Monday Gavel Grab Briefs

In other dispatches about fair and impartial courts: In anticipation of a new season of U.S. Supreme Court cases, a Los Angeles Times commentary discussed the contributions of retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor  to gender equality, and a Washington Post article examined the impact of Justice Elena Kagan during her first year on the court. The Kansas Supreme Court will […]

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New Merit Selection Legislation Introduced in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives will consider new legislation for the merit selection of appellate judges, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts said in applauding the measure. “Pennsylvanians deserve a system that bases judicial selection on candidates’ credentials, not their campaign war chests, political affiliation, where they live, a familiar name or where their name appears on the […]

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Wednesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts: Sixth Circuit Court Judge Lori Wilbur of South Dakota was named by Gov. Dennis Daugaard to the state Supreme Court, making Judge Wilbur the second woman in history to serve there, according to an Argus Leader article. Former Luzerne County, Pa. Judge Michael T. Toole, who is […]

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Wednesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts: The White House has started circulating a draft executive order that would require those companies seeking federal contracts to disclose political contributions to third-party groups running ads that attack or support candidates, according to a Politico article. Pennsylvania state Sen. Jane Orie’s public corruption retrial will […]

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Monday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts: A panel of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton’s ruling last year that enjoined the most controversial sections of Arizona’s new immigration law from taking effect, according to a Los Angeles Times article. To learn about her ruling, see […]

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Monday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts: Lawyers for former Judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. of Luzerne County, Pa. appealed his conviction on seven of 12 criminal counts of corruption in the “cash for kids” scandal, according to a Wilkes-Barre Citizens Voice article. The future for Pennsylania state Sen. Jane Orie may rest […]

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