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Wednesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • In the Grand Haven (Mich.) Tribune, an editorial said state Supreme Court Justice Mary Beth Kelly was “thumbing her nose to state voters” who elected her in 2010 by stepping down now to return to private practice. She was elected for an eight-year term.
  • Regarding a political struggle over a state Supreme Court judgeship in Virginia, WTOP quoted a political scientist as saying a decision about whether the legislature has actually adjourned (see Gavel Grab) may end up in the courts.
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Monday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Chief Justice Sharon Lee was elected by fellow members of the Tennessee Supreme Court to another one-year term in the leadership post, according to The Chattanoogan.
  • State Rep. Justin Wood is asking for an Oklahoma attorney general’s opinion on several legal questions involved with a local judicial vacancy and the Judicial Nominating Commission, the Shawnee News-Star reported. Gavel Grab has background.
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Friday Gavel Grab Briefs

In other news about fair and impartial courts:

  • When a district judge fills a vacancy at midterm, he or she must run for retention (up-or-down) election in what would be year six of his or her predecessor’s term, the New Mexico Supreme Court said, according to the Associated Press.
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Thursday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Linda Greenhouse writes a New York Times op-ed about the Connecticut Supreme Court and U.S. Supreme Court effectively talking to each other about the constitutionality of the death penalty. See Gavel Grab for background about the Connecticut court’s recent ruling.
  • The Justice Department has been pressing its civil rights agenda through the filing of documents in local courts around the nation, the New York Times reports.
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Wednesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Pennsylvania’s Court of Judicial Discipline formally removed former state Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin from office, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported. You can learn about her public corruption convictions from Gavel Grab.
  • A Los Angeles Times article was headlined, “As immigration backlog surges, some overwhelmed judges retire.”
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Tuesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Five judges are running for election by the South Carolina legislature to fill a vacancy on the state’s Supreme Court that will be created as a result of the retirement of Chief Justice Jean Toal, Greenville Online said.
  • “Labor secretary rejects workers’ compensation judge nominee,” The Topeka (Ks.) Capital-Journal reported.
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Monday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • The Bozeman (Mt.) Daily Chronicle reported, “Taking control: Montana elections getting new disclosure rules,” and the Missoula Independent had a related article from last month, “Out of the dark:  Attorney challenges Disclose Act, Commissioner Motl.”
  • District Court Judge Stephanie F. Stacy was appointed by Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts to a vacancy on the state Supreme Court, according to WOWT.
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Friday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • The Buffalo (New York) News reported, “Women’s, minority bar associations say new federal [magistrate] judge was missed opportunity for diversity.”
  • A Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch editorial discussed unresolved sexual harassment allegations against an elected Court of Appeals judge; they surfaced only days before, unopposed, he was elevated by voters in 2014. The judge has denied the allegations.
  • Twenty-four former Virginia Bar Association presidents, in a letter, criticized political squabbling over state Supreme Court appointments and said to dump a recently appointed justice would “make a mockery of the Virginia judicial appointment process,” according to the Richmond (Virginia) Times-Dispatch.
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Thursday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • The name of an independent candidate for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Common Pleas Court Judge Paul Panepinto, will appear on the November ballot, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.
  • An op-ed by Jim Sykes in the Crossville (Tenn.) Chronicle said U.S. Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg should not have participated in the court’s recent decision on marriage rights for same-sex couples, as they had “solemnized” same-sex marriages, “and they should be impeached.”
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Wednesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • The Marshall Project, a non-profit news organization, wrote a lengthy profile of former North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Beverly Lake Jr. and his “crusade” to reform the state’s criminal justice system.
  • Regarding a political squabble over judicial selection in Virginia, the Associated Press reported that leading Republicans are sticking with their plan to dump an interim justice and replace her with their selection.
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