The Alabama Court of the Judiciary (COJ) issued an order today suspending Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore from the bench for the remainder of his term after a unanimous vote of the nine-member board.
As President Obama marks his last Constitution Day in office, he can be proud of his record for nominating more diverse judges than his predecessors. In reaching milestones like adding 11 openly gay or lesbian judges, the President no doubt drew inspiration from a portrait that hangs in the Oval Office.
Following President Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland, Chief Judge of the D.C. Circuit, to the U.S. Supreme Court last week, legal experts at Lambda Legal embarked on a comprehensive review of the nominee’s judicial record.
President Obama today nominated Merrick Garland, Chief Judge of the D.C. Circuit, to the U.S. Supreme Court. We call upon members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to fulfill their constitutional duty and ensure Judge Garland is given a complete and timely review.
With the sudden death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia this past Saturday, the attention of the nation has focused like a laser on the Court – its composition, the docket of cases now before it and the historic process ahead of Justice Scalia’s successor being nominated and confirmed.
Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro García Padilla nominated Associate Justice Maite Oronoz Rodriguez as Chief Justice of the commonwealth’s highest court. She would be the first openly LGBT chief justice in the country.
In a major victory for fair courts, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled in Wolfson v. Concannon that the rules in the Arizona Judicial Conduct Code restricting political activities of judges and judicial candidates do not violate the U.S. Constitution.
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton today announced that Minnesota Appeals Court Judge Margaret Chutich would be appointed to the state’s supreme court. With this appointment, Chutich became the state’s first openly gay justice.
Following the announcement, Lambda Legal Fair Courts Project Director Eric Lesh said: