Gavel Grab

Archive for the 'Media Monitoring' Category

Friday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Regarding the U.S. Supreme Court, Lyle Denniston has a lengthy piece at SCOTUSblog entitled, “Reading the Court’s signals on same-sex marriage.”
  • Roy Moore is chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Al.com has an article that is headlined, “Coming to a car in front of you? Roy Moore’s Foundation for Moral Law wants ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ Alabama plate.”
No comments

Thursday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • The U.S. Supreme Court placed on hold a lower-court ruling that said unions of same-sex couples could begin in Virginia on Thursday, the Washington Post reported. 
  • The election commission in Anderson County, Tennessee certified the results of Aug. 7 elections, including the victory of a judicial candidate who is facing child-support proceedings, the Oak Ridger said. See Gavel Grab for background.
  • An Associated Press article was headlined, “East Texas county judge gives self $24K pay cut, salary to now match county commissioners.”
No comments

Wednesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Justice Loretta Rush took the oath of office to become Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, and she is the first woman to hold that post, the Indianapolis Star reported. For background, see Gavel Grab.
  • In the wake of debate over New Mexico’s hybrid system for selecting judges (see Gavel Grab), an Albuquerque Journal article was headlined, “Judge Franchini gets Dem nod for November ballot.”
  • New Jersey’s Senate confirmed eight Superior Court judges, nominated by Gov. Chris Christie to sit in Essex County, the Associated Press said; Gavel Grab has background.
No comments

Tuesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Justice Donald W. Lemons of the Virginia Supreme Court will become the next chief justice for Virginia, as a result of a vote by members of the court, according to the Associated Press.
  • Scott Maxwell had a piece in the Orlando Sentinel that was headlined, “Judicial elections: 5 ways to help you vote.”
No comments

Monday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, and state Senate Democrats arrived at a deal to fill eight judicial vacancies in Essex County. Forty-four more judicial vacancies will remain to be filled, The Star-Ledger reported. 
  • U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller of Alabama, arrested on domestic violence charges, will keep receiving his annual salary of almost $200,000, the Associated Press said. The judge was being relieved of his caseload
  • The Tennessee Supreme Court elected Justice Sharon Lee to be its next chief justice, beginning in September, according to the Associated Press.
No comments

Friday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • The New Jersey State Bar Association has called on Gov. Chris Christie to immediately address the state’s judicial vacancies, reports the Burlington County Times.
  • Clay Today reports that the Fourth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission has been asked to provide Florida Gov. Rick Scott with nominees for a vacancy due to retirement.
No comments

Tuesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Debate over whether elections are the best way to choose justices accelerates in Arkansas, Times Record reported.
  • Unfilled judicial vacancies reduce the efficiency of court services and strain prison capacity, reports The Daily Progress.  “It has definitely slowed the criminal justice process down,” Col. Martin Kumer, the superintendent of Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, said of Edward Hogshire’s retirement from Charlottesville Circuit Court.
No comments

Monday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • The Arizona Daily Sun released an editorial advocating for merit selection of judges and justices of the peace, writing, “Campaigning can undermine the integrity and impartiality of an office that should be above politics.”
  • Joan Vennochi published an op-ed in the Boston Globe praising Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s record on appointing a diverse group of justices to the state’s Supreme Judicial Court.
No comments

Thursday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • North Carolina Budget Director Art Pope, who played a role in the state’s elimination of its pioneering public financing program for judicial elections (see Gavel Grab), is stepping down from his post, Huffington Post reported.
  • Regarding oral arguments before a panel of the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday, the New York Times reported, “One Court, Three Judges and Four States With Gay Marriage Cases.”
  • Chronicling a local judicial election in Shiawassee County, Michigan, the Argus-Press had an article headlined “County judicial race is most costly in area.”
No comments

Tuesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ruled unconstitutional a part of an Alabama statute requiring that abortion clinic physicians have privileges to admit patients at local hospitals, USA Today reported.
  • Eyeing that ruling, Emily Bazelon wrote at Slate, “You Can Still Get an Abortion in Alabama:Will a new ruling that keeps open clinics there matter in the next battleground—Texas?”
  • The Associated Press reported, “Federal appeals courts covering nearly half the United States will soon hear arguments on whether gay and lesbian couples have a right to marry, part of a slew of cases putting pressure on the U.S. Supreme Court to issue a final verdict.”
No comments

Next Page »