Friday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, a Justice at Stake partner group, has urged creation of a hybrid system for choosing appellate Pennsylvania judges that would include both merit selection and voter involvement. An appointee’s first term would run only four years before the judge faces a retention election under the proposal, according to a Wilkes-Barre Times Leader article.
  • “For the first time since Barack Obama became president, spring at the Supreme Court is lacking the scent of change,” an Associated Press article, entitled: “Justices staying put.” Meanwhile professor Randall Kennedy of Harvard Law School writes an article published by The New Republic and entitled, “The Case for Early Retirement: Why Justices Ginsburg and Breyer should retire immediately.”
  • A new edition of Gavel to Gavel, a publication of the National Center for State Courts, recaps recent state legislation affecting the courts. The center is partner of Justice at Stake.

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