M-D

Today the SCOTUS has decided the case of Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts (07-591), on whether a state forensic analyst’s laboratory report...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 25, 2009

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Courts - Interesting Connecticut decision on private waivers of First Amendment free speech rights

Thomas B. Scheffey has an article today in The Connecticut Law Tribune that begins:Establishing a new point of Connecticut case...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Courts - "SCOTUS Affirms Reimbursement for Special Education"

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, Tamar Lewin of the NY Times has a story today on the implications of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Monday, June 22, 2009

Courts - Still more on what is a "debt relief agency" for purposes of the BAPCPA

Updating earlier ILB entries, Adam Liptak of the NY Times writes today in his "Sidebar" column under the heading "Free-Speech...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 22, 2009

Courts - "Supreme Court to decide federal sex offender law"

James Vicini reports today for Reuters:The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday that it would decide whether Congress may adopt...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 22, 2009

Courts - SCOTUS releases three of final ten opinions this morning [Updated]

Details to follow - one was the voting rights case (Court did not strike down - opinion here) and another...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 22, 2009

Friday, June 19, 2009

Courts - "In-Chambers Opinions: A Footnote to the Chrysler Case"

Tony Mauro has posted a really interesting item this afternoon in The Blog of Legal Times on the obscure-to-most world...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 19, 2009

Courts - Cases still awaiting decision in this SCOTUS term

Ten cases remain, see the list at SCOTUSBlog....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 19, 2009

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Courts - SCOTUS rules defendant has no constitutional right to obtain postconviction access to the State’s evidence for DNA testing

Here is the opinion, handed down this morning, in District Attorney's Office v. Osborne. Here is SCOTUSBlog's Lyle Denniston's initial...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 18, 2009

Courts - Why was it Justice Ginsburg who could decide the Indiana Chrysler appeal?

Tony Mauro of The National Law Journal has an article today headed "Circuit Assignments May Give Most High Court Justices...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 18, 2009

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Courts - "Gun Rulings Open Way to Supreme Court Review"

John Schwartz of the NY Times writes today in a story that begins:A year ago, the United States Supreme Court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Monday, June 15, 2009

Courts - More on effort to abolish "Missouri plan" in Tennessee

On May 27, 2007, the ILB had this entry, headed "Tennessee's 'Missouri plan' for judicial selection expires." Today an unsigned...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 15, 2009

Courts - "Is Sonia Sotomayor Mean?" An ILB suggestion

Nina Totenberg of National Public Radio had a nearly 8-minute story this morning headed "Is Sonia Sotomayor Mean?" Some quotes:Judge...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 15, 2009

Courts - SCOTUS agrees to hear two cases on interesting issues

Reports this morning are that among the cases the Supreme Court has agreed to hear are: United Student Aid Fund...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 15, 2009

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Courts - Two interesting look-backs today on the Chrysler bankruptcy

Charles Lane, economics columnist for the Washington Post, has a column, dated June 14th, headed "A Rescue that Overreached?" A...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 13, 2009

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Courts - Significant legal questions remain about the Chrysler-Fiat deal

Supplementing this ILB entry yesterday quoting Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSLaw Blog's commentary that:Fundamental constitutional issues surround the use of federal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 11, 2009

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Courts - Supplementing: "Cancer Patients Challenge the Patenting of a Gene"

Supplementing (or expanding) the earlier entries is this article from the June 9th MIT Technology Review by Emily Singer, headed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Courts - "White & Case’s ‘Overly Tenacious’ Tom Lauria"

That is the heading of this entry in the WSJ Law Blog, which calls Lauria "the lawyer of the hour."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Courts - "Beware of the Appellate Pitfalls of E-Filing"

Howard J. Bashman introduces his column today for The Legal Intelligencer with this:Just last week, two different federal appellate courts...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Courts - More on: It's over; Court clears Chrysler sale

Updating yesterday evening's ILB entry, Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSBlog followed up on his report at 7:30 pm on the Supreme...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Courts - Washington Post editorial on the Massey Coal ruling

The Washington Post has this editorial today:THE SUPREME Court ruled this week that a victorious judicial candidate who receives extraordinary...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Courts - It's over; Court clears Chrysler sale

Lyle Denniston wrote a few minutes ago at SCOTUSBlog in an entry that begins:Ending four days of intense, round-the-clock and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Courts - More on "Foes of Chrysler deal submit new plea" [Updated again]

Well, after the Indiana "foes of Chrysler deal" submitted a supplemental pleading this morning quoting Fiat as saying that it...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Courts - "Legal quirk lets anyone sue firms over old patents"

Matthew Barakat of the AP has this fascinating story that begins:ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Look carefully at the lid to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Courts - "Foes of Chrysler deal submit new plea"

A new "Supplemental Statement in Support of Stay Application" was filed with the Supreme Court this morning, signed by Thomas...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Courts - More on the Massey Coal ruling

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, Howard Bashman of How Appealing has collected together a long list of stories today...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Courts - Still more on what is a "debt relief agency" for purposes of the BAPCPA

Updating this ILB entry from Dec. 17, 2008, Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal writes today under the headline...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Courts - More takes on the Chryler situation [Updated]

