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February 07, 2020
 

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RT The Supreme Courts - The state of Delaware has found a way to choose judges that keeps the state judiciary out of politics, even with billions of dollars on the line in corporate litigation. But a federal court ruled it unconstitutional. https://thesupremecourts.org/2020/02/06/the-u-s-supreme-court-could-break-delawares-bipartisan-judiciary/… #faircourts
 

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“A Fucking Disaster That Is Designed to Fail”: How Trump Wrecked America’s Immigration Courts (Mother Jones) “Lee O’Connor has been in his courtroom for all of two minutes before a look of annoyance washes over his face.

Eleven children and six adults—all of them from Central America, all of them in court for the first time—sit on the wooden benches before him. They’ve been awake since well before dawn so they could line up at the US-Mexico border to board government buses headed to immigration court in downtown San Diego, Kevlar-vested federal agents in tow. Like the dozens of families jam-packed into the lobby and the six other courtrooms, they’ve been waiting out their asylum cases in Mexico, often for months, as part of the Trump administration’s controversial border policy, the Migrant Protection Protocols.”
SUPREME COURT
Will One Of Trump’s Impeachment Defense Lawyers Become A Supreme Court Justice?
Above the Law - February 6
FEDERAL COURTS
Ballotpedia releases federal judicial vacancy count for January
Ballotpedia - February 6 

No Article III federal judges confirmed in January; Trump has appointed second-most through third year of a presidency
Ballotpedia - February 6
STATE COURTS

California

California Communities Sue Fossil Fuel Companies, Demanding State Court Hold Them Accountable for Climate Crisis
Common Dreams - February 6
 

Delaware

THE U.S. SUPREME COURT COULD BREAK DELAWARE’S BIPARTISAN JUDICIARY
The Supreme Courts - February 6
 

Iowa

Reynolds appoints third justice to the Iowa State Supreme Court
Ballotpedia - February 6
 

Kansas

After Judge’s ‘Troubling’ Behavior, Lawmakers Question Court Misconduct Rules
The New York Times - February 6 

Kansas House delivers preliminary approval for abortion amendment
The Topeka Capital-Journal - February 6 
 

Louisiana 

Louisiana commission calls for major overhaul of justice system funding
New Orleans CityBusiness - February 6
 

Maryland

Bill Allows Support Dogs For Children In Md. Courts
CBS Baltimore - February 6
 

New Jersey

Altman: Judicial reappointment amendment would compromise court independence
New Jersey Globe - February 6 
 

Rhode Island

Rhode Island Supreme Court Justice Indeglia to retire, governor to appoint first nominee to court
Ballotpedia - February 6 
 

South Carolina

4 state representatives walk out of judicial election assembly, calling it a “sham”
The Post and Courier - February 6 
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