Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor stressed themes of preserving judicial independence and impartiality in an Oklahoma speech this week. Read more at Gavel Grab.
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A British newspaper reported that the telephone records of millions of Americans are being collected by the National Security Agency under a secret court order from April. Gavel Grab has details.
There's continuing debate in New Jersey and elsewhere: Is judicial independence threatened, or are the people who warn about it engaging in "hysteria"? For details, see Gavel Grab.
President Obama’s naming three picks for the D.C. Circuit gives the Senate a new opportunity to show bipartisanship and strengthen our courts, Justice at Stake said. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
New North Carolina polling data shows strong popular support for the state’s public financing program for appellate court candidates. JAS helped commission the poll. See Gavel Grab for more.
More editorials from outside Washington are rejecting an argument that President Obama's filling three D.C. Circuit Court judgeships would constitute "court packing." Find details in Gavel Grab.
The Kansas courts are being “decimated” by legislative attacks from “ultraconservatives” unhappy with court decisions that didn’t go their way, the Kansas City Star warned. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
Justice at Stake has voiced its support of a recent request by the federal courts for an emergency infusion of $73 million, including $41 million for federal public defenders. Read Gavel Grab for more.
Justice at Stake said it was encouraged by the way President Obama talked in a speech on national security and counterterrorism policy about the Constitution's protections. See Gavel Grab for details.
The Senate confirmed Sri Srinivasan for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on a 97-0 vote, and Justice at Stake welcomed the "break in a confirmation logjam." Learn more from Gavel Grab.
A "heated ideological battle" appears to be coming next year "about the role and significance of the state’s highest court,” a Kansas newspaper editorial warned. Gavel Grab has details.
Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey berated state Supreme Court Justice Barry Albin, who spoke out earlier and urged the public to protect impartial jurists from retribution by politicians. Find more at Gavel Grab.
Will Pennsylvania see the next serious push to remove a state Supreme Court justice in a retention election? Two reform activists want to make that happen. Gavel Grab has details.
New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Barry Albin discussed the importance of protecting impartial courts from political influence and called on the public to help. For more, see Gavel Grab.
Justice at Stake raised concerns about legislation under consideration in some states to prosecute officials, including judges, who enforce federal firearms laws. For more, see Gavel Grab.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to approve President Obama’s nomination of Sri Srinivasan for the nation’s second most influential appeals court. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
The Kansas Bar Association’s board rejected a proposal from key legislators wanting to revamp the state’s merit selection plan for choosing top judges and add Senate confirmation as a requirement. Read more at Gavel Grab.
Efforts to change the way judges are selected have grown into a national trend, according to an AP article about an attack on merit selection in Kansas. The article also spotlighted Justice at Stake. See Gavel Grab for more.
There is controversy over a judge’s order that convicted ex-Justice Joan Orie Melvin of Pennsylvania write an apology to her former fellow jurists on a photograph of her in handcuffs. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
Ex-Justice Joan Orie Melvin of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court was ordered by a judge to apologize for her crimes to all state judges, and a reform group urged her to apologize to the public too. See Gavel Grab for more.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor appeared on an episode of ABC’s “The View” this week to discuss her memoir, “My Beloved World.”
Tennessee state Sen. Mae Beavers called the U.S. Supreme Court a “dictatorship” as she pushed for a nullification bill she had introduced. Find out details from Gavel Grab.
Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin was sentenced to three years of house arrest on corruption convictions arising from two high court campaigns. Read more in Gavel Grab.
A new poll of North Carolina voters shows strong support for the state’s public financing program for appellate court candidates, which critics are pushing to dismantle. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
On Friday, Louisiana’s Judicial Campaign Oversight Committee declared that Jefferson Parish judicial candidate Hilary Landry violated the state’s Code of Judicial Conduct.