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Friday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Montana Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike McGrath has filed paperwork to seek re-election to a new term, according to Montana Public Radio

  • Leonard Strand was confirmed by a U.S. Senate vote to serve as a federal district judge in Iowa’s Northern District, The Gazette reported. 
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Thursday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • The Boston Globe reported that Justice Fernande R.V. Duffly announced on Wednesday her upcoming retirement from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, making her the third retirement from the court in recent weeks.
  • According to the Great Falls Tribune, two candidates have filed to run for the third seat on the Montana Supreme Court this year.
  • Gavel to Gavel, a National Center for State Courts publication, reported that state House members in Washington want to remove members of the Supreme Court from the bench through legislation that proposes forcing the nine current justices to run against each other, alongside the introduction of term limits and reduced term lengths.
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Wednesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • The Supreme Court put on hold the Obama administration’s plan to regulate coal-plant emissions, The New York Times reported, calling it “a major setback” for the president’s climate change agenda.
  • An Indiana Lawyer article described the varied backgrounds of 30 applicants for a state Supreme Court seat and the upcoming public sessions for a judicial screening commission to interview applicants.
  • Former U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia, a Republican and appointee of Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, won state Senate confirmation to the state Court of Appeals, according to Capital New York.
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Tuesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Gavel to Gavel, a publication of the National Center for State Courts, reported, “Arizona: Plan Calls for Public Financing of Superior Court Races in Counties Not Using Merit Selection System, However Bill Would Eliminate Public Financing for all Other Races.”
  • Regarding an ongoing election method controversy (see Gavel Grab) in St. Clair County, Illinois, MadisonRecord.com had an article titled, “Judges seek to make things easy on themselves while undermining spirit of law, Dallas Cook argues; Hearing set Feb. 19.”
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Monday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Election Law Blog has reported, “3-Judge Federal Court Strikes Down 2 North Carolina Congressional Districts as Racial Gerrymanders.”
  • Timothy J. Sullivan, former president of the College of William & Mary and former dean of its law school, wrote a Richmond.com opinion piece urging the General Assembly to elect, not remove, Virginia Justice Jane Marum Roush (see Gavel Grab for background).
  • Gavel to Gavel, a publication of the National Center for State Courts, has an article titled, “Citing ‘State Sovereignty,’ Arizona House Cmte to Vote This Week to Prohibit State Courts From Enforcing/Recognizing Federal Court decisions; Mo. & Tn. Considering Similar Bans.”
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Friday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Taking off from a recent op-ed by a law professor (see Gavel Grab), an essay in The Economist asks, “Are the Supreme Court justices too old?”
  • In the wake of a series of unusual developments in a local judicial election (see Gavel Grab), the Belleville (Illinois) News-Democrat has an article headlined, “Meier bill would prevent judges from running for re-election rather than retention.”
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Thursday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • District Judge Max Kelch was named by Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts to serve on the state Supreme Court, Omaha.com reported, after a judicial nominating commission had recommended four finalists to the governor.
  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Justice Robert Cordy announced his plans to retire, according to MassLive.com, and Gov. Charlie Baker will choose a successor after a judicial nominating committee vets applicants.
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Tuesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • David J. Garrow of the the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says in a Los Angeles Times op-ed that  U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts “should use his authority as head of the federal judiciary to require his high court colleagues and others to undergo regular mental health check-ups.”
  • Several retired Arkansas circuit court judges are appealing a ruling that upheld a statute requiring pension forfeiture for circuit judges who elect to hold office after age 70, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette reports.
  • A Richmond Times-Dispatch commentary by political writer Jeff Schapiro, regarding GOP efforts to remove a state Supreme Court justice, is headlined, “In judgeship fight, GOP convenes kangaroo court.”
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Monday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • An article in Gavel to Gavel about proposed legislation was headlined, “OK: State Supreme Court Has Struck Down Several Laws as Unconstitutional 7-2, so Legislator Wants to Force Court to be 9-0 or 8-1 in the future.”
  • The New York Times reported, “For Victims, an Overloaded Court System Brings Pain and Delays.”
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Thursday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • The Virginia House of Delegates was expected to vote on Thursday on removing Virginia Supreme Court Justice Jane Marum Roush, but the outcome still might not determine her future, according to The Washington Post and The Richmond Times-Dispatch. See Gavel Grab for background.
  • Regarding a panel’s recommendation to remove Judge Vance Day of Oregon on misconduct counts (see Gavel Grab), a Statesman Journal article asked, “What does it mean to be a judge?” It noted, “Judges are to keep their personal views private, so as not to undermine their impression of impartiality.”
  • A headline at the website of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, a Justice at Stake partner organization, declared, “Ballot Measures to Appear in April 26th Primary Could Have Significant Impact on State’s Courts.”
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