Showdown at Supreme Court Over Same-Sex Sodomy Law

“Lawrence v. Texas, touted as the most important gay rights case in a generation, will be argued at the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday. The case challenges a Texas sodomy law as a violation of due process and equal protection rights. Gay rights advocates hope the Court will overturn its 1986 Bowers v. Hardwick ruling. Texas argues that its citizens, through the Legislature, have a right to ban conduct that they deem immoral,” Texas Lawyer reports here. I mentioned this case a few months ago here. The briefs in the case and related resources can be found here.

Shipping Laws Cork Wineries’ Growth

Is “wine law” the next specialty field??? This article discusses how complex interstate wine import and export laws are hampering small wineries. Some of the laws date from the repeal of prohibition, while others are the work of powerful wine wholesalers trying to maintain their hold on the market.

US Anti-War Protests Flare, More Than 1,000 Arrests

I understand that there was some violence — and more than 1,000 arrests — in San Francisco today. I watched the demonstrations around SF’s Federal Building for several hours on-and-off. Apparently, the protestors managed to close the federal courts completely for the day.

I did not witness any violence, nor any arrests. The protestors I saw repeatedly blocked traffic, and the police would sometimes move them along, or sometimes not. Usually, the protestors would only block traffic for a few minutes at a time, and then let it flow — causing an inconvenience, but probably not a great hardship. All told, I was impressed with the behavior of both the protestors and the police — I thought both groups comported themselves reasonably. Apparently, a few of the protestors decided to express themselves by vomiting, but I missed this too.

UPDATE: The SF public defender, the ACLU, and the National Lawyer’s Guild are worried about a courthouse glut of protestors’ arraignments, and are asking private attorneys “to donate their services to defend protesters charged with more serious violations,” according to this.

BBC Blog on Iraqi War

The BBC has set up a blog for its correspondents, who are real-time blogging about the latest developments wherever they are. If you are away from CNN and want to know what’s happening, check it out here. UPDATE: Here’s an article linking to several other “warblogs” from Iraq.

Bumfight Filmmakers to Stand Trial

“Three filmmakers have been ordered to stand trial on charges they paid homeless men and women to beat each other up on camera, then sold videotapes of their fights over the Internet. A Superior Court judge on Monday ordered the defendants to stand trial in June on misdemeanor charges,” it says here.

War Means Rights May Be Scaled Back, Says Justice Scalia

“The government has room to scale back individual rights during wartime without violating the Constitution, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said Tuesday. ‘The Constitution just sets minimums,’ Scalia said after a speech at John Carroll University in suburban Cleveland. ‘Most of the rights that you enjoy go way beyond what the Constitution requires.'” Hmmm. More great news out of Washington, via the AP.