Friday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • The Kansas House narrowly rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to strip state courts of their jurisdiction on funding issues, reports Gavel to Gavel, the blog of the National Center for State Courts, a JAS partner group. HCR 5006 did not receive the 2/3rds of votes necessary to be finalized as an amendment.
  • Nate Silver, in his New York Times blog FiveThirtyEight, says that by using the Martin-Quinn Scores statistical method for analyzing the Supreme Court, the current court appears to be the most conservative since the 1930s. Under the Martin-Quinn method, justices receive a score on a one-dimensional scale that runs from liberal to conservative. The scores can change over time with voting behavior.
  • According to a Youngstown Vindicator  commentary, there is discussion of consolidating lower courts in Mahoning County. The county bar association hired the National Center for State Courts to study the feasibility of consolidation.

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