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Judicial Independence

Court-Packing Rumors In North Carolina And The Need For Judicial Independence

Christine Nero Coughlin | Posted 11.22.2016 | Politics
Christine Nero Coughlin

While the Constitutions of the United States and North Carolina provide the blueprint for our government's structure and the rights we all enjoy, this...

Williams-Yulee Is Not About Free Speech, It's About Judicial Integrity

Yael Bromberg | Posted 03.21.2015 | Politics
Yael Bromberg

The Supreme Court is hearing a case tomorrow that threatens to further politicize the bench at a time of skyrocketing spending in judicial races.

Addition by Subtraction in the Maldives

Tom Ginsburg | Posted 02.28.2015 | World
Tom Ginsburg

Sometimes we can learn more about global forces from small countries than large ones. So it is with the recent struggles over the Supreme Court in the Maldives, the tiny island nation in the Indian Ocean better known for its high-end resorts.

Getting Schooled: Judicial Education and the Corporate Court

Katie Shay | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Katie Shay

Decisions in favor of groups like the American Petroleum Institute and the Chamber of Commerce by judges who attended seminars sponsored by the same institutions have led to the perception that corporations and conservative groups can buy judicial influence.

Hijacking the Courts

Anthony Michael Kreis | Posted 12.08.2012 | Politics
Anthony Michael Kreis

This is a crisis that has long murmurings in our political culture, but one that the LGBT rights movement has brought to a nasty and shameful head. The crisis: a threat to judicial independence.

How the Gingrinch Stole the Judiciary

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 02.20.2012 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Gingrich apparently has this view that judicial independence and separation of powers are some quaint old relics that have seen better days.

Gingrich And The Constitution

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 02.20.2012 | Politics
Bennett L. Gershman

Gingrich's attack on the judiciary -- he would abolish courts that issued wrong-headed opinions, force judges to explain their rulings, cut funding for courts and impeach more judges -- is egotistical bluster.

Jurists' Personal Lives Should Remain So

Fred Silberberg | Posted 02.08.2012 | Politics
Fred Silberberg

Since when we have ever required judges to disclose the details of the personal lives in such a manner? On what basis does one's sexual orientation affect his or her ability to determine the legality of matters?

Republican Candidates Want the Federal Judiciary to Be More Like American Idol

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 12.24.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

The GOP keeps insisting that judges be held accountable; that somehow public opinion should influence outcomes. Nothing could be more inaccurate or contrary to constitutional principles.

Are Progressives Fiddling While Rome Burns?

Cynthia Boaz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cynthia Boaz

If fall of 2008 was "silly season", then what does that make this election cycle? We are in a critical moment (yes, I know someone says that every ...

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.

Elected Justice

Andrea Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

Judicial candidates running election campaigns sound more like they are running for sheriff than running to be a neutral arbiter of the law.