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Jul 13, 2023

Judges – Criminal Contempt Order – Appeals – Notice to  State – Recusal Hearing – Attorneys

When she appealed a family court order holding her in criminal contempt, the appellant-attorney served notice on the family court judge and the county clerk of court. The Attorney General’s office informed this court that it would be appearing pursuant to S.C. Code Ann. § 1-4-40 (the Attorney General “shall appear for the State in […]

Jun 5, 2023

US judge condemns Mississippi city’s ‘crime cancer’ as he removes state justice from lawsuit

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Supreme Court chief justice cannot be sued over a state law that requires him to appoint some judges in the capital city of Jackson, a federal judge wrote Thursday in a ruling that also condemned violence in the city. U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate did not address residents’ constitutional […]

May 11, 2023

‘Affront to democracy’: Concern about appointing Mississippi judges where most are elected

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three residents of Mississippi’s capital city testified Wednesday that their rights as citizens are undermined by a new state law that would create a court inside Jackson with judges who are appointed because the state constitution requires most judges to be elected. “It is an affront to democracy,” Ann Saunders said. […]

May 8, 2023

Judge disciplined for using position to dodge traffic ticket

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — It wasn’t the first time Judge C. Carter Williams had been pulled over by West Virginia law enforcement for minor violations. But his behavior at a traffic stop two years ago — berating the police officer, calling the officer’s supervisors to complain and even driving to the mayor’s house to lecture […]

Apr 25, 2023

Lawsuit: Mississippi violates rights by appointing judges

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is violating its own constitution with a new law that requires some judges to be appointed rather than elected in the state’s capital city and its surrounding county, civil rights groups said in a lawsuit filed Monday. It is the second lawsuit since Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed bills Friday […]

Sep 28, 2022

Judges – Discipline – Angry Outbursts – Public Reprimand 

During a time when both his son and his wife were suffering from health issues, the respondent-magistrate judge (1) used profanity while scolding an attorney appearing before him and (2) yelled at a scheduling clerk for failing to provide him timely notice of a jury trial. Respondent thereby violated judicial canons requiring a judge (1) […]

Jun 30, 2022

Judges – Discipline – Public Reprimand – Potential Disqualification – Deputy Sheriff Spouse 

Even though the respondent-magistrate made it a practice to disclose to litigants that his wife worked for the sheriff’s office, he failed (1) to disclose, when appropriate, that she supervised deputies involved in a particular matter; and (2) to allow the parties and their lawyers time to consider the question of remittal outside his presence […]

Aug 6, 2021

Biden’s judges: More diverse and more of them

By MARK SHERMAN and DARLENE SUPERVILLE Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — With no Supreme Court opening to slow them, President Joe Biden and Senate Democrats are putting judges on federal trial and appellate courts at a much faster clip than any of Biden’s recent predecessors, including former President Donald Trump. Eight judges already have been […]

Jul 23, 2020

It’s past time to end lifetime appointments for federal judges

Recently I was doing some honest-to-goodness work editing this fine newspaper, I promise, and I ended up getting sucked down an internet rabbit hole that convinced me that one of the cornerstones of the section of the U.S. Constitution that created our federal judiciary is in need of some amending. I was reading opinions from […]

Feb 20, 2019

SC Judicial candidates announced

The South Carolina Judicial Merit Selection Commission plans to hold public hearings to consider candidates for a judicial vacancy on April 1. The legislative commission will consider the qualifications of four candidates for a 2nd Circuit judicial seat: Shannon Chandler of Graniteville, M. Anderson Griffith of Aiken, David Miller of Aiken, and Courtney Pope of […]

Jan 7, 2015

Criminal Practice — Judge Too Active in Plea Talks

U.S. v. Sanya (Lawyers Weekly No. 001-006-15, 27 pp.) (Motz, J.) No. 13-4937, Dec. 17, 2014; USDC at Greenbelt, Md. (Messitte, J.) 4th Cir. Holding: A district judge who repeatedly encouraged defendant to accept a plea to additional charges of access-device fraud and aggravated identity theft, and who hinted at a lesser sentence for a […]

Jan 15, 2014

Technology? Some justices want to keep their distance

WASHINGTON (AP) — At the Supreme Court, technology can be regarded as a necessary evil, and sometimes not even necessary. When the justices have something to say to each other in writing, they never do it by email. Their courthouse didn’t even have a photocopying machine until 1969, a few years after “Xerox” had become […]

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