Gavel Grab

Thursday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Law professor Carl Tobias of the University of Richmond commented in a letter to the editor about the Los Angeles Times’ editorial on stalled judicial confirmations (see Gavel Grab). The so-called “Thurmond Rule” has been subject to varying applications over time, Tobias wrote, even pointing out when namesake Sen. Strom Thurmond chose to violate it.
  • Chief Justice Gerald VandeWalle of North Dakota is preparing to ask legislators to approve new judgeships in order to deal with an increasing court workload, the Associated Press reported. The National Center for State Courts, a JAS partner group, had suggested a need for three to six new judgeships.
  • Akron Municipal Judge Kathryn Michael was fined $2,500 for two ethics violations by a disciplinary panel, the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal said. The violations involved campaign financing and improper wording in campaign literature.
  • In Texas, the Longview News-Journal had an article entitled, “Judge claims opponent failed to follow campaign laws.”

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