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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.” 
  • 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…
  • Nov 20

    1998 – The God Pod

    1998 – The God Pod
    Two former Tarrant County jail inmates and a college professor filed suit in the 352nd District Court against Tarrant County and the Tarrant County Sheriff for operating a particular jail “pod” designated as the CEU (Chaplain’s…
Rank this Week: 3151

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: 1035

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: 2233

AsktheJudge.info

AsktheJudge.info

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

http://www.askthejudge.info/
  • Sep 17

    Teen successfully challenges homeowner’s association

    Teen successfully challenges homeowner’s association
    Sixteen-year-old Kyle Tucker  attends a charter school in Arizona. The school sits on private property managed by a condominium association. Kyle is also a Boy Scout working on his project to become an Eagle Scout. His project was simple…
  • Sep 17

    Today is Constitution Day

    Today is Constitution Day
    That’s right. Two hundred twenty-seven years ago a small group of men gathered in Philadelphia to sign a document that has withstood the test of time. The U.S. Constitution and its 27 Amendments remain the governing ideals of our…
  • Sep 10

    Avoid the “fire challenge”

    Avoid the “fire challenge”
    This new social media stunt is not to be believed. Unfortunately, it’s gone viral on YouTube, Vine and other sites with dire consequences. The fire challenge, it seems, is how long you can endure pain while the stunt is being…
Rank this Week: 1815

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/
  • Sep 19

    Justice Chin to speak in Newport Beach on Monday

    Justice Chin to speak in Newport Beach on Monday
    As reported by the Southern California Appellate News, Justice Ming Chin will be speaking at an Orange County Bar Association luncheon on Monday, September 22, in Newport Beach. The topic of his discussion will be his experiences on the…
  • Sep 19

    Summary of September 17, 2014 conference report for civil case

    Summary of September 17, 2014 conference report for civil case
    The following is our summary of the Supreme Court’s actions on petitions for review in civil cases from the Court’s conference on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. The summary includes those civil cases in which (1) review has been…
  • Sep 18

    California Lawyer article assesses the Court’s recent performance

    California Lawyer article assesses the Court’s recent performance
    In the September issue of California Lawyer magazine, Santa Clara University law professors Gerald Uelmen and Kyle Graham assess the California Supreme Court’s performance during fiscal 2013-2014 (July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014). …
Rank this Week: 4689

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/
  • Sep 19

    Pope v. Babick (Cal. Ct. App. - Sept. 19, 2014)

    Pope v. Babick (Cal. Ct. App. - Sept. 19, 2014)
    The good new for respondent Matthew Babick and his counsel is that they won at trial, and they win the appeal as well.  Congratulations.The bad news is that Justice Moore doesn't shy away from telling us what she things about Babick's…
  • Sep 18

    U.S. v. Garcia (9th Cir. - Sept. 18, 2014)

    U.S. v. Garcia (9th Cir. - Sept. 18, 2014)
    Maybe you hate a former housemate of yours.  Maybe for totally irrational reasons, maybe for good ones, whatever.  You don't like her.  Okay.Maybe you don't even want to hurt her.  Just scare her a little bit.…
  • Sep 17

    The Depressing Ninth (9th Cir. - Sept. 17, 2014)

    The Depressing Ninth (9th Cir. - Sept. 17, 2014)
    You don't get a very good impression of the nature of mankind if you read today's published opinions from the Ninth Circuit.You've got one attorney who completely abandons a client who's been sentenced to life in prison and never even lets…
Rank this Week: 54

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/
  • Sep 4

    BCS Crew Cleans Up Highbridge

    BCS Crew Cleans Up Highbridge
    The area before the BCS crew began community serviceIn 2007 Bronx Community Solutions began the Graffiti Removal program in the Highbridge neighborhood of the bronx, located in the 44th Precinct. The location of 67 West 169th Street, between…
  • Aug 19

    Broken Windows Theory

    Broken Windows Theory
    Broken Windows Theory infuses many of the ideas and projects of the Center for Court Innovation. My overly simplified explanation of the theory goes like so: by changing the appearance of a neighborhood for the better (ex. repairing broken…
  • Aug 15

    A BCS Summer Intern's Experience

    A BCS Summer Intern's Experience
    Throughout the year, Bronx Community Solutions relies on the careful, enthusiastic work provided by a rotating team of talented interns. Interns help out with intake and scheduling, classroom monitoring, special projects such as the DWI…
Rank this Week: 2404

