Judicial System

The Brian Lehrer Show

Judges: Above the Political Fray?

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

As the Supreme Court starts a new term, Keith Bybee, Syracuse University College of Law professor and the author of All Judges Are Political—Except When They Are Not:Acceptable Hypocrisies and the Rule of Law, looks at what defines judicial "activism," and the question of political bias in the courts.


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Judging Judges

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

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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The Takeaway

Money Spent on State Supreme Court Elections Doubles in Past Decade

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

According to a new report, spending on state Supreme Court elections has doubled in the last decade. According to polls, three in four Americans believe money spent on campaigns for judgeships can affect later courtroom decisions; some states are calling for methods to protect the court system from special-interest money donated during election season.

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