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More Time Needed To Block Release of Detainee Photos:  Lyle Denniston reports on SCOTUSblog that U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan asked the Supreme Court Friday to give it another 30 days to block public release of photos showing abuse of detainees in Afghanistan and Iraq.  The Administration's application requests that it be given until July 9, 2009, to file its petition for a writ of certiorari to review the Second Circuit's ruling that the photos must be released under the Freedom of Information Act.  The petition asserts that the Administration will "file a petition for a writ of certiorari will be filed unless the Detainee Photographic Records Protection Act is enacted into law[,]" and that more time will "permit the legislative process to continue and allow the United States to assess further the need to file a petition for a writ of certiorari in light of any new legislation."

New Sex Offender Laws in Iowa:  At Sex Crimes, Corey Rayburn Yung, posts on Iowa's new sex offender residency restriction.  Yung reports that Governor Chet Culver has signed legislation that prohibits the most serious sex offenders from living within 2,000 feet of places where children gather, this will include schools, libraries and day care centers.  The legislation will also ban offenders entering those facilities without permission, and it establishes a 300-foot "no loiter" zone around schools, libraries, etc.

A Better Way to Critique:  Stuart Taylor Jr. writes at the Ninth Justice that it is time for the "Right" to stop "Demagoguing" and cautions that President Obama should "stop distorting the facts."  Taylor believes that "the current debate over filling a vacancy on the Supreme Court has been marred...by a considerable dose of demagogy and false factual claims."  He believes that recent comments on Judge Sotomayor by Rush Limbaugh and Newt Gingrich have gone too far, and urges criticism focusing on her decisions.  Taylor then moves on to explain President Obama's misrepresentations of the facts of the Ledbetter case.  According to Taylor, the President has repeatedly stated that when Lily Ledbetter realized she was getting paid less than male co-workers, she filed a lawsuit.  Taylor says this isn't true, and points to Ledbetter's sworn deposition, and the opinions in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire, as proof.

Members of Bloods Gang Indicted in Maryland:  At Blog of Legal Times, Jordan Weissmann has a post discussing the indictment of 42 suspected gang members and on federal racketeering and drug trafficking charges in Maryland.  23 members of a Baltimore Bloods chapter were indicted by a federal grand jury for operating a violent organized crime web, and paying a cut of their earnings to leaders of the gang in California.  The remaining 19 members were indicted on counts of drug trafficking.  ATF Acting Assistant Director Mark Chait stated that the Baltimore gang was "directed by Bloods leadership in California."  

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