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Friday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut became the fourth Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee to say he opposes the federal district court nomination of Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Michael Boggs, Huffington Post reported.
  • As more commentary followed the execution this week of an Arizona inmate who took almost two hours to die, some focused on the judiciary. “What happened Wednesday afternoon to Joseph Wood in Arizona was a state-sponsored, judicially sanctioned human experiment that went terribly wrong,” Andrew Cohen wrote for The Week. 
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Thursday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • The Montana Supreme Court said former state solicitor general Lawrence VanDyke can be listed on the November ballot for a seat on the high court, according to KRTV News. He will face incumbent Justice Mike Wheat.
  • The ABA Journal reported, “Mixed verdict in Philly ticket-fix conspiracy case: 2 judges acquitted, 4 guilty on only one count.”
  • Days before the apparently botched execution on Wednesday of an Arizona prisoner, Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Alex Kozinski called for using firing squads instead of lethal injection, according to the Los Angeles Times. 
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Wednesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • The U.S. Supreme Court lifted a lower-court stay and permitted the planned execution of a convicted killer from Arizona who maintains he has a right to details about the drugs to be used for his execution, according to the New York Times.
  • Justice Ronald E. Nehring of the Utah Supreme Court has announced that he will retire, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. The Judicial Nominating Commission will screen applicants and recommend finalists to the governor, whose appointment to succeed Justice Nehring will require state Senate confirmation.
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Monday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • A three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said a condemned convicted killer from Arizona has a right to details about the drugs to be used for his execution, and it delayed his execution, the New York Times reported.
  • A USA Today headline stated, “Overburdened [immigration] court system strained by new wave of migrants.”
  • The Hill, quoting unnamed senior officials, said the White House is not worried about a possible retirement announcement by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg or another justice.
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Thursday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • An appeals court ruling on affirmative action at the University of Texas (see Gavel Grab) lays the groundwork for another potential showdown on that issue before the Supreme Court, the New York Times reported.
  • Details of a special election just added to the ballot in North Carolina, to succeed Chief Judge John Martin of the state Court of Appeals, were provided by a N.C. Voter Update magazine article.
  • U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney of California ruled on Wednesday that California’s death penalty system is unconstitutional, according to the New York Times.
  • A Louisville Courier-Journal editorial regarding Kentucky ethics rules for judicial candidates was headlined, “Judicial candidates and politics.”
  • A senior federal judge who blogs (see Gavel Grab), Richard Kopf of Nebraska, referred to a law review article headlined with a four-letter obscenity in the judge’s recent post responding to a law professor.  Rick Hasen, at his Election Law blog, said he believes Judge Kopf has “demeaned his office.”
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Wednesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • The ABA Journal reported about an incident this week in Chicago, “Man arrested after allegedly slapping, spitting on judge taking a cigarette break outside courthouse.”
  • Federal prosecutors will bring no charges against a deputy U.S. marshal who fatally shot a defendant who had lunged at a witness with a pen in a Salt Lake City, Utah courtroom, the Associated Press said (see Gavel Grab for background).
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Tuesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • “A Federal Appeals Court Sidesteps How to Prosecute Detainees,” the New York Times reported.
  • The Rush Limbaugh Show website carried a transcript of a segment about the Supreme Court that was headlined, “Dahlia Lithwick: Talk Radio Has Ruined the Supreme Court.”
  • U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte of Maryland issued a ruling in a lawsuit against the Washington Redskins that said the court would refrain when possible from using that team’s controversial name, the Washington Post reported.
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Monday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

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Friday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Senior U.S. District Court Judge Richard Kopf of Nebraska, who recently took issue in his blog with a Supreme Court ruling and alluded to an obscenity in doing so, says at his Hercules and the Umpire blog that he’ll keep blogging despite some people urging him to stop.
  • At SCOTUSblog, Kedar Bhatia wrote about the Supreme Court’s recent term in an analysis that was headlined, “A few notes on unanimity.”
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Thursday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Senior U.S. District Court Judge Richard Kopf of Nebraska still is getting attention for a blog post taking issue with the Supreme Court, and alluding to an obscenity in the process. The Los Angeles Times reported, “Judge under fire for blog post on Hobby Lobby case.”
  • That Supreme Court ruling continues to be debated and examined. Linda Greenhouse wrote an op-ed in the New York Times entitled, “Reading Hobby Lobby in Context.” At Slate, Dahlia Lithwick wrote, “After Hobby Lobby: The Supreme Court term wrapped up nice and neat last week. Unless you are a woman.”
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