Indianapolis Star business columnist John Ketzenberger has a front-page story today headed "Treasurer bucks critics, crowd: 'I'm not doing this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Monday, June 08, 2009

Courts - Ginsburg temporarily blocks Chrysler deal [Updated]

So writes Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSBlog, who has been totally on top of all this. But he notes that it...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 08, 2009

Courts - Justice Shepard quoted on Massey Coal ruling

Nathan Koppel of the WSJ Law Blog contacted Indiana's Chief Justice for his comments on the SCOTUS ruling in Caperton...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 08, 2009

Courts - Solicitor General argues Indiana debt holders issues are out of the reach of the courts

That according to this most recent entry by Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSBlog, which begins:The Obama Administration argued Monday that no...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 08, 2009

Courts - More on "W.Va. mining case could shape U.S. judicial races"

Updating this ILB entry from March 2nd, and this long list of other ILB entries, the SCOTUS has today issued...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 08, 2009

Court - More about the Indiana Attorney General's entry into the Chrysler case

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, discussing the Indiana Attorney General's entry into the Indiana funds' challenge to the Chrysler...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 08, 2009

Courts - Chrysler lender responses now availble

SCOTUSBlog now has posted links to the responses of the defenders of the Chrysler rescue plan to the pleas to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 08, 2009

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Courts - Update on: Indiana pension funds' application for immediate stay filed with Supreme Court [Updated]

Early this morning, in this ILB entry I noted:[Update at 7:70 am] Perhaps I am wrong, but I don't recall...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 07, 2009

Courts - Alert reader finds Judge Sotomeyer is confused by Indiana University's two law school campuses

On March 20-21, 2003, Judge Sonya Sotomeyer was at "Indiana University, Maurer School of Law" where, she writes, "I delivered...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 07, 2009

Courts - "Key points of Chrysler challenge" [Updated]

Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSBlog lists the key points of the Indiana benefit funds’ objection to the Chrysler sale, along with...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 07, 2009

Courts - Indiana pension funds' application for immediate stay filed with Supreme Court

Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSLaw Blog posted this lengthy entry at 12:08 am this morning and updated it just a few...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, June 07, 2009

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Courts - More on: 2nd Circuit Refuses to Block Chrysler’s Sale

Updating yesterday's entry, the WSJ ($$) has comprehensive coverage here. The Baltimore Sun has a story today headed: "Md. joins...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 06, 2009

Courts - "The ideological history of the Supreme Court, 1937-2007"

In graphic form. Check it out, here. The Washington Post remarks:And this very cool graphic on the ideological history of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, June 06, 2009

Friday, June 05, 2009

Courts - 2nd Circuit Refuses to Block Chrysler’s Sale

Updating this entry from this morning, Michael J. de la Merced writes late this afternoon in the NY Times:A federal...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 05, 2009

Courts - More on Indiana's pension funds' involvement in Chrsler bankruptcy

Esmé E. Deprez of Business Week has this long story today. The Gary Post-Tribune had an editorial yesterday headed "State...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, June 05, 2009

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Courts - Judge Sotomayor's 173-page questionaire now available

Here it is, from the Senate Judiciary Committee. Peter Baker, of the NY Times politics and government blog, The Caucus,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 04, 2009

Courts - More on: President Obama's Indiana nominees David Hamilton and Dawn Johnsen remain in limbo

Updating this ILB entry from May 21st, the Senate Judiciary Committe has today voted to send David Hamilton's nomination to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 04, 2009

Courts - "Debate on Whether Female Judges Decide Differently Arises Anew"

Neil A. Lewis writes today in the NY Times in a long article that begins:Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, June 04, 2009

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Courts - More on "Judge Moves Appeal of Chrysler Sale to 2nd Circuit" [Updated]

Updating this entry from earlier today, here is the stay request filed yesterday with the 2nd Circuit by the Indiana...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Courts - More on "Judge Moves Appeal of Chrysler Sale to 2nd Circuit" [Updated]

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, Tomoeh Murakami Tse of the Washington Post reports today in a story that begins:NEW...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Courts - "In MySpace Cases, Appellate Judges Wrestle With Possible Split"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, Shannon P. Duffy of The Legal Intelligencer reports today in a long story that begins:Providing a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Courts - "Prison Cell-Phone Use a Growing Problem"

On May 29th the ILB posted this most recent entry on banning cell phones in courthouses. But earlier last week,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Courts - Still more on: "Florida high school student files complaint after suspension for creating Facebook page critical of teacher"

Updating this Dec. 11, 2008 ILB entry, MaryClaire Dale reports today in the Washington Post, under the headline "ACLU defends...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Courts - "Judge Moves Appeal of Chrysler Sale to 2nd Circuit"

Updating this entry from yesterday, the NY Times is reporting this afternoon via its DealBook Blog:A federal judge on Tuesday...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Courts - "Big Issues Lurk Below Surface of Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings"

That is the headline to a lengthy article by Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal, posted June 1, 2009....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Monday, June 01, 2009

Courts - North Carolina Judge reprimanded for ex parte "friending" of attorney for the defense

