Gavel Grab

Monday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • An op-ed in the Los Angeles Times by Scott Martelle was entitled, “When fear trumps liberty: The recently renewed Patriot Act interferes with freedoms in the name of preserving them; Sixty years earlier, a communist-fearing U.S. government went down the same path, with the help of the Supreme Court.”
  • The South Dakota Supreme Court mandated the retirement of Seventh Circuit Court Judge A.P. “Pete” Fuller for alluding to city police officers as a “bunch of racists;” it was the first time the Judicial Qualifications Commission had recommended removal of a sitting judge, according to a Legal Newsline article.
  • Doug Kendall, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center, wrote a column for Talking Points Memo that was headlined, “Health Care Reform: Preserving Judicial Independence in a Partisan Age.”

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