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Thursday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • U.S. District Judge Katherine Bolan Forrest, who is overseeing the $1.2 billion Silk Road drug case, has been threatened online and had personal information leaked, according to the ABA Journal.
  • USA Today reports that Magistrate Judge Gilbert Breedlove in North Carolina has resigned to avoid having to perform same-sex marriages. His personal, religious beliefs conflicted with the recent ruling of the appeals court that struck down the same-sex marriage ban.
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Wednesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • The Arizona Performance Commission on Judicial Retention has rated two Superior Court judges as unfit for a new term in office, the Arizona Republic reported.
  • Sue Carlton wrote a Tampa Bay Times column that was headlined, “Weirdness in electing Florida judges is still as good as it gets.” It mentioned an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case over Florida’s prohibition on judicial candidates soliciting campaign cash.
  • A New York Times article about the U.S. attorney general, who is stepping down, was headlined, “A Holder Legacy: Shifting Terror Cases to the Courts, and Winning.”
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Tuesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • A Buzzfeed article about President Obama’s selection of the next attorney general quoted Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg as stressing the importance of executive branch leadership on “access to justice” issues.
  • The New York Times has a “Retro Report” video entitled “The Cost of Campaigns,” and you can learn about the debate over special interest and partisan spending on judicial elections by watching at about nine minutes into the video.
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Monday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • An ABA Journal headline regarding the legality of bans on marriage for same-sex couples said, “Federal judges OK same-sex marriage in Arizona and Wyoming; SCOTUS declines Alaska stay.”
  • “Supreme Court Allows Texas to Use Strict Voter ID Law in Coming Election,” the New York Times reported. For links to more news media coverage see SCOTUSblog.
  • An Albuquerque Journal commentary by two members of the New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission gave the commission’s recommendations on retention races and ways voters can educate themselves further.
  • A total of 19 candidates are running for election to one North Carolina Court of Appeals seat, the Charlotte Observer reported. Check out Gavel Grab for background.
  • Jeffrey Toobin reported in a New Yorker article about President Obama’s judicial legacy, including increasing diversity, and Toobin talked to Obama for the piece.
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Friday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Articles in Huffington Post and Bloomberg View examine what might happen to President Obama’s judicial nominees if Republicans take over the U.S. Senate after the November midterm election.
  • Regarding Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery and Chief Justice Ronald Castille, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported, “McCaffery apologizes for porn e-mail, accuses Castille of ‘cooked-up controversy.'”
  • Judge Tracie Hunter, a suspended juvenile court judge in Ohio, was convicted by a jury of a charge of having unlawful interest in a public contract, according to USA Today.
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Thursday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Edith Jones, accused of making derogatory statements about minority groups, will not be disciplined. The Judicial Council of the District of Columbia Circuit dismissed a misconduct complaint against her, the Houston Chronicle reported.
  • In the wake of a federal judge’s ruling about the way Marion County, Indiana judges are elected (see Gavel Grab), the Indianapolis Star reported, “Non-endorsed judicial hopefuls say ruling means they should be on ballot.”
  • Linda Greenhouse wrote in a New York Times column, “Has there ever been such a crazy opening to a Supreme Court term? One so confoundingly opaque yet mattering so much?”
  • A Philadelphia Inquirer article about state Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffery was headlined, “Court review ties McCaffery to 230 porn e-mails.” The article said the judge declined to talk about the emails.
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Wednesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Rich Robinson of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, a JAS partner organization, wrote a Detroit Free Press op-ed entitled, “Dark money a part of Rick Snyder’s legacy as governor.” His piece mentioned millions of dollars worth of dark money spending in judicial elections (see Gavel Grab).
  • A voter ID law in Texas that was struck down earlier by a federal judge has been reinstated by the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Politico reported. 
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Tuesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Gov. Peter Shumlin of Vermont has appointed longtime state judge Harold Eaton Jr. to a seat on the state Supreme Court, the Associated Press reported. The state Senate will be asked to confirm the appointment.
  •  New York Times reporter Adam Liptak wrote a feature entitled,  “First Amendment’s Limit: The Supreme Court’s Plaza.”
  • In the Washington Post, reporter Robert Barnes wrote about some mysteries of the Supreme Court’s decision making process, “Supreme Court’s actions are monumental, but the why of its reasoning often missing.” Read more
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Friday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • The U.S. Supreme Court blocked implementation of a restrictive new voter ID law in Wisconsin, and a federal judge in Texas struck down a voter ID law in that state, the New York Times reported.
  • A Washington Post editorial criticized political gridlock in the U.S. Senate that has delayed confirmation of several nominees for the D.C. Superior Court, and it said these “strictly local” judicial appointments should not require congressional approval.
  • A Pro Publica article about Justice Tom Parker of the Alabama Supreme Court was headlined, “This Alabama Judge Has Figured Out How to Dismantle Roe v. Wade: His writings fuel the biggest threat to abortion rights in a generation.”
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Thursday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • “Supreme Court allows North Carolina to implement voting law for midterm elections,” the Washington Post reported.
  • Delaware’s Senate voted to confirm Gov. Jack Markell’s appointment of James T. Vaughn Jr., president judge of the Superior Court, to a vacancy on the state Supreme Court, the (Wilmington) News Journal said.
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