Gavel Grab

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 Gavel Grab.
  • Former Judge Michael Toole of Luzerne County, Pa. was sentenced to 30 months in prison for his guilty plea to corruption and tax-related charges, according to a Wilkes-Barre Times Leader article. For background on his case, see Gavel Grab.
  • Iowa Supreme Court Justice Tom Waterman, newly appointed to the court, used a panel discussion to defend Iowa’s merit system of selecting judges. He was critical of judicial selection in neighboring Illinois, where state Supreme Court justices are elected, according to a Quad-City Times article. Justice Waterman said, “Across the river, millions of dollars are poured into races and lawyers and judges are making promises.”
  • A judicial selection reform plan floated by retired Michigan Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Weaver should be put “on the front burner” for discussion by lawmakers, said an editorial in the Livingston (Mich.) Daily.
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