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Yale Affirmative Action Didn’t Hurt Clarence Thomas, Classmates Say

Although a Yale Law School diploma didn’t prevent Clarence Thomas from getting a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court bench, it didn’t help him much either, he has said. In…

Logjam

Politicians can’t agree who should fill vacancies on the nation’s most reliably conservative appellate court. If the logjam lasts past November, the court may take a turn to the left.

Judges: They’re Just Like Us!

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Fed’l Judge Will Not Return to Bench After Dress Incident

Despite a letter-writing campaign urging his reinstatement, a popular federal bankruptcy judge in Massachusetts who made international headlines after being arrested for driving under the influence while reportedly dressed in…

10 States Seek Calif. Gay Marriage Delay; Suit to Be Filed in N.Y.

Updated: Opposing forces are gearing up to fight a major battle over the right of same-sex couples to marry, centered on the recent decision by the California Supreme Court that…

Disorder in the Court: Rat Snake Found in Texas Criminal Building

A nonvenomous, 4-foot-long rat snake that somehow slithered up to a fourth-floor closet of a Houston area criminal courthouse initially caused consternation when it was discovered this week because officials…

Embattled Judge Says She Can’t Pay Legal Fees

Embattled Las Vegas Judge Elizabeth Halverson has requested a continuance so she can prepare to defend herself on an ethics complaint that she fell asleep on the bench and treated…

‘Softy’ Judge Admonished for Refusing to Accept Eviction Filings Before Christmas

For more than 20 years, Texas Justice of the Peace Gary Geick got in the holiday spirit by refusing to accept eviction filings from landlords during the Christmas holidays.

He’ll…

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Reprimanded by Colleagues

A Wisconsin Supreme Court justice has received a reprimand from her colleagues for presiding over cases on a trial court involving a bank where her husband served as a paid…

More Tech, Less Emotion Please, Federal Judges Suggest

Speaking last week at a 7th Circuit bar meeting, federal district judges had a few suggestions for the lawyers who appear before them.

High on the list of dos: appropriate…

‘Unlikely Blogger’: Nancy Gertner, a Federal Judge

Among the contributors to Slate’s new blog on legal issues is Nancy Gertner, a former criminal defense lawyer who is now a federal district court judge.

According…

Judge’s Abrupt End to Testimony Results in New Trial

A California appeals court has granted a new trial to a divorce litigant whose case abruptly ended when the judge walked out while his lawyer was questioning a witness.

The…

Most Countries Don’t Hold Judicial Elections

Most states elect judges, but the practice is not so common in other countries.

The National Center for State Courts says 87 percent of all state court judges face elections…

Rare Chance to Change Florida Supreme Court: 4 Vacancies Expected

The chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court announced today that he is resigning for family reasons, giving the state’s governor a rare chance to reconfigure it.

That’s because Chief…

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