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Kansas: Facebook “like” becomes ethics issue for Butler County judge

Alli Gerkman
The commission on judicial qualifications will consider a disciplinary complaint filed against a district court judge for clicking “Like” on a Facebook post by a candidate for sheriff. According to the complaint, this violates the judicial canons of ethics that prevent a judge from “publicly endorsing or opposing...

Florida: Hearing Set for Lawsuit to Block Supreme Court Justices' Retention

Alli Gerkman
A hearing is scheduled for August 8 to address whether the three justices standing for retention in November should be removed from the ballot. In June, the Southeastern Legal Foundation filed a suit on behalf of two Florida voters alleging that the justices violated state law by using court employees to assist in...

Washington: Results from two efforts to evaluate judicial candidates have been released (Updated)

Alli Gerkman
Results from two efforts to evaluate judicial candidates in the state have been released recently. The King County Bar Association’s screening committee gave “unqualified” ratings to three of 13 candidates for contested seats on the King County Superior Court. Some members of the legal community question these ratings...

Tennessee: 11 of 12 appellate judges recuse themselves from selection case (Updated)

Alli Gerkman
Eleven of 12 court of appeals judges and two of five supreme court justices have recused themselves from hearing an appeal involving a constitutional challenge to the state’s process for selecting appellate judges. John Jay Hooker, who filed and lost a similar suit in the late 1990s, claims that the constitution...