The most incredible part of both the state’s appeal and the Court’s ruling is the fact that early voting imposed no burden on the state. State officials had already set up the voting locations, provided staff, and promoted the opportunity across the state. The Court’s ruling will not save Ohio taxpayers a dime; it will only confuse voters.
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On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a confirmation hearing for three district court nominees from Texas, clearing an important hurdle on the path toward resolving the judicial vacancy crisis in that state. In June, President Obama nominated Robert “Trey” Schroeder and U.S. Magistrate Judge Amos Mazzant to the Eastern District, and U.S. Attorney Robert… Read more »
By Kyle C. Barry AFJ Legislative Counsel UPDATE, August 21, 2014: Prof. Steven Valdeck, who first raised concerns about Judge Bates’ letter, discussed below, has an update. He notes that Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski—a member of the Judicial Conference, the federal judiciary’s policy-making body—has written to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, informing… Read more »
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 29, 2014 – Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron issued the following statement today in response to the Supreme Court decision concerning early voting in Ohio: Let’s cut to the chase. The changes Ohio is implementing have one purpose and one purpose only: to make it harder… Read more »
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 25, 2014 – Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron issued the following statement today in response to Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to resign: Eric Holder leaves a strong legacy of standing up for civil rights, and ensuring equal justice for all Americans. He has taken decisive,… Read more »
Read more about this court in our report on the judges of the 11th Circuit. WASHINGTON, D.C., September 8, 2014 – Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron issued the following statement today on the confirmation of Jill Pryor to serve as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit: We… Read more »
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The U.S. Supreme Court today halted court-ordered early voting in Ohio scheduled to begin Tuesday. By a 5-4 vote, the justices blocked an order issued earlier this month by U.S. District Court Judge Peter C. Economus that would have given voters the chance to vote early on 35 days before the election — meaning Tuesday — instead of the 28 days provided by state law.
For the 20th time in 30 years, the eastern Hillsborough megachurch hosted politicians for a candidates forum. The turnout Aug. 5 was impressive: More than 40 candidates — from aspiring School Board members to incumbent Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam — spoke to a crowd of more than 600.
The U.S. Senate on Monday voted 97-0 to confirm Atlanta attorney Jill Pryor to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit more than two-and-a-half years after the White House first nominated her to the post.
The video tells the story of three everyday people who found themselves trapped in a system rigged to favor corporate wrongdoers and what that did to their lives and livelihoods. Together we can send a clear message that it’s unacceptable for corporations to use forced arbitration to duck accountability for their actions and exempt themselves from the civil rights and consumer laws that are the foundation of a just society.