Butler Nomination Returned to White House

For the second time, the Senate has sent President Obama’s nomination of former Wisconsin Justice Louis L. Butler Jr. for a federal judgeship back to the White House. The Senate Judiciary Committee has twice approved Justice Butler’s nomination and sent it to the full Senate, only to see a confirmation vote there delayed by “fractious […]

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Foes Organize Against Butler Nomination

President Obama’s nomination of former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Louis L. Butler Jr. to the federal district court appears to be drawing organized opposition from a number of conservatives, including former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese. A press release on the Web site of the group Concerned Women for America declared, “Senate Should Reject Nomination […]

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Butler Nomination Headed to Senate Floor

President Obama’s nomination  of former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Louis Butler Jr. for a federal district judgeship is headed to the floor of the U.S. Senate. The Senate Judiciary Committee endorsed Butler’s nomination by a 12-7 vote, with all of the panel’s Republicans opposing the nomination, according to an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. […]

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Nominee Butler: 'Better Judge than Pol'

Former Wisconsin Justice Louis Butler Jr. wins Gavel Grab’s “Quote of the Day” award for judges. Butler, nominated by President Obama to the federal bench in Wisconsin, was asked by a GOP senator at a confirmation hearing in Washington about his defeat in two elections for the state’s high court. “After 16 years on the […]

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1/18/08: Texas Supreme Court Justice is On Fire; Maynard Recuses; Look Who's Supporting Justice Butler

Thanks to W.Va. Case, Recusal Week Goes On! – Law Blog – Wall Street Journal Online Supreme Court Justice Maynard of West Virginia has decided to end the controversy surrounding an upcoming case by choosing to recuse himself from the proceedings. Stupid and corrupt is not the same as unconstitutional – Outside Counsel More analysis […]

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Single-Term Limit for Justices Would Backfire, Wisconsin Editorial Says

A single, 16-year term limit being discussed for Wisconsin Supreme Court justices (see Gavel Grab) helps advance serious discussion of judicial election reform, but in practice it would backfire monumentally, a Wausau Daily Herald editorial warned. In reality a single-term system “would raise the stakes in each election,” the editorial maintained. “Each election would seem to be […]

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