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Thursday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday declined to issue an emergency stay to delay marriages for same-sex couples in South Carolina, according to SCOTUSblog. The vote was 7-2.
  • U.S. District Judge Brian Morris of Montana has struck down that state’s ban on marriages for same-sex couples, Reuters reported. 
  • The Madison-St. Clair (Il.) Record reported, “Plaintiff lawyers seek court’s permission to read phone records of [Justice Lloyd] Karmeier and wife.” For background, see Gavel Grab.
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Wednesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • With an influx of new judges taking the bench in Minnesota’s district courtrooms, Gov. Mark Dayton says Dayton says, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, that “he’s increased racial diversity among judges by 53 percent and the number of female judges by 18 percent.”
  • “When judges give the public a reason to doubt their impartiality, whether it’s through their acceptance of campaign funding or their intemperate comments, faith in the system erodes,” Alison Frankel writes in a Reuters blog discussing a federal judge’s decision not to recuse in a case before him.
  • As a result of Kansas Supreme Court action, “Same-sex marriage now allowed in most populous Kansas county,” Reuters reported. Meanwhile, NBCNews.com had a report stating, “Federal Appeals Court Denies South Carolina Bid to Block Gay Marriage.”
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Tuesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady says efforts are underway to address racial disparity in the state’s criminal justice system, according to globegazette.com.
  • Pennsylvania has created a state Office of Elder Justice “to protect seniors from abuse and financial exploitation,” reports the Pocono Record. Under the recommendation of the Elder Law Task Force, the reforms will be primarily concerned with court-appointed guardianships.
  • U.S. District Judge Timothy Black has recused himself from hearing a case involving Planned Parenthood, Cincinatti.com said. Before being appointed to the bench in 2010, Black represented Planned Parenthood as an attorney in 1986 and served on its board between 1986 and 1989.
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Monday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Gov. Jerry Brown of California has allowed a vacancy on the state Supreme Court to remain unfilled for more than seven months, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. He hasn’t explained why he has not nominated a successor for a justice who retired.
  • An Atlanta Black Star article was headlined, “As 1st Black Female President of the ABA, Paulette Brown Has Unique Position to Fight Systemic Racism of Legal System.”
  • Justice Paul Pfeifer of the Ohio Supreme Court disclosed in a newspaper interview that he has a lesbian daughter and that given her situation he considers the state’s protections for for same-sex couples and their families to be lacking, the Associated Press said.
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Friday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • A  Gazette editorial said the next Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, is a good fit for the post and “will treat judicial appointments and other nominees fairly.”
  • Sens. Richard Burr, a Republican, and Kay Hagan, a Democrat, voiced bipartisan support for President Obama’s nomination of former Court of Appeals Judge Loretta Biggs for a federal district court judgeship in North Carolina, Doug Clark blogged at the Greensboro News & Record.
  • “Judge in abortion case sat on Planned Parenthood board,” Cincinnati.com reported.
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Thursday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • The U.S. Supreme Court lifted a stay and allowed marriages for same-sex couples to proceed in Kansas, according to the Washington Post.
  • Regarding the Supreme Court’s recent agreement to consider another challenge to the federal Affordable Care Act (see Gavel Grab), Linda Greenhouse decries in a New York Times op-ed “a naked power grab by conservative justices.”
  • A Los Angeles Times feature, about the U.S. senator who will take over the helm of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is headlined “Charles Grassley brings charm, savvy to Senate Judiciary Committee.”
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Wednesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Kansas has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to postpone a federal court’s ruling that would allow marriages for same-sex couples to proceed in the state, while two lesbian couples have filed papers opposing that plea, SCOTUSblog said.
  • The Coalition for the Protection of Marriage is challenging the selection of federal appeals judges who sat on a panel that recently invalidated bans on marriage for same-sex couples in Idaho and Nevada, the New York Times reported. 
  • An editorial by Honolulu Civil Beat was headlined, “Judicial System: Voters Deserve a Voice in Keeping or Firing Judges.”
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Monday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts

  • With the shift to Republican control of the Senate, Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa intends to sit next year as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Des Moines Register reported. Grassley said regarding judicial nominees, “The Judiciary Committee should not be a rubber stamp for the president.”
  • District Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson, who received a “Do Not Retain” recommendation from the New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission, was not retained by voters last week. Now she is vowing to stay on the bench, saying she shouldn’t have been on the ballot, according to the Albuquerque Journal.

  • “Dramatic turnover continues on Delaware Supreme Court,” a Reuters headline declared.

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Wednesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Court-ordered apology letters by former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Levin have been deemed unsatisfactory, according to the ABA Journal. Sentencing Judge Lester Nauhaus has ordered a do-over saying, “The attempt to have the defendant have any kind of humility has failed.”
  • Regarding speculation about politics in the event of a Supreme Court vacancy, the ABA Journal reported, “Would a SCOTUS vacancy result in gridlock in a GOP-controlled Senate?”
  • Kansas’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples has been overturned by U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Crabtree, reports NPR.
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Tuesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Bill Raftery of the National Center for State Courts will provide election night coverage of races affecting courts, and state supreme court races from across the country, beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern at www.ncsc.org/elections.
  • Rhode Island’s Judicial Nominating Commission is proposing rules changes that would permit the public to comment on prospective nominees, according to the Providence Journal.
  • Regarding the recent resignation of a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice, the Philadelphia Inquirer had a piece titled, “Law Review: Ousting of McCaffery set troubling precedent.”
  • “Oklahoma Supreme Court puts new state abortion laws on hold,” a Tulsa World headline stated.
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