Monday News Roundup

April 10, 2006

Hundred of thousands of demonstrators are expected to gather today in Washington DC and over 60 other cities to voice support for immigrant rights. The New York Times notes that large immigration rallies took place in several cities this weekend, including the Dallas gathering shown below. California Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today headlined "An Immigrant Writes: Keep the doors of this country open." Arnie's basic argument: we need "legislation based on a simple philosophy: control of the border . . . and compassion for the immigrant. These are the twin pillars around which we must construct a new immigration policy. They are both essential elements in our overall immigration strategy. Without both, our strategy is destined to collapse."

The latest wrinkle in the scandal over Page Six contributor Jared Paul Stern, accused of trying to extort money from a billionaire: he alleges that he has been "set up" and that he will soon issue a "strong statement setting forth the true nature of the relationship and my feelings about being the one who was targeted." Hmmmm. (Hat tip to The Plank.)
The Ninth Circuit Blog notes that the Supreme Court has granted cert to resolve the question whether simple drug possession can be treated as an aggravated felony. The circuits are split on this issue, and even within circuits there tends to be varying treatment of the question depending on the context.
Ouch. Criminal Appeal notes that California's Third Appellate District has issued a published opinion whose second sentence goes like this: "Not only does the appeal lack merit, the opening brief is a textbook example of what an appellate brief should not be." (Emphasis added.) The opinion also "identifies the counsel at fault by name in the body of the opinion, . . . chides the presiding justice of the court (who happens to also be the author of the opinion) for allowing the oversized brief (76,235 words), and . . . direct[s] the clerk to send a copy of the opinion to the state bar."
France is planning to scrap that job law that spawned weeks of riots.
Former Enron CEO Jeff Skillilng is expected to take the stand today in his trial on fraud and conspiracy charges. He's quoted in the Houston Chronicle saying "It's time to get the story out. I'm looking forward to it." (Hat tip to How Appealing.)