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In Tennessee, a Choice: Should Judges Be Elected or Appointed?

Todd Brewster | Posted 10.08.2011 | Politics
Todd Brewster

The Tennessee Plan has been tested in the state's courts and survived constitutional scrutiny there. But those who oppose it insist that no panel of judges would rule against a plan that would subject them, and other judges, to public approval.

Is It Time to Take Away My Right to Vote... For Judicial Candidates?

Jessica Levinson | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

Can we count on judges to be truly independent, to make decisions only based only on the law, and not based on politics and/or what is popular, if they must stand before the public every few years in order to keep their jobs?

G.W. Bush-Appointed Judge Rejects Constitutional Challenge to Obama's Health Care Reform Law

Elizabeth B. Wydra | Posted 08.29.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth B. Wydra

For the first time since Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a Republican-appointed judge has voted to uphold Congress's power to enact the health care reform law, including the minimum coverage provision.

The Crux of Divorce Decisions is The Smell Test

Terri Weiss | Posted 07.11.2011 | Divorce
Terri Weiss

The decision and order are out. Your lawyer flips to the last page, the only one that really matters...

10 Most Bizarre Judges in Court | Posted 11.15.2011 | Weird News

For some judges, disorder in the court is more common than order. How else can you explain a judge who jailed a man for six months for yawning loud...

Debtors' Prison in 2011

Wall Street Journal | JESSICA SILVER-GREENBERG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Some lawmakers, judges and regulators are trying to rein in the U.S. debt-collection industry's use of arrest warrants to recoup money owed by borrowe...

The Passing of a Drug Reform Hero: Retired Judge Jerome Marks

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Anthony Papa

There are heroes and then there are heroes. My good friend Judge Jerry Marks, a former New York Supreme Court Justice, was a hero's hero.

What Do Divorce Court Judges Want?

Henry Gornbein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Henry Gornbein

Going through a divorce is one of the most traumatic events in anyone's life. The legal system is confusing, to say the least. In a divorce everyone...

The F Word: Corruption and Inequality Begin at Home

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

The U.S. media seems to have found a new language for the economy. There's been talk of "solidarity" and even "class war." The only problem? They're talking about Egypt.

1st Transgender U.S. Trial Judge Elected

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

OAKLAND, Calif. — A 49-year-old California patent lawyer has been elected as the nation's first openly transgender trial judge. Alameda County ...

Unfinished Business: 19 Judicial Nominations Left Unconfirmed by 111th Congress

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

As a result of unprecedented Republican political gamesmanship, President Obama ends the first half of his first term with a smaller percentage of his nominees confirmed than any previous president.

Stalling for Stalling's Sake

Andrea Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

This "I'm going to take my toys and go home" attitude is injurious to our needs as a country -- we need to fill these vacancies so trial can be held, opinions written, and decisions made both on the bench and before it.

Ryan Grim

Obama's Emerging Judicial Crisis: Judges Blocked At Historic Rate | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As the first congressional session of Obama's presidency draws to a close, what began as a slow process of confirmation has ballooned into a full-blow...

The Courts, Not Congress, Are the Biggest Threat to Obama's Agenda

Adam Winkler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Winkler

The court decision on the health care law was not just a major setback for Obama's signature piece of legislation. It was also a reminder that the courts are an even greater threat to his agenda than the new Republican majority in the House.

When the Vows Break: 'Tis the Season for Long Lines in Divorce Court

Steve Lake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Steve Lake

If you find yourself in divorce court arguing about visitation during the holiday season, here's what you can expect.

Republicans Now Blocking Obama's Picks For Lower Courts, Dems Threaten Retaliation

AP | LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats said Thursday that Republicans were preventing votes on some of President Barack Obama's U.S. district court nomin...

Three Myths About Judicial Elections

Meryl Chertoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Meryl Chertoff

Proposition 1's defeat in Nevada last week says a lot about what Americans think they know about state judges, and a lot of that is wrong.

Judge Seeks Work

Emily Jane Goodman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Emily Jane Goodman

A moonlighting Superior Court Judge in New Jersey has just been told to clean up his act; that is, he can't be both a stand-up comic and a sitting judge.

Iowa Voters AXE Judges Over Gay Marriage Ruling

TylerKingkade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

In an unprecedented move, and after a nearly three month long campaign by conservative activists, Iowa voters chose not to retain three state Supreme Court justices based on a unanimous ruling in April 2009 to overturn the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Skip 'em or Guess? Voting on Colorado Judges

Jim Thomas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Jim Thomas

Fortunately for the vast majority of us who don't regularly watch the work of our judges, Colorado has a system of Judicial Performance Commissions to provide nonpartisan evaluations of our judges.

Partisan Justice

Andrea Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Andrea Lyon

Justice of a state supreme court is not a police officer or sheriff. He or she is there to follow statutes and case law precedent and to mete out justice. Sometimes that might mean making a decision that requires siding with someone unsavory or unpopular.

The Real Nuclear Option

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Holding rank-and-file judicial nominees hostage to advance a larger political agenda is the current political "nuclear option" and, if this continues, it is the judiciary and Americans seeking justice who will bear the fallout.

Sense and Sentencing

Andrea Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

We have a much better chance of rehabilitation with someone who has been treated and trained than someone who has been incarcerated. It is time to move from the draconian to the sensible.

Campaign Contributions to Judges: Improving the Third Branch or Touching the Third Rail?

Jessica Levinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

Whether or not some judges actually are influenced by campaign contributors, the perception that they are is lethal. How can we be expected to play by the rules if we don't think the rules will apply equally?

Florida Foreclosure Courts Rush Despite Questionable Practices, Doctored Deeds

The New York Times | Gretchen Morgenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Earlier this year, Florida earmarked $9.6 million to set up foreclosures-only courts across the state, staffed by retired judges.... lawyers represent...