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Wednesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial court:

  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made a political tour in South Carolina. Before he arrived, the Judicial Crisis Network bought some billboard space and radio ads to criticize the Republican’s record on judicial nominations, according to the Charleston Post and Courier; see Gavel Grab for background.
  • On the topic of state bans on marriage for same-sex couples, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told a Minnesota audience that for people interested in how the U.S. Supreme Court might act, it would be wise to watch the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, according to the Associated Press.  Read more
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Tuesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • After hearing oral arguments Tuesday in a nationally watched ballot dispute, the Kansas Supreme Court took the matter under advisement. “Kansas Judges Question Why Democrat Kept on Ballot,” the Associated Press reported.  
  • The campaign committee of Illinois Justice Lloyd Karmeier, who is seeking retention election this fall, has raised $39,000 in the past three weeks, the Madison-St. Clair Record said.
  • At The Daily Signal, Elizabeth Slattery wrote, “Obama’s Greatest Legacy: Remaking the Federal Courts.” See Gavel Grab for more.
  • Attorney Debo Adegbile has withdrawn his nomination to head the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, McClatchy reported. A filibuster against his nomination had raised concerns in some quarters of an adverse impact on criminal defendants’ access to justice (see Gavel Grab).
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Monday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • The Washington Supreme Court said the legislature has failed to fully fund public education as required by a 2012 court order, and it found the legislature in contempt of court, according to a Q13 Fox report.
  • When the U.S. Senate killed last week a constitutional amendment to reverse Citizens United, it marked the partisan-driven death of a proposal to “take Big Money out of politics,” James Gaines wrote in a Reuters opinion.
  • Delaware Gov. Jack Markell is preparing to nominate a new state Supreme Court justice based on a list of four finalists recommended to him by a judicial nominating commission, the News Journal reported.
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Friday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Regarding a domestic assault charge against U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller of Alabama, a Washington Post blogger asked if the court system is being too lenient on him and others; and WIAT in Birmingham reported, “Retired federal judge weighs in on Fuller charges.”
  • Frank Daniels III wrote in The Tennessean that the “secret selection process” used by the state’s highest court to pick an attorney general is wrong, and a Tennessean news article said the court’s pick will be announced on Monday.
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Thursday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • At its Sept. 29 private conference, the U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to consider petitions from five states asking the court to rule on the constitutionality of state bans on marriage for same-sex couples, the Wall Street Journal reported. “[I]t would be a surprise if the Court opted to bypass the issue altogether in its new Term,” SCOTUSblog wrote.
  • “Mark Fuller can’t stay on bench,” a Montgomery Advertiser editorial declared about a federal district judge in Alabama who has been accused of assaulting his wife (see Gavel Grab).
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Wednesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • A Washington Post column by Courtland Milloy was headlined, “Md. official wants judge removed for ordering man be shocked with Stun-Cuff.”
  • The states of Wisconsin and Indiana have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court the striking down by an appellate court of their bans on marriage for same-sex couples, and a consensus of opinion is emerging that the nation’s highest court ought to resolve the issue, an Associated Press article said. 
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Tuesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • New York’s  Commission on Judicial Nominations has sent Gov. Andrew Cuomo a list of seven finalists for an opening on the state Court of Appeals, New York’s highest court, according to the Associated Press. 
  • A New York Times column by Charles M. Blow highlights a new report from The Sentencing Project entitled, “Race and Punishment: Racial Perceptions of Crime and Support for Punitive Policies.”
  • A Toledo Blade article was headlined, “Democrats question judge’s rifle/Ottawa County party seeks probe into seized semiautomatic weapon.”
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Monday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • The (Newark) Star-Ledger reported, “Stuart Rabner could make history as longest-serving chief justice of N.J. Supreme Court.”
  • A San Jose Mercury News article about Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar was headlined, “California’s newest state Supreme Court justice discusses his rise.”
  • The Oregonian editorialized in support of a ballot measure that would let state judges have dual employment. Judges should be allowed to teach at public universities and colleges, the editorial said.
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Friday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • A panel of the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down state bans in Wisconsin and Indiana on marriage for same-sex couples, the Associated Press said. At the same time, 32 states asked the U.S. Supreme Court to make a final decision on the issue.
  • Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg’s concerns about campaign cash and eroding public trust in impartial courts, the topic of Brandenburg’s recent Politico essay, were mentioned by The Progressive Pulse, a publication of NC Policy Watch.
  • Some advocates are urging the Tennessee Supreme Court to deliberate and decide in the open next week its selection of a new state attorney general, according to the Commercial Appeal.
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Thursday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • U.S. District Judge Martin L. C. Feldman of Louisiana bucked a national trend when he upheld a Louisiana ban on marriage for same-sex couples, the New York Times reported.
  • The full U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia agreed to rehear a case about the use of federal tax subsidies as part of the Affordable Care Act. The action threw out a ruling by a three-judge panel of the court that was adverse to the Obama administration, the Associated Press said.
  • Regarding newly recommended reforms of Iowa’s civil justice system, a Des Moines Register editorial declared, “Iowa court changes are important for justice.”
  • At Slate, Dahlia Lithwick had an essay entitled, “A Horrifying Miscarriage of Justice in North Carolina: How many times was Justice Antonin Scalia wrong about Henry Lee McCollum and the death penalty?”
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