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October 2005 Issue

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Judges in the Culture Wars Crossfire

Judges are feeling the heat in a year that has been marked by increasingly strident criticism of the judiciary.

After courts failed to intervene in the Terri Schiavo case, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay vowed that judges would have “to answer for their behavior.” More recently, DeLay held forth at Justice Sunday II, a rally in Nashville, Tenn., led by prominent Christian conservative groups.

Citing recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on abortion, obscenity and government support for religion, DeLay declared: “That’s not judicial independence. That’s ... judicial autocracy.”

Feature Section

    Playing by the Rule of Law

    Judge Omer Hadziomerovic wags his burning cigarette above an ashtray, which he does frequently to punc­tuate his skepticism.

    Cases & Controversies

    Judges are too political. they’re not political enough. They decide cases according to their personal agendas. They ignore moral values when applying traditional, often outdated legal concepts. They even apply the law of other countries, instead of U.S. law.

ABA Connection

Watch What You Say

By all accounts, Stevens Johnson syndrome is a terrible and often debilitating skin disease, described by victims as a slow burn from with­in. To make matters worse, the illness often is wrongly diagnosed.

McElhaney on Litigation

Learn to Do Without

Corner Office

Into The Later Years

Associates in the Trenches

Market Shifts

Solo Network

Clearing The Cobwebs

Career Audit

For What It’s Worth

President's Message

Lawyers Have a Lot to Teach

Executive Director's Report

A Serious Evaluation

Above the Trees

Rent Control

Obiter Dicta

Foundation For Firing?

Keeva on Life and Practice

A Legacy of Values