The Texas Supreme Court requested briefs on the merits in a case in which former football coach Mike Leach sued Texas Tech University, says an Associated Press story in The Brownsville Herald. The university argued it has sovereign immunity. “Leach attorney Paul Dobrowski said the court wants to look at whether Texas Tech conduct in handling the former coach's dismissal warrants a waiver of sovereign immunity,” the AP wrote.
The Blog of Legal Times reports on a White House blog post that “criticized the Senate for not voting on 20 pending nominees before leaving Washington for its August recess. It also highlights recent statements by Stephen Zack, then the president of the American Bar Association, and the editorial board of The Washington Post, both calling for a faster confirmation process for nominees.”
Grits for Breakfast highlights a New York Times story about a research study of “release decisions by the Israeli parole board.” The research indicated the parole board’s decisions may be impacted by each individual judge’s glucose levels. “In midmorning . . . the parole board would take a break, and the judges would be served a sandwich and a piece of fruit. The prisoners who appeared just before the break had only about a 20 percent chance of getting parole, but the ones appearing right after had around a 65 percent chance,” The New York Times wrote.
“Responding to an attempt by Roger Clemens' attorney to bar a retrial in the former baseball superstar's perjury case, prosecutors filed a brief … arguing that Clemens is ‘seeking to gain an unwarranted windfall’ from an ‘inadvertent error,’” reports the Blog of Legal Times, a Texas Lawyer affiliate.
An Austin American-Statesman story examines the two-year-old Texas Office of Capital Writs, which the “Texas Legislature created the office two years ago after repeated instances of shoddy legal work by appeals attorneys representing capital murder convicts. The agency now handles the state appellate process for nearly all new Texas death penalty cases.” The office currently has about 12 clients on death row.
-- Angela Morris