"Justiceline: June 15, 2011"
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- A BYU study finds that Supreme Court justices, “tended to make more comments and ask fewer questions of women attorneys,” with a few exceptions. Left-of-center justices “spoke 60 percent more to female attorneys who represented a conservative position.”
- Failed Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork pens a largely incoherent book review that also takes Obama’s side on whether he is required to seek Congressional approval for military action in Libya.
- Retired Justice John Paul Stevens explains why he came out against the death penalty late in his career. “I think that the court’s tolerance of procedural — questionable procedures actually undermined the basis for upholding the death penalty that Potter Stewart and Lewis Powell and I relied on in our controlling opinions back in 1976.”
- New York’s highest court shields bloggers from liability because of false statements made by their commenters.
- The Seventh Circuit will reconsider a case which held that Chicago Public Schools improperly fired nearly 750 tenured teachers — this time with an assist from the Illinois Supreme Court.
- And, finally, don’t pierce your feline. Just don’t.