Courts + Policing

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson

U.S. Senate heads toward final vote this week on Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmation

BY: - April 5, 2022

The U.S. Senate approved a procedural measure Tuesday to advance Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court, setting up a final vote on confirmation as early as Thursday. The roll call Tuesday was identical to the tally on another procedural vote Monday. Republicans Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt […]

Ketanji Brown Jackson

Jackson wins 3 GOP votes as U.S. Senate advances her Supreme Court nomination

BY: - April 4, 2022

The U.S. Senate advanced Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s historic Supreme Court nomination in a 53-47 procedural vote Monday evening, hours after the Judiciary Committee deadlocked along party lines. Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah voted with all 50 Senate Democrats on the procedural vote Monday. The […]

Gov. Brad Little

Idaho governor vetoes judicial council bill

BY: - March 30, 2022

Gov. Brad Little issued a veto letter for House Bill 782 on Wednesday afternoon, a bill that would make sweeping changes to the Idaho Judicial Council and give the governor more authority over the judicial appointment process. “I agree with the legislative sponsors of this bill that there is a need to modernize the Judicial […]

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Upcoming U.S. Supreme Court cases could curb colleges’ use of affirmative action

BY: - March 30, 2022

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Supreme Court dominated by conservative justices could fundamentally reshape the college admissions process later this year when it takes up two landmark cases challenging affirmative action in higher education. The court recently agreed to hear two cases that challenge race-conscious admissions programs at Harvard University and the University of North Carolina, […]

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins

Ketanji Brown Jackson wins bipartisan support for U.S. Supreme Court with Collins backing

BY: - March 30, 2022

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins will vote to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to a seat on the Supreme Court, she said Wednesday, becoming the first Republican to pledge her support for President Joe Biden’s pick to replace retiring Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. Collins, of Maine, said in a statement Jackson had “sterling” academic and professional credentials. […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas pressed to recuse himself from Jan. 6 cases

BY: - March 29, 2022

Two dozen congressional Democrats are calling for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from cases involving the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, following revelations his wife communicated with the Trump White House about overturning the election. In addition, it appears likely that the U.S. House committee probing the attack will […]

Ketanji Brown Jackson

U.S. Senate panel bickers over Supreme Court nomination but sets vote next week

BY: - March 28, 2022

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee reopened partisan disagreements Monday as members scheduled a vote for April 4 on Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Chairman Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said Republicans’ criticisms of Jackson’s record and responses were either untrue or disingenuous. Meanwhile, ranking Republican Chuck Grassley of Iowa again raised process concerns. Jackson […]

U.S. President Joe Biden

Biden lays out a ‘fund the police’ budget plan

BY: - March 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is requesting billions in its fiscal 2023 budget from Congress to fund police departments, despite progressive Democrats’ calls for some of that spending to be reallocated to social services.  President Joe Biden’s budget request to Congress unveiled Monday asks for $30 billion for state and local governments to add more […]

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Idaho governor signs bill to shield lethal injection drug companies

BY: - March 25, 2022

Gov. Brad Little signed a bill late Wednesday afternoon granting confidentiality to suppliers and manufacturers of lethal injection drugs in Idaho. Opposition groups say it will likely be challenged in court. House Bill 658 extends legal protection to any person or business responsible for compounding, synthesizing, testing, selling, transporting, manufacturing, storing or prescribing the chemicals […]

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Who can judge the judges? Idaho governor to consider a bill remaking the judicial council

BY: - March 25, 2022

The Idaho Senate on Thursday approved a bill that, if signed into law by Idaho Gov. Brad Little, will require major changes to the composition of Idaho’s judicial council and give the governor more authority over the judicial appointment process. The House quickly passed House Bill 782 after it was introduced last Wednesday, sending it […]

Bill to change the Idaho Judicial Council advances to Senate floor

BY: - March 23, 2022

Despite opposition from judges and attorneys from various corners of Idaho, and some hesitation from committee members, the Senate Judiciary and Rules Committee advanced a bill Wednesday that makes major changes to the Idaho Judicial Council. The council handles complaints against judicial members and guides the selection process for appointments when there is a judicial […]

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Idaho Health and Welfare Director: The child welfare process explained

BY: - March 21, 2022

Given an increased interest in the child welfare system, I would like to share a bit of the process and the role of the Department of Health and Welfare. First, I need to be clear that specific child welfare cases are confidential, and we cannot release any details about specific cases. We often would like […]