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Monday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Above the Law reports that public opinion of the Supreme Court is more polarized than ever before, with an overall approval rating of 49 percent and GOP approval down to 18 percent – 33 points lower than last summer.
  • Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade announced his plans to retire in September, according to the Associated Press. Justice Wade was one of three justices who were retained last year despite facing record breaking political opposition.
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Friday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Regarding a ruling by the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, SCOTUSblog reports, “Appeals court wants [Supreme] Court to take new look at abortion.”
  • The Wisconsin Supreme Court is widely viewed as fractured however it has issued only one 4-3 ruling this year, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said in a blog post.
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Wednesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • President Obama called for sweeping reforms to the criminal justice system, The Washington Times Reports. His plan includes investments in early childhood education and eliminating mandatory minimums, especially for non-violent drug offenders.
  • The Chicago Sun Times reports that Illinois Justice Ann Burke called Governor Bruce Rauner’s comments about the state high court “regrettable.” She says it is “unequivocally” not true that the court is “a part of the state’s corrupt system.”
  • According to the Associated Press, the Wisconsin Supreme Court will rule on the John Doe probe into Governor Scott Walker’s campaign later this week.
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Monday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Al.com has an article headlined, “Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore: Same-sex marriage ruling ‘destroyed the institution of God.'”
  • U.S. District Judge Richard Kopf of Nebraska has decided to discontinue a controversial blog he wrote, according to ABA Journal, after he was informed that some federal court employees felt embarrassed by it.
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Friday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • The Senate Judiciary Committee approved and sent to the full Senate the nomination of District Judge Luis Felipe Restrepo for the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which had been stalled (see Gavel Grab for background), according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
  • WMUK reported on a Michigan Campaign Finance Network study that spotlighted dark money spending in state judicial elections. MCFN is a Justice at Stake partner organization.
  • The Sunlight Foundation had an article entitled, “Pennsylvania Supreme Court candidates spent $1.1 million on ads in two weeks.” For more data about spending in the primary contest, visit Gavel Grab.
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Thursday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Kansans should “remember an independent judiciary is their strong bastion for freedom,” the Winfield Daily Courier editorialized while mentioning recent attacks on state courts by elected politicians.
  • An essay in The Economist examined the Supreme Court’s recently completed term and critics from both left and right who brand as “activist judges” the authors of rulings they disagree with.
  • Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is defending his proposal for retention elections of Supreme Court justices, Politico reported regarding a Cruz interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.
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Tuesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Union County Circuit Judge Michael Landers has sued to overturn an Arkansas statute that requires pension forfeiture for circuit judges who elect to hold office after age 70, according to the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette. 
  • MadisonRecord.com has an update about proceedings in a racketeering lawsuit involving an Illinois Supreme Court justice’s campaign more than a decade ago. “Karmeier agrees to release emails to plaintiffs pursuing $8 billion claim against State Farm,” the headline says.
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Monday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • The New York Times editorial board said that one day, TV cameras will be permitted in the Supreme Court, and meanwhile, “The justices could save everyone a lot of trouble by letting cameras in now so all Americans could see the nine people whose decisions deeply affect their lives.”
  • A headline in Gavel to Gavel, a publication of the National Center for State Courts, declared, “Changes to mandatory judicial retirement ages: Virginia plan now law; Oregon voters will decide in November 2016 on repeal; Massachusetts proposal rejected.”
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Wednesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • The U.S. Supreme Court will hear appeals by Kansas of three cases in which the state’s highest court set aside the death penalty for defendants found guilty of murder, the Associated Press said. Last year, critics unsuccessfully opposed retention of two Kansas justices who participated in removing two of the defendants from death row (see Gavel Grab).
  • Upon the closing of the U.S. Supreme Court’s latest term, the New York Times reported, “Supreme Court Tacks Left, With Push From Disciplined Liberals.”
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Monday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article profiles Court of Appeals Judge Rebecca Bradley, who might run for the state Supreme Court next year.
  • A Houston Chronicle article about the impact of vacant federal district court judgeships was headlined, “Judgeship vacancies translate into delays.”
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