Friday, August 6, 2010

Judicial News

Kagan Sworn Into U.S. Supreme Court

Elana Kagan was sworn in on Saturday, August 8, 2010 as the fourth woman to ever serve on the United States Supreme Court. Justice Kagan takes the spot vacated by Justice John Paul Stevens, who retired. She is expected to have a similar liberal bent.

There are now three women on the Supreme Court. Here's an Associated Press article by Mark Sherman commenting on the possible impact of the new makeup of the Court: http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/aug/08/3-women-on-high-court-historic-but-impact-unclear/


Ciavarella Given February 2011 Trial Date

According to an August 6, 2010 article by Dave Janoski in Scranton's The Times-Tribune, the criminal jury trial on the bribery, extortion, and racketeering charges against former Luzerne County Judge Mark A. Ciavarella has been scheduled to begin with jury selection on February 7, 2010 before Judge Edwin M. Kosik in the U.S. Federal District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Here's a link to the article: http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/ciavarella-jury-selection-in-february-1.926306

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