Gavel Grab

JAS Daily News Monitor 12/17/07

Judicial candidates raised $357,000 for campaigns – The Morning Call
Judicial campaigners report on their fundraising for the elections this past November.

Death judge broke rules – The Houston Chronicle
Was justice served when Judge Sharon Keller refused to hear a last-minute appeal that resulted in a death-row prison being put to death?

Judge Urged Not to Ask About CIA Tapes – The Associated Press
The Bush administration told a federal judge it was not obligated to preserve videotapes of CIA interrogations of suspected terrorists and urged the court not to look into the tapes’ destruction.

Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson speaks out about public financing for campaigns – The Green Bay Press-Gazette
Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson says that public financing will help “ensure people a fair, impartial, neutral and nonpartisan judiciary.”

Cook officials say court system near ‘meltdown’ – The Chicago Tribune
The Criminal Justice Project of the Chicago Appleseed Fund for Justice held a forum to discuss Cook County’s judicial budget crisis and the effects it is having on the justice system.

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