AFJAC CRITICAL OF EXPANDED JUDGES LIST: When NPR reported on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s expanded list of potential Supreme Court picks (see Gavel Grab), it quoted AFJAC President Nan Aron. The latest list, like Trump’s first one, features “ultraconservatives who espouse a backward view of the law,” NPR quoted Aron as saying.
While a measure of racial diversity was added, Aron said, it “doesn’t change the fact that these individuals’ track records suggest they would endanger the cherished rights and freedoms of Americans.”
Carrie Severino of the Judicial Crisis Network, on the other hand, “praised the Trump lists as ‘unprecedented’ steps that should ‘please conservatives’ if Trump is elected and delivers on the type of nominee he is promising.”
FAKE-ACCOUNTS SCANDAL BRINGS PRESSURE ON BANK: Wells Fargo & Co. CEO John Stumpf was pressed on Friday by a group of Senate Democrats to halt enforcing forced arbitration clauses in its agreements with customers.
“If Wells Fargo really does want to look out for the customers, if they really are in fact sorry, as the CEO said, for these unauthorized accounts, they ought to let the court system work if these people who were wronged want to bring suit,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, according to The Los Angeles Times. Brown and five other senators wrote a letter to Stumpf outlining their concerns.
ABC News explained the issue this way: “Arbitration, mandated in some if not all basic agreements that customers sign when they open accounts at the bank, ‘helps hide fraudulent schemes such as the sham accounts at Wells Fargo from the justice system, from the news media, and from the public eye,’ the senators wrote.” Gavel Grab has more about Stumpf’s testimony before a Senate panel this week.
VOTER-PURGING SYSTEM STRUCK DOWN: In another in a series of recent voting law cases around the nation, “The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that Ohio’s reliance on lack of voting activity as a trigger for purging people from the voting rolls violates federal law,” Cleveland.com reported.