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Federal Judges Can't Clear Someone's Record, Even For Minor, Nonviolent Offenses

The Huffington Post | Cristian Farias | Posted 08.12.2016 | Politics

NEW YORK ― An appeals court ruled on Thursday that a single mother of four who completed a term of probation for filing a false insurance claim wort...

A Handy Guide To Who's Calling Whom Racist These Days

The Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 06.07.2016 | Politics

Last week at a rally in San Diego, Donald Trump called federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel’s Mexican heritage a conflict of interest in his ability to fair...

Mitch McConnell Won't Say If Trump's Racist Attack On Judge Is Racist

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 06.05.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Sunday repeatedly refused to answer questions about whether he thinks Donald Trump's a...

Republicans Finally Confirmed A Judge. Is This Obama's Last One?

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 04.17.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Something rare happened Monday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) let a judicial nominee get a vote: Waverly Crenshaw, a Te...

Alaskan Polar Bears Can Now Chill In Protected Area Bigger Than California

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 03.04.2016 | Good News

A small court victory can have a big impact on the Alaskan polar bear. An appeals court upheld a designation for an 187,000-square-mile polar bear hab...

One Of The Biggest Losers Of 2015 Was An Entire Branch Of Government

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- There are some obvious candidates for biggest losers of 2015. Planet Earth. Bill Cosby. The Dallas Cowboys. But one that belongs on that...

Mitch McConnell Will Finally Let Some Judges Get Confirmed. Next Year.

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After a dismal year of federal judicial confirmations, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is ready to let a handful of nomin...

Senate Gets Around To Filling Court Vacancy After 1,069 Days

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It took them nearly three years to do it, but the Senate on Monday confirmed a desperately needed judge for the U.S. District Court for ...

The Disgraceful State of Judicial Nominations

Nancy K. Kaufman | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
Nancy K. Kaufman

As a country that presents itself as a leader among nations when it comes to rule of law, the corruption of the process of selecting judges in a partisan manner ought to be an international embarrassment.

Federal Judges Are Burned Out, Overworked And Wondering Where Congress Is

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 10.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was Labor Day weekend and Lawrence O'Neill desperately wanted to get out of town for some downtime with his wife. His mini-vacation d...

John Cornyn Blocks Judges From Getting Confirmed Because He's Mad About Other Judges He Confirmed

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) blocked three of President Barack Obama's judicial nominees from getting votes Thursday because he said Democ...

GOP Is Confirming Judges At The Slowest Rate In 60 Years

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans are confirming federal judges at the slowest rate in more than 60 years, fueling a "politically motivated vacancy cri...

Jennifer Bendery

Pat Toomey Is Blocking His Own Judicial Nominee, For Some Reason

HuffingtonPost.com | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) is preventing one of his own judicial nominees from moving forward, for reasons nobody seems to understand. ...

Why Stopping Deportation Is the Right Thing to Do

Jennifer Keys Adair | Posted 06.09.2015 | Politics
Jennifer Keys Adair

While DACA and DAPA can't help all families, it is a start for some individuals who were brought to the U.S. as children without proper documentation. They are not criminals. They are not people looking for a handout from the government.

Is Judge Shopping a Crime? Should It Be?

Jim Treacy | Posted 03.14.2015 | Crime
Jim Treacy

For a justice system clamoring for greater transparency and fair play, it seems SDNY's actions do not always align with their expectations for others. Judge shopping is indeed "unsavory." Is it a crime?

What Do Oz and Our Federal Courts Have in Common?

Peg Perl | Posted 10.26.2014 | Denver
Peg Perl

All federal judges go through a public Senate confirmation process after they are nominated by the President. But where does the President get those names to nominate?

Sincere, but Ideological: Judges Can Be Partisan, Even if Not Consciously Biased

Peter M. Shane | Posted 10.13.2014 | Politics
Peter M. Shane

It is honorable no doubt to defend federal judges against the charge that they are merely "partisan hacks." But there is no doubt that lawyers expect party ideology to affect those judges' rulings and that they are wise to do so.

The Fiftieth Anniversary of Fighting Southern Injustice

Leon Friedman | Posted 09.08.2014 | Black Voices
Leon Friedman

Fifty years ago, thousands of students from northern, mid-western and western colleges came to the South to participate in "Freedom Summer." Their goal was to increase voter registration among the African-American inhabitants of those states.

Senator Leahy Must Throw Out the Blue Slips

Arisha Michelle Hatch | Posted 06.29.2014 | Politics
Arisha Michelle Hatch

Thanks to the misuse of blue slips by Republican obstructionists, a bevy of highly qualified Black nominees have been routinely denied confirmation hearings.

White House Tries To Get Judges Confirmed Before It's Too Late

The New York Times | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics

With the possibility that Republicans could take the Senate in November, the White House and Senate Democrats are working swiftly to confirm judges to...

Federal Judges Admit Conflicts Of Interests, Leaving Litigants Reeling

Center For Public Integrity | Reity O'Brien, Kytja Weir, Chris Young | Posted 04.28.2014 | Politics

When Linda Wolicki-Gables and her husband appealed a lawsuit all the way to the second-highest court in the nation against Johnson & Johnson over a ma...

An Uptick in Granting Suppression Motions: Is Stop-and-Frisk to Blame?

Steven Brill | Posted 06.17.2014 | Crime
Steven Brill

So what do we have here: an increased number of decisions to suppress, but fewer incidents of public displeasure with those decisions. So are times changing? Has public opinion, and thus political and judicial policy swung in the other direction?

Where Are the Gay Federal Appellate Judges?

Timothy Holbrook | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Timothy Holbrook

The conspicuous absence of any openly LGBT nominees to the other federal appellate courts is a concern. It cannot be the case that no qualified LGBT candidates exist. Instead, the dearth appears to rest on the assumption that LGBT judges would not be appropriate because of some apparent bias.

The Next Nuclear Test

Doug Kendall | Posted 09.24.2013 | Politics
Doug Kendall

If Senate Republicans follow through on threats to prevent confirmation of any of Obama's nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit under the fig leaf of an argument about whether this court needs more judges, we could quickly be back to the nuclear brink.

Filibuster Reform Reminds Us That the Real Scandal Hurting the Country Right Now Isn't in the Executive Branch

Mitchell Bard | Posted 07.31.2013 | Politics
Mitchell Bard

Republicans in the Senate are abusing the filibuster to keep jobs -- in both the executive and judicial branches -- unfilled while sitting idly by and letting economic growth take a hit in the name of ideology.