In these other dispatches about fair and impartial courts:
- A federal marshal fatally shot gang member and defendant Siale Angilau after he lunged at a witness with a pen during court proceedings in a newly opened federal courthouse in Salt Lake City, the Associated Press said.
- At the New York Times Taking Note blog, Jesse Wegman discusses the “perennial” topic of whether Supreme Court justices ought to take politics into account when they time their retirement. Retired Justice John Paul Stevens said it is “appropriate” and “natural” to consider who one’s successor might be.
- Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a public education finance bill that represented the legislature’s response to a state Supreme Court ruling identifying inequities in funding among some school districts, the Wichita Eagle reported. A three-judge panel will next consider whether the changes are adequate.