Gavel Grab

JAS Daily News Monitor 12/12/07

Poll: Mo. voters back nonpartisan court plan – The St. Louis Business Journal
A new poll shows that a majority of Missouri voters support the judicial selection process.

Surveillance Court Declines to Release Secret Opinions – The New York Times
After reviewing a request by the ACLU, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court decides not to release information on the NSA’s wiretapping program.

A FISA fix – LA Times Opinion by U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey
Attorney General Michael Mukasey asks Congress to update FISA and give the Administration more leeway to intercept foreign communications.

Gay marriage case gets most “friend-of-court” briefs in memory – The Associated Press
The California Supreme Court has received a record number of amici briefs, before oral arguments are even scheduled.

Given the Latitude to Show Leniency, Judges May Not – The New York Times
Some experts speculate that even though judges were given more discretion in sentencing decisions yesterday by the Supreme Court, they may not exercise their new power very often.

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