An Appeal to Remember

From www.howappealing.com, we have the following posts:

“New arguments ordered in 9/11 conspirator’s case”: The Associated Press has a report that begins, “A federal appeals court in Richmond has ordered new arguments in the case of Sept. 11 conspirator Zacharias Moussaoui.”

The article goes on to say that the retirement of former Fourth Circuit Chief Judge Karen J. Williams last week necessitated the reargument.

You can access today’s order of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit at this link.

The reargument order suggests that the remaining two judges on the panel may be divided over how to resolve one or more of the issues presented in the appeal. The two other judges on the panel are Circuit Judge William B. Traxler, Jr. — who became the Fourth Circuit’s Chief Judge when Chief Judge Williams retired — and Circuit Judge Roger L. Gregory. If the remaining two judges on the panel were not divided, they could issue an opinion without reargument or having another judge assigned to the panel, as evidenced by this two-judge panel ruling that the Fourth Circuit issued yesterday in another case in which former Chief Judge Williams had originally been on the panel.

You can access the redacted transcript of the original appellate oral argument, which occurred in January 2009, at this link.

Court: D.C. Police Checkpoints Unconstitutional.” At “The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times,” Mike Scarcella has this post about a ruling that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued today.
Posted at 12:55 PM by Howard Bashman


“Appeals court expands lawmakers legal protection”: The Associated Press has a report that begins, “An appeals court has ruled, in a case arising from the Abramoff scandal, that statements federal lawmakers make during congressional ethics investigations cannot be used against them in criminal probes.”

And at “The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times,” Mike Scarcella has a post titled “D.C. Circuit Judge Calls for En Banc Court to Review Speech-or-Debate Protection.”

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit  issued an order unsealing a decision that the court issued under seal on June 23, 2009

(originally posted by Howard Bashman)

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