Gavel Grab

Wednesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • The U.S. Supreme Court announced this week that audio recordings of oral arguments in the two same-sex marriage cases scheduled next week will be released the same day they are heard. Adam Liptak says in the New York Times that the justices did this a year ago after oral arguments on President Obama’s health care reform.
  • A records manager for the D.C. federal court clerk’s office, Bryant Johnson is known for being a personal trainer for Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan. According to the Washington Post, Ginsburg has been training with Johnson since 1999 after being treated for colon cancer.
  • Pennsylvanians should ignore a call from former state governors to establish merit selection of judges, and maintain their right to vote for judges in partisan elections instead, argues a Pocono Record editorial. State judges should be willing to face the voters at the ballot box, it says.
  • Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia seems to believe that what’s said under oath means little to nothing, says the Atlantic Wire. During arguments concerning Arizona’s voter registration law, Scalia was reported as saying “So it’s under oath. Big deal,” the article notes.

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