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Blog Posts by Malia Reddick

In a Deal with Democrats, Governor Christie Re-Nominates State's Chief Justice

Malia Reddick
Ending months of speculation, Governor Chris Christie re-nominated Chief Justice Stuart Rabner to the New Jersey Supreme Court. The move was part of a political compromise with senate leadership, which agreed in exchange to support the nomination of a Christie ally to the supreme court. The deal between Governor...

Ninth Circuit Rejects Campaign Restrictions for Judicial Candidates in Arizona

Malia Reddick
Late last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit struck down a handful of provisions in Arizona's code of judicial conduct as they apply to the campaign behavior of judicial candidates. According to the court, "[t]o the extent states wish to avoid a politicized judiciary, they can choose to do so by not...

Conservative Legislative Leader in Tennessee Spearheads Retention Challenge

Malia Reddick
Speaker of the Senate and Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey, a Republican, is leading the charge against three supreme court justices standing for retention in August. (All appellate judges in Tennessee stand for retention at the same time every eight years, but two justices on the five-member court are retiring this...

Growing Chorus Calling for Greater Transparency in Selecting and Evaluating Hawaii's Judges

Malia Reddick
Another voice has joined a growing chorus calling for more openness in the selection and evaluation of Hawaii's state court judges. Critics of the lack of transparency make some valid points about the need to shine more light on these vital processes, particularly when we consider how other states address this issue.