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Senate Confirms Dozens Of Obama Nominees

AP | ALAN FRAM and DAVID ESPO | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled Senate confirmed the last batch of President Barack Obama's judicial appointees and sent the White House...

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 01.23.2014 | Gay 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.

Federal Judge Rules In Favor Of 10-Year-Old Seeking Lung Transplant

AP | MARYCLAIRE DALE | Posted 08.05.2013 | Politics

By MARYCLAIRE DALE, The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA -- A dying 10-year-old girl has become eligible to seek donor lungs from an adult transplant ...

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.

Senate Confirms Judge For Appeals Court

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 06.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Tuesday confirmed New Jersey judge Patty Shwartz to serve on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, giving her a life...

Fixing the Judicial Clerkship Crisis

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 04.01.2013 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

The federal judicial branch is in crisis. No, I'm not talking about marriage equality, the Voting Rights Act, or corporate financing of elections. Judges have a problem with how they hire their law clerks.

This Man Claims He Threatened To Kill Obama To Get Medical Care

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.23.2013 | Business

Severe chest pains drove one man to do the unthinkable to receive the medical attention he desired. Stephen Espalin, a homeless 57-year-old man li...

Federal Judges Sue For Promised Pay

AP | JESSE J. HOLLAND | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — With the nation teetering on an economic "fiscal cliff," federal judges may soon force Congress to dedicate possibly millions of do...

Risk and Reward: Inside the Life of a Federal Judge

Judge Frederic Block | Posted 01.28.2013 | Crime
Judge Frederic Block

The startling revelation last month of the death threat against my colleague Judge Joseph Biancoreminded me of the death threat made against me a few years ago by Anthony Casso, who went by the charming nickname "Gaspipe."

Judging Obama's Second Term

David Fontana | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
David Fontana

Presidents come and go, but federal judges stay. In the second term, it is important that President Obama find ways to focus his energies on judicial nominations, and find ways to ensure that the Senate does the same.

It's Time for the Senate to Avoid the Judicial Cliff, Too

Nan Aron | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics
Nan Aron

The decisions about avoiding the fiscal cliff may be complex, but the way to avoid the judicial cliff is not. It's time for the Senate to come together and in one simple vote set aside the rancor of the past and fulfill its constitutional obligation to ensure justice for all Americans.

Amanda Terkel

Obama Appoints Record Number Of Women Judges To Federal Bench

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 09.11.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the confirmation of Stephanie Rose as a U.S. district court judge on Monday, President Barack Obama has put 72 women on the federal...

Study Shows Severe Inequity In Courtrooms

AP | NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 05.04.2012 | Crime

WASHINGTON — A new study shows that federal judges are handing out widely disparate sentences for similar crimes 30 years after Congress tried t...

Mike Sacks

Florida Primary May Save Federal Judges From Newt

HuffingtonPost.com | Mike Sacks | Posted 01.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Newt Gingrich's lackluster performance in Thursday night's debate darkened the already dim chances of seeing Justice Anthony Kennedy hau...

GOP Candidates Eye Slashing Court Power

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 12.23.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Most of the Republican presidential candidates want to wipe away lifetime tenure for federal judges, cut the budgets of courts that...

Senate Confirms Gay Federal Judge Nominee

AP | Posted 12.13.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Without Republican support, the Senate on Thursday narrowly confirmed an openly gay woman to become a federal judge in New York. T...

103-Year-Old Judge Still Hearing Cases

AP | ROXANA HEGEMAN | Posted 06.10.2011 | Politics

WICHITA, Kan. — In a courtroom in Wichita, the day begins much as it has for the past 49 years: Court is in session, U.S. District Judge Wesley ...