Judicature

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Articles from Vol. 95, No. 1, July/August

A Contentious, Ideological Process
A contentious, ideological process Battle over the Bench: Senators, Interest Croups and Lower Court Confirmations, by Amy Steigerwalt. University of Virginia Press. 2010. 304 pages. $45.Ia Battle Over the Bench Amy Steigenvalt has crafted an important...
A Reform Roadmap for the Criminal Justice System
In February of 2011, the bipartisan Smart on Crime Coalition, consisting of over three dozen of the nation's leading criminal justice policy organizations, issued Smart on Crime: Recommendations for the Administration and Congress.1 The Coalition developed...
Collegiality among U.S. Supreme Court Justices?
An early assessment of the Roberts CourtThe Rehnquist Court, which concluded its 19-year run during the summer of 2005, was frequently depicted as a fractured and divisive body.1 Much of this divisiveness was attributed to strong ideological differences...
Judicial Override in Alabama: A Singular Example in Death Sentencing
A new report sheds light on death penalty sentencing procedures in Alabama, one of only three states where judges can override jury verdicts to impose the death penalty -and the only state where judges regularly do so.As detailed in The Death Penalty...
Judicial Selection - A Minnesota Update
Minnesota has avoided much of the turmoil that has surfaced in several states - including our neighbors, Wisconsin and Iowa - around the selection and retention of judges. Here the key word is avoided, because we realize we are not immune from such problems....
JUDICIARY-ACADEMIC PARTNERSHIPS: Resources for Evaluation
Calls for evaluation have proliferated as citizens, government, and funding agencies seek increased accountability.' The need for fiscal responsibility in a climate of competition for resources is joined by a desire to learn whether existing programs...
Many Thanks to All
With this final President's Report, I offer thanks for the privilege and pleasure of serving as president of the American Judicature Society during the past year.I have been grateful for so many opportunities, such as:* Working with Executive Director...
Noteworthy
Mark W. Lipsey, et al., Improving the Effectiveness of Juvenile Justice Programs: ? New Perspective on Evidence-Based Practice. Georgetown Public Policy Institute's Center for Juvenile Justice Reform. 2010. This paper provides an overview of a tool that...
Recusing the Fact-Finder Judge: An Argument for Restricting the "Extra-Judicial Source" Test
The inflexible application of the "extrajudicial source" test to the fact-finder judge imperils public faith in the impartial decision maker - the heart of due process.Should the standard for récusai differ when the judge is a factfinder instead of merely...
Re-Opened for Business?
Caseloads, judicial vacancies, and backlog in the federal circuit courtsThere is an immediate and most pressing need for additional judges ... In many places, this failure is throwing a burden on judges which they are not able to bear, if it were not...
Supreme Court Justices and the Code of Conduct
By explicidy adopting the Code of Conduct for U.S. Judges they already implicitly follow, U.S. Supreme Court justices will demonstrate that they understand the connection between their conduct and public confidence and distance themselves from the contentions...