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Thursday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • A Tennessean article about U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Justice Martha Craig Daughtrey was headlined, “Tennessee judge’s epic firsts are historic, unparalleled.”
  • Gavel to Gavel reported, “Alaska Senate State Affairs approves plan to give governor control over Judicial Council/merit selection.” For background, see Gavel Grab.
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Wednesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Regarding a ruling on Wednesday, Bloomberg reported, “Pregnant-Worker Rights Backed by U.S. High Court in UPS Case.”
  • The Maryland Senate has passed and sent to the House of Delegates a bill to raise from 70 to 73 the age at which judges must retire, the Associated Press said.
  • In her State of the Judiciary address, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye discussed the continuing need for additional funding for state courts, following massive cutbacks during the recession, according to the Sacramento Bee.
  • Reporting on remarks by the Alabama chief justice, the Associated Press reported, “Roy Moore at Texas anti-gay marriage rally: ‘State courts have equal authority’ as federal.”
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Tuesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • The U.S. Supreme Court let stand Wisconsin’s voter ID law, which had been challenged by civil rights groups as potentially disenfranchising thousands of people, USA Today reported.
  • A Washington Post critic reviewed the world premiere in Washington of a play about Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, called “The Originalist.”
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Friday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory J. Hobbs Jr. has announced he will retire, according to Denver Business News. The Colorado Supreme Court Nominating Commission will review candidates for the upcoming vacancy in a session June 8-9, and it will present the governor with a list of finalists for appointment.
  • Regarding Iowa Workforce Development’s administrative law judges, the Des Moines Register editorialized, “Judges should be free of political pressure.”
  • Cincinnati.com reported, “Supreme Court election spat escalates: Attorneys for Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Michelle Keller fight her former opponent’s effort to depose them in sanctions case.” For background, see Gavel Grab.
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Thursday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • A Gavel to Gavel article reported, “Three states voted Tuesday on increases to mandatory judicial retirement: effort dies 49-21 in Arkansas House when 28 members fail to vote; amended versions advance in AL & MD.” Gavel to Gavel is a publication of the National Center for State Courts, a Justice at Stake partner organization.
  • The Brennan Center for Justice has issued a report, with a foreword by retired U.S. District Judge James Robertson, entitled, “What Went Wrong With the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] Court.” The Brennan Center is a JAS partner group.
  • The Delaware Senate has confirmed attorney Collins J. Seitz Jr. to serve on the Delaware Supreme Court, the (Wilmington) News Journal said. 
  • An editorial in the Eau Claire (Wisconsin) Leader Telegram, regarding a proposed constitutional amendment to change the way the chief justice is chosen, was entitled, “Let justices choose their leader.”
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Wednesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • The California Supreme Court granted a posthumous law license to a Chinese immigrant who was refused bar admission 125 years ago. The court said it was righting a “grievous wrong,” according to ABA Journal. 
  • A measure to raise the mandatory retirement age for Maryland judges from 70 to 75 was championed at a hearing by state Senate President Mike Miller, Marylandreporter.com said.
  • On an issue that has thrust the highest court in Kansas into controversy, the Associated Press reported, “Kansas school funding dispute heading back to high court.”
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Tuesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed an earlier version due to technical errors (see Gavel Grab), and he now has on his desk a new bill to make judicial elections nonpartisan, the Associated Press said.
  • The Los Angeles Times reported, “U.S. Judge Mark Fuller of Alabama may face ouster after domestic abuse claim.” For background, see Gavel Grab.
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Monday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • A New York Times editorial entitled “Death Sentences, With or Without a Jury,” touches on Alabama law permitting elected judges to sentence a defendant to death when a jury called for life imprisonment instead. See Gavel Grab for background.
  • In an Al.com op-ed, Charles J. Dean depicts electing judges as “a very bad idea” but says he can live with it because the appointed federal courts system provides a balance.
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Friday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said if voters pass a ballot item to allow state Supreme Court justices to select the chief justice, then legal challenges will be expected, according to the Poynette Press. See Gavel Grab to learn about the proposed constitutional amendment.
  • Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is one of two individuals who will be inducted into the Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame, according to Arizona Public Media. Justice O’Connor is the First Honorary Chair of Justice at Stake.
  • A blog of the Knoxville (Tn.) News Sentinel reported, “Registry votes to hold hearing on ‘dark money’ complaint against Amendment 2 campaign.”
  • Gavel to Gavel reported, “Plans to strip Tennessee Supreme Court of power to appoint state attorney general killed in House but advancing in Senate.”
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Thursday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Wyoming Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Kite, the first woman to serve on that bench, will retire this summer. The Judicial Nominating Commission will consider applicants and recommend a list of three finalists to the governor, who will name a successor, the Associated Press reported.
  • Regarding state House legislation under consideration, Gavel to Gavel reported, “Tennessee: state’s supreme court picks attorney general, now legislators want court to vote in public.” On March 5, the Lebanon Democrat and Wilson County News had an article headlined, “Judiciary Committee OKs bill to elect state attorney general.”
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