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Fast Track Courts Against Criminal Lawmakers 'Imperative' for Indian Democracy

Samarth Pathak | Posted 08.29.2014 | World
Samarth Pathak

A wide section of India's politico-legal fraternity has expressed disappointment with the apex court's recent rejection of a proposal to fast track criminal cases against parliamentarians.

Legal Liability for Injuries to a Caregiver Caused by an Alzheimer's Patient

Brad Reid | Posted 08.15.2014 | Business
Brad Reid

A California Supreme Court majority decision recently determined that an employee of an in-home health care agency who was injured by a patient suffer...

May Musharraf Escape Treason?

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Liaquat Ali Khan

The political elite of Pakistan are divided over the prosecution of General Musharraf. While a listless prosecution is moving at a snail pace, some prominent politicians are speaking against the wisdom of prosecution.

Launch the 'Nuke,' Harry!

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There's an old adage in politics that the way to win political struggles is to "bring a gun to a knife fight." If this imagery isn't violent enough for you, the subject on the table now is whether Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is considering what is called the "nuclear option."

Ryan J. Reilly

Shutdown May Impact Victim Of Federal Courthouse Shooting

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 10.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The court security officer injured in a shooting at a federal courthouse in West Virginia could be out of a paycheck after next week if ...

Self-inflicted Wounds: New Alaska Laws Reject Statehood

John Aronno | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
John Aronno

The signing of these bills into law is the closest any state has come to seceding. One resolution went so far as to urge the federal government to "recede." We have officially adopted laws asserting autonomy and authority over the union of which we are a part, to which we pledge allegiance to.

Three Simple Words to Fix the American Justice System: Trial By Combat

Kyle Shamberg | Posted 06.23.2013 | Comedy
Kyle Shamberg

Now, I know what you're thinking. "That sounds awesome and I see few if any problems with implementing it. Let's do it." Though I tend to agree, it may be worth assessing with a slightly more critical eye. Let's a take look at some of the "Pros" and "Cons" of the TbC system.

Taking Stock of Diversity in the Federal Judiciary; Significant Progress Has Been Made, But Much Remains to Be Done

Marcia D. Greenberger | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics
Marcia D. Greenberger

t's critical that the "firsts" are followed by the seconds, and thirds, and fourths, in order to create permanent change on our federal courts.

Jason Cherkis

Binders Ignored: Romney Had Dismal Record Naming Women Judges In Massachusetts

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 10.22.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When it came to nominating female judges in Massachusetts, Gov. Mitt Romney all but ignored any binders full of women. By 2005, after...

Checks and Balances

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.20.2012 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Today's political commenters often misuse the concept of "checks and balances" to refer directly to politics. This is just flat-out wrong.

Congressman: 'I Just Do Not Trust The Judiciary'

West Ashley Patch | Jonathan Allen | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics

U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) told Democratic activists in the Charleston area on Tuesday that organization was the key to limiting the effects of "v...

Would Jesus Belong To A Country Club?

Andy Watts | Posted 03.31.2012 | Religion
Andy Watts

My point is this: white privilege is a system of social advantage that connects the courts to the fairways and the boardrooms to club dining rooms.

Brown Slams GOP Candidate

Mollie Reilly | Posted 01.05.2012 | Politics

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) slammed GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich in a Wednesday op-ed, criticizing the former House speaker's campaign pled...

Why We Need an Independent Judiciary

Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics
Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III

Let's stand up for one of our most precious monuments -- our judiciary -- as a place of integrity and independence, and as a refuge for those in our society who seek to enforce rights and protect freedoms. Our liberty depends on it.

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?

Brilliance and Humanity

Andrea Lyon | Posted 12.27.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

You may remember that three Iowa Supreme Court justices were voted out of office based on targeted attacks about their votes on gay marriage.

Super Congress or Star Chamber?

Joel Weinberger | Posted 10.03.2011 | Politics
Joel Weinberger

Here's where we are now. A committee, grandiosely labeled a "Super Congress" will essentially decide whether and how much we'll cut and whether and h...

Amanda Terkel

State Budget Cuts Threaten U.S. Justice System

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 10.02.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Brian and Patty Baxter's daughter wasn't even two years old yet when they moved into their place in New Hampshire in 1996. The landlord ...

Health Care Reform: Preserving Judicial Independence in a Partisan Age

Doug Kendall | Posted 08.03.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Judicial independence depends upon the public's confidence that the federal judiciary is something more than a third political branch. Correspondingly, judicial independence has never been more imperiled than it is today.

Doubting Justice Thomas

Sunil Adam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sunil Adam

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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...

The Deterrent Effect

Andrea Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

Having an elected judiciary simply doesn't work. As I have written before we need merit selection. An elected judiciary isn't free to make the tough...

Iowa Courts Under Attack

Kevin Cathcart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kevin Cathcart

Something happened on Election Day in Iowa: Three well-respected Iowa Supreme Court Justices lost retention because they upheld marriage equality for same-sex couples. Let this spiteful campaign serve as a wake-up call.

A Letter From a Progressive to President Obama

Stu Kreisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stu Kreisman

Dear President Obama, I'll vote for you in 2012, but you're not making it easy to do so. Your administration's communication skills are, to be honest, horrible. And now we're in for two years of gridlock and hell.

Business Needs a Fair and Impartial Judiciary

Roderick M. Hills | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Roderick M. Hills

An independent judiciary is necessary to protect our free market economy. That independence is too often undermined by partisan elections that require judges to raise campaign funds.