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  • The petition of the day is: Chappell v. Ayala 13-1428 Issue: Whether a state court’s rejection of a claim of federal constitutional error on the ground that any error, if one occurred, was harmless beyond a reasonable doubt is an “adjudicat[ion] on the merits” within the meaning of 28 U.S.C. § 2254(d), so that a […]
  • AUSTIN, Texas, Sept 8 (Reuters) – A U.S. air marshal was undergoing tests in a hospital in Houston after being assaulted in Lagos, Nigeria with a syringe containing an unknown substance, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Monday. Source:
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  • * David Letterman and CBS got smacked with the latest internship class action. To think, poor Paul Shaffer’s been working for free all those years. [Deadline] * Class action could be on the horizon over high-frequency trading. [Wall Street Journal] * Frankly, I don’t know what the problem is. [Washington Post] * You may have […]
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  • * Infected WHO doctor to be evacuated from Sierra Leone (Adds WHO statement, US and British deployment, MSF comments) Source:
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  • Joe Freeman Britt won’t forgive murder. Or, apparently, people who DON’T commit murder. Source:
  • When Congress comes back into session this week, among the unfinished business is the question of what to do about a number of Supreme Court rulings from the spring. Although the most likely answer is that the deeply politically divided Congress will do nothing at all about recent Supreme Court decisions, the question raises important […]