Monday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • A Dallas (Texas) Morning News editorial saluted the legacy of state Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson, who will step down soon. It listed his accomplishments and added, “While not able to claim a victory on the merit selection of judges, he deserves praise for spotlighting the influence of entrenched party politics on the justice system in Texas, one of only a handful of states that hold partisan judicial elections.”
  • Laurence Leamer’s book about a court fight that led to Caperton v. Massey, a landmark 2009 U.S. Supreme Court decision about runaway judicial election spending and impartial courts, gets a review in the Washington Post.
  • Christian values are needed for capitalism to succeed, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia remarked in a talk in Houston, according to the Associated Press. 
  • Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg continued her public criticism of the Roberts Court’s majority, noting in a Philadelphia address the court’s striking down a key section of the federal Voting Rights Act, the Associated Press reported. “That’s an example of striking down legislation on a subject that the people in the political arena are better informed about than the court is,” she said.
  • Janet Napolitano, the departing Homeland Security security, deserves appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court, Vice President Joe Biden suggested, according to the Associated Press.

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