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: 2974

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: 485

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/
Rank this Week: 826

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: 257

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: 511

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/
  • Sep 19

    Attorney General Recognizes ED Texas Federal Prosecutors Traci L. Kenner and Matt Quinn

    Attorney General Recognizes ED Texas Federal Prosecutors Traci L. Kenner and Matt Quinn
    Assistant U.S. Attorneys Traci L. Kenner and Matt Quinn of the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Texas were two of 243 members of the Department of Justice recognized by Attorney General Eric Holder and Executive Office for...
  • Sep 19

    Happy Birthday 600Camp

    Happy Birthday 600Camp
    My favorite stop for commercial litigation in the Fifth Circuit, 600Camp celebrates its birthday today, and as is its custom, proposes a New Orleans cocktail for the occasion. Author David Coale suggests the Touchdown Jesus Bloody Mary”…
  • Sep 19

    Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus Recommended Denied

    Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus Recommended Denied
    Barbour v. Director, TDCJ-CID, NO. 4:11cv365 (9/2/14) Judge: Don Bush Holding: Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus Recommended Denied Petitioner is an inmate in the Texas prison system who challenged his conviction for two counts of injury to…
Rank this Week: 408

ECJBlog

ECJBlog

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

http://courtofjustice.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 25

    Case C-600/12, Commission v Greece

    Case C-600/12, Commission v Greece
    Greek infringing EU law by not prohibiting uncontrolled management of landfill site at Natura 2000 site>> The Waste Framework Directive (Directive 2008/98, herinafter: „ WFD”) requires Member States to take the necessary…
  • Jul 25

    Case C‑338/13, Noorzia

    Case C‑338/13, Noorzia
    Requiring minimum age 21 by date of application reunification of spouses not infringing Directive on right to family reunification>> The Directive on the right to family reunification (Directive 2003/86/EC) lays down the conditions…
  • Jul 15

    Case C-573/12, Ålands Vindkraft

    Case C-573/12, Ålands Vindkraft
    Swedish support scheme promoting green energy production in national territory compatible with EU law>> The Renewable Energy Directive (Directive 2009/28) allows Member States to support the production of green energy. Member States…
Rank this Week: 614

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: 2339

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: 4037

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: 3263

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
  • Aug 23

    Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency

    Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency
    On June 23, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Utility Air Regulatory Group v. Environmental Protection Agency. The question in this case was whether the EPA permissibly determined that its regulation of greenhouse gas…
  • Aug 4

    Limelight v. Akamai Technologies and Nautilus v. Biosig Instrument

    Limelight v. Akamai Technologies and Nautilus v. Biosig Instrument
    On June 2, 2014, the Supreme Court issued opinions in two property rights cases, Limelight Networks v. Akamai Technologies and Nautilus v. Biosig Instruments.The question in Limelight v. Akamai Technologies was whether the Federal Circuit…
  • Jul 30

    Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International - Post-Decision SCOTUScast

    Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
    On June 19, 2014, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank International. The question in the case is whether, for purposes of obtaining a patent, claims to computer-implemented inventions…
Rank this Week: 1100

FlascBlog

FlascBlog

Covers the Florida Supreme Court.

http://www.flascblog.com
  • Jul 28

    Arbitration Awards and Judicial Review of Contracts for Illegality

    Arbitration Awards and Judicial Review of Contracts for Illegality
    By Jacek Stramski In Visiting Nurse Association of Florida, Inc. v. Jupiter Medical Center, Inc. (SC11-2468), the Florida Supreme Court held that courts cannot review, or refuse to enforce, an arbitration award based on a claim of contract…
  • Jun 14

    Court Rules on Local Red-light Camera Ordinance

    Court Rules on Local Red-light Camera Ordinance
    By Jacek Stramski The Supreme Court’s joint opinion issued Thursday in Masone v City of Aventura (SC12-644) and City of Orlando v. Udowychenko (SC12-1471) invalidated the municipal red light traffic camera enforcement systems set up by…
  • Jun 2

    Attorney’s Fees in Extraordinary Writ Proceeding

    Attorney’s Fees in Extraordinary Writ Proceeding
    By Jacek Stramski Last week the Supreme Court clarified the procedure available to a party who wishes to seek attorney’s fees in an original writs proceeding at the appellate level. The decision, issued in Advanced Chiropractic and…
Rank this Week: 1872

