Md. senator, judge reignite debate over contested judicial elections
A debate over whether Maryland should end contested judicial elections reignites when a judge and a senator squared off during a legislative briefing.
Alabama seeks new method of execution
Today is Monday, the 95th anniversary of the Broadway premiere of “My Maryland.” Here are some other news items. — Alabama moves toward new method of execution — nitrogen hypoxia. — Does a severance agreement excuse Elon Musk from buying Twitter? — Attorney faces assault charges for alleged counselor-on-counselor violence. — Sandra Day O’Connor excel[...]
Biographer recounts O’Connor’s cancer battle, care for husband’s dementia
In his compelling biography of the U.S. Supreme Court’s first female justice, Evan Thomas pierces the steely demeanor Sandra Day O’Connor displayed on the bench for nearly a quarter-century to present her emotional turmoil when facing advanced-stage breast cancer and, later, the degenerative dementia of her husband, John, and then her own. Thomas recounts in […]
Weich advised Democratic senators on O’Connor succession, new book says
University of Baltimore School of Law Dean Ronald Weich assisted Senate Democrats as they prepared in July 2005 to advise President George W. Bush on whom he should name to succeed U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, journalist Joan Biskupic reported in her new biography of Chief Justice John Roberts. O’Connor had announced on […]
Gansler, Raskin recall O’Connor’s opposition to judicial elections
Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s farewell announcement from public life this week quiets the voice of perhaps the most eloquent opponent of judicial elections to ever speak out against the practice in Maryland. Appearing in Annapolis eight years ago, O’Connor spoke in support of a proposed state constitutional amendment to remove the requirement […]
The least-diverse Supreme Court ever
What the court has gained in ethnic and gender diversity over the past generation it has lost in other types of diversity.