It’s election season, and if you live in one of the 39 states that elect judges, you may have seen one of those ‘soft on crime’ TV ads claiming that a judicial candidate “sides with child predators,” “is sympathetic to rapists” or “helped free a terrorist.”
On May 9, 2014, Judge Chris Piazza, a state trial court judge in Arkansas, ruled that the state’s statutory and constitutional bans prohibiting marriage for same-sex couples violated the constitution of the United States, and had to be struck down.
Yesterday, the Puerto Rico Senate confirmed attorney Maite Oronoz Rodríguez as an Associate Justice to the Puerto Rico Supreme Court, marking the first time that an openly lesbian judicial nominee is confirmed to the Commonwealth’s highest court.
Yesterday, the United States Senate voted to confirm two openly gay African-American judges to the federal bench - Staci Yandle for the Southern District of Illinois and Darrin Gayles for the Southern District of Florida.
Today, the U.S. Senate made judicial history by confirming Darrin Gayles to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and Staci Yandle to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, marking the first time that two openly gay judicial nominees have been confirmed to the federal bench on the same day.
Today, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced that he will renominate Stuart Rabner as Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court and that the state Senate will then hold confirmation hearings to fill one of the two vacancies on the bench. This news comes after months of advocacy by legal and community organizations urging Gov.