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: 4028

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: 2239

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: 2576

Judge Bonnie Sudderth

Judge Bonnie Sudderth

Covers the Texas Rules of Evidence.

http://judgebonniesudderth.wordpress.com/
  • Jun 10

    Hearsay Exception #4 – Statements Made for the Purpose of Medical Diagnosis or Treatment

    Hearsay Exception #4 – Statements Made for the Purpose of Medical Diagnosis or Treatment
    The fourth hearsay exception found in Texas Rules of Evidence 803 pertains statements made for the purpose of receiving a medical diagnosis or treatment. In order to fall within this exception, the statement must describe: the…
  • Feb 2

    Hearsay Exception #3 – Then-Existing Mental, Emotional or Physical Condition

    Hearsay Exception #3 – Then-Existing Mental, Emotional or Physical Condition
    The third hearsay exception – TRE’s 803(3) then existing mental, emotional or physical condition – is also similar to the first hearsay exception, the present sense impression.  As its name implies, this exception…
  • Sep 8

    Hearsay Exception #2 – The Excited Utterance Exception

    Hearsay Exception #2 – The Excited Utterance Exception
    Hearsay exception number two – the excited utterance exception – is often confused with previously-discussed hearsay exception number one, the present sense impression.  And while they are similar, and even on occasion,…
Rank this Week: 3152

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: 4692

Juries

Juries

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

http://juries.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 19

    Juror's Internet Research Leads to New Trial for Death Rown Inmate

    Juror's Internet Research Leads to New Trial for Death Rown Inmate
    This is the second time that I have seen a death row conviction overturned because of a juror's improper use of the Internet.  The first case, Dimas-Martinez v. Arkansas, involved a juror who could not stop tweeting about the…
  • Sep 18

    What is Life Worth?: New Law Review Article

    What is Life Worth?: New Law Review Article
    Ralph A. PeeplesCatherine T. HarrisAbstract (to read the entire article go here):     This article examines the amount recovered in 118 wrongful death cases filed in a single jurisdiction (North Carolina) over a five year…
  • Sep 17

    Jurors Increasingly Prefer LWP Over the Death Penalty

    Jurors Increasingly Prefer LWP Over the Death Penalty
    The article below, which focuses on the state of Ohio, highlights a growing trend around the country. When given the choice between the death penalty and life without parole (LWP), jurors increasingly choose the latter. The article gives…
Rank this Week: 1272

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: 2038

Legal Legacy

Legal Legacy

Provides book reviews and analyses of notable Supreme Court cases.

http://legallegacy.wordpress.com
  • Sep 20

    September 20, 1810 – Thomas Jefferson Weighs In on The Rule of Law

    September 20, 1810 – Thomas Jefferson Weighs In on The Rule of Law
    On this date, Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to John B. Colvin, in which he opined: The question you propose, whether circumstances do not sometimes occur, which make it a duty in officers of high trust, to assume authorities beyond the law,…
  • Sep 19

    Why Tool Belts Are Important

    Why Tool Belts Are Important
    On this day in history in 1980 – September 19, an Air Force repairman doing routine maintenance in a Titan II silo in Damascus, Arkansas dropped a heavy wrench socket. It rolled off a work platform and bounced down about eighty feet to…
  • Sep 18

    Review of “Law Lit: From Atticus Finch to The Practice” edited by Thane Rosenbaum

    Review of “Law Lit: From Atticus Finch to The Practice” edited by Thane Rosenbaum
    This book, subtitled “A Collection of Great Writing About the Law” is a compendium of classic depictions of the legal system in action. Selections include passages from works such as Kafka’s The Trial, Shakespeare’s…
Rank this Week: 4152

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: 2357

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: 1190

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/
  • Sep 6

    NY Court of Appeals: The List for the Graffeo Seat (Part 1)

    NY Court of Appeals: The List for the Graffeo Seat (Part 1)
    Saratoga's done. Summer break's over. The new semester's started. Time to get back to reality--and the New York Court Watcher. New York's Commission on Judicial Nomination has just submitted its list of seven recommended names to…
  • Jul 14

    Saratoga Highlights--2013 (Part 8: Recap) [final installment; mostly photos!]

