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Friday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Delaware’s Judicial Nominating Commission will begin holding interviews on Sept. 8 for applicants seeking to fill a vacancy on the state Supreme Court. Four candidates have lined up to compete for the post, according to WDDE.
  • In the context of an upcoming Montana Supreme Court election, Al Smith has an essay entitled “Justice at Risk,” on behalf of the Montana Trial Lawyers Association, posted at Montana Public Radio.
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Wednesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller of Alabama, recently arrested on domestic violence charges, “has compromised his integrity” and should resign, an AL.com editorial stated.
  • A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled in favor of environmental groups defending Blair Mountain Battlefield in West Virginia, site of a huge 1921 armed labor conflict, from large-scale surface mining, Reuters reported.
  • Attorney Peter Bennett of Portland, Me. was appointed Special Advisor to the newly created American Bar Association (ABA) Read more
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Tuesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial said the Pennsylvania Superior Court made a “sensible ruling” when it recently vacated a sentencing order that ex-Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin apologize to former fellow judges on a photograph of herself in handcuffs. She was convicted of corruption in campaigns for the high court (see Gavel Grab).
  • The Texas Ethics Commission, concerned about anonymous political spending in state elections, has floated a draft regulation to require that some nonprofits that are active politically disclose their secret donors, the Houston Chronicle reported.
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Monday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • According to the Courthouse News Service, judges grilled the governor’s finance director about California’s court system budget, with one judge asking whether the governor believed the funds were adequate for the public service standards of a first world democracy.
  • A story on WGCU discusses why it can be difficult to get to know judicial candidates.
  • A federal judge in Florida ruled the state’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. MSNBC reported the judge immediately stayed his order, meaning marriage equality in Florida will have to wait until after the appeals process.
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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.”
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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.”
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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.
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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