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352nd District Court

352nd District Court

Features summaries of interesting and notable cases from the 352nd District Court of Texas. By Judge Bonnie Sudderth.

http://352nddistrictcourt.wordpress.com/
  • Feb 25

    2008 – The Tragic Mother and Child Reunion

    2008 – The Tragic Mother and Child Reunion
    The plaintiff’s attorney began the Original Petition for his client with this succinct statement: ”This is a case of great sadness, high emotion and the need for precise and immediate action by the Court.” 
  • Feb 25

    2008 – The Tragic Mother and Child Reunion

    2008 – The Tragic Mother and Child Reunion
    The plaintiff’s attorney began the Original Petition for his client with this succinct statement: “This is a case of great sadness, high emotion and the need for precise and immediate action by the Court.”  On…
  • Dec 11

    2011 – Death and Taxes … and Chicken

    2011 – Death and Taxes … and Chicken
    The sole issue in this case was at what point in the life of a chicken does the chicken lose its tax-exempt status as poultry? When this lawsuit was filed in 2011, Pilgrim’s Pride was the second-largest chicken producer in the world.  A…
Rank this Week: 2719

A Criminal Waste of Space

A Criminal Waste of Space

An irreverant look at legal matters. By Justice William W. Bedsworth.

http://www.acriminalwasteofspace.com/journal_beds.asp
  • Nov 28

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  • Nov 5

    My Retirement: Pucks, Ducks, and Yuck

    My Retirement: Pucks, Ducks, and Yuck
                        Well, it's official.  The retirement papers are filed, I've said goodbye to my colleagues, and turned in my ID card.  I may come back on assignment sometime, but basic...
  • Nov 5

    Finally -- A Judging Job I can Handle

    Finally -- A Judging Job I can Handle
                             I think I've found my calling.                    &...
Rank this Week: 1250

Abstract Appeal

Abstract Appeal

Covers Florida Law and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. By Matt Conigliaro.

http://www.abstractappeal.com/
  • Aug 12

    Health Care Litigation: The Eleventh Circuit Agrees The Mandate Is Unconstitutional

    Health Care Litigation: The Eleventh Circuit Agrees The Mandate Is Unconstitutional
    This decision will attract a great deal of attention. It should. Today, the Eleventh Circuit held that the individual insurance mandate contained in the massive 2010 health care legislation violates the federal constitution because Congress…
  • Jul 8

    People Say I’m Lazy…

    People Say I’m Lazy…
    Dreaming my life away. Well they give me all kinds of advice… You know the rest. Lennon had been spending time raising a family in New York. My story is a little different.
  • Feb 21

    Hey Legislature: That MedMal Immunity Is Illusory

    Hey Legislature: That MedMal Immunity Is Illusory
    This decision from the Fourth District examined section 768.135, the title of which references immunity for volunteer sports team physicians.
Rank this Week: 2301

AsktheJudge.info

AsktheJudge.info

Educational site for and about teens and the law. By retired juvenile judge Tom Jacobs.

http://www.askthejudge.info/
  • Aug 28

    Is being transgender the next civil rights movement?

    Is being transgender the next civil rights movement?
    America has witnessed a progression of civil rights movements in its young history. African-Americans, women, and the LGB community have struggled to gain acceptance and equality in mainstream America. Now, we’re seeing a similar push…
  • Aug 26

    Friendship overcomes gay bashing

    Friendship overcomes gay bashing
    Two male students at Desert Oasis High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, agreed to go to their 2015 junior prom as each other’s date.  Jacob Lescenski is straight while Anthony Martinez is openly gay. “Guess who just got…
  • Aug 17

    Should term limits apply to Supreme Court justices?

    Should term limits apply to Supreme Court justices?
    As you may know, the U.S. Constitution calls for the creation of a supreme court with a lifetime appointment for all senate-approved justices. Of course, that was in a time when a person’s lifetime was a bit less than today and the…
Rank this Week: 2405

At the Lectern: Practicing Before…

At the Lectern: Practicing Before the California Supreme Court

Features news and commentary on the practice of law before the California Supreme Court. By Horvitz & Levy LLP.

http://www.atthelectern.com/
  • Aug 28

    Another post-review publication order

    Another post-review publication order
    We said a while ago that it is very unusual for the Supreme Court to use its authority to order republished a Court of Appeal opinion after the opinion has been automatically depublished by the grant of review.  Just earlier this month,…
  • Aug 28

    Summary of August 26, 2015 conference report for civil case

    Summary of August 26, 2015 conference report for civil case
    In its conference on Wednesday, August 26, 2015, for the first time since last October, the Court granted no petitions for review in civil cases, no civil petitions were denied with dissenting justices, and no civil opinions were ordered…
  • Aug 27

    Divided court reverses street gang enhancement

    Divided court reverses street gang enhancement
    A 5-2 Supreme Court today reverses a criminal-street-gang enhancement that was added onto sentences for attempted voluntary manslaughter and assault with a firearm.  People v. Prunty concerns the organizational structure of street gangs…
Rank this Week: 4642

