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Gay Pride Kilt Case to Appear in 9th Circuit

A rather interesting case involving a "not compliant" leather-gladiator gay pride outfit will be marching itself to the Ninth Circuit in March. Will Walters' selective enforcement suit has already scandalized and inflamed the internet when it was revealed to the public in 2012.Now, years later, the Ninth Circuit (appropriately located......

Appeals Court Upholds Warner Bros.' Superman Rights

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has sided again with Warner Bros. and DC Comics in the long-running feud over the rights to Superman.

9th Circ. Overturns 34-Year-Old Arizona Death Sentence

The Ninth Circuit just overturned a 1982 death sentence handed down by an Arizona court because it found that the convicted was intellectually disabled at the time of the crime; and thus his execution would be cruel and unusual under the Eighth Amendment and prongs of Atkins v Virginia. There......

Arizona v. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

The Grand Canyon state wants a divorce from the largest of the federal appellate jurisdictions—but is that the right solution to its problems?

Will Judge Lucy 'You Must Be Smoking Crack' Koh Join the 9th Cir?

The Ninth Circuit may soon be getting a new judge and it is likely to be Northern District of California Judge Lucy Koh, the San Jose Mercury News reports. Judge Koh, who we once dubbed the "most powerful woman in Silicon Valley," is best known for presiding over the......

9th Circuit Affirms Arizona Judge Speech Laws as Constitutional

Our nation's most liberal circuit, the Ninth Circuit, just affirmed a lower district's ruling that judges cannot endorse other judges or political groups while angling for their own judge's seat. The circuit found that despite legal arguments Wolfson presented, the Arizona laws put in place to limit judge speech survived......

Morning Wrap: Lucy Koh for the Ninth Circuit | Oyez's Uncertain Future

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh is expected to be nominated to the Ninth Circuit. The Supreme Court-focused site Oyez faces an uncertain future. And a federal judge has challenged the Obama administration's Iran-U.S. prisoner swap. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.       

The Ninth Circuit Sure Has Changed A Lot

Lots has happened since the largest judicial circuit was created.

Arizona Governor: We Want Out of the 9th Circuit!

Is the Ninth Circuit too liberal? Arizona's governor seems to think so. Recently, he spearheaded an effort to break up the nation's largest circuit. Is this the beginning of the Twelfth Circuit?......

Will We See A Return Of The Ninth Circuit Curse?

Will this latest effort to break up the Ninth Circuit get better traction than past attempts?

Arizona Governor Shops for Friendlier Court for Anti-Choice Laws

Arizona’s Republican governor wants to get the state out of the Ninth Circuit, as the state's GOP-held legislature pushes for new abortion restrictions. Image: Gage Skidmore / Flickr The post Arizona Governor Shops for Friendlier Court for Anti-Choice Laws appeared first on RH Reality Check.

Arizona Republicans Want out of Ninth Circuit

A secession movement is brewing inside the nation's largest federal appeals court.

“Judicial Campaign Finance: Fresh Thinking in the Ninth Circuit

Bauer‘s got it right: On the question of judicial candidates endorsing or campaigning with other nonjudicial candidates, Judge Berzon’s takes the problem to be one independent branch becoming beholden to or politically entangled with others, not corrupt relationships between the … Continue reading ?

Big 9th Circuit Win in Judicial Campaign Restrictions Case

The Ninth Circuit en banc has unanimously (with one concurring opinion) upheld three judicial conduct rules in Arizona. In Wolfson v. Concannon, a state judicial candidate challenged a rule that prevented him from personally soliciting contributions. He also challenged additional provisions which … Continue reading ?

Amgen ERISA Case Is Back Again to Haunt the 9th Circuit

It looks like Ninth Circuit Judge Kozinski was particularly prescient in his prediction. SCOTUS has handed down a reversal to the federal appeals court, thus starting another round of litigation of securities allegations against the pharma maker, Amgen. Amgen has been through the Ninth Circuit for two rounds already on......

Plaintiff Entitled to Attorneys' Fees in City of Laguna Beach Case

In a rather circuitous line of cases generally revolving the issue of free speech, a plaintiff in Laguna Beach California successfully convinced the Ninth Circuit that he was entitled to attorneys' fees because his primary goal was not money, but some other injunctive relief. Looks like you have to not......

Chrysler Must Show a Compelling Interest for Sealing Corporate Docs

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals quite possibly made it easier for the public to access what some litigants had thought were court sealed documents. Writing for the majority, Ninth Circuit Judge John Owens declared that a lower court erred in applying a strict "good cause" test for keeping documents......

Guest Post -- It’s No Crime: Ninth Circuit Gets Crime-Fraud Exception Case Mostly Right

Here is a guest post from Jason Casell of Reed Smith. As always, our guest blogger gets all the credit, and any blame, for the analysis that follows. Those of you who rely on emails to get your fix of DDL posts may have noticed your inboxes a little light recently. Show More Summary

9th Cir. Eviscerates Nevada Judge Robert C. Jones -- Again

The Ninth Circuit settled a long-standing dispute between federal authorities and Nevada ranchers on Friday, ruling that the Hage family had illegally grazed cattle on federal land without a permit. But the most noteworthy fight wasn't between renegade ranchers and the Bureau of Land Management, it was between the......

Famous US judge admits there's a punishment that's just as bad as the death penalty — if not worse

Alex Kozinski, the famous former chief of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, thinks solitary confinement is a punishment that's just as bad as the death penalty — if not worse. "Sending hardened criminals from death row to solitary confinement is no triumph," writes Kozinski in a January 15 editorial for the Yale Law Review Journal. Show More Summary

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