Media Alerts

ABA 9th Circuit Media Alerts

The American Bar Association’s (ABA’s) Media Alerts provides reporters, lawyers, educators, and the public with accurate, unbiased analysis of newsworthy and legally significant cases pending in or decided by the federal courts of appeals. The ABA selected the Western State Law Review to write the Media Alerts for the 9th Circuit. Several Law Review members volunteer to write the Media Alerts throughout each term.

Media Alerts – 9th Circuit

Pickup v. Brown (consolidated with Welch v. Brown) – Ninth Circuit

Headline: Ninth Circuit Affirms the Denial of a Preliminary Injunction for California Senate Bill 1172 Prohibiting Mental Health Providers’ Use of Sexual Orientation Change Efforts. Area of Law: Civil rights; First Amendment Issue(s) Presented: Whether California Senate Bill 1172 (“SB 1172”) 1) violates mental health providers’ First Amendment right to free speech; 2) implicates mental health providers’ freedom of association rights; 3) is void for vagueness or overbreadth; or 4) infringes upon parents’ fundamental right to make important
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U.S. v. Bonds – Ninth Circuit

Headline: Ninth Circuit affirms Barry Bonds’ conviction of one count of obstruction of justice based on evasive and misleading statements made to a grand jury. Area of Law: Criminal Procedure and Vagueness Doctrine Issue Presented: The scope of 18 U.S.C. § 1503 and whether the word “corruptly” in the statute is unconstitutionally vague. Brief Summary: Appellant, Barry Bonds, responded to a question regarding his knowledge of his trainer’s steroid connections with comments about Bonds’ own celebrity childhood. Based on this,
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Haskell v. Harris – Ninth Circuit

Headline: Ninth Circuit affirms denial of preliminary injunction against the enforcement of the 2004 Amendment to California’s DNA and Forensic Identification Data Base and Data Bank Act (“2004 Amendment”) and holds that the Amendment does not violate the Fourth Amendment rights of a provisionally certified class of non-convicted felony arrestees. Area of Law: Fourth Amendment; Federal Civil Procedure Issue Presented: Whether California’s mandatory DNA collection requirement under the 2004 Amendment constitutes an unreasonable search in violation of the
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Yaeger v. Bowlin – Ninth Circuit

Headline: Court of Appeals Dimisses Lawsuit Based Upon “Sham Affidavit” Filed By Chuck Yaeger Area of Law: Civil Procedure Issue(s) Presented: Was Chuck Yaeger permitted to prevent his lawsuit from being dismissed by filing a sworn affidavit that provided details about this lawsuit that he repeatedly did not recall during his deposition? Brief Summary: Famous aviator Chuck Yaeger filed a lawsuit in 2008 in which he claimed that Aviation Autographs — a company that sells aviation-related memorabilia — had
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