Saturday, April 29, 2006

On why appeals court judges don't get to hang out with legislators

Marcia Oddi's Indiana Law Blog has this interesting post on the uproar in two states over contacts between state appeals court judges and legislators.

In Minnesota, "[f]or what may be the first time in its 40-year history, the state Board on Judicial Standards has opened investigative files on all seven Minnesota Supreme Court justices, the result of a complaint that alleges that one or more of them may have had improper conversations with a legislator regarding Minnesota's marriage laws."

In Kansas, a Senate panel pondered the question of "whether a Supreme Court justice's discussion with two senators about school funding has tainted other members of the court."

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