Gavel Grab

Friday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • President Barack Obama will give his State of the Union address on Tuesday, and there is speculation as to which Supreme Court justices will attend. Justice Clarence Thomas said it’s “very uncomfortable for a judge to sit there,” and Justice Samuel Alito said he felt like “the proverbial potted plant” sitting through past speeches, reports CNN.
  • On Thursday, the prosecution concluded in the corruption trial of suspended Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin. According to the Associated Press, an accountant testified that Melvin’s illegal use of state paid staffers for campaign work “cheated taxpayers out of more than $33,000.”
  • At a recent conference sponsored by the Cardozo Journal of Law and Gender, a panel addressing “The Ballot, The Bench, and the Bedroom:  The Politics and Policy of Sexuality, Reproduction, and the Family” included Praveen Fernandes, Justice at Stake’s director of federal affairs and diversity initiatives. Click here to see other events by the Cardozo Journal of Law and Gender.

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