Judicature

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Articles from Vol. 91, No. 4, January/February

AJS Project Will Preserve and Expand Merit Selection
The American Judicature Society's Preservation and Expansion of Merit Selection project has received a $200,000 grant through the Open Society Institute's Constitutional Democracy Initiatives program. With this project AJS will promote the preservation...
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AJS to Study Eyewitness Identification Procedures
The AJS Institute of Forensic Science and Public Policy will conduct an 18-month national study designed to open a new era of accuracy and public confidence in our criminal justice system. Funded by a $700,000 grant from the JEHT Foundation, the Eyewitness...
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A Milestone for Judicature
The year was 1917. The youthful American Judicature Society began publication of the Journal, edited by one of the organization's founders, Herbert Harley. The name was changed in 1966 to Judicature, and publication of this outstanding journal has been...
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A Timeless History
A timeless history Middle Temple Lawyers and The American Revolution, by His Honour Eric Stockdale and Justice Randy J. Holland. Thomson West. 2007. 272 pages. $30.00 (£17.50).by William D. JohnstonReaders of Middle Temple Lawyers and The American Revolution...
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Judicial Perceptions of Consensual Norms on State Supreme Courts
A central issue in American politics is the role of the courts in our system of separation of powers and checks and balances. Given that courts possess neither the power of the purse nor the power of the sword to enforce their edicts, it is critical...
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Lessons from Wrongful Convictions
Lessons from wrongful convictions The Innocence Commission: Preventing Wrongful Convictions and Restoring the Criminal justice System, by Jon B. Gould. New York University Press. 2007. xiii, 335 pages. $39.00.by Michael L. RadeletBetween 1972 and the...
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Noteworthy
National Center for State Courts, Justice Case Files: The Case of Internet Piracy. 2007. Cost varies by quantity ordered. In an effort to improve the public's awareness and knowledge about how their courts work, the National Center for State Courts has...
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On the Perils of Drawing Inferences about Supreme Court Justices from Their First Few Years of Service
Even before the start of their second year in office, commentators were already reading the tea leaves on Samuel A. Alito, Jr. and John G. Roberts, Jr. According to the prominent legal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky, the two new justices "were every bit as...
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Saving the Missouri Plan
By removing the organized bar from the process of selecting nominating commissioners and vesting that authority in the political branches, opponents of current merit selection systems hope to gain a political advantage in the ultimate selection of judges.Most...
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The Complexity of Modern American Civil Litigation: Curse or Cure?
Modern American procedural policy has been inconsistent in its approach to complexity, in some instances creating complexity where it is not necessary for effective access to court.There is no accepted definition of complex litigation in the United States....
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Video Evidence and Summary Judgment: The Procedure of Scott V. Harris
The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure turn 70 this year-a set of New-Deal-era rules being used to litigate modern federal civil litigation. Last term, the Supreme Court's decision in Scott v. Harris1 merged two elements of modern civil rights litigation...
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When All Eyes Are Watching: Trial Characteristics and Practices in Notorious Trials
The term "notorious trial" brings to mind images of celebrity parties or witnesses (and sometimes celebrity lawyers and even judges), heinous crimes, unusual legal issues or factual situations, and unrelenting media coverage in the press, on television...
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