Judicial Selection Committee Formed: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) announced the formation of a bipartisan screening committee to assist in selecting federal district court judges for the Northern District of Illinois. Durbin said the screening committee will be comprised of 13 distinguished Illinoisans drawn from various aspects of the legal profession including former judges, prominent litigators, bar association leaders, and former prosecutors and defenders. The committee will be co-chaired by former Cook County State’s Attorney Dick Devine and Patricia Holmes, a partner at Schiff Hardin and former state trial judge and Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois. A complete list of members is here.
Challenging the Supreme Court: Attorneys for Arizona have asked a federal District Judge Susan Bolton to reject a new bid to block a key provision of SB 1070 from taking effect after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the controversial law in June, that state's East Valley Tribune reports.
U.S. Rep. Wins Hearing: Federal District Court Judge Timothy Corrigan in Jacksonville has agreed to hear U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown’s request to have early voting begin 15 days prior to November’s general election, instead of a new state law that has it begin 10 days prior, the Florida Times-Union reports.
EPA Violated Clean Air Act: The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled Monday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency violated the Clean Air Act when it rejected a Texas program for approving air permits, the Associated Press reports.
Fraud Lawsuit Tossed: U.S. District Judge J. Paul Oetken dismissed 20 of the 24 charges in a lawsuit filed by a Canadian art authenticator, who said an article in The New Yorker implicates him in fraud, Courthouse News Service reports. "There is little question that a reader may walk away from the article with a negative impression of Biro, but that impression would be largely the result of statements of fact that Biro does not allege to be false," the 63-page order states.