The First Amendment, Knowingly False Statements of Fact, and the Stolen Valor Act

9th Circuit Reinstates Case by Muslim over Scarf

Washington Post Editorial: The values of Professor Liu

Will Senate ever vote on Goodwin Liu?

    Politico: “Liu, 39, has captured the hopes of liberals who see him as one of Obama’s few bold judicial picks, someone with the intellect and youth for the circuit court bench, a traditional stepping stone to the Supreme Court. But Republicans have argued that he lacks any judicial experience, his legal writings are proof of his intention to legislate from the bench, and his criticism of Supreme Court Judge Samuel Alito after he was nominated to the court revealed an inexperienced social activist who has no place on a federal bench.”


  • Posted: 03/03/2011
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  • Category: Bench & Bar
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  • Source: www.politico.com

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Ed Whelan: On Goodwin Liu and Same-Sex Marriage

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Mourns Passing of Senior Judge Cynthia Holcomb Hall

Goodwin Liu to Get Second Hearing

Same sex “marriage” proponents ask 9th Circuit to lift stay on marriage licenses

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Mourns Death of Senior Judge David R. Thompson

9th Circuit understands conservative argument

9th Circuit Says Substantial Burden Under RLUIPA Can Be Imposed By Neutral Zoning Law

PJI: Church Wins Zoning Discrimination Case at Ninth Circuit

9th Circuit Hears Oral Arguments In Establishment Clause Challenge To Teacher’s Comments

9th Circuit to consider AZ repeal of domestic partner benefits for state employees

ObamaCare and the Bench – Why Federal Judges Matter More Now than Ever

Where Judicial Activism Morphs into Disregard

Supreme Court reversals deliver a dressing-down to the liberal 9th Circuit

9th Circuit refuses to delay DADT case

9th Circuit reinstates city’s adult bookstore ordinance

Prop. 8 opponents ask California high court to reject federal court’s request for ruling

Amended opinion issued, en banc review denied, in World Vision case

Supreme Court’s Reinhardt-watch continues

9th Circuit: Ignorance of religious doctrine does not support adverse credibility finding in asylum application

Ninth Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt Feels High Court’s Wrath

Video: Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial rally

Judge Stephen Reinhardt: Our Constitution and How It Grows

New plea on DADT case timing

Mega rally/protest Saturday in defense of Mt Soledad Veterans Memorial Cross, San Diego

Sense or sensitivity: Which will tip the balance in Mt. Soledad memorial cross case?

WORLD: Crossed up

Alan Sears: Mount Soledad decision underscores threat to U.S. war memorials

Atheist asks Supreme Court to strike down “In God We Trust”

9th Circuit reinstates workplace sexual orientation discrimination claims

Ed Whelan on Judge Reinhardt’s non-recusal in Prop. 8 case

“Why tear down a symbol of Christianity?”

Wendy Kaminer: “Let them eat chocolate,” but no crosses

Will the 9th Circuit demand San Diego change its name too?

“Appellate court looks to state for guidance on California gay marriage ban”

9th Circuit: Cross-sex jail strip searches ruled unconstitutional

Leftist judges declare Soledad cross “unconstitutional”

Mt. Soledad memorial cross is prohibited endorsement of religion, federal court says

9th Circuit to weigh in on “objective study of the Bible”

Fed. court punts Prop 8 case to Calif. court

Christians decry San Diego court’s ruling on memorial cross

John Culhane: Analysis of [yesterday's] Prop 8 ruling

    John Culhane, Professor of Law at Widener University, writing at 365Gay.com: “Second, it’s very clear now that the panelists really want to answer the monumental constitutional issue put before them. They have just made it much harder for the Supreme Court to dodge the question on the basis of standing, as would have been likelier had the judges simply ruled – one way or the other – on standing. In that case, the losing side would have appealed that ruling to the high court, which could simply have decided there’s no standing and thereby allowed same-sex marriages in California – but only there – to continue.”


  • Posted: 01/05/2011
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  • Category: Marriage & Family

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FRC calls Mt. Soledad cross ruling an affront to religious liberty, American tradition

The Recorder: Prop 8 standing now in California Supreme Court

SCOTUSblog: Right-to-appeal issue looms in Prop 8 case

Appeals court turns to state for advice in Prop 8 case

Calif. war memorial cross unconstitutional, court rules

Federal court questions guv’s refusal to defend voters

U.S. court says Christian cross is unconstitutional

Court dumps Imperial County from Prop 8 case

What next for Prop 8?

Panel asks California high court for guidance on “gay-marriage” ban

Prop. 8 detour to state court could delay case or result in dismissal of appeal

Same-sex “marriage” issue to return to California Supreme Court

Federal appeals court sends Prop 8 case on detour to state Supreme Court

San Diego memorial cross ruled to be unconstitutional

Judges rule cross at Calif. park unconstitutional

Judge Reinhardt’s memorandum opinion explaining his decision not to recuse himself in Prop 8 case

9th Circuit: Mt. Soledad war memorial cross is unconstitutional

9th Circuit seeks guidance from Cal. Supreme Court in Prop 8 marriage case

Delay sought in DADT repeal litigation

Former Idaho charter school poised for Bible fight

Following hearing, Prop. 8 verdict a mystery

Idaho Press-Tribune: Let’s get resolution on NCA Bible suit

Law Review: Understanding the First Amendment’s (Non)Response to the Negative Effects of Media on Children by Looking to the Example of Violent Video Games

    From Research Conclusions to Real Change: Understanding the First Amendment’s (Non)Response to the Negative Effects of Media on Children by Looking to the Example of Violent Video Games
    Renee Newman Knake, 63 SMU L. Rev. 1197 (2010)

    “Woodhouse’s proposal offers an appealing perspective for those who support regulation of children’s access to harmful media. The real issue, however, is whether ecogenerism will evolve from academic theory to actual practice. This article tests her theory by revisiting the line of violent video game cases to evaluate whether her ecogenerist perspective can achieve any real change in the courts’ decisions. Particular attention is devoted to challenges presented by First Amendment free speech protections with a primary focus on the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Schwarzenegger to invalidate a California statute prohibiting the sale or rental of violent video games to minors, a case that the Supreme Court is poised to soon decide. While some speculate that the Supreme Court is unlikely to reverse the Ninth Circuit’s decision given the uniform position of other courts on this issue, this article reveals that an ecogenerist perspective demands a reversal by the Court precisely for that reason. Should the Court affirm the Ninth Circuit’s invalidation of the statute, the article concludes by proposing recommendations for future research and regulatory efforts from an ecogenerist perspective.”


  • Posted: 12/29/2010
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  • Category: Marriage & Family

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Nineteen judicial nominees confirmed in the last week

DADT lawsuits to remain active

9th Circuit: Cities may not ban federal military recruitment targeting minors

Kevin Theriot: Court affirms churches’ right to select pastor without gov’t interference