Friday Roundup

December 15, 2006

Happy Birthday to the Bill of Rights!  The first ten amendments are 215.

A survey of Massachusetts hospitals by NARAL finds that 14% of them place illegal barriers between rape vicitms and access to emergency contraception.

Judge Thomas M. Hardiman, a nominee to the Third Circuit, will come under increased scrutiny in the 110th Congress due to compaign donations he made to key Senators shortly after he learned that he was being considered for a promotion, but before he was nominated for an appellate judgeship.  Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), the outgoing Judiciary Committee chair who receieved donations from Hardiman, said that, had he would have instructed Judge Hardiman to not made the donations had he learned about them earlier.

The ACLU is contesting a federal government subpoena seeking the return of a classified document in the ACLU's possession.  While the ACLU has not revealed the content of the document, they do note that it is potentially "embarassing" to the government, and that they have filed it in the "torture" sub-directory of their internal files.

A man who shot his dog has been sentenced to wearing a dog costume as punishment.