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Judicial Branch

Supreme Court Justices Sound The Alarm

Reuters | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON, March 14 (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court justices on Thursday sounded the alarm about the impact of comp...

Obama's Judicial Disaster

The New Yorker | Jeffrey Toobin | Posted 06.03.2013 | Politics

On the same day as Rand Paul’s celebrated filibuster against drone strikes last week, the Senate engaged in a less noticed but more typical form of ...

How Retired Justice David Souter Can Save the U.S. Supreme Court

Harvey Rosenfield | Posted 08.06.2012 | Politics
Harvey Rosenfield

Those who care about the independence of the judicial branch should do everything in their power to save the Supreme Court. This includes justices who have left the Court.

Constitution Check: Can Reporters Be Barred From Using Social Media During a Criminal Trial?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 06.18.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

If there is going to be a judicial order against tweeting or texting during a trial, it would have to depend upon a neutral justification -- some objective reason to curb this new mode of communicating. It does not appear that judges or the media have given that a lot of thought.

Constitution Check: Do Lower Court Judges Have a Right to Criticize the Supreme Court?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 06.17.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

Is the judicial now becoming, more often, the political? Polls show that the public now believes that this is so.

Constitution Check: Would an Elected Supreme Court Get More Respect?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 06.10.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

Among scholars who want the U.S. Supreme Court changed, most want term limits, not elections. The reason seems obvious, given the politics of the day.

1 In 8 Federal Judgeships Sit Empty; Dems Blame GOP Obstruction, GOP Blames Obama's Dearth Of Nominations

Los Angeles Times | Carol J. Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Almost one in eight federal judgeships is vacant in the country and legal scholars warn that the increasingly politicized confirmation process threate...

Sandra Day O'Connor: Stop Electing Judges

AP | GENE JOHNSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

SEATTLE — The first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court says there's a serious problem with the government in Washington and many other sta...