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The Takeaway

SCOTUS: Judges Need Limits on Campaign Cash

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Chief Justice John Roberts surprised many legal experts with his majority decision to restrict a judge's ability to directly solicit campaign donations.

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The Takeaway

Judicial Elections: The New Political Battleground

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

In the past, judicial elections were rarely politicized as judges managed stayed above the partisan fray. That's not so in 2014. 

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The Takeaway

The Country's Most Expensive Senate Race

Monday, October 20, 2014

In the most expensive Senate race in the country, North Carolina Democrat Kay Hagan is running to retain her Senate seat against Republican Thom Tillis.

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New Jersey News

As Christie Pre-Campaigns For President, Opponents Pre-Attack

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

When Christie stumps for candidates in early presidential primary states this summer, a conservative group is following with attack ads.

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The Takeaway

Justice for Sale

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Judicial elections were once considered simply a formality, but increasingly they are playing a major role in the changing political landscape. Today Tennessee voters will decide whether to keep Chief Justice Gary Wade and Justices Connie Clark and Sharon Lee on the state supreme court. The justices have faced an expensive re-election campaign, with conservative groups spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in an effort to see them replaced.

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The Takeaway

Obama Nominees Come Under Fire

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Two of President's Obama's judicial nominees are facing sharp opposition from both sides of the aisle. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington Correspondent, explains the push back and the possible way forward for the Obama White House.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Debating Age Limits for Judges

Monday, November 04, 2013

Milton L. Williams, Jr., chair of the Fund and Committee for Modern Courts, partner at Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, and currently serving as co-chair of the Moreland Act Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, and Dick Dadey, executive director of Citizens Union, debate the New York ballot proposal 6 to raise the age limit for appeals court judges to 80.

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WNYC News

Mixed Reaction on Proposal Raising Judges' Retirement Age

Monday, October 28, 2013

One of the six ballot initiatives New Yorkers will see on November 5th calls for raising the retirement age of some judges to 80.

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WNYC News

Investigation Shows Politicians Profit off Foreclosure Sales

Monday, June 17, 2013

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When New York State Senator John Sampson was arrested last month for allegedly embezzling $440,000 from foreclosure sales, the curtain pulled back on a little known corner of the state’s justice system – the job of foreclosure referee.

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WNYC News

Bail System Needs Overhaul: NY's Top Judge

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Chief Judge Jonathon Lippman is calling for a major overhaul of New York’s bail statutes, which he calls unfair.

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New Jersey News

NJ Supreme Court Rules Judges Can Skimp on Pension Payments

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

New Jersey's Supreme Court says the state's judges don't have to contribute more to their pensions and health benefits, as is currently required of all other state employees.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Behind the Scenes at Federal Court

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Frederic Block, federal judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and the author of Disrobed: An Inside Look at the Life and Work of a Federal Trial Judge, talks about his life as a judge in some high profile cases in New York.

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WNYC News

Panel Votes To Raise Pay For State Judges

Friday, August 26, 2011

A state panel charged with setting new salaries for New York state judges has decided to raise their pay by 27 percent over the next three years.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Falsifying Stories For Asylum

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Dana Leigh Marks, president of the National Association of Immigration Judges and a sitting judge in San Francisco, discusses the practice of falsifying stories to gain asylum in the U.S. and the challenge for judges to determine the truth.

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The Takeaway

Court Vacancies Force Judges From Retirement

Friday, March 18, 2011

There are 95 vacancies in the federal courts, forcing semi-retired senior judges to pick up the slack — a lot of it. Arizona judges are under particular duress; their courts have such a back load, they can’t meet the Speedy Trial Act, a law that requires courts to try criminal defendants within 70 days after they are charged. Caseloads in most federal courts continue to increase while the number of active judges shrinks — and yet 45  judicial nominees are languishing in the Senate. Why hasn't the Senate confirmed these nominees? 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ousting Controversial Judges

Friday, November 05, 2010

Richard Hasen, law professor at Loyola Law School and author of the "Election Law Blog", discusses the ousting of three controversial judges who ruled in favor of gay marriage in Iowa and what it signals to other judges nationwide.

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It's A Free Country ®

Judging Judges

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

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Judges will often engage in behavior to make sure they stay below the radar, that they don't make a controversial decision. And that means for example, often times much harsher sentencing practices in the run-up to a retention election.

-Keith Bybee, professor at Syracuse University College of Law, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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