Monday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • The Senate voted Thursday to extend 29 temporary judge positions in the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts according to the Blog of Legal Times. Senator Christopher Coons said the bill would prevent a “genuine crisis” in the bankruptcy courts.
  • A Blog of Legal Times post reports that the D.C. Commission on Judicial Disabilities and Tenure is considering increased transparency. The commission investigates complaints filed against judges in the D.C. Superior Court and Court of Appeals.
  • In his opinion in the Washington Post, E.J. Dionne Jr. says New York is considering a campaign finance law that would repair some of the “damage” from Citizens United. The government would give $6 in matching funds for every dollar contributed by individuals to candidates, up to the first $175.
  • Missouri State Senator Brian Nieves is proposing an amendment to the state’s constitution declaring that it must be interpreted based on the “original intent” of its signers. A commentary by Ian Millheiser of said the proposal also seems to call for “outright defiance of the Supreme Court and other binding judicial decisions.”

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