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Judiciary

The composition of the federal judiciary is a civil rights issue of profound importance to all Americans. The individuals charged with dispensing justice in our society have a direct impact on civil rights protections for all. As such, the federal judiciary must be perceived by the public as an instrument of justice, and the individuals who are selected for this branch of government must be the embodiment of fairness and impartiality. 

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The Leadership Conference Responds to Senators' False Characterization of Justice Thurgood Marshall

June 30, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

The civil rights community is speaking out against attempts by some senators to distort the legacy of the late Justice Thurgood Marshall during the confirmation hearings on Solicitor General Elena Kagan's nomination to be an associate justice on the Supreme Court.

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Kagan Hearings Examine Supreme Court’s Corporate Camaraderie

June 30, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Civil and human rights advocates supporting Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court are paying close attention to the need for balance on a court that has been consistently favoring powerful corporate interests at the expense of everyday Americans.

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Supreme Court Restricts Miranda Rights

June 2, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

In a 5-4 decision yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court dramatically reinterpreted its landmark Miranda decision by requiring criminal suspects to invoke their right to remain silent with a clear, explicit statement.

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Unanimous Supreme Court Allows Firefighter Racial Discrimination Suit to Proceed

May 24, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court held today that a group of African-American firefighters can sue the city of Chicago over a discriminatory hiring test, overturning a lower court decision that said that the firefighters filed their claim too late.

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Supreme Court Rules that Life Sentences without Parole for Juveniles Are Unconstitutional

May 18, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

The U.S. Supreme Court held yesterday (6-3) that the Eighth Amendment's prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment does not permit the imposition of a life sentence without the possibility of parole for juveniles who commit non-homicide offenses.

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Senate Judiciary Committee Approves Goodwin Liu Nomination

May 13, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved by a vote of 12-7 Goodwin Liu's nomination to be a judge on the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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Jack Gross Takes His Age Discrimination Fight to Washington

May 11, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

Still seeking justice after last year's Supreme Court ruling that limited the right to challenge age discrimination in the workplace, Jack Gross last week testified before members of Congress about the need to pass the Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act.

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Obama Nominates Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court

May 10, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Elena Kagan

President Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan today to replace the retiring Justice John Paul Stevens on the U.S. Supreme Court.  In her current role as solicitor general, Kagan is the primary lawyer representing the U.S. government – and therefore, the interests of the American people – before the Court.

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Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens to Retire in June

April 9, 2010 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

Justice John Paul Stevens

Justice John Paul Stevens announced today that he will retire in June at the end of the U.S. Supreme Court's current term.

Stevens, who will turn 90 this month, is the currently the court's oldest and longest-serving member.  He was nominated by President Gerald Ford to succeed Justice William O. Douglas in 1975, after serving five years as a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

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Senate Goes to Work on Nominations

February 5, 2010 - Posted by The Leadership Conference

The Senate moved key nominations yesterday, the first of the new year.

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