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February 06, 2020
 

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President Trump Has Stacked the Courts With Conservative Judges (Teen Vogue) “On November 14, 2019, after a year of keeping a low profile, 2,000 people gathered to celebrate Brett Kavanaugh’s unofficial re-emergence into society. The Federalist Society event at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., marked his first significant public appearance since his narrow confirmation to the Supreme Court.

The event came just two months after yet another allegation of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh surfaced: the New York Times reported that Max Stier, a college classmate of Kavanaugh’s, saw Kavanaugh “with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student.” This allegation followed Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony that Kavanaugh assaulted her in high school, and Deborah Ramirez’s allegation that in college, she was forced to touch a drunken Kavanaugh’s penis, both of which Kavanaugh has denied. But just as Ford and Ramirez’s allegations were not enough to weaken conservatives’ support for Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing, Stier’s allegation was not enough to dampen Kavanaugh’s “welcome back to society” party on that November Thursday.”
SUPREME COURT
SCOTUS chief John Roberts seems exhausted by Trump
Quartz - February 5 

Supreme Court Will Weigh Expediting Democrats’ Obamacare Appeals
Bloomberg Law - February 5 
FEDERAL COURTS
Federal appeals court holds states have no sovereign immunity under Voting Rights Act
JURIST - February 5
STATE COURTS

Arkansas

Rethinking judicial elections
Talk Business & Politics - February 5
 

Delaware

Delaware Judicial Nominating System is Rigged and Secretive, Grassroots Organization Launches $450,000 Campaign to Fix it
Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware - February 5
 

Hawaii

Hawaii Lawmakers Work To Keep The Mentally Ill Out Of Jail
Honolulu Civil Beat - February 5
 

Louisiana 

The (Baton Rouge) Advocate: Burying disclosure forms embarrassment for Supreme Court
The Advocate - February 5
 

Maryland

Carroll County wants the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its stormwater case. MDE says let a past decision stand.
The Baltimore Sun - February 5

Knight sworn in as Circuit Court Judge
The Kent Island Bay Times - February 5
 

New York

Pointing Out Corruption in the State Judiciary
Law.com - February 5
 

Oklahoma

More efforts to change judicial selection process in Oklahoma
The Oklahoman - February 5
 

West Virginia 

The W.Va. Supreme Court stopped impeachment of justices almost 2 years ago. Lawmakers are still trying to change things.
The Herald-Dispatch - February 5
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