They'd know better if they were tuned into the blogosphere.
Howard Bashman at How Appealing reported Saturday that the Fifth Circuit issued a stay, delaying the trial until they decide whether the US Attorney can conceal the role of the defendant's race in their decision to seek the death penalty. Grits included the information in an update to this item yesterday. Bashman quoted straight from the order entered on the 5th Circuit's docket:
COURT Order filed granting the appellant's motion for stay of trial and all pretrial proceedings pending the timely filing and final disposition of the United States' petition for writ of mandamus. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the United States shall file its petition for mandamus no later than the close of business on 1/4/05, and defendant shall respond no later than the close of business on 1/11/05 [5040182-1]. (EHJ/RHB/ECP) Copies to all counsel. [04-21030] (mcs)So there will be no trial this week; the defendant's brief isn't due until the close of business day on January 11, and the 5th Circuit will then need time to review. Bashman also filled us in on which judges issued the ruling: "The initials shown on the docket entry quoted above indicate that the three Fifth Circuit judges who entered the stay were Circuit Judges Edith H. Jones, Rhesa H. Barksdale, and Edward Charles Prado," he reported.
I felt a bit sloppy yesterday when I wrote on the topic and initially missed HA's item on the Fifth Circuit stay. I caught it pretty quick, though, within an hour of my initial post. The Chronicle made the same mistake in a piece web-posted almost 24 hours later. Don't you guys Google your news subjects over there? As I said then, from now on I'm checking with Howard first on subjects within his bailiwick. The Houston Chronicle's court watchers would be well advised to do the same.
And to How Appealing: Good scoop.
UPDATE: Charles Kuffner today announces regarding a different Houston Chronicle article, "I really feel annoyed when it seems clear to me that a few minutes with Google could have produced a better story." I guess that answers the question about whether the Chronicle Googles their news subjects. (BTW, this search engine shows that even Googling won't catch some things). Don't fret, Charles. At least that leaves Houstonians with fertile blogging prospects.