California Appellate Report

California Appellate Report

Thoughts on recent Ninth Circuit and California appellate cases, by University of San Diego School of Law Professor Shaun Martin.

http://calapp.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 27

    People v. Romero & Self (Cal. Supreme Court - Aug. 26, 2015)

    People v. Romero & Self (Cal. Supreme Court - Aug. 26, 2015)
    Sometimes you read these death penalty cases and wonder what it was that led the jury to invoke the death penalty.Not here.Just read the first nine pages of the opinion, which recounts the various crimes that the defendants committed during…
  • Aug 26

    Sternberg v. California State Board of Pharmacy (Cal. Ct. App. - Aug. 26, 2015)

    Sternberg v. California State Board of Pharmacy (Cal. Ct. App. - Aug. 26, 2015)
    It at first seemed a little harsh to me that the California State Board of Pharmacy revoked Andrew Sternberg's pharmacy license just because he was the pharmacist in charge when someone else stole some drugs from the office.  Seemed…
  • Aug 26

    People v. Toloy (Cal. Ct. App. - Aug. 26, 2015)

    People v. Toloy (Cal. Ct. App. - Aug. 26, 2015)
    Section 290 of the Penal Code requires that when certain people (e.g., sex offenders) are released from jail after serving a sentence of 30 days or more, these people must register their new (post-release) address with the local police…
Rank this Week: 862

Changing the Court

Changing the Court

A chronicle of how a group of planners and practitioners are attempting to change the Bronx court system's approach to low-level criminal offending. From the Center for Court Innovation.

http://changingthecourt.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 27

    BCS goes Back-to-School with the Bryant Hill Community Garden

    BCS goes Back-to-School with the Bryant Hill Community Garden
    On Friday August 21, Bronx Community Service Staff members along with nine BCS clients headed up to the Bryant Hill Community Garden in Hunts Point for a beautification and back-to-school event. We met with Lucia Hernandez, who has been the…
  • Aug 7

    BCS Helps with National Night Out

    BCS Helps with National Night Out
    National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. Bronx Community Solutions participated again by…
  • Jul 31

    A Day in the Life...Community Service from the Perspective of a Resource Coordinator

    A Day in the Life...Community Service from the Perspective of a Resource Coordinator
    Jeffrey Seplowe, BCS Resource Coordinator, in the grey shirtAs a Resource Coordinator I am usually stationed in courtrooms, providing alternative sanction recommendations to judges that include but are not limited to community service, social…
Rank this Week: 785

Circuit Splits

Circuit Splits

Covers divisions between circuit courts. By Nicholas J. Wagoner.

http://www.circuitsplits.com/
  • Jun 6

    Parallel Review and Identifying Circuit Split

    Parallel Review and Identifying Circuit Split
    This post is part of a series exploring the ideas in an important new article by Professor Aaron-Andrew Bruhl (Univ. Houston), entitled Measuring Circuit Splits: A Cautionary Note. One important concept Bruhl explains is that of parallel…
  • Jun 6

    New Must-Read Article: Measuring Circuit Splits (Aaron-Andrew Bruhl)

    New Must-Read Article: Measuring Circuit Splits (Aaron-Andrew Bruhl)
    Aaron-Andrew Bruhl (pictured), a professor at University of Houston Law Center, has an important new article on SSRN entitled Measuring Circuit Splits: A Cautionary Note. This article is, simply put, brilliant. It changed the way that I think…
  • May 13

    How NOT To Argue That A Court Should Avoid Creating A Circuit Split

    How NOT To Argue That A Court Should Avoid Creating A Circuit Split
    Sometimes appellate advocates argue that the circuit court panel in their case should align with the decisions of one or two other circuits in order to avoid creating a circuit split. In one recent case, the lawyer stretched the argument too…
Rank this Week: 2786

Confirm Them

Confirm Them

Covers the judicial confirmation battles in the United States Senate.

http://www.confirmthem.com/
  • Jul 22

    My Review Of LifeCell 30 Day Trial

    My Review Of LifeCell 30 Day Trial
    LifeCell 30 Day Free Trial – How Good Is It Really? Is it even possible to pass up a free trial on the latest anti-ageing product, that just so happens to be taking Hollywood by storm? Well I didn’t think so, which is why I…
  • Jul 21

    Anti Aging Face Creams For Oily Skin

    Anti Aging Face Creams For Oily Skin
    Anti Ageing Face Cream for Oily Skin                Finding the right face cream for your skin can be as important as eating the right variety of foods. Your skin needs all…
  • Jul 21

    Anti Aging Creams For Dry Skin

    Anti Aging Creams For Dry Skin
    Anti Ageing Face Cream for Dry Skin                Dry skin can be one of the hardest skin conditions to have to deal with. You might already drink plenty of water, keep…
Rank this Week: 98

Court News Ohio

Court News Ohio

Provides case announcements and decision highlights. From the Supreme Court of Ohio and Ohio Government Telecommunications.

http://www.courtnewsohio.gov/
  • Aug 28

    Minimum Wage Constitutional Amendment Under Scrutiny

    Minimum Wage Constitutional Amendment Under Scrutiny
    Two employees from Montgomery County who sold advertising and worked on commission claim they should have been paid minimum wage because of a 2006 constitutional amendment passed by Ohio voters.
  • Aug 27

