Wednesday Gavel Grab Briefs

In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:

  • Four of the eleven seats on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit are now vacant since Judge David Sentelle moved to senior status on Monday. President Obama selected U.S. principal deputy solicitor general Srikanth Srinivasan and Caitlin Halligan to fill two vacancies, but their nominations have faced resistance in the Senate, says the Blog of Legal Times.
  • At the corruption trial of suspended Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, two professional consultants testified that they took the lead on political campaign work, not her state-paid staffers. According to the Associated Press, John Brabender and Michael Long said they assisted with Melvin’s TV ads and political fundraising events.
  • Texas prosecutor Mark Hasse was assassinated last week near his courthouse, bringing up the memory of U.S. District Judge John Wood’s murder in 1979, says the Dallas Morning News. It took almost three years to find Wood’s killer, and some suggest that investigators have few leads so far in Hasse’s murder.

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