1/2/08 – Impeachment Threats in 2 States, the Next Pres. and the SC, Recusal Refusal, Judging Judges
Supreme Court’s future up for grabs in 2008 – The Topeka Capital-Journal
Judith Schaeffer, Legal Director for People For the American Way, examines the effect the next President will have on the Supreme Court.
Move to impeach federal judge is a rarity – The Times-Picayune – LA
U.S. District Judge Thomas Porteous has been recommended for impeachment by a federal appellate court because of alleged ethical lapses.
Oregon Domestic Partnership Law Halted – The Associated Press
U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman has placed a hold on Oregon’s domestic partner law that was set to take effect January 1.
Judge refuses to step down from courthouse shooting case – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Superior Court Judge Hilton Fuller has refused to recuse himself in the death penalty trial of accused gunman in the Fulton County Courthouse shooting in 2005.
N.H. House conservatives initiate impeachment against Coffey – The Associated Press
Democratic Gov. John Lynch and NH House Republicans are calling for Rockingham County Superior Court Judge Patricia Coffey to resign, or face impeachment.
Judging N.C. judges: State needs a way to assess their courtroom performance – The Charlotte Observer
NC courtroom watchdog group, Court Watch, calls for a statewide evaluation process for state trial and appellate judges.
Butler will be busy: Next election for justice spot likely to be costly, and hotly contested – The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Wisconsin is predicting a tight and difficult race in 2008 for Supreme Court Justice. Since this article was published, Charlie Schutze has pulled out of the race because of medical issues.
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