    Parent Cannot View Records of Alleged Child Abuse Investigation

    Parent Cannot View Records of Alleged Child Abuse Investigation
    The records related to a child abuse investigation by a children’s services agency are confidential, and the mother requesting the documents did not show good cause to override that confidentiality, the Ohio Supreme Court decided today…
  • Aug 27

    Members in Class Action Must Show They Suffered Injury for Case to Go Forward

    Members in Class Action Must Show They Suffered Injury for Case to Go Forward
    The Ohio Supreme Court ruled today in a class-action lawsuit in which customers who bought vehicles from a Cleveland car dealership challenged a purchase contract clause requiring arbitration of disputes.
Rank this Week: 3998

DailyWrit

DailyWrit

Covers the US Supreme Court. By Kedar Bhatia.

http://dailywrit.com
  • Apr 23

    Agreement Between Justices Scalia and Thomas During October Term 2012

    Agreement Between Justices Scalia and Thomas During October Term 2012
    Over at Twitter, Mike Sacks posted an interesting question about the agreement rate between Justices Scalia and Thomas during October Term 2012: Is it me, or have Thomas and Scalia been on opposite sides a lot more this term than in the past?…
  • Jan 24

    Advocates Arguing from Private Practice (OT 2000-2011)

    Advocates Arguing from Private Practice (OT 2000-2011)
    In my last post, I provided a list of the top Supreme Court advocates of the twenty-first century who had never worked in the Office of the Solicitor General. As a comment on that post mentions, some who made my list had previous experience…
  • Jan 24

    Top Supreme Court Advocates of the Twenty-First Century

    Top Supreme Court Advocates of the Twenty-First Century
    I have a new Article out in the Journal of Legal Metrics entitled Top Supreme Court Advocates of the Twenty First Century. You can download the article here here. This Article identifies the Supreme Court litigators who have argued at least…
Rank this Week: 357

Direct Appeal

Direct Appeal

Covers recent criminal cases from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. By Russell Wheeler.

http://directappeal2.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 864

Eastern District of Texas Federal…

Eastern District of Texas Federal Court Practice

Devoted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, with special emphasis on patent litigation. By Michael C. Smith.

http://mcsmith.blogs.com/eastern_district_of_texas/
  • Aug 26

    Patent Rights panel at Texas Global Innovation & Intellectual Property Summit - 2015

    Patent Rights panel at Texas Global Innovation & Intellectual Property Summit - 2015
    I am headed out the door for Austin to participate in the Texas Global Innovation & Intellectual Property Summit tomorrow morning at the Hyatt Regency on lovely Town Lake. The program is hosted by the Texas Patent Assistance Program,…
  • Aug 25

    Tyler Jury Returns Noninfringement Verdict

    Tyler Jury Returns Noninfringement Verdict
    A Tyler jury in Judge Trey Schroeder's court returned a verdict in favor of defendants in a patent trial on Friday. The jury in EVM Systems, LLC v. Rex Medical, L.P. et al, 6:13cv184 found that defendants Rex Medical LP...
  • Aug 20

    Advanced Civil Trials - emerging theme

    Advanced Civil Trials - emerging theme
    It's early on Day 2 of the three day ACT seminar in Dallas but two themes are emerging. First, attorneys need to think about things "early in the case." I say that all the time about the court's charge, but...
Rank this Week: 855

ECJBlog

ECJBlog

Features news about the European Court of Justice. By Allard Knook.

http://courtofjustice.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 2

    Case C‑202/13, McCarthy

    Case C‑202/13, McCarthy
    Where third-country nationals hold a ‘residence card of a family member of a Union citizen’, UK cannot make right of entry subject to requirement to first obtain visa>> McCarthy had dual British and Irish nationality. He and…
  • Jan 2

    Case C‑354/13, Kaltoft

    Case C‑354/13, Kaltoft
    EU law not laying down principle of non-discrimination on grounds of obesityThe Employment Equality Directive (Directive 2000/78/EC) prohibits discrimination based on religion, belief, disability, age or sexual orientation in relation to…
  • Jan 2

    Case C‑416/13, Vital Pérez

    Case C‑416/13, Vital Pérez
    Local rule setting maximum age for recruitment of police officers at 30 years contrary to EU law>> The Employment Equality Directive (The EE Directive, Directive 2000/78/EC)  prohibits any form of discrimination in employment based…
Rank this Week: 2177

Eminent Domain

Eminent Domain

Covers judicial news.

http://eminentdomain.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 4

    It's Been Fun

    It's Been Fun
    I know that I've got a sizable collection of posts that start "I know I've been gone for a while," but I thought that I could squeeze one more into the pack. I know I've been gone for a while, but forces much stronger than Blogger.com are to…
  • Dec 6

    A Little More Complicated...

