The condition of prisons in the United States today is deplorable. Housing is overcrowded. Prisoners live in fear of violence. The use of solitary confinement—despite its toll on prisoners’ mental health—is on the rise. Often, the only recourse inmates have is through the federal court system. But after a Supreme Court ruling Monday, even that… Read more »
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Over the past several decades, a conservative-led campaign has eviscerated the ability of Americans to have their day in court.
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Yesterday Carrie Severino of the Judicial Crisis Network (recall that, during the George W. Bush administration, this same group called itself the Judicial Confirmation Network) took to the National Review Online to scold Democrats for “whining” about the pace of judicial confirmations in the Republican-controlled Senate. Citing the number of nominees who have had Judiciary Committee… Read more »
The Third Circuit Court of Appeals needs another judge. For the past 675 days, the former seat of Senior Judge Anthony Scirica has sat vacant. The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts named the seat a judicial emergency earlier this year because the circuit cannot properly manage its current caseload without another active judge…. Read more »
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 22, 2015: Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron released the following statement today in response to the failure to pass Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s amendment concerning Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS): The Senate missed an opportunity to protect the rule of law and the nation’s sovereignty today when Sen. Warren’s amendment was defeated. The… Read more »
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 21, 2015: Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron issued the following statement today in response to the confirmation of Judge Jose Olvera, Jr. for the Southern District of Texas and Judge Jill Parrish for the District of Utah: While we are pleased that the Senate has confirmed two more judges, these votes… Read more »
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 21, 2015: Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron released the following statement today in response to a letter sent to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by Members of Congress: Alliance for Justice is pleased to join with Sen. Al Franken, Rep. Hank Johnson and their colleagues in urging the Consumer Financial Protection… Read more »
AFJ in the News
Oddly enough, for an institution that operates amid red velvet curtains, austere costumes, and dark lighting, the U.S. Supreme Court is rarely the subject of films, television shows, or plays. This Wikipedia listing of movies about the Supreme Court is staggeringly short, considering that the court has been one of the most powerful elements of our government for more than two centuries.
The Senate, as it heads into the Memorial Day recess next week, has so far this year confirmed only two judges, both of them from Texas, home of GOP Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz.
The Supreme Court Monday ruled felons may sell or give away guns they own to others, reversing a lower court that said the government can confiscate weapons under a law barring many convicts from possessing firearms.
On April 28, 2015, the Supreme Court heard oral argument on one of the most anticipated constitutional law issues in recent memory: the right of same-sex couples to marry. The cases, four consolidated ones from Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan, and Kentucky, presented two questions for the Court: first, whether the states must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and second, whether states must recognize the marriages of same-sex couples married in other states.