Ryan Jones of the Lexington, North Carolina Dispatch, reports today:After a formal investigation by the North Carolina Judicial Standards Commission,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 01, 2009

Court - Blogger Tom Goldstein featured in Washington Post

Howard Kutz's Washington Post media column today features Tom Goldstein, founder of ScotusBlog. Some quotes from the long article:What makes...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 01, 2009

Courts - "Judge Clears Way for Sale of Chrysler to Fiat"

So reports Michael J. de la Merced of the NY Times in this story:A federal judge on Sunday night cleared...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, June 01, 2009

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Courts - "Federal judges' group puts big cases on fast track"

Deborah Yetter of the Louisville Courier Journal has a story today on the federal Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. It...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, May 30, 2009

Courts - DC Circuit refuses to review ruling on Indiana rail line

The South Bend Tribune has posted this AP story:WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — A U.S. appeals court on Friday declined to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, May 30, 2009

Friday, May 29, 2009

Courts - Yet another reason to ban cellphones in court rooms?

Updating this ILB entry from May 15th, and a long list of earlier ILB entries on bannning cell phones in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 29, 2009

Courts - "Questions Arise About Long Delay by Sotomayor-Led Panel in Climate Case"; 7th Circuit can top that

Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal has an article today about it being three years since a 2nd Circuit...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 29, 2009

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Courts - "Dirty Laundry Aired: The Fight Over Revealing Divorce Details"

The Wall Street Journal has a long story today by Dionne Searcey. Some quotes:Disclosures during divorce proceedings often elicit disgust...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 28, 2009

Courts - "Bush v. Gore Foes Join to Fight Gay Marriage Ban "

In the wake of the failure of the California Supreme Court to throw out the Prop 8 ban on same-sex...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 28, 2009

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Courts - "Mortgage-Related Litigation on the Rise"

That is the headline to this article by Tresa Baldas in The American Lawyer. It begins:Mortgage-related lawsuits are on the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Courts - "Sotomayor’s Baseball Ruling Lingers, 14 Years Later " [Corrected?]

It turns out that not only did Gerard N. Magliocca, a law professor at Indiana University at Indianapolis, have a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Courts - Judge Sotomayor's Supreme Court nomination

Several items of interest today: Gerard N. Magliocca, a law professor at Indiana University at Indianapolis, has a column today...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Courts - California Supreme Court upholds Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage

As expected, the California Supreme Court has just issued a ruling upholding the Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage, but...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Courts - "Chicago judge passed over for high court"

ABC 7 News out of Chicago has this report....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Courts - SCOTUS issues three today [Updated]

Three opinions today from the SCOTUS, briefly summarized here by Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSLaw Blog. See this AP story headed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Courts - Judge Sonia Sotomayor is President Obama's first Supreme Court nominee

Updating this entry from earlier this morning, the nomination is now official. If you did not see the President's nomination...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Courts - More on 9th Circuit strikes down California violent video game ban

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 21st (which has a lot of Indiana-related background), Gloria Goodale, staff writer of The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Courts - Judge Sonia Sotomayor.will be Supreme Court nominee

Judge Sonia Sotomayor.will be Supreme Court nominee. Here is an AP story by Bob Feller that begins:WASHINGTON -- President Barack...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Monday, May 25, 2009

Courts - "Threats to Federal Judges, Prosecutors Soaring"

Jerry Markon reports today in the Washington Post in a lengthy story -- here are a few quotes:Threats against the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 25, 2009

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Courts - A look at potential Supreme Court nominees

This evening C-Span's America and the Courts took a look at potential Supreme Court nominees:Thomas Goldstein, SCOTUSblog founder and head...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, May 23, 2009

Friday, May 22, 2009

Courts - More on: President Obama's Indiana nominees David Hamilton and Dawn Johnsen remain in limbo

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, Maureen Groppe of the Gannett News Service reports:WASHINGTON -- At the request of Republicans,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 22, 2009

Courts - "Should judges have a representative in the Cabinet? Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer seems to think so"

That is the lede to this brief story today by Jordan Weissmann of The National Law Journal. Some quotes:The talk...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 22, 2009

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Courts - President Obama's Indiana nominees David Hamilton and Dawn Johnsen remain in limbo

No vote has yet been scheduled for full Senate consideration of Bloomington law professor Dawn Johnsen to head the DOJ...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 21, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Courts - "Judge Wood Goes to Washington"

Jan Crawford Greenburg, a correspondent for ABC News' bureau in Washington DC., writes today about 7th Circuit Court of Appeals...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Courts - Kentucky State police must provide LJC with sex-offender database

This is an interesting story from Kentucky re access to public records that are maintained on governmental databases. The ILB...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Courts - "No More Mr. Nice Guy: The Supreme Court’s stealth hard-liner."

