March 25, 2009
When is a movie not just a movie? According to the Federal Election Commission, when the film's villain isn't a terrorist or a drug dealer but a candidate for president. The agency decided that the producers of a 90-minute documentary critical of Hillary Rodham Clinton -- which they hoped to offer "on demand" to interested cable TV viewers -- had to abide by rules governing "electioneering communications," including a prohibition on advertising close to a primary or general election.
February 14, 1999
Re "Leading the President Astray," Commentary, Jan. 25: The rantings of Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz against Robert Bennett, President Clinton's lawyer in the Paula Jones case, would be laughable if they were not so irresponsible. Dershowitz does not know what advice Bennett gave to his client, the extent to which the president may have lied to his lawyer (beyond the lying to Bennett that the president has already acknowledged), or what tactical decisions in the Jones case were made, not by Bennett, but by the president or others on the ample White House legal team.
February 3, 2009 |
In the 16 years since his release from prison, disgraced junk-bond king Michael Milken has beaten prostate cancer, raised hundreds of millions of dollars for medical research and reshaped an image tarnished by a 1990 conviction for securities fraud. One thing he's been unable to do is win a presidential pardon, despite the support of some of the country's most influential people. Before he left office Jan.
June 24, 2007 |
In 2004, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. was looking to hire an expert to handle an appeal, not to build a long-term relationship with another big-city attorney. The world's largest retailer had plenty of those, paying 250 law firms around the country about $200 million a year to represent its interests. Then the legal team at Wal-Mart met mild-mannered Theodore J. Boutrous Jr., a Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partner. Now, he represents the company on a variety of matters around the U.S.
June 27, 2001 |
The U.S. government will appeal a judge's dismissal of a landmark suit charging AMR Corp.'s American Airlines with using predatory tactics to drive low-cost carriers from its hub at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the Justice Department said Tuesday. The case has been closely watched because it could settle some long-disputed questions about what constitutes fair competition in the airline industry. The government filed notice of the pending appeal with the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 2000
Underlying all the U.S. Supreme Court debate Monday over equal-protection guarantees, the intent of the voter and the appropriate reach of the Florida Supreme Court was a single question, the most basic one the court has faced in this matter: Does every vote count? In a second round of solemn yet spirited argument, a majority of the justices appeared not to have moved from the presumption they seemingly held in stopping the recount Saturday--that George W.
March 5, 2002 |
The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether the government must pay billions of dollars to reclaim unused wireless spectrum space from NextWave Telecom Inc. The high court's action will further delay resolution of the long-running dispute over valuable spectrum that could provide better mobile phone service in several cities, but some analysts think it will prompt a settlement.
December 6, 2006 |
A presidential advisory commission created two years ago to monitor the effects of anti-terrorism measures on civil liberties held its first public hearing Tuesday amid criticism from advocacy groups that the panel was a paper tiger and indications that its members were wrestling with their watchdog role. The four-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board was urged to take a more aggressive tack in checking the power of the Bush administration in its handling of the war on terrorism.
December 3, 2000
Court wrestles with complex issues. "May it please the court," intoned each lawyer as he began his argument before the U.S. Supreme Court at Friday's extraordinary recorded session. Though questions from the nine justices raised doubt about how they would rule on the constitutional challenge to Florida's Supreme Court decision regarding ballot recounts, there can be no doubt about the value of listening to the hearing, as Americans were finally permitted to do.
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August 31, 2003 |
The U.S. Department of Justice has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn regulations established by Southern California's smog-fighting agency to curb pollution from taxis, buses, trash trucks and other fleet vehicles. The government contended in a friend of the court brief filed Friday that the rules are at odds with the federal Clean Air Act because the authority to make such rules is limited to the federal government.