    A Little More Complicated...
    I had a chance to listen to the audio from the Boumediene v Bush case last night. I previously guessed that this would be a clear 5-4, Kennedy joins the liberals case. After the argument, I'm not so sure anymore. Kennedy was oddly quiet. …
  • Dec 5

    Clinton on the Supreme Court

    Clinton on the Supreme Court
    Scary title, isn't it? I'm using the word "on" in place of "talking about," so hopefully that should calm some fears. But wait. Don't relax just yet. Here's Senator Hillary Clinton talking about who she would appoint to the Supreme Court…
Rank this Week: 447

European Court of Human Rights

European Court of Human Rights

Covers European Court of Human Rights documents and information.

http://ecohr.wordpress.com
  • Oct 4

    Turkey hittings military targets in Syria

    Turkey hittings military targets in Syria
    Turkish artillery hit targets near Syria’s Tel Abyad border town for a second day on Thursday, killing several Syrian soldiers according to activists and security sources, after a mortar bomb fired from the area killed five Turkish…
  • Oct 3

    Turkey bombed military targets in Syria

    Turkey bombed military targets in Syria
    Turkey’s military struck targets inside Syria on Wednesday in response to a mortar bomb fired from Syrian territory which killed five Turkish civilians, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo?an’s office said in a statement. “Our armed forces…
  • Oct 2

    Russia Calls for Calm on Tense Turkish-Syria Border

    Russia Calls for Calm on Tense Turkish-Syria Border
    Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov has urged restraint between Turkey and Syria, calling for calm on the tense Turkish-Syrian border. “We believe both Syrian and Turkish authorities should exercise maximum restraint in this…
Rank this Week: 4866

European Court of Human Rights

European Court of Human Rights

Covers court decisions and information.

http://ecohr.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 19

    Hrant Dink Murder on Seventh Anniversary of his Death

    Hrant Dink Murder on Seventh Anniversary of his Death
    Thousands took part in a walk in İstanbul on Sunday commemorating the seventh anniversary of the death of Hrant Dink, showing that there remains a persistent conviction that connections behind his assassination have been covered up by…
  • Jan 11

    Davutoğlu clarifies ‘Assad lesser evil' statement

    Davutoğlu clarifies ‘Assad lesser evil' statement
    Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has slammed the use of the word “jihadist” in an English translation for the Turkish word “mücahid” to describe the slogan employed by some of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip…
  • Sep 23

    Case of Ahmet Atahür Söyler v. Turkey

    Case of Ahmet Atahür Söyler v. Turkey
    Case of Ahmet Atahür Söyler v. Turkey (Application no. 29411/07)JUDGMENT (17 September 2013)STRASBOURGPROCEDURE1. The case originated in an application (no. 29411/07) against the Republic of Turkey lodged with the Court under…
Rank this Week: 3142

Federalist Society SCOTUScast

Federalist Society SCOTUScast

Provides expert commentary on U.S. Supreme Court cases as they are argued and issued. By the Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies.

http://fedsoc.server326.com/audio/SCOTUScast/SCOTUScast.xml
  • Jul 14

    Kingsley v. Hendrickson - Post-Decision SCOTUScast

    Kingsley v. Hendrickson - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
    On June 22, 2015, the Supreme Court decided Kingsley v. Hendrickson. The central question in this case was whether, to prove an excessive force claim brought by a pretrial detainee against several jail officers, the detainee must show…
  • Jul 8

    Davis v. Ayala - Post-Decision SCOTUScast

    Davis v. Ayala - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
    On June 18, 2015, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Davis v. Ayala. The issue in this case was whether Ayala was entitled to federal habeas relief because the judge in his capital murder trial, when responding to Ayala’s…
  • Jul 1

    Glossip v. Gross - Post-Decision SCOTUScast

    Glossip v. Gross - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
    On June 29, 2015, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Glossip v. Gross. This case concerned three questions. The first was whether it is constitutional for a state to execute an inmate by administering a three-drug protocol in which…
Rank this Week: 968

FlascBlog

FlascBlog

Covers the Florida Supreme Court.

http://www.flascblog.com
  • Apr 6

    Impairment of Contracts, Hospital Districts, and the Foundations They Create

    Impairment of Contracts, Hospital Districts, and the Foundations They Create
    Regina Keenan | On November 13, 2014, the Florida Supreme Court issued an opinion in Citrus County Hospital Board v. Citrus Memorial Health Foundation, Inc. (SC13-411) affirming Citrus Memorial Health Foundation, Inc. v. Citrus County…
  • Apr 6

    Court Revisits Life Sentences for Juvenile Offenders, Part 2

    Court Revisits Life Sentences for Juvenile Offenders, Part 2
    Regina Keenan | On March 19, 2005, the Florida Supreme Court issued opinions in Falcon v. State, (SC13-865) and Horsley v. State, (SC13-1938) combined with State v. Horsley, (SC-13-2000). In Miller v. Alabama, 132 S. Ct. 2455 (U.S. 2012), the
  • Mar 21

    Court Revisits Life Sentences for Juvenile Offender

    Court Revisits Life Sentences for Juvenile Offender
    Kristen Larson | In Graham v. Florida, 560 U.S. 48 (2010), the Supreme Court of the United States held that a Florida law which allowed juveniles to be sentenced to life without parole for nonhomicide crimes was unconstitutional. The Court
Rank this Week: 2460