That is the title of Jeffrey Toobin's upcoming lengthy article on Chief Justice John Roberts, available here from the New...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Courts - "U.S., States Join Lawsuits On Wyeth Drug Sales"; Indiana has joined

Avery Johnson reports today in the Wall Street Journal:The Justice Department and 16 states joined two whistleblower lawsuits alleging that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Courts - More on "A Standard for Fair Trials"

Yesterday in a very brief entry the ILB linked to a column in the Washington Post proposing new rules to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Monday, May 18, 2009

Courts - Who law professors would nominate; searching for the Achilles' heel on Souter's possible replacement

Two interesting stories today from The National Law Journal. Marcia Coyle's report is headed: "An alternative short list for the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 18, 2009

Courts - Yet more on: NY high court rules police need warrants for GPS trackers

Updating three ILB entries, all on the NY high court decision last week, Yvonne Zipp, Correspondent of The Christian Science...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 18, 2009

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Courts - "NAACP Asks U.S. Supreme Court to Revisit Photo-ID at Polls"

This today from Richard Winger's Ballot Access News:The NAACP of Georgia is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 17, 2009

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Courts - "A Standard for Fair Trials"

Albert D. Brault and Timothy F. Maloney of the American College of Trial Lawyers have a column today in the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, May 16, 2009

Court - Judge Diane Wood "Often Spars With Conservative Colleagues on the 7th Circuit"

From a lengthy story today in the Washington Post, reported by Peter Slevin:CHICAGO -- The verbal sparring began quickly. Less...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, May 16, 2009

Friday, May 15, 2009

Courts - More on: Open meetings law may be unconstitutional, 5th Circuit rules

Updating this ILB entry from May 8th, Michael Kunzelman of the AP reported May 12th in the Chicago Tribune in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 15, 2009

Courts - More on: "Cancer Patients Challenge the Patenting of a Gene"

Updating this ILB entry from May 13th, today Joe Mullin of IP Law & Business has a long and comprehensive...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 15, 2009

Courts - Another reason to ban cellphones in court rooms?

The story by Alana Roberts of the Daily Business Review is headlined "Mistrial Declared Over Executive's Texting From Witness Stand."...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 15, 2009

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Courts - "How Blogging Affects Legal Proceedings"

Updating these ILB entries from March 17th and May 7th, Richard Raysman and Peter Brown of the New York Law...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 14, 2009

Courts - South Carolina: "Kaye Hearn is second woman on state’s highest court"

A story today in the South Carolina paper, The State, trumpets the growing racial and gender diversity in that state's...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 14, 2009

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Courts - "Cancer Patients Challenge the Patenting of a Gene"

That is the headline to a fascinating, and lengthy, story today in the NY Times by John Schwartz. Some quotes:When...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Courts - More on: NY high court rules police need warrants for GPS trackers

There has been some interest from readers in this ILB report yesterday. As a result, the ILB has located a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Courts - NY high court rules police need warrants for GPS trackers

Michael Virtanen reports for the AP:ALBANY, N.Y. - New York's top court ruled Tuesday that police cannot place GPS trackers...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Courts - Continuing with: Indiana decisions cited in Coleman-Frankin Senate dispute

Updating these earlier ILB entries on the Coleman-Franken U.S. Senate election dispute in Minnesota, and their tie-ins to Indiana election...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Monday, May 11, 2009

Courts - "Ten sites that provide free access to case law"

Robert J. Ambrogi of Law Technology News has put together a very useful list of sites providing free caselaw, along...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 11, 2009

Courts - South Bend's John Adams High School wins national mock trial competition in Atlanta

Updating two earlier ILB entries, this one from March 23rd headed "Kentucky students' court operates just like real thing", where...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, May 11, 2009

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Courts - Academic journal publisher Elsevier admits to putting out six fake Australian medical journals, paid for by big pharma

Ben Goldacre of The Guardian reports today:A fascinating court case in Australia has been playing out around some people who...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, May 09, 2009

Courts - "What Supreme Court shortlisters are saying when they think nobody is listening"

Slate's Dahlia Lithwick has this article, complete with numerous YouTube clips - the one the beginning compiles some short clips,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, May 09, 2009

Friday, May 08, 2009

Courts - Open meetings law may be unconstitutional, 5th Circuit rules

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press reported April 30th in an entry that begins:In an opinion that could...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 08, 2009

Courts - More on "White House Formalizes Supreme Court Short List"

Bloomberg News has a long story today by Edwin Chen, going through the potential candidates for the Supreme Court....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 08, 2009

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Courts - "White House Formalizes Supreme Court Short List"

ABC News's correspondent Jan Crawford Greenberg reports:The White House has formalized its short list of Supreme Court contenders and asked...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 07, 2009

Courts - Blogging about cases pending before the Supreme Court

From Howard Bashman's How Appealing this morning:In the April 2009 issue of the Stanford Law Review: Rachel C. Lee...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, May 07, 2009

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Courts - More on "A Good Time to Be a Bankruptcy Lawyer"

Updating this ILB entry from April 17th, Nathn Koppel writes today in the WSJ Law Blog, in an entry that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Courts - "Justice Ginsburg: Court needs another woman"

Joan Biskupic of USA TODAY reports, in a lengthy story today that begins:WASHINGTON — Three years after Justice Sandra Day...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Courts - "National Mock Trial Competition Encounters a Real Legal Challenge "

The ILB on March 31st posted this entry on the National High School Mock Trial Competition, headed "Kentucky students' court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Courts - "Sixteen Months of Rulings Down the Drain at the NLRB?"

