Category: US Court of Appeals

Post-Execution Debate Continues

Arizona executed Donald Edward Beaty May 26 but that doesn’t mean the legal wrangling has stopped.  Beaty challenged Arizona’s last minute switch in the drug cocktail used for lethal injection but the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to…

Gay Judge’s Fairness Defended

California’s same-sex marriage case started heating up again this week.  And this case now has pieces in three separate courts.   On Thursday state Attorney General Kamala Harris and San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera came to the defense of former…

Vets Mental Health Suit Revived

Veterans have a constitutional right to effective mental health care, says the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today.  In addition, Judge Stephen Reinhardt said they and their surviving families have a right to timely resolution of their service-connected disability…

Court to Rehear Superbowl Threats Case

Kurt W. Havelock sent letters to news outlets threatening to massacre people attending the 2008 Super Bowl game in Arizona.  Now the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will have 11-judges rexamine their 2010 decision to toss his conviction.  Havelock went around…

Obama’s Born to Run

Here is an instance of not letting reality stand in the way of a lawsuit.  Just days after President Obama issued the long form copy of his Hawaii birth certificate, lawyers Gary Kreep and Orly Taitz went ahead with a…

Gunning for Gun Shows

The Ninth Circuit sided with Alameda County in the long-running fight over the county’s right to prohibit gun shows on the county fairgrounds.  The appeals court ruling May 2 makes it all but impossible hurdle for the gun show promoters to overcome if they hope…

Deal Redux

The Winklevoss twins are not to be deterred by a unanimous Ninth Circuit opinion that it is time for them to accept the $65 million settlement  with Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook fame over who really had the idea for Facebook.…

Auditor Must Face Backdating Suit

Stock back-dating cases are not dead yet. The 9th Circuit Thursday resurrected the shareholder suit against auditors Ernst & Young in options back-dating case that hit Broadcom Corp.   A federal judge in Los Angeles earlier dismissed the suit, but the…