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Friday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • At a debate Wednesday, democratic candidates for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court emphasized the need for greater transparency, ethics trainings, and gift bans to improve the court’s image and functionality, PennLive reports. Only John Foradora did not participate in the debate.
  • The Associated Press reports that Wisconsin Justice Michael Gableman called the vote that elected Justice Patience Roggensack to be Chief Justice, ousting Justice Shirley Abrahamson.
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Friday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • The News Tribune reports that campaign finance reform has hit a snag in Washington state after several business trade associations lobbied against the proposal.
  • According to the New Haven Independent, the city of New Haven shined at a roundtable discussion “New Approaches to Fighting Big Money in Politics,” because of its public financing system.
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Monday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • A Philadelphia Inquirer article about lower-court judicial candidates seeking election said they “are hustling to gain name recognition in a race known for being largely ignored by the public.”
  • At his Jost on Justice blog, Kenneth Jost contended, “In Changing Times, Rethink Life Tenure for Justices.”
  • According to Pix11, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor was presented to retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
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Friday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • The North Carolina House put its preliminary stamp of approval on legislation to make judicial elections partisan (see Gavel Grab for background), according to WRAL.com.
  • Gavel to Gavel reported, “Texas: bill to move lawsuits against the state out of Travis County advances; sixth state to consider getting suits away from capital county judges.” Gavel to Gavel is a publication of the National Center for State Courts, a Justice at Stake partner organization.
  • A panel of judges belonging to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit seemed skeptical, when hearing oral arguments, about a legal challenge to a proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule on climate change, the New York Times said.
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Thursday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • In a New York Times op-ed, Linda Greenhouse wrote about retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. Her commentary was entitled, “Speaking Truth to the Supreme Court.”
  • President Obama nominated  Justice Wilhelmina Marie Wright of the Minnesota Supreme Court, where she served as the first African-American woman, for a federal district court judgeship, the Star-Tribune reported.
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Wednesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

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Tuesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • “Battery charge against U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller has been dismissed, Al.com said, noting that the issue of whether he returns to the bench has not been decided.
  • The Hays (Kansas) Daily News reported that Kansas Supreme Court Justice Carol Beier visited a local middle school as part of an outreach effort to educate people about about the court and how it works.
  • The Tennessee Supreme Court postponed scheduled execution dates for four death row inmates, leaving courts time to decide the constitutionality of current protocols for executing people, the Associated Press reported.
  • A new law that makes West Virginia judicial elections non-partisan, and requires that they be final in the May election cycle, will help newly elected judges and will improve how outsiders view the state’s courts, state Supreme Court administrator Steve Canterbury told WV MetroNews.
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Friday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • “Justices fan out across NE Iowa to put human face on Iowa Supreme Court,” the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier reported.
  • Tippi McCullough, head of Arkansas Stonewall Democrats, filed an ethics complaint naming four state Supreme Court justices and questioning their “foot-dragging” over proceedings connected with state bans on marriage for same-sex couples, according to the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
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Thursday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • The Arkansas News reports that two justices of the state’s Supreme Court have recused themselves from a new case tied to a challenge of the state’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples, calling it both needless and a delaying tactic designed to bog down the challenge itself.
  • Reuters reports that the South Carolina Supreme Court has ordered state judges not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples until a federal court rules on the state’s existing same-sex marriage ban.
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page will face the second retirement of his professional life, when he reaches the Court’s mandatory retirement age this summer, according to Minnesota Public Radio.  Justice Page previously retired from a career as a player in the NFL.
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Wednesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Justice David Prosser of the Wisconsin Supreme Court recused himself from participating in a drunken driving case after he apparently had contacted a state lab directly to ask questions, the Associated Press said.
  • The need for expanded court funding in North Carolina was the topic of an op-ed in the Salisbury Post by Catharine Arrowood, president of the North Carolina Bar Association.
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