Recall this ILB entry from May 1st, headed "Nearly simultaneous, conflicting Circuit Court NLRB opinions issued this afternoon." It included...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Courts - "The tricky sex offender case that could trip up one of the judges on the short list to replace Souter"

Remember the 2004 case of John Doe v. City of Lafayette? Here, from Feb. 24, 2005, is an ILB entry...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Courts - "U.S. Supreme Court limits police searches; Southern Indiana prosecutors believe effects of decision will be minimal"

The U.S. Supreme Court's April 21st decision in the case of Arizona v. Gant, limiting police vehicle searches (see ILB...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 03, 2009

Courts - "Obama's Supreme Court pick may have Chicago link"

A story by John McCormick and Jeff Coen in the Chicago Tribune begins:Ever since Barack Obama's election as president, there...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, May 03, 2009

Friday, May 01, 2009

Courts - Nearly simultaneous, conflicting Circuit Court NLRB opinions issued this afternoon

And one of them is from the 7th Circuit, affecting an Indiana company. An AP story by Nedra Pickler begins:WASHINGTON...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 01, 2009

Courts - "Justice David H. Souter plans to retire at the end of the term in June"

So report Peter Baker and Jeff Zeleny in this story today in the NY Times. The Washington Post today has...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, May 01, 2009

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Courts - Michigan High Court tackles juries' Googling

Doug Guthrie reports today in The Detroit News:New rules to codify what seems like common sense: Barring jurors from making...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 30, 2009

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Courts - Where does new Democrat Spector stand on Dawn Johnsen and David Hamilton's nominations?

From a story today by David Ingram in Legal Times:Sen. Arlen Specter's switch to the Democratic Party brings his new...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Courts - More on "Pushing the Supreme Court Toward Transparency"

Updating this ILB entry from April 26th, a nearly two-hour C-SPAN video of the hearing is now available. In addition,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Courts - "Court Weighs Funding For Special Education"

Robert Barnes and Daniel de Vise of the Washington Post reported in this story yesterday that begins:The Supreme Court will...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Monday, April 27, 2009

Courts - "Justices Asked to Weigh Free Speech vs. License Plates"

Updating these earlier ILB entries on "Choose Life" license plates, Adam Liptak of the NY Times devotes his "Sidebar" column...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, April 27, 2009

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Courts - "Pushing the Supreme Court Toward Transparency"

The Blog of Legal Times had an interesting entry last week, reported by Tony Mauro, on happenings at the "annual...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 26, 2009

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Courts - Still more on "What Constitutional Rights Should Schoolchildren Have?"

Updating this ILB entry from April 18th, today the Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Safford Unified School...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Courts - More on: Big name lawyers in Helio Castroneves federal tax evasion case

Updating this ILB entry from April 4th, The Blog of Legal Times: has this entry today headed "Bob Bennett, Roy...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Courts - "Stevens, joined by Ginsburg, Souter, Scalia, and Thomas"

That is the lineup for the Supreme Court decision today in Arizona v. Gant, which limits the search incident to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Courts - "Supreme Court begins hearing this week four cases that could dramatically alter the landscape of civil rights law"

So writes Joan Biskupic today in a long article in USA Today. A few quotes:WASHINGTON — In his first major...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Courts - More on: "Judge Blocks Rule Permitting Concealed Guns In U.S. Parks"

Updating this ILB entry from March 20th, the NY Times now has this headline: "Obama Administration Won’t Appeal Ruling Striking...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 19, 2009

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Courts - More on "What Constitutional Rights Should Schoolchildren Have?" [Updated]

Updating this ILB entry from March 25th, see this preview, by Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSLaw Blog, of the oral argument...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, April 18, 2009

Courts - "Final Arguments of Supreme Court Term Filled With Big Cases"

So reads the headline to this useful article today by Tony Mauro of Legal Times....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, April 18, 2009

Courts - "Helio free man after acquittal in Miami"

Updating earlier ILB entries from April 4th of this year and Oct. 4, 2008, the AP reports today:MIAMI -- Brazilian...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, April 18, 2009

Friday, April 17, 2009

Courts - Still more on: Specialty plates questions being heard in 3rd Circuit

This time it is the 7th Circuit. Updating this ILB entry from April 15th, Howard Bashman of How Appealing this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 17, 2009

Courts - "A Good Time to Be a Bankruptcy Lawyer"

Todd J. Zywicki, law prof and bankruptcy expert, has some interesting remarks today at The Volokh Conspiracy, in an entry...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 17, 2009

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Courts - "An Argument For More Female Justices"

By Dahlia Lithwick, contributing editor for Newsweek and senior writer for Slate.com. Check here for her 17 minute NPR Talk...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Courts - More on: Specialty plates questions being heard in 3rd Circuit

Updating yesterday's ILB entry, the Washington Post yesterday had a story on special license plates by Maryclaire Dale that began:PHILADELPHIA...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Courts - "Under Apprendi, findings that justify transferring a juvenile to adult court must be proven to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt"