    Saratoga Highlights--2013 (Part 8: Recap) [final installment; mostly photos!]
    Ok, 4 more days till the 2014 meet opens. Here's the final look back at last year's highlights. (click on any Highlight # to see related post) Highlight # 1 Will Take Charge, winning the Travers (click to enlarge any photo) Willie (center)…
  • Jul 13

    Saratoga Highlights--2013 (Part 7: The Humans)

    Saratoga Highlights--2013 (Part 7: The Humans)
    Just 5 more days--this coming Friday--opening day of the Saratoga 2014 meet. Season seats and admission passes in hand, I'm ready. So is the Capital Region. Exciting! Let's wind up last year's highlights with a few humans who made their…
Rank this Week: 1322

News From Dallas Appellate…

News From Dallas Appellate Attorney Chad Ruback

Covers Dallas Court of Appeals developments.

http://news.appeal.pro
  • Sep 10

    Five Judges from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Offer Pointers on Appellate Advocacy

    Five Judges from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Offer Pointers on Appellate Advocacy
    The Dallas Bar Association Business Litigation Section recently hosted an outstanding panel discussion with five judges from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  I have been attending appellate continuing legal educations presentations…
  • Aug 20

    “The Best Lawyers in America” list

    “The Best Lawyers in America” list
    I am honored that my peers have once again voted to include me in “The Best Lawyers in America” list.  
  • Aug 15

    Interview on KDAF CW Channel 33

    Interview on KDAF CW Channel 33
    As an appellate lawyer, I often have to answer difficult questions. On Channel 33 news, though, I got to answer an easy one. I was asked whether an individual could form his own country in North Dallas. Um, no.     Here is the…
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Ninth Circuit Blog

Ninth Circuit Blog

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

http://circuit9.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 18

    United States v. Garcia, No. 12-10189…

    United States v. Garcia, No. 12-10189 (Rawlinson with Tallman & Garbis (D. Md.) --- The Ninth Circuit affirmed a conviction for using a pipe bomb to damage an SUV and an apartment building, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 844(i), holding…
  • Sep 14

    Case o' The Week: Ninth Clears Way for More Hearsay - the Forfeiture Doctrine and Antoine Johnson

    Case o' The Week: Ninth Clears Way for More Hearsay - the Forfeiture Doctrine and Antoine Johnson
     “More likely than not.”   Close enough, for Ninth, in disappointing new decision of first impression on the “forfeiture exception” to the Sixth Amendment. United States v. Antoine Lamont Johnson, 2014 WL…
  • Sep 10

    Today's two decisions, both divided,…

    Today's two decisions, both divided, involve the timeliness of a federal habeas petition under 28 U.S.C. § 2254.  A California petitioner wins under the terms of 28 U.S.C. § 2244(d)(1), while a Nevada state prisoner loses under…
Rank this Week: 699

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: 2430

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: 528

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: 4168

Oral Arguments

Oral Arguments

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

http://www.ca8.uscourts.gov
Rank this Week: 828

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/
  • Sep 10

    The direct & indirect effects of the eudaimonistic community on the individual: from Godwin to Keyne

    The direct & indirect effects of the eudaimonistic community on the individual: from Godwin to Keyne
    On the Facebook page for the group, Union for Radical Political Economics, which I recently joined, I read a wonderful 1930 essay from Keynes: “Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren” (I’m not sure if this title is…
  • Aug 27

    Indic Traditions & Neurophilosophy: Beyond Reductionism, Physicalism, and Computationalism

    Indic Traditions & Neurophilosophy: Beyond Reductionism, Physicalism, and Computationalism
    One of our foremost scholars of Indic philosophies, Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad, has an important guest-post at the Indian Philosophy blog: “On the possibility and nature of neurophilosophical study of Indic traditions.” I happen to…
  • Aug 24

    Unintentional blogging hiatu

    Unintentional blogging hiatu
    I apologize to any regular readers who have expectations for posts now and then. I've not been on vacation (indeed, not since my 25th wedding anniversary) but other things have taken up my time of late (in short, blogging comes after lots of…
Rank this Week: 2303

SCOTUSblog

SCOTUSblog

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

http://www.scotusblog.com/
  • Sep 19

    Petition of the day

    Petition of the day
    The petition of the day is: Carroll v. Carman 14-212 Issue: (1) Whether, when a police officer approaches a residence to conduct a “knock and talk,” the Fourth Amendment requires the officer to go to the “front…
  • Sep 19

    Argument preview: Able opponents trade arguments in high-stakes dispute over deadlines for filing class action

