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JAS Testifies on Recusal in WI

Wisconsin’s recusal rules lag behind those in almost every state and should be toughened to comply with the landmark 2009 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Caperton v. Massey, Justice at Stake’s state affairs director told a legislative hearing in Madison today.

Speaking to a special panel announced last July, John Robinson told the panel that Wisconsin’s current policy, adopted last year, is one of only a few nationally that allows recusal only when a judge subjectively decides he or she is biased. Forty-eight states have an “objective” standard, Robinson said, in which a judge should not hear a case if a neutral observer might reasonably conclude that bias exists.

He also urged Wisconsin’s legislative body to enact rules so that any decision by a judge not to recuse can be reviewed by other judges. A full draft of Robinson’s written testimony is available here. Robinson added:

“We have urged states to adopt recusal standards that will reassure citizens that their courts will be fair and impartial, both in fact and in appearance. Strong recusal rules protect the courts and build public trust by removing even the appearance that justice might be up for sale.”

The recusal debate has gained significance in recent years, as litigants have spent heavily to elect judges before whom they appear in court. Acording to a Justice at Stake poll in September, more than 80 percent of the public believes judges should not hear cases involving major campaign supporters. Read more

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Wednesday Media Summary

JUSTICE AT STAKE

Judges On Merit: Press conference to bring support from three branches, both sides of the aisle
Susan – 6/8/2010

Indianapolis Star: Who should pick judges? Indiana’s system works
Andrea Neal – 6/9/2010

KAGAN COMMENTARY

Wall Street Journal/Law Blog: Kagan’s Brushes With the Boldfaced (While a Supreme Court Clerk)
Jess Bravin – 6/8/2010

Washington Times: Kagan’s ‘full faith’ in same-sex marriage
Editorial – 6/8/2010

Blog Of Legal Times: Dellinger: Kagan is no Souter
David Ingram – 6/8/2010

NOMINATION/POLITICS

Talking Points Memo: Bipartisan SCOTUS Experts: Confirmation Hearings A ‘Joke’
Christina Bellantoni – 6/8/2010

Witchita Eagle: Could Mother Teresa get GOP votes?
Rhonda Holman – 6/8/2010

Radio Iowa: Grassley to meet with Supreme Court nominee today
Matt Kelley – 6/8/2010

NewsBusters: CBS Reporter: Thin-Skinned White House Won’t Tolerate Reports Elena Kagan Is Liberal
Rich Noyes – 6/8/2010

NPR/Political Junkie: Announcing The Official ‘Elena Kagan Confirmation Vote’ Contest
Ken Rudin – 6/8/2010
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Monday Media Summary

KAGAN COMMENTARY

AP: Clinton records show many sides of Kagan
MARK SHERMAN – 6/5/2010

CNN: Kagan documents reveal pragmatic approach on abortion controversy
Bill Mears – 6/4/2010

NY Times: Glimpses of Kagan’s Views in Clinton White House
SHERYL GAY STOLBERG – 6/4/2010

CNN: Kagan opposed making doctor-assisted suicide federal crime
Bill Mears – 6/5/2010

FOX News: New Docs: Kagan on Assisted Suicide Law
Lee Ross – 6/4/2010

AP: Kagan files show pragmatic streak in tobacco talks
JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS – 6/5/2010

Media Matters For America: CBS makes a mess of Kagan’s record as Thurgood Marshall clerk
6/4/2010

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Thursday Media Summary

KAGAN COMMENTARY

The Atlantic: Don’t Bet on Kagan Overturning Citizens United
Garrett Epps – 6/2/2010

FOX News: Kagan’s Troubling Record on the First Amendment
Horace Cooper – 6/2/2010

LifeNews.com: Kagan’s First Case as Solicitor General Was Suppressing Pro-Life Free Speech
Steven Ertelt – 6/2/2010

National Review Online/Bench Memos: Do As I Say…
Carrie Severino – 6/2/2010

NOMINATION/POLITICS

NY Times: A Knock-Down, Drag-Out — Yawn
SHERYL GAY STOLBERG – 6/2/2010
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Wednesday Media Monitoring Summary

KAGAN COMMENTARY

CNN/Political Ticker: CNN Poll: Regardless of experience concerns, majority back Kagan
6/1/2010

LA Times: Setback may have set Kagan on course for Supreme Court
Christi Parsons – 6/2/2010

Kansas City Star/Midwest Voices: Kagan’s shameful record on military recruiting at Harvard
Sen. Jeff Sessions – 6/1/2010

KAGAN PAPERS/EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE

Center For American Progress: Executive Privilege 101
Ian Millhiser – 6/1/2010

NOMINATION/POLITICS

Huffington Post: The Senate Farce for Kagan’s Confirmation to the Supreme Court
Robert W. Benson – 6/1/2010

NOMINATION/DIVERSITY

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Strive for true diversity on high court
Todd Collins and Gibbs Knotts – 6/1/2010