See this upcoming law journal article by Jenny E. Carroll (University of Cincinnati College of Law), titled "Rethinking the Constitutional...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Courts - Specialty plates questions being heard in 3rd Circuit

Here is a long list of ILB entries on "God" plates and "Choose Life" plates. Plus there was the ILB...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Courts - Still more on Indiana decisions cited in Coleman-Frankin Senate dispute

Updating these earlier ILB entries on the Coleman v. Franken U.S. Senate election dispute in Minnesota, Indianapolis attorney Bill Groth...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Friday, April 10, 2009

Courts - More on: Take a look at juror questionnaire in NY's Brooke Astor's son's trial

Updating this April 5th ILB entry, Daniel Wise has a report today in the New York Law Journal. Some quotes:Jury...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 10, 2009

Courts - "In a Downturn, More Act as Their Own Lawyers"

From the NY Times today, a lengthy story by Jonathan D. Glater. Some quotes:SAN FRANCISCO — Elise Barros made her...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 10, 2009

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Courts - Wisconsin Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, 75, wins another 10 year term [Updated]

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, a story by Steven Walters:Madison - Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson will start her...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 09, 2009

Sunday, April 05, 2009

Courts - Take a look at juror questionnaire in NY's Brooke Astor's son's trial

"Rigorous Questionnaire for Jurors in Astor Case" is the headline of this column by John Eligon in the NY Times....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, April 05, 2009

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Courts - More on: Maryland Public Defender Calls Drug Courts Unconstitutional

Here are some quotes again from Friday's Washington Post story:The state's public defender says Maryland's drug courts give judges too...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, April 04, 2009

Courts - Big name lawyers in Helio Castroneves federal tax evasion case

The ILB has been reading about the trial in the Indianapolis Star - see ILB entry from Oct. 4, 2008...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, April 04, 2009

Courts - "Downturn Pushes More Toward Bankruptcy "

Tara Siegel Bernard reports today in the NY Times:The ailing economy continues to pull more Americans into bankruptcy court, where...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, April 04, 2009

Friday, April 03, 2009

Courts - Iowa Supreme Court this morning rules state's same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional [Updated]

Here is the AP lede:DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Iowa Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling Friday finding that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 03, 2009

Courts - Maryland Public Defender Calls Drug Courts Unconstitutional

The sub-head to this story today in the Washington Post, reported by Henri E. Cauvin, is "Defendants in So-Called Problem-Solving...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, April 03, 2009

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Courts - Hamilton joined by nominees to 2nd and 4th Circuits

Larry Margasak of the AP has this story. Here is the White House press release, via the BLT....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, April 02, 2009

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Law - "Storm Clouds Gather Over Obama Nominees "

Some quotes from an article today in the NY Times, by Neil A. Lewis:WASHINGTON — Although the parties have changed...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Environment - SCOTUS rules on use of cost-benefit analysis in at least some CWA applications

SCOTUSBlog reported earlier today:The Court has released the opinion in Entergy Corp. v. EPA (07-588), on the Clean Water Act...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Courts - SCOTUS rules federal government should pay lawyers for clemency work

From the AP:WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Wednesday the government should pay federally appointed lawyers for working on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Courts - "Employment Contracts Now Seen as Being Rewritable "

Some quotes from a lengthy story published yesterday in the NY Times, reported by Mary Williams Walsh and Jonathan Glater:Contracts...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Courts - Highly compensated California state judges not sharing state's economic pain

That is the thrust of an AP story by Paul Elias today, published in the Washington Post. The long story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Courts - "Kentucky students' court operates just like real thing"

From a story by Chris Otts in the March 30th Louisville Courier Journal:Melissa Moore is not a lawyer. But the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Monday, March 30, 2009

Courts - "In Britain, Web Leaves Courts Playing Catch-Up "

The ILB found this article in today's NY Times, by Noah Cohen, really interesting. Here are some quotes:ON March 17,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 30, 2009

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Court - "Fighting Over Child Support After the Pink Slip Arrives"

Julie Bosman reports today in a story on the front page of the Sunday NY Times. Some quotes from the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 29, 2009

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Courts - "Residents of Luzerne County, Pa., wondered what led two judges to send thousands of juveniles to detention centers in return for kickbacks — and why they weren’t stopped"

Updating this ILB entry from March 26th, Ian Urbina has a long story in the NY Times today headed "Judges’...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 28, 2009

Friday, March 27, 2009

Courts - "Students Sue Prosecutor in Cellphone Photos Case "

The NY Times has had stories two days in a row now on “'sexting': the increasingly popular phenomenon of nude...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 27, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Courts - More on: "The Indianapolis Museum of Art wanted its Caravaggio back"

Some of you may remember this ILB entry from October 20, 2007. Today the NY Times has this report by...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 26, 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Courts - "What Constitutional Rights Should Schoolchildren Have?"

Michael C. Dorf, a FindLaw columnist who is the Robert S. Stevens Professor of Law at Cornell University, has a...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Courts - Broward County judge leaps over bench to protect witness

"Judge leaps to protect woman in Broward County court: A defendant in Broward County court ended up in jail after...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Monday, March 23, 2009

Courts - "Should We Have Professional Juries?"