Gavel to Gavel

Gavel to Gavel

Covers trends in legislative activity as it relates to the courts. By the National Center for State Courts.

http://gaveltogavel.us/
Rank this Week: 4863

INCourts

INCourts

Covers Indiana court decisions.

http://incourts.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 19

    What a Scribefire Post Looks Like

    What a Scribefire Post Looks Like
    Just sending this along to see what it looks like in real life, as it were.
  • Jan 14

    Ice is Here--and Chills the Spirit

    Ice is Here--and Chills the Spirit
    Oregon v. Ice was decided today. (Here at Cornell). 5-4 with a wacky split to say that juries do not need to find facts necessary to impose consecutive sentences. Roberts, Scalia, Souter, and Thomas were the four.
  • Nov 11

    Quote of the Day: On Mediocrity & the Supreme Court

    Quote of the Day: On Mediocrity & the Supreme Court
    There are a lot of mediocre people in this country, and mediocrity should be represented on the Supreme Court.
Rank this Week: 2277

Joel Jacobsen

Joel Jacobsen

Covers criminal law, violent crime and the judiciary. Previously known as the Judging Crimes blog.

http://www.joeljacobsen.com/
  • Feb 10

    Sweet potatoe

    Sweet potatoe
    When was America discovered (by humans)? Not 1492, when Columbus sailed the ocean blue. First there were the people from eastern Asia, of course, who arrived many thousands of years ago. Lately there's some renewed debate about exactly…
  • Jan 17

    Getting back to blogging

    Getting back to blogging
    It's been a refreshing nap. But now I think it's time to get back to blogging. I came very close to burning through my remaining stock of idealism by writing Judging Crimes.  Practicing law means chasing trivialities in the pursuit of…
  • Jul 15

    439. Armed incoherence watch

    439. Armed incoherence watch
    The Chicago gun control decision was a great liberal triumph, the culmination of nearly 50 years of such triumphs.  It shows the wonderful influence William Brennan continues to exert beyond the grave.  (See post 365.)  
Rank this Week: 2105

Judge Bonnie Sudderth

Judge Bonnie Sudderth

Covers the Texas Rules of Evidence.

http://judgebonniesudderth.wordpress.com/
Rank this Week: 2725

Judge Tom Talks

Judge Tom Talks

Review of Oklahoma workers' compensation cases, law, and current trends. By Tom Leonard.

http://judgetom.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 10

    Crosswalk and Disposition Table

    Crosswalk and Disposition Table
    The Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Act is repealed, and the Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Code is adopted. Most of the old provisions have been retained, but the numbering is new and the subsections have been shuffled. For example §3…
  • Dec 13

    Budget Outlook for Oklahoma

    Budget Outlook for Oklahoma
    If you are unfamiliar with the Oklahoma Policy Institute, go to its website and bookmark it, add it to you feed reader or follow it on Twitter.
  • Dec 6

    The Bunkhouse Rule

    The Bunkhouse Rule
    The Supreme Court of South Carolina held that a worker's injuries occurred within the course and scope of his employment where the migrant worker sustained a right ankle fracture when he fell on a wet sidewalk outside housing provided by his…
Rank this Week: 4637

Juries

Juries

Examines interesting and new developments regarding grand juries and trial juries. By Thaddeus Hoffmeister.

http://juries.blogspot.com/
  • Oct 9

    Consultation Paper on Jury Empanelment in Victoria, Australia

    Consultation Paper on Jury Empanelment in Victoria, Australia
    The Victoria Law Commission has finalized its report on juror empanelment.  The report, which is available here, examines the following three areas Peremptory challenges and the Crown's right to stand aside Calling of the panel…
  • Oct 8

    Warger v. Shauers Oral Argument

    Warger v. Shauers Oral Argument
    Today, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Warger v. Shauers.Sheila Birnbaum will be arguing for respondent (Randy D. Shauers).Sarah E. Harrington who represents the solicitor general's office will also be arguing for…
  • Oct 7

    Jury Voting Paradoxe

    Jury Voting Paradoxe
    Jason IulianoAbstract (to read the entire article go here)The special verdict is plagued by two philosophical paradoxes: the discursive dilemma and the lottery paradox. Although widely discussed in the philosophical literature, these…
Rank this Week: 1380

Kentucky Court Report

Kentucky Court Report

Provides updates of decisions, argument calendars, news and developments for the Supreme Court of Kentucky and Kentucky Court of Appeals. By Michael Stevens.

http://kycourtreport.com/
Rank this Week: 1452

Legal Legacy

Legal Legacy

Provides book reviews and analyses of notable Supreme Court cases.

http://legallegacy.wordpress.com
Rank this Week: 4188

Maryland Courts Watcher

Maryland Courts Watcher

Features the synopses of opinions from Maryland courts, including the Court of Appeals and the Court of Special Appeals.

http://marylandcourts.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 495

Mass Appeal!

Mass Appeal!

