Supreme Court Nominations

510 ABA Journal Supreme Court Nominations articles.

Federalist Society official Leonard Leo embarks on a new conservative venture
Leonard Leo, executive vice president of the Federalist Society, a conservative legal group, is stepping aside from his daily duties at the organization to launch a consulting firm that will fund conservative causes.
Afternoon Briefs: Biden likes Obama for Supreme Court; ex-law student among successful GirlsDoPorn plaintiffs

Biden would consider Obama as Supreme Court nominee

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden said Dec. 28 he would appoint former President Barack Obama to the U.S.…

One year after Kavanaugh’s confirmation, reporters reexamine the evidence for and against him
One year after Brett M. Kavanaugh's tumultuous nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, questions that arose during the nomination hearings still linger.
Afternoon Briefs: Book says Kennedy suggested Kavanaugh to Trump; no retrial for med-mal defendant who helped juror

Kennedy suggested Trump appoint Kavanaugh to replace him, book alleges

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy told President Donald Trump in April 2017 that he should consider his former clerk Brett…

Afternoon Briefs: DOJ opens criminal review of Russia probe; DeVos held in contempt

Department of Justice reportedly opens criminal inquiry into origins of Russia probe

The U.S. Department of Justice’s review of the origins of the Russia probe has shifted from an administrative…

Texas judge admonished for closing courtroom to protest Kavanaugh confirmation
A Texas judge has been publicly admonished for closing his courtroom and draping it with black fabric to protest the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh.
Afternoon Briefs: Defendant catches ride home with juror; House committee seeks Kavanaugh records

Authorities are searching for an Arkansas man who caught a ride home with a juror during a recess in his shooting trial and then fled during deliberations. The juror…

Federalist Society’s Leonard Leo helped raise $250M to promote judges and causes

Leonard Leo, executive vice president of the Federalist Society, has had a visible role recommending conservative nominees for the federal bench.

But his influence extends further, the Washington…

This was the worst decision during my 35 years on the Supreme Court, retired justice says

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens served nearly 35 years on the high court, and there is one decision that stands out for him.

“Unquestionably the most clearly…

Should judges be able to avoid ethics probes with departure? Issue raised in Kavanaugh appeal
Federal judges have been able to shut down ethics investigations by retiring or, in the case of Brett M. Kavanaugh, winning confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court. But one New York lawyer who is appealing dismissal of his ethics complaint against Kavanaugh, Jeremy Bates, argues that judges are wrongly concluding they have no authority to investigate, the Associated Press reports.
Oregon may finally join 49 other states that require unanimous jury decisions in criminal cases

In 49 U.S. states and the federal court system, a 10-2 vote would not have been enough to convict. Oregon is currently the only state that permits convictions (for felonies other than murder) on a 10-2 or 11-1 vote of the jury. That practice has come under criticism in recent years by people who say it was enacted for racist reasons; it denies minority viewpoints on the jury a voice and removes an important safeguard against wrongful convictions.

Justice by Numbers: Proposals resurface to expand the size of the court

In recent months, a concept that has been on the fringes of political theory has suddenly gained steam, with several progressive organizations calling for an expansion of the court and pushing Democratic presidential candidates to respond to the idea.

This Supreme Court justice emphatically says they’re not retiring
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A New Yorker article recently considered whether U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was contemplating retirement and…

DC Circuit nominee under fire for college writings on race, feminism, date rape

Federal appeals court nominee Neomi Rao wrote about how to avoid date rape (“stay reasonably sober”) and “touchy-feely talk of tolerance” in a series of controversial opinion articles published during…

White House readies short list of possible replacements for Justice Ginsburg

The White House reportedly began quiet preparations for a possible replacement for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after she missed oral arguments this week.

The White House has…

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