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Senate’s Mitch McConnell on mission to reshape the courts

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was upbeat the night after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he was retiring from the Supreme Court.


Washington state lawyers, lawmakers praise Justice Anthony Kennedy on retirement

Former Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna would practice answering questions likely to be posed by the court’s perceived swing votes in his preparations for oral arguments. He and other …


Some Idaho candidates’ eligibility in doubt even as voters head to polls

Conflicting rulings from two North Idaho judges in a single day, two candidates’ names blacked out on early ballots and then reinstated, and court appeals likely — that’s how a …


Benton-Franklin County judges sue clerk to keep paper files

All seven judges from the Benton-Franklin County Superior Court have sued the Franklin County court clerk, alleging he has failed to follow a court rule to keep paper files of …


After Shaun White’s perfect 100 last month, snowboarders are judging the judges

BONGPYEONG, South Korea – What he did, by the standards of his sport, was perfect: 28 seconds of snowboarding, five jumps, five smooth landings, 15 1/2 revolutions of airborne twists, …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 24, 2018, 12:38 p.m.

Conviction against Brazil’s da Silva upheld, appeal expected

An appellate court on Wednesday delivered a significant blow to Brazil’s ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, unanimously upholding a graft conviction against him and even adding years to his …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 5, 2018, 8:32 p.m.

Sessions takes aim at judges’ handling of immigration cases

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday launched a review of a little-known but widely used practice of immigration judges closing cases without decisions, potentially putting hundreds of thousands of people …


Trump choosing white men as judges, highest rate in decades

President Donald Trump is nominating white men to America’s federal courts at a rate not seen in nearly 30 years, threatening to reverse a slow transformation toward a judiciary that …


Attorney General Sessions slams judges for thwarting Trump policies

The nation’s top law enforcement officer is railing against federal judges who have thwarted or criticized Trump administration policies.


E.U. still open to sanctioning Poland over judicial overhaul

The European Union’s executive arm remains open to triggering sanctions against Poland for limiting judicial independence despite the Polish president’s decision to veto parts of a controversial legal overhaul, a …


Disciplinary panel rarely takes action against Idaho judges

The panel that disciplines judges in Idaho regularly receives more than 80 complaints each year over alleged inappropriate conduct, but the independent council rarely finds enough evidence to warrant a …


McConnell basks in GOP victory on courts

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Friday said the current vacancies in the U.S. court system will allow President Donald Trump to have the longest impact on the future of …


McConnell gambit on federal judges begins to pay off

President Donald Trump on Monday began the final stages of a Republican strategy to give federal courts a facelift that the party has been methodically carrying out for some time.


10 people nominated by Trump to federal bench

A look at the 10 people picked by President Donald Trump for positions on federal courts:


UPDATED: Mon., May 8, 2017, 10:19 p.m.

Trump moves to get more conservatives on federal bench

The Trump administration will name nearly a dozen judges as nominees for key posts Monday as President Donald Trump works to pack the nation’s federal courts with more conservative voices.


Put sexual assault orders on equal footing

A bill to align sexual assault protection orders with orders related to domestic violence and harassment makes perfect sense, but this is the advocates’ third try. The objections have never …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 4, 2017, 12:36 p.m.

Pence: Gorsuch will join Supreme Court ‘one way or the other’

The vice president made the pledge during a speech in Philadelphia to the Federalist Society, a conservative legal group. His remarks echoed President Donald Trump’s comments from earlier in the …


Retain Judges Tompkins and Sypolt

In the Superior Court races, only two of the 12 sitting judges are facing challenges. Position 10: Challenger Ward Andrews is a Gonzaga Law School graduate. He’s worked as a …


Eye on Boise: Two judge replacements, two very different processes

Here’s an interesting contrast: While Idaho U.S. Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch pursue a secret process to name a recommended replacement for longtime U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge, who …


Idaho senators solicit federal judge applications

BOISE – Idaho’s U.S. senators are asking people interested in replacing longtime U.S. District Judge Edward Lodge to fill out a questionnaire. President Barack Obama will name the next judge, …


Judge Imbrogno accused of being too tough

After being called out last summer by Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich for freeing the suspected heroin trafficker who later shot two deputies, the same federal judge is now under fire for …


Vestal: Study finds judges are harsher as Election Day approaches

If you have to be hauled before a judge for sentencing, try to schedule it after an election. New research shows that Washington judges are more likely to throw the …


District judges’ schedules difficult to track

An effort to prevent political use of information about their daily duties seems to have backfired on Spokane County District Court judges. Instead, they handed critics an opportunity to accuse …


Idaho high court could be left without women

BOISE – Depending on the outcome of daylong interviews today, Idaho could become one of just two states with no women on its highest state court. Idaho Supreme Court Justice …