Covers appellate issues in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the First Circuit Court of Appeals. By Matt Cameron.

http://www.mattcameronlaw.com/mass-appeal/
  • May 31

    Dumb… and DOMA

    Dumb… and DOMA
    A sampling of today’s headlines: (1) DOMA RULED UNCONSTITUTIONAL BY FEDERAL APPEALS COURT
  • Dec 7

    There Is No Line

    There Is No Line
    If you like Mass Appeal, please be sure to check out  There Is No Line, my newest blogging venture. TINL intends to provide actual facts in response to actual arguments and assertions made by actual people—some of whom are merely misguided…
  • Oct 27

    Massachusetts v. The Internet: Commonwealth 0, Internet 2

    Massachusetts v. The Internet: Commonwealth 0, Internet 2
    This week’s cautionary tale in sloppy, reactionary lawmaking comes courtesy (as it so often does) of the Massachusetts legislature.
Rank this Week: 491

New York Court Watcher

New York Court Watcher

Covers the United States Supreme Court, the New York Court of Appeals and other federal and state appeals courts. By Professor Vincent Martin Bonventre.

http://www.newyorkcourtwatcher.com/
  • Aug 3

    Supremely Awful Arguments: Constitutional Nonsense (Part 1)

    Supremely Awful Arguments: Constitutional Nonsense (Part 1)
    Arguments the Justices sometimes make. Pure nonsense. [And that's euphemistic.] We hear plenty of these arguments from talk show hosts, from "expert" commentators, and from the Justices themselves--either fuming or ecstatic about…
  • Jul 23

    Saratoga Highlights 2014 (Top Ten: #'s 6 - 10, & a Human!)

    Saratoga Highlights 2014 (Top Ten: #'s 6 - 10, & a Human!)
    In the last 2 posts we looked at Highlight #'s: 1, V.E. Day, winning the Travers2, Itsmyluckyday, winning the Woodward 3, Moreno, winning the Whitney 4, Wise Dan, winning the Bernard Baruch 5, Palace, winning the Forego On to #'s 6 to…
  • Jul 22

    Saratoga Highlights 2014 (Top Ten: #'s 2 - 5)

    Saratoga Highlights 2014 (Top Ten: #'s 2 - 5)
    In the last post we looked at Highlight #1, V.E. Day, winning the Travers. Let move on. Highlight # 2 Itsmyluckyday, winning the Woodward The Woodward, year after year one of America's premiere races--and my favorite--for 3 year olds and up,…
Rank this Week: 1053

News From Dallas Appellate…

News From Dallas Appellate Attorney Chad Ruback

Covers Dallas Court of Appeals developments.

http://news.appeal.pro
Rank this Week: 4414

Ninth Circuit Blog

Ninth Circuit Blog

Provides case summaries and commentary. By Federal Defenders of the Ninth Circuit.

http://circuit9.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 27

    United States v. Mujahid, No. 11-30276…

    United States v. Mujahid, No. 11-30276 (8-27-15)(Christen with Wallace and Wardlaw).  Can the federal sexual assault statutes reach into state or local jail facilities housing federal inmates?  Yes, holds the 9th, against a facial…
  • Aug 27

    United States v. Christensen, No. 08-50531…

    United States v. Christensen, No. 08-50531 (8-25-15)(Clifton with Fisher; partial concurrence and dissent by Christensen).  This is an appeal from various RICO convictions stemming from illegal wiretaps and investigations conducted by a…
  • Aug 27

    United States v. Sanchez-Gomez, No.…

    United States v. Sanchez-Gomez, No. 13-50561 (8-25-15)(Schroeder with Nguyen and Zouhary).  Unshackle the defendants!  The 9th held that the US Marshals cannot use "economic strain" on its staff as justification for a blanket policy…
Rank this Week: 123

Nomination Watch

Nomination Watch

Covers judges who support women's rights. By the National Women's Law Center.

http://www.nominationwatch.org/
  • May 4

    Update

    Update
    NominationWatch.org is currently on hiatus until major developments in nominations occur. In the meantime, please visitWomenstake.org, NWLC's multi-issue blog. Please continue to come to here for archival information and resources on…
  • Mar 23

    Can it be that employers aren’t discriminating against women when they don’t cover prescription contraceptives?

    Can it be that employers aren’t discriminating against women when they don’t cover prescription contraceptives?
    In December 2000, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency that enforces Title VII, the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in employment, ruled that an employer that does not cover prescription contraceptives in…
  • Feb 27

    A Supreme Court decision protecting rights reverberates . . .

