EQUAL TIME TO THE CHIEF JUDGE:
The very informative SCOTUSblog
has a post for October 13, 2007, that explains the Supreme Court’s position on Certiorari (four votes) versus a stay of execution (five votes.) The post by Tom Goldstein explains in more detail than we can comprehend why Chief Justice Roberts did not mislead the Senate when he answered Senator Leahy’s question about the problem of granting cert but not a stay of execution. We've criticisized the CJ on the pages of this blog, and we post this link in the interests of giving both sides of the story (something we rarely have our clients do in court.)
Perhaps the best thing we like about the SCOTUSblog is the publication of the oral argument transcripts. Call us strange, but we find the transcripts both informative and interesting reading.
Speaking of the Supreme Court, the Court has granted cert in Cuellar v. U.S. (06-1456) to define money laundering. Currently money laundering is defined as “the transaction of any money between two individuals within the confines of the borders of Dade County, or in other circumstances when money is exchanged and one of the two individuals is a lawyer licensed to practice law in the State of Florida.” Apparently some of the Circuits are having trouble applying that definition. The SCOTUSblog has all the “certy” details.
NEW BLOG ALERT:
There’s another new blog in town: SOUTHFLORIDALAWYERS
Welcome to the party pal. The blogster has forsaken the spotlight so ably filled by Mr. Markus, our favourite federal blogger, and chosen to blog in anonymity, eschewing fame, fortune (not to mention the groupies) in favor of humble writings anonymously proffered for the good of all humanity. What is it about our profession that motivates some of us to wax poetic about things we know little about?
Today, the DALI LAMA receives the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor bestowed by Congress upon a civilian. Our tough, no nonsense, don’t take crap from no-one President, bowed to criticism from Communist China and met the Dali Lama in the White House Residence rather than the Oval Office.
Those wimpy countries- Germany and Canada- managed to stand up to China and their leaders officially met with the Dali Lama. Canada even bestowed an honorary citizenship upon the Dali Lama.
Before we sign off, we can’t help but wonder. When introduced to His Holiness, is it in poor taste to say “Hello Dali”? Or is he just sick of that joke?
See You In Court.