JUDICIAL PHILOSOPHY

Huffington Post: Elena Kagan: Bench the Judge-Umpire Analogy
Aaron Zelinsky – 6/2/2010

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Tuesday Media Summary

KAGAN COMMENTARY

Dallas Morning News: Questions for Elena Kagan
Editorial – 5/28/2010

Human Events: Senate Should Reject Kagan Nominiation
Kevin Gutzman – 5/29/2010

Miami Herald: Sexism, softball and the Supreme Court
JODI MAILANDER FARRELL – 5/30/2010

Human Events: Kagan’s Thesis Endorsed Judicial Activism
David McIntosh – 6/01/2010

NOMINATION/POLITICS

LA Times: From Carswell to Kagan: Learning the hard way to vet court nominees
David G. Savage – 5/29/2010

AP: Senators await Kagan papers from Clinton library
JILL ZEMAN BLEED – 6/1/2010

Kansas City Star: Bring on the Kagan hearing
Editorial – 5/31/2010

STEVENS LEGACY

Media Bistro/Fishbowl DC: NYT Scribe to Moderate Panel on Retiring Justice Stevens’ Legacy
Betsy Rothstein – 6/1/2010
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Wednesday Media Summary

KAGAN COMMENTARY

AP: As Marshall clerk, Kagan was wary of conservatives
MARK SHERMAN and JESSICA GRESKO – 5/25/2010

NOMINATION/POLITICS

Washington Post: Senators will have less background on Kagan to help make Supreme Court decision
Robert Barnes – 5/26/2010

USA Today/The Oval: Kagan campaign for Supreme Court: Both sides step it up
Kathy Kiely – 5/25/2010

Boston Globe/AP: Kagan clerking notes may draw GOP fire
Mark Sherman and Jessica Gresko – 5/26/2010

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Sen. Isakson questions Kagan on water wars, other issues
Bob Keefe – 5/25/2010

Huffington Post: WorldNetDaily’s Aaron Klein Hurls Slime At Elena Kagan
Terry Krepel – 5/25/2010
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Monday Media Summary

NOMINATION REPORTING

Blog Of Legal Times: Senate Sets Aside $300K for Kagan Hearing
David Ingram – 5/21/2010

KAGAN COMMENTARY

Milwaukee Courier: NAACP endorses Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan
Editorial – 5/22/2010

Washington Post/AP: Elena Kagan’s writings suggest judge’s proper role
Mark Sherman – 5/23/2010

Wall Street Journal/Law Blog: Kagan’s 2003 Speech: A Window Into Her Views on Judging?
Nathan Koppel – 5/21/2010

National Catholic Review: Kagan’s Paper Trail (or Lack Thereof)
RICH DALY – 5/24/2010

Las Vegas Review Journal: Government censors don’t belong on Supreme Court
THOMAS MITCHELL – 5/23/2010

The Trentonian: Can free speech be redistributed?
NAT HENTOFF – 5/22/2010

National Journal: Bonfire Of The Inanities
Eliza Newlin Carney – 5/24/2010

Washington Post: Elena Kagan goes on Supreme Court confirmation offensive in drab D.C. clothes
Robin Givhan – 5/23/2010

Huffington Post: Tell the Truth, Nominee Kagan: Red Sox Supporter, or Yankee Hater?
Billy Altman – 5/21/2010

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Friday Media Summary

KAGAN COMMENTARY

Slate: But Enough About Me: What Do You Think of Me?
Dahlia Lithwick – 5/19/2010

MSNBC: Kagan writings indicate liberal streak
Jenna Pfeffer – 5/20/2010

Huffington Post: Catholic Bishops Leave Civil Rights Group After Kagan Endorsement
Daniel Burke – 5/20/2010

Washington Post: Elena Kagan: Hostile to free speech?
David N. Bossie – 5/21/2010

XBIZ Newswire: High Court Nominee Kagan Worked on Obscenity, Free Speech Cases
Rhett Pardon – 5/20/2010

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Wednesday Media Summary

NOMINATION REPORTING

Blog Of Legal Times: Kagan Hearing Set to Begin June 28
David Ingram – 5/19/2010

Houston Chronicle/AP: Judiciary Chairman: Kagan hearings start in June
JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS – 5/19/2010

KAGAN COMMENTARY

NY Times: Thesis Is Window on Roots of Kagan’s Legal Creed
PETER BAKER and SHERYL GAY STOLBERG – 5/18/2010

Wall Street Journal: Kagan Criticized the Warren Court in Thesis
NATHAN KOPPEL And JESS BRAVIN – 5/18/2010

Politico: Elena Kagan’s thesis hints at her views
JOSH GERSTEIN – 5/19/2010

Reuters: Supreme Court nominee Kagan is a millionaire
Thomas Ferraro and James Vicini – 5/18/2010

Heritage Foundation: Elena Kagan: Justice Stevens Redux?
Charles Stimson – 5/18/2010

Life News: Americans Still Divided on Pro-Abortion Supreme Court Pick Elena Kagan
Steven Ertelt – 5/18/2010

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