    A Supreme Court decision protecting rights reverberates . . .
    In Jackson v. Birmingham Board of Education, in which the National Women’s Law Center represented plaintiff Roderick Jackson, the Supreme Court ruled in 2005 that individuals are protected under Title IX if they are retaliated against for…
Rank this Week: 853

Northern District of California…

Northern District of California Blog

Covers court orders in primarily civil cases from the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. By Michael O'Brien.

http://www.ndcalblog.com/
  • Oct 7

    Question 5 - The Angry Decedent Strikes Again Will

    Question 5 - The Angry Decedent Strikes Again Will
    This question I would rate as a fastball.  There are a lot of issues to fly through, but they are the same issues tested in virtually every Wills question since 1980.  If you studied the California Probate Code (CPC) you probably did fine.…
  • Oct 7

    Question 3: Can I get a witness? (California Evidence) California Bar Exam

    Question 3: Can I get a witness? (California Evidence) California Bar Exam
    This is the first of three criminal questions on this test, the most in recent memory since criminal subjects are rarely tested compared to torts and constitutional law.  This question is probably to calibrate the testing group…
  • Oct 7

    Question Four: Who wants to be a Dental Hygienist (Contracts, Remedies)

    Question Four: Who wants to be a Dental Hygienist (Contracts, Remedies)
    Question Four is a pretty standard contracts and remedies question.  I score this one as a curveball because you have to untangle the contract mess in order to get to the remedies question.  I provided a pair of pretty good strategies for…
Rank this Week: 4714

One Court of Justice

One Court of Justice

Covers Michigan's appellate courts. By Warner Norcross & Judd LLP.

http://www.wnj.com/Blogs/Appellate
Rank this Week: 4233

Oral Arguments

Oral Arguments

From the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

http://www.ca8.uscourts.gov
Rank this Week: 194

Pendleton Judicial Training…

Pendleton Judicial Training Updates

The official repository of the "Minnesota Judicial Training Updates," which provides judicial tips for judges and attorneys.

http://www.PendletonUpdates.com
  • Aug 27

    NORGAARD PLEA OF GUILTY – Unable to Recall Facts (15-16)

    NORGAARD PLEA OF GUILTY – Unable to Recall Facts (15-16)
    NORGAARD PLEA OF GUILTY: A Norgaard Plea is a procedure that governs situations where a defendant wants to enter a plea of guilty (usually in order to take advantage of a plea agreement) but is unable to recall facts due … Continue…
  • Aug 19

    FINAL REQUEST FOR HELP – FRIDAY IS THE LAST DAY TO NOMINATE THE BLOG

    FINAL REQUEST FOR HELP – FRIDAY IS THE LAST DAY TO NOMINATE THE BLOG
    Dear Friends and Loyal Readers of the Judicial Training & Education Blog, The deadline for nominating the Blog is this Friday, August 21. Acceptance into the competition depends on how many nominations each blog receives. I’ve been…
  • Aug 12

    FELONY SENTENCING & PROBATION VIOLATION HEARINGS: The one thing a judge should never say or promise (15-15)

    FELONY SENTENCING & PROBATION VIOLATION HEARINGS: The one thing a judge should never say or promise (15-15)
    GENERAL RULE:  During a felony sentencing or probation violation hearing (PVH), although judges may warn defendants that a violation of probation can have serious ramifications, the court should NEVER PROMISE, MAKE ANNOUNCEMENTS OR…
Rank this Week: 1746

Ratio Juris

Ratio Juris

Offers perspectives on judicial decisionmaking and the legal process. By Professors Jim Chen, Alfred Brophy, Stefanie Lindquist, R.J. Lipkin, Chad M. Oldfather, Lori A. Ringhand, and Elizabeth Weeks.

http://ratiojuris.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 468

SCOTUSblog

SCOTUSblog

Covers the Supreme Court of the United States. By Bloomberg Law.

http://www.scotusblog.com/
  • Aug 28

    Court now can ban protests on its threshold

    Court now can ban protests on its threshold
    More than two years after a federal judge took away most of the Supreme Court’s power to forbid all picketing, protests and other demonstrations on the plaza in front of its building, a federal appeals court revived that authority on…
  • Aug 28

    Same-sex marriage issue returns to the Court (UPDATED)

    Same-sex marriage issue returns to the Court (UPDATED)
    UPDATED 10:52 p.m.   The application (Davis v. Miller, 15A250) has now been filed at the Court.  The blog will provide a copy as soon as it becomes available. ———- A county clerk in Kentucky who stopped issuing any…
  • Aug 28

    Symposium: Another battle in the war over union fee

    Symposium: Another battle in the war over union fee
    Charlotte Garden is an Associate Professor at Seattle University School of Law and Litigation Director of the Korematsu Center for Law & Equality. Across America, an intense debate is taking place over how states should structure their…
Rank this Week: 11

Second Circuit Blog

Second Circuit Blog

Feature case summaries and commentary by the Federal Defenders office in New York City.

http://circuit2.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 861

Second Opinions

Second Opinions

Covers the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and its opinions. By Sanford Hausler.

http://secondopinions.blogspot.com/
  • Jan 21

    Vaccination

    Vaccination
    The Second Circuit has held that it is within the State's police power to require children to be vaccinated in order to attend public school and that such a requirement does not violate the First Amendment or other constitutional…
  • Jan 20

    Repudiating arbitration agreement

    Repudiating arbitration agreement
    The Second Circuit has held that, pursuant to 13 U.S.C. 1787(c), the Nation Credit Union Administrative Board ("NCUA") may repudiate the contract of a credit union that it is liquidating, including any arbitration…
  • May 6

    Foreign Securitie

    Foreign Securitie
    The Second Circuit as  a matter  of first impression, considered whether the bar on extraterritorial application of the United States securities laws, as set forth in Morrison v. National Australia Bank Ltd., 561 U.S. 247 (2010),…
Rank this Week: 851

Seventh Circuit Blog

Seventh Circuit Blog

Case summaries and commentary by Federal Defenders of the Seventh Circuit.

http://circuit7.blogspot.com/
  • Feb 21

    Gearing up for the Post-Rita/Claiborne World?

