Seventeen highly qualified women who have been nominated to federal judgeships are waiting for a confirmation vote from the U.S. Senate. Some of these nominees have been waiting for months -- if not years.
Several competing public policies make "contempt of court" difficult to precisely define. It is a conundrum because of the difficult balance that must be maintained between orderly justice and arbitrary judicial actions.
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.
All judges must be vigilant in how they practice their craft. No matter who the litigant, that litigant must reasonably receive -- and be given adequate reason to believe that he is receiving -- fair and equal justice.
Class action lawyers collect billions of dollars in attorney's fees filing lawsuits against companies for failing to disclose this, making false and misleading statements about that, and breach of fiduciary duty for the other.
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."
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.
Great judges or justices are great when they persuade their colleagues on the bench to change their views, as happened following their famous dissents. Not when judges expediently change their own stated views to allay or placate a then-underwhelmed or even excoriating press or public.
From these cases, judicial behavior seems less partisan than, well, the behavior of our politicians, and that's a good thing. Still, this snapshot of judicial decision-making suggests that our ideologies follow us into court appointments.
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