Gavel Grab

Tuesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • According to a (New Orleans) Times-Picayune article, a Federal District Court Judge ruled that the Louisiana Supreme Court cannot intervene in Supreme Court Justice Bernette Johnson’s case regarding the court’s next chief justice. Judge Susie Morgan ruled that the Supreme Court “lacks the legal personality required for it to sue, be sued, or intervene in this case.”
  • On Monday, the Maryland Judicial Campaign Conduct Committee (MDJCCC) released an opinion that judicial candidate Joseph M. Stanalonis violated campaign conduct standards by misleading voters with statements found on campaign flyers, according to a Southern Maryland Online article.
  • Kanawha County (W.Va.) Magistrate Carol Fouty resigned before facing the Judicial Hearing Board this week on charges that she violated the judicial code of conduct. A Charleston Daily Mail editorial states that because she resigned,  the public will know less about Fouty’s conduct and “peculiar” actions while on the bench.
  • On August 13th, the Washington-based Center for American Progress will host a panel titled, “Tipping the Scales: How Big Business Is Taking Over State Courts.” Montana Supreme Court Justice James Nelson and former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Oliver Diaz will be the featured panelists discussing the impact of money on state courts. The event will be webcast live here.

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