    Gearing up for the Post-Rita/Claiborne World?
    United States v. Nitch, No. 05-2603 (February 21, 2007): Mr. Nitch received a sentence of 168 months, which was apparently within his calculated guidelines range, although the opinion does not state what that range was. In imposing sentence,…
  • Feb 13

    Ineffective Assistance of Counsel

    Ineffective Assistance of Counsel
    Christopher Raygoza v. Don Hulick, No. 05-2340 (January 25, 2007): Mr. Raygoza was convicted of murder. The Seventh Circuit granted habeas corpus relief based on ineffective assistance of counsel.
  • Feb 12

    Fraud Guidelines and the Risk of Death or Bodily Injury

    Fraud Guidelines and the Risk of Death or Bodily Injury
    United States v. Adam Babul, No. 05-4538 (february 9, 2007): Mr. Babul aided applicants for truck driving licenses. In order to take advantage of the easier licensing procedures in Wisconsin, he helped his applicants create false claims of…
Rank this Week: 2280

Sixth Circuit Appellate Blog

Sixth Circuit Appellate Blog

Covers news about and opinions issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the sixth Circuit with an emphasis on business cases. By Squire Sanders.

http://www.sixthcircuitappellateblog.com/
  • Feb 20

    Federal Questions, Removal, and Remand: Sixth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Class Action FICA Claim

    Federal Questions, Removal, and Remand: Sixth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Class Action FICA Claim
    In a published decision this week, the Sixth Circuit reviewed the dismissal of an employee’s claim for excessive withholding of FICA taxes against her employer. In affirming the district court’s refusal to remand the federal…
  • Feb 16

    Sixth Circuit Takes A Hard Look At Statutory Attorney’s Fee

    Sixth Circuit Takes A Hard Look At Statutory Attorney’s Fee
    In a published opinion last week, the Sixth Circuit examined and rejected the award of more than $500,000 in attorney’s fees to People First of Tennessee in relation to its work in 2008 on a contempt motion against the State of…
  • Feb 12

    Sixth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Affirms $200,000 Attorney Sanction

    Sixth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel Affirms $200,000 Attorney Sanction
    In a sternly-worded, sixty-page opinion last week, the Sixth Circuit’s Bankruptcy Appellate Panel affirmed a bankruptcy court’s $200,000 sanctions order against an attorney that arose from a plethora of litigation over an…
Rank this Week: 3595

Sixth Circuit Blog

Sixth Circuit Blog

Features case summaries and commentary by Federal Defenders of the Sixth Circuit.

http://circuit6.blogspot.com/
  • Aug 21

    Summons Is Not "Intervening Arrest" for Career-Offender Purpose

    Summons Is Not "Intervening Arrest" for Career-Offender Purpose
    In United States v. Powell, No. 14-3932 (Aug. 19, 2015), the Sixth Circuit clarified application of the career-offender provision under the Sentencing Guidelines.Powell argued that the district court erred in classifying him as a career…
  • Aug 11

    "Legal Mail" to Correctional Facility Includes Mail From Prospective Attorney

    "Legal Mail" to Correctional Facility Includes Mail From Prospective Attorney
    Today's sole published opinion, ACLU Fund of Michigan v. County of Livingston is not a criminal case.  But it seemed appropriate to blog about it here because of the interest it may hold for criminal practitioners in the Sixth…
  • Aug 9

    Crimes of Violence Determined Under Shepard

    Crimes of Violence Determined Under Shepard
    The Sixth Circuit determined that Tennessee’s aggravated burglary statute is divisible and, further, may constitute a “crime of violence.” In United States v. Ozier, the Court used the modified categorical approach to…
Rank this Week: 858

South Carolina Appellate Law Blog

South Carolina Appellate Law Blog

Follows the opinions of the South Carolina appellate courts, the Fourth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. By Womble Carlyle.

http://southcarolinaappellatelaw.blogspot.com/
  • Dec 13

    Closing Out

    Closing Out
    Well, I have left private practice and have taken a job with the US Attorney's Office. In light of my career change, this blog is shutting down. Thanks to everyone who dropped by for the latest SC legal news. Merry Christmas.
  • Dec 1

    Constitutional issues with Clinton appointment???

    Constitutional issues with Clinton appointment???
    "No Senator or Representative shall, during the Time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil Office under the Authority of the United States which shall have been created, or the Emoluments whereof shall have been increased during…
  • Nov 19

    Billy Wilkins' return to the courtroom as a lawyer meets with succe

    Billy Wilkins' return to the courtroom as a lawyer meets with succe
    From the Greenville News:William W. “Billy” Wilkins successfully argued against a motion in a shareholder suit against South Financial that asked for a temporary restraining order barring retirement payments to retired CEO Mack Whittle as…
Rank this Week: 786