More on juries today, from this entry by Ashby Jones at the WSJ Law Blog....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 23, 2009

Courts - More on: "Mistrial by iPhone: Juries’ Web Research Upends Trials"

Updating this ILB entry from March 17th, the NY Times today has published a number of eye-opening letters under the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 23, 2009

Courts - Texas Chief Justice argues for new system of selecting judges

Thanks to How Appealing for spotting this editorial in the Houston Chronicle, written by Wallace B. Jefferson, chief justice of...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 23, 2009

Friday, March 20, 2009

Courts - Justice Ginsburg looks back on Harvard Law School, early career

A good article today by Joanna Nairn, writing for the Harvard Law Record. A quote:Justice Ginsburg joined Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 20, 2009

Courts - "Judge Blocks Rule Permitting Concealed Guns In U.S. Parks"

Juliet Eilperin and Del Quentin Wilber report today in the Washington Post:A federal judge yesterday blocked a last-minute rule enacted...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 20, 2009

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Courts - "Proposal would open Kentucky judicial branch's records"

Andrew Wolfson reports today in the Louisville Courier Journal:Want to know how much the Kentucky Bar Association paid an outside...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Courts - Federal Judge awards attorneys fees in Kentucky ten commandments case

From the AP, a story in the Lexington Herald-Leader that begins:A federal judge has ordered a pair of southern Kentucky...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Courts - "Mistrial by iPhone: Juries’ Web Research Upends Trials"

This ILB entry from March 14th was headed "Appeal says juror sent 'tweets' during $12.6M case ". This one from...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Monday, March 16, 2009

Courts - More on: Seymour-based Rose Acre Farms takings judgment reversed by Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Updating this ILB entry from March 13th, Marcia Coyle writes today in The National Law Journal in an article that...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 16, 2009

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Courts - "Implementing federal sex offender registration law may prove impossible"

A long, important article today in the Providence RI Journal, about the federal sex offender law, reported by Tracy Breton....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 15, 2009

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Courts - "Appeal says juror sent 'tweets' during $12.6M case "

Jon Gambrell of the AP has a story that reports: LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- A building materials company and...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 14, 2009

Friday, March 13, 2009

Courts - More on: "Lawyers difficult to obtain in immigration cases"

Updating this ILB entry from Sept. 3, 2008, Nina Bernstein of the NY Times has a story today headed "In...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 13, 2009

Courts - "How Obama Will Handle U.S. Attorney Posts Still Unclear"

The Washington Post this morning has this story by Carrie Johnson that begins:One of the better spoils of winning the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 13, 2009

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Courts - A copy of Bernard Madoff's plea allocution

More or less, how he did it. From the WSJ Law Blog - access it here....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 12, 2009

Courts - Law clerks may be quaking in their boots

Above the Law has a long entry today headed "Clerks: Can't Go Home Again?," that includes this:Once upon a time,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 12, 2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Courts - European Court of Justice ruling over secret list of banned aircraft hand luggage

From the Times Online, reported by David Charter, Europe Correspondent:A tennis player today won his case at the European Court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Courts - "Obama’s Court Nominees Are Focus of Speculation"

From a story today in the NY Times, reported by Neil A. Lewis:WASHINGTON — President Obama will soon begin naming...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Courts - "Judging . . . A Good Job, But Could it Be Safer?"

The WSJ Law Blog has posted this entry.. A quote:A 2007 study by the Administrative Office of the Courts found...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Courts - More on: SCOTUS rules on impact of public defender delays in getting case to trial

Updating this ILB entry from yesterday, Adam Liptak of the NY Times writes today under the heading: "Justices Rule on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Monday, March 09, 2009

Courts - "Web Directory Of Attorneys Upsets D.C. Bar"; Is Indiana Next?

Kim Hart reports in the Washington Post today under the heading, "Web Directory Of Attorneys Upsets D.C. Bar." The story...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 09, 2009

Courts - "Bringing Newly Issued Rulings to an Appellate Court's Attention" [Updated]

Howard Bashman of How Appealing has a practice column today in The Legal Intelligencer, titled "Bringing Newly Issued Rulings to...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 09, 2009

Courts - SCOTUS rules on impact of public defender delays in getting case to trial

According to Lyle Denniston of the SCOTUSBlog, in an entry briefly describing several rulings today:By a 7-2 vote, the Court...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 09, 2009

Saturday, March 07, 2009

Courts - More on: Suit filed seeking to enjoin Florida’s canons that require judges to recuse themselves from cases involving issues that they responded to in questionnaire

Updating this ILB entry from Aug. 29, 2006, the AP is reporting:ATLANTA (AP) -- A federal appeals court has decided...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, March 07, 2009

Friday, March 06, 2009

Courts - "Justice Ginsburg, 'Alive and Well'"

"First, I wanted people to see that the Supreme Court isn't all male," the lone female justice said of the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 06, 2009

Courts - "Live coverage boosts access to federal courtrooms"

A lengthy story today in the Washington Post, reported by Roxana Hegeman, datelined Wichita, includes these quotes:n a victory for...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, March 06, 2009

