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Dec 28, 2011

Legal ethics a hot topic in 2011

Legal ethics news this year ran the gamut from high-tech – can I friend the employee of an opposing party? – to more traditional challenges, such as attorney advertising and judicial recusal.

Nov 23, 2011

Substitution bill would put onus on attorneys

Criminal defense lawyer John Birdsall says he has substituted hundreds of judges without explanation.

Nov 16, 2011

Health care case to get full US Supreme Court — Kagan, Thomas included

When the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to decide the constitutionality of the federal health care law’s individual mandate, as well as several other jurisdictional and substantive issues, there was a notable omission: no mention was made about recusal of any justice from the decision.

Sep 29, 2011

Supreme Court justices agree to play nice 

By DINESH RAMDE Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s Supreme Court justices pledged Wednesday to work together in a collegial fashion, though some only reluctantly agreed to what was arguably the most toothless suggestion put forth by a chief justice hoping to repair the court’s reputation as divided and dysfunctional. Several justices said the […]

Sep 12, 2011

Lawmakers call for hearing on U.S. Supreme Court recusal bill

First Monday at the U.S. Supreme Court is just around the corner, and some congressional Democrats are stepping up their push to try to make Supreme Court justices step aside in cases where they have financial or political ties.

Sep 7, 2011

Health care case puts spotlight on Supreme Court recusals

The U.S. Supreme Court has yet to decide whether to take up the constitutional challenge to the nation’s health care law, but already some critics are stepping up calls for two justices to recuse themselves from considering the case.

Jul 12, 2011

Judge to face disorderly conduct charges

Embattled Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Linda Van De Water will stand trial this fall for disorderly conduct charges. On Monday, Racine County Circuit Court Judge Gerald Ptacek set a trial date of Oct. 27 after denying a motion for recusal filed by the defense against District Attorney Michael Nieskes. According to court officials, Van […]

Jun 6, 2011

U.S. Justice Alito recusal ‘mistake’ cost networks in fleeting expletive case

Boston, MA - Justice Samuel Alito said he should have recused himself from considering a 2009 Supreme Court case involving federal penalties for televised profanity - a move that would have changed the outcome of the case.

Apr 1, 2011

Recusal issue may return after Tuesday’s election

Defense attorneys may renew their campaign to recuse Justice Michael Gableman from criminal cases should attorney JoAnne Kloppenburg defeat Incumbent Justice David Prosser in Tuesday’s Wisconsin Supreme Court election. With Prosser on the court, the six state Supreme Court justices outside Gableman deadlocked on a previous motion regarding whether the court has power to consider […]


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