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  • The Best Judges Money Can Buy

    In 21 states, Supreme Court judges are elected. To get elected, though, they must raise advertising money, and to do that, they must take donations. But, as evidenced by so many campaign finance scandals, taking donations leads to public mistrust. The story points out that the legislative branch was meant to be completely unbiased and unapologetic. The idea that judges can be bought, then, is a frightening concept. A sidebar offers ideas as to what can be done to remedy the problem
  • What's left after 'Morrison'

    The Journal analyzes the Supreme Court's tendency to "federalism jurisprudence." In particular, the story sheds light on the court's decision to strike down a provision of the Violence Against Women Act, which most states have endorsed. The struck down provision, known as Morrison, was "stemming from a suit by Christy Brzonkala against two Virginia Tech football players whom she accused of raping her."
  • Unclogging Gideon's trumpet: Mississippi suits are the latest to attack state defense funding.

    The National Law Journal examines the state of criminal defense spending by states, most notably Mississippi. David E. Rovella writes "defense lawyers contend that budgets for already-overtaxed indigent defense systems are flat or have been cut. And in states without a public defense system, they argue, the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Gideon v. Wainwright, which guarantees state-funded indigent criminal defense, is ineffective." The National Law Journal writes about "three lawsuits filed in a recent weeks have challenged the way Mississippi provides criminal defense to the poor. They are the latest in a handful of suits nationwide attacking what defense lawyers say is the hidden price of war on crime: the erosion of the Sixth Amendment right to counsel."
  • Separate Peace

    The American Lawyer reports on still continuing segregation in the acceptance of black students at public universities. The story reveals that "... after 25 years of litigation, tens of millions of dollars, hundreds of hours of settlement talks, two full trials, and a directive from the U.S. Supreme Court, all eight of Mississippi's public universities remain, to a significant degree, racially segregated."
  • Christy's Crusade

    Ms. reports on mishandling of rape cases on campus and by state police and prosecutors. The article tells the story of a young woman who was attempting to gain her right to sue for damages in federal court.
  • Courting Big Money

    The Buffalo News explains "how judicial elections, specifically State Supreme Court, are financed in New York state." The newspaper found that "judges and judicial candidates in the eighth judicial district in Western New York were forced to take part in an election system that turned them into fundraisers for the major political parties. Even those candidates who were cross-endorsed by the major parties, who had no election opponents, raised money that was then donated to various candidates for office. This occured despite a ban on judges making direct political donations. A loophole allowing judges to buy tickets to political events was used, with tickets costing as much as $1,000. And most of the money was raised from attorneys, who one day might appear before these very judges."
  • A jury of peers?

    Due to a flawed selection system, blacks and whites in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, do not have a reasonably equal chance of being called to jury duty, as the U.S. Supreme Court requires. This investigation spurred several major changes, including an ongoing statewide study of jury pool imbalances, several proposed bills in the PA Senate, and a jury registration drive by the local NAACP.
  • Who's driving the bus?

    WITI found that because of a gaping hole in state law, murderers, sex offenders, drug dealers, and other convicted felons are legally driving Wisconsin school buses.
  • Buyer Beware

    Greenberger reports how attorneys lead a backlash against corporate practice that reduces lawsuits.
  • Act 60 Redux

    Can Vermont's school-funding law, Act 60, be fixed and should it? Gov. Howard Dean believes that the new law has been successful in providing the equality of educational opportunity that the Vermont Supreme Court said was required under the state constitution. However, despite its successes, Act 60 has not won the acceptance that Dean and others had hoped it would.