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Courts - "Reasonable or Discriminatory? The Peremptory Strike Conundrum"

Some interesting reading in the WSJ Law Blog today....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 05, 2009

Courts - "No Legal Shield in Drug Labeling, Justices Rule"

Updating yesterday's brief ILB entry on the Wyeth decision, here are some quotes from Adam Liptak's front-page story today in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, March 05, 2009

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Courts - SCOTUS rules federal approval of labels giving warnings about effects of drugs does not bar lawsuits under state law

This was a much anticipated ruling - see earlier ILB entries here. See Lyle Denniston's summary of today's ruling here,...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Courts - Sandra Day O'Connor was on The Daily Show last night

Here is a USA Today pre-story. The clips to parts 1 and 2 are available here and here....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Monday, March 02, 2009

Courts - "Supreme Court Enters the YouTube Era "

Adam Liptak's column in tomorrow's NYT will be titled "Supreme Court Enters the YouTube Era ." The article begins:The Supreme...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 02, 2009

Courts - "W.Va. mining case could shape U.S. judicial races"

A good preview of tomorrow's SCOTUS argument in Caperton v. Massey can be found here, written by Lyle Denniston, at...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, March 02, 2009

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Courts - More on: Carl Malamud fights to improve Pacer

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 13th, this story Feb. 27th from Wired, by Ryan Singel, reports a step in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, March 01, 2009

Friday, February 27, 2009

Courts - More on: Follow the McCafferty murder trial and the media's efforts to cover it via blog and otherwise

Nothing new from the "Reporter's Blog" (here), the latest entry right now is from Thursday afternoon. But court is due...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Friday, February 27, 2009

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Courts - Follow the McCafferty murder trial and the media's efforts to cover it via blog and otherwise

A murder trial underway in Newport, Kentucky - northern Kentucky, near Covington - is getting extensive coverage from the Kentucky...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 26, 2009

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Courts - More on: Some Legal Experts Propose Limiting SCOTUS Justices' Powers, Terms

Updating this ILB entry from Feb. 23rd, NPR's Talk of the Nation today featured the four proposals for the judiciary....

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Courts - Yet another update on efforts to receive compensation for land taken to build Kentucky Camp Breckenridge

This April 20, 2008 ILB entry reported success for Kentucky families' "long legal fight to get compensation for land taken...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Courts - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg does not return quietly

Many stories today about the return of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (aka "the only woman justice") to the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Monday, February 23, 2009

Court - Supreme Court of United States returns today

A lot of news out of the SCOTUS today, returning from a winter recess. Scroll through the newest entries on...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 23, 2009

Courts - Some Legal Experts Propose Limiting SCOTUS Justices' Powers, Terms

Robert Barnes reports today in the Washington Post:If we had it to do all over again, would we appoint Supreme...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 23, 2009

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Courts - Minnesota: "Showdown could leave our courts in chaos"

This ILB entry from Sept. 5th, 2008, headed "Commission on Courts discussion of judicial mandates," included this quote about the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 22, 2009

Courts - "High Court to Hear DNA Testing Case: Justices to Debate Whether Convicts Should Be Guaranteed Access to Latest Techniques"

That is the headline to a lengthy story today by Robert Barnes of the Washington Post. Some quotes:They are among...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 22, 2009

Courts - "40th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, which established students' free speech rights"

From C-SPAN's Amercia and the Courts program last evening:February 24th marks the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 22, 2009

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Courts - 9th Circuit strikes down California violent video game ban

Here is a long list earlier ILB entries on efforts to ban video games, in Indiana and nationally, including this...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Saturday, February 21, 2009

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Courts - "Roane residents file suit against TVA for ash spill "

Law suits are being filed as a result of the TVA coal ash spill (see ILB entries here) last December...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 19, 2009

Courts - "Do Federal Judges Discriminate Against Discrimination Claims?"

That is the question posed in a WSJ article today and discussed here in the WSJ Law Blog. A quote:The...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Thursday, February 19, 2009

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Courts - Massachusetts' top judge says courts are in crisis

From today's Boston Globe, a story by Megan Woolhouse. Some quotes:The economic downturn could have a devastating impact on the...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Courts - More on: "Case May Alter Judge Elections Across Country "

The case of Caperton v. A. T. Massey Coal, No. 08-22, which will be argued before the SCOTUS on March...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Monday, February 16, 2009

Courts - "Is the Supreme Court About to Kill Off the Exclusionary Rule? "

An editorial in the NY Times today, signed by Adam Cohen, begins:In 1957, the Cleveland police showed up at Dollree...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Monday, February 16, 2009

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Courts - "Case May Alter Judge Elections Across Country "

The case of Caperton v. A. T. Massey Coal, No. 08-22, which will be argued before the SCOTUS on March...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on Sunday, February 15, 2009

Friday, February 13, 2009

Court - "Supreme Court Justices to Weigh Superfund Cleanup Liability"

Marcia Coyle writes in The National Law Journal in a lengthy article:The two Superfund cases that the high court have...

Posted by Marcia Oddi on