Gavel Grab

5/23/08: Breakthrough in the Domestic Surveillance Debate, Guantánamo Trials Will not be Delayed, Nevada Lawyers Question Judges

At Supreme Court, 5-to-4 Rulings Fade, but Why? – The New York Times
Linda Greenhouse takes a look at why the Court is not as polarized as it was in the past.

Guantánamo Judge Won’t Delay Trials – The New York Times
Military judge will not delay Guantánamo trials.”

Lawmakers Near Agreement On Domestic Surveillance – Wall Street Journal
The issue of immunity for telecoms will be resolved with this possible agreement.

Attorneys most critical of judges’ knowledge of law – Las Vegas Review Journal
Attorneys in a Nevada county are very critical of some of their judges knowledge of the law.

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5/23/08: Breakthrough in the Domestic Surveillance Debate, Guantánamo Trials Will not be Delayed, Nevada Lawyers Question Judges

At Supreme Court, 5-to-4 Rulings Fade, but Why? – The New York Times
Linda Greenhouse takes a look at why the Court is not as polarized as it was in the past.

Guantánamo Judge Won’t Delay Trials – The New York Times
Military judge will not delay Guantánamo trials.”

Lawmakers Near Agreement On Domestic Surveillance – Wall Street Journal
The issue of immunity for telecoms will be resolved with this possible agreement.

Attorneys most critical of judges’ knowledge of law – Las Vegas Review Journal
Attorneys in a Nevada county are very critical of some of their judges knowledge of the law.

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3/19/08: JAS Under Attack!

Who is Buying the Vote in Minnesota’s Judicial Reform Debate? – American Courhouse
Dan Pero is making his rounds to each state in the midwest that has the audacity to change their Judicial elections. He is also blaming the Justice at Stake campaign. Since this is not dissimilar from his previous statement in Michigan, here is Bert Brandenburg, Justice at Stake’s Executive Director, reply to Mr. Pero.

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2/20/08 – Maynard Calls for Recusal Reform, SCOTUS Drops Challenge to Bush's Wiretapping, LA Adopts Disclosure Rules, Conservative Court Could Head Left, FL Courts Threatened by Budget Cut

Maynard endorses system to review recusals – The Associated Press
West Virginia’s Supreme Court controversy involving several justices has prompted Chief Justice Maynard to advocate for a review of recusal procedure.

Court refuses to hear wiretap case as Bush, Congress argue over law – The Los Angeles Times
The ACLU’s challenge of the Bush administration’s wiretapping program was dismissed yesterday by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Judges pledge to adopt their own disclosure rules – The Times-Picayune
Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Pascal Calogero announced that the state’s courts will implement income disclosure provisions for judges similar to the sunshine laws now being considered in the special lawmaking session on ethics.

Key appeals court shifts to the left, stoking election-year partisan fight – The Hill
Recent vacancies on the traditional conservative 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has evened out the court and has highlighted the importance the next president will play in judicial nominations.

Judges warn budget cuts will cripple courts – The Bradenton Herald
Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Fred Lewis and other state judges warn the Governor of the serious implication a proposed budget cut would have on the court system.

Click here for more news on fair and impartial courts issues from the Brennan Center for Justice E-lerts.

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2/19/08: Back from The Hiatus, Daily Blog Monitoring

Fearing the McCain Supreme Court– The Huffington Post
Senator John McCain will be more Ronald Reagan than Bill Clinton if you believe his voting record on Judicial nominations.

Missouri Viewpoints Interview with Professor Bill Eckhardt, Judicial Reform Proponent– Missouri Political News Service
A video interview with Professor Bill Eckhardt on his belief that their needs to be a change to the judicial selection plan in Missouri.

Supreme Court rejects warrantless wiretapping case– Think Progress
The US Supreme Court will not hear a case challenging the Bush Administration’s stance on domestic wiretapping.

No Other Way To Fix High Court?– Big Money Blog – Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
The folks at the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign (**COUGH** a Justice at Stake partner *COUGH COUGH*) has this post urging the Wisconsin media to advocate for different ideas to change in the Judicial selection process in Wisconsin.

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2/1/08 – Bush Want More from Congress, NYTimes Wants Return of Civil Rights, MN May See Selection Reform, NJ SC Justice Sued Over HS Football Dispute, WV Debates Non-Partisan vs. Public Funding

Bush Prods Congress on Eavesdropping Law – The Associated Press
President Bush pressured Congress to pass a permanent law allowing the Administration to eavesdrop on suspected terrorists after he signed Congress’s 15 day extension bill.

Restoring Civil Rights – The New York Times Editorial Board
The New York Times endorses the passage of Senator Kennedy’s legislation the restores civil liberties that have been stripped through a series of recent Supreme Court decisions.

Group pushes new way to choose judges – The Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
A new judicial selection reform plan in Minnesota, endorsed by Supreme Court Justice Alan Page and former MN Governor Al Quie, would allow the Governor to appoint justices to the bench and would allow voters to weigh in on the decision through retention elections.

NJ Supreme Court justice Roberto Rivera-Soto sued – The Star-Ledger
A former star high school football player sued state Supreme Court Justice Roberto Rivera-Soto, claiming the justice used his power and status against him because of a running dispute on the football team with Rivera-Soto’s son.

Kessler: Public Funds Vital For Judicial Races – The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register – WV
State Sen. Jeff Kessler (D-Marshall) has suggested that instead of moving forward to the proposed legislation removing party affiliation from judicial elections, the legislature should move to publicly fund judicial elections. The discussion was initiated in response to recent ethics concerns involving Justice Maynard and Massey Energy.

Click here for more news on fair and impartial courts issues from the Brennan Center for Justice E-lerts.

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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.

Click here for more news on fair and impartial courts issues from the Brennan Center for Justice E-lerts.

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