    Argument preview: Able opponents trade arguments in high-stakes dispute over deadlines for filing class action
    It is almost a joy to read the papers in Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi v. IndyMac MBS, Inc., with David Frederick squaring off against Ted Olson. The issue sounds tedious at first – whether the filing of a…
  • Sep 19

    Friday round-up

    Friday round-up
    Briefly: At Re’s Judicata, Richard Re discusses Tuesday’s comments by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg suggesting that the Court might decline to grant any of the pending petitions challenging state bans on same-sex marriage because…
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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: 508

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/
  • 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),…
  • Mar 24

    Penal Law Rule

    Penal Law Rule
    In an interpleader action brought by the United States, the District Court granted summary judgment to Brazil, one of the parties who claimed entitlement to certain funds, holding that Brazil was entitled to the funds under a Brazilian…
  • Nov 19

    Charbuck

    Charbuck
    The Second Circuit upheld the decision of the District Court and held that a company's use of its "Mr. Charbucks" and "Charbucks Blend" trademarks is not likely to dilute by blurring Starbuck's trademarks.The decision in Starbucks Corp. v.…
Rank this Week: 2419

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: 2240

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/
  • Sep 15

    The Changing Face of the Federal Appellate Court

    The Changing Face of the Federal Appellate Court
    When a president serves two terms (as the last three have), they can have a significant impact of the face of the federal judiciary.  An analysis by the New York Times focuses on President Obama’s federal appellate…
  • Sep 11

    The Sixth Circuit Has A New Chief

    The Sixth Circuit Has A New Chief
    Judge R. Guy Cole, Jr. became the Chief Judge of the Sixth Circuit on August 15.  Prior to his nomination to the Sixth Circuit, Chief Judge Cole had a diverse range of experience, including both public service and private practice: a…
  • Sep 5

    Sixth Circuit Issues Another Daubert Decision

    Sixth Circuit Issues Another Daubert Decision
    In Burgett v. Troy-Bilt, LLC, the Sixth Circuit affirmed summary judgment on behalf of the defendant in a products liability case after the district court struck the plaintiff’s expert under Daubert.  The key question in this case…
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Sixth Circuit Blog

Sixth Circuit Blog

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

http://circuit6.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 9

    WARNING: Santobello works both way

    WARNING: Santobello works both way
    Coming soon to a Government's Brief on Appeal near you....The Third Circuit just handed appellate AUSAs a nifty new tool to combat pesky defendants.  In a nutshell, United States v. Irwin, 3rd Cir. Case No. 13-3407 (Aug. 26, 2014),…
  • Aug 12

    Federal Prosecutors in Lexington, Kentucky: "Oops"

    Federal Prosecutors in Lexington, Kentucky: "Oops"
    There is a lot to like about United States v. Noble, No. 13-6056, though I doubt many federal prosecutors share my excitement.  Particularly federal prosecutors in Lexington, Kentucky.Courtney Noble and Dena Brooks were passengers in a…
  • Aug 12

    Alleyne Error Not Harmle

    Alleyne Error Not Harmle
    In United States v. Hackett, No. 12-2248, the Sixth Circuit rejected the government's argument that a violation of Alleyne v. United States, 133 S.Ct. 2151 (2013), was harmless because the defendant admitted the facts giving rise to the…
Rank this Week: 2418

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: 530

Southern California Appellate News

Southern California Appellate News

Features news and resources for the Southern California appellate lawyer. By Nate Scott.

http://socal-appellate.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 19

    Justice Chin to speak in OC on Monday

    Justice Chin to speak in OC on Monday
    Justice Ming Chin will be discussing briefing writing and advocacy at the next OCBA Appellate Law Section on Monday, Sept. 22. Register here.
  • Sep 18

    2d DCA pro tem updates / LACBA ACS Kick-Off meeting

    2d DCA pro tem updates / LACBA ACS Kick-Off meeting
    The following are currently sitting on assignment:Judge Rita Miller of the Los Angeles Superior Court, will be sitting Pro-Tem in Division One until November 30, 2014 Judge John Shepard Wiley, Jr. of the Los Angeles…
  • Sep 17

    Busted for formatting trick

    Busted for formatting trick
    "Objection! Leading!"Yes, there are still courts that have page limits, not word counts. And yes, there are still lawyers that play formatting tricks to squeeze in extra text. And yes, they get in trouble, as in this order. (See Slate article…
Rank this Week: 403