The Supreme Court accepted another pending case, this one involving a black employee who sued the Cracker Barrel restaurant chain for discrimination after an influential dissent by Reagan-appointed Judge Frank Easterbrook. He had argued Supreme Court precedent suggested that Section 1981 of the Civil Rights Act did not protect the employee from retaliation after making discrimination charges. … [Read more...] about Reagan-Appointed Judges Now Conservative ‘Superstars’
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Lawyers can become superior court judges in one of two ways in California. When a vacancy occurs at the end of a six-year term, the seat is filled in an election. When a vacancy occurs in the middle of a term, the governor may appoint a replacement who later stands for re-election. … [Read more...] about California Stats Show Elected Judges Disciplined More Often than Appointed Judges
Other studies have also found a link between elections and decisions. Studies in Pennsylvania and Washington state found judges facing re-election are more likely to impose harsh sentences in serious cases. Another study found that during election years, judges in Alabama were more likely to override life sentences and impose capital punishment. … [Read more...] about Do elected judges have different views on gay rights than appointed judges?
State Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner announced Brady’s suspension Wednesday, but provided few details about the circumstances. A supreme court order says there is reason to believe she violated the code of judicial conduct and the matter will be referred for further review. … [Read more...] about Newly appointed judge is arrested and suspended without pay
Obama nominated U.S. District Judge Henry Floyd of South Carolina for the vacancy, according to The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times. Floyd ruled in 2005 that terrorism suspect Jose Padilla, a U.S. citizen, could not be held as an enemy combatant. In another case, however, Floyd ruled the government could hold a Qatari national as a material witness. … [Read more...] about Bush-Appointed Judge Who Ruled for Padilla Is Nominated for 4th Circuit