by Jim Thompson
In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, ACS President Caroline Fredrickson urges Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson (R) to stop obstructing the judicial confirmation process. She writes, “In Wisconsin, there also has been a vacancy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit for nearly six years, and Johnson has refused to give his approval to the nominee, Donald Schott, despite the fact that Johnson recommended him to the president.”
In the Chicago Tribune, ACS Chicago Lawyer Chapter Board of Advisors members Abner Mikva and Newt Minow, both of whom knew Justice Scalia personally, say he would be "disturbed" by the Senate's failure to follow the plain meaning of Article II.
The Supreme Court Monday restored an Alabama woman’s right to adopt three children she and their birth mother, formerly her partner, had been raising together, upholding the constitutionality of same-sex adoption, writes Lyle Denniston at SCOTUSblog.
Flint residents filed a lawsuit against Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) as well as other current and former leaders responsible for the city’s current water crisis, reports the Associated Press. Petitioners are seeking class-action status, claiming physical and economic injuries and damages.
Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments as to whether former Pennsylvania Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille should have recused himself from the appeal of a death penalty case he was directly involved with when serving as Philadelphia’s district attorney. At Mother Jones, Michael Mechanic says this case highlights the dangers of appointing prosecutors to federal judgeships.