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The Increasing Diversity Of Federal Judges Under President Obama

Jon Allison

Jon Allison’s Monday Blog

Last week the first topic discussed in the third presidential debate was the Supreme Court. Moderator Chris Wallace pointed out that the next President will potentially make several appointments to the Supreme Court. In fact, Presidents are responsible for nominating the lower level federal judges as well. There are 13 courts of appeals and 94 district courts. During his time in office, President Obama has made diversity on the federal bench a priority. His belief is that a diverse judiciary helps ensure fair and just administration of the law and engenders public confidence in the court system. Consequently, his nominees have been diverse. This is the first time in history the Supreme Court has had three women on the bench. In fact, only 4 of the 112 Justices ever to serve on the Supreme Court have been women and Obama appointed two of them. Obama has appointed several hundred judges. In all, 42% of the judges appointed by Obama are women. By way of contrast, 22% of judicial appointees under President George W. Bush are women. 19% of the judges appointed by Obama are African American. Under Bush it was 7%. 11% of Obama’s appointments are Hispanic. Under Bush it was 9%. 7% of Obama’s appointments are Asian-American. Under Bush it was 1%. President Obama has appointed 11 openly gay judges. Only 1 had ever been appointed before (by President Clinton).
How Obama Transformed the Federal Judiciary
The number of white dudes becoming federal judges has plummeted
This is the First Time Our Judicial Pool Has Been This Diverse

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The First Muslim Federal Judge?

Jon Allison

Jon Allison’s Monday Blog

We have never had a Muslim federal judge in this country. That could change. Last week President Obama nominated Abid Qureshi, a lawyer with the firm Latham & Watkins, LLP, to serve on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Qureshi was born in Pakistan. He graduated from Cornell University in 1993 and from Harvard Law School in 1997. He has spent his entire career with Latham & Watkins and it has been a distinguished career to date. His colleagues describe him as a brilliant lawyer and an exceptional nominee. Kathryn Ruemmler, former White House counsel and current colleague of Qureshi, said “having judges who are reflective of the nation as a whole just brings public confidence into our court system.” Farhana Khera, executive director for Muslim Advocates, a legal advocacy group, said “a judiciary that reflects the rich diversity of our nation helps ensure the fair and just administration of the law, and it is vital for American Muslims to be included.” Muslims have served as judges in state court, but never in federal court. President Obama has made judicial diversity a priority in his administration and has appointed 138 women and 120 minorities to federal judgeships. The Senate now has to decide whether to confirm the nomination.

For more on the nomination follow these links:
President Obama Nominates Abid Riaz Qureshi to Serve on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Abid Qureshi, Nominated By Obama, Would Be First Muslim Federal …
Obama Nominates First Muslim to Be a Federal Judge
President Obama picks the first Muslim nominee to be a federal judge …

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Update on Duke Class Action Payments

Randy Freking

For those of you who made claims in Williams v. Duke, the claims process is underway. The review of these claims is a detailed process, with over 200,000 claims received.  For more information on the estimated time frame checks will be mailed visit dukeclassaction.com.

 

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Deadline TODAY to file for Duke settlement

Randy Freking

If you paid an electric bill to Duke between 2005 and 2008, the deadline to file a claim is today. Residential customers could receive payments of $40 to $400 and commercial customers could receive up to $6,000 each. “It takes less than five minutes to make a claim on the website, and customers do not need to find the notice that was mailed to them,” said Randy Freking. Follow this link to file. To find out more read this article in The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Tune into WLW at 4:45 today to listen to Randy Freking talk about this case and what it means for Duke Energy electric ratepayers.

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Tracie Hunter Case Now Novel – Revised

Randy Freking

When two jurors on Wednesday filed sworn affidavits retracting their verdicts on one count against the former juvenile court judge, the filing presents a novel question: should a judge wait to poll the jurors after the complete verdict is announced in open court, or can a judge poll them earlier?

Normally, a losing party requests that a jury be polled (is this your true verdict?) when a verdict is returned, and a judge is required to grant the request.

In Hunter’s case, the jury returned one verdict – guilty – on one count and Judge Nadel polled them after “sealing the verdict” and not reading the guilty verdict. They all said the one verdict was their verdict.

Four days later, after two more days of deliberations, the jury announced they were deadlocked on the other eight counts.

Judge Nadel then read the verdict from four days earlier-guilty- but refused the former judge’s request to have the jurors polled after Judge Nadel read that verdict in open court. Two jurors now say they changed their minds again before the full verdict was read in open court

There is no precedent in Ohio for this situation and, thus, the Hunter case-worthy of a nonfiction novel- now will be worthy of a precedent setting court decision.  A political hot potato, for sure.

Respected retired Court of Appeals Judge Mark Painter remarked simply: “I am glad I am not still on the appellate court.”

For more information on the verdicts, read Kimball Perry’s article in The Cincinnati Enquirer.

The previous version of the blog misspelled precedent as decendent.  Sorry for the error.

 

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