A judicial nominating committee has narrowed a field of 16 lawyers to five finalists for an open judge seat in North Dakota’s Northeast Central Judicial District, which covers Grand Forks and Nelson counties.
Judges don’t seem to lend themselves to being ranked on a one-to-five scale like a hotel review. But the State Bar Association of North Dakota, before judicial appointments like the upcoming addition of a ninth judge in Fargo, gives lawyers in the state a chance to rank the potential new judges in an anonymous survey.
Minnesota judges for years told the public that justice delayed is justice denied, and budget cuts delay justice. Budget struggles eased two years ago and now court officials seek a budget bump to raise judges and staff members’ pay.
Judge Bruce Haskell said Tuesday that, as Bismarck-Mandan grows, he's seeing more people using guns to resolve disputes and that "this simply can't be tolerated." He said he wants to make a statement with his sentencing.
Widdel, Boucher to seek municipal seat Two candidates plan to run for a Grand Forks municipal judge seat.
Judge John E. Widdel Jr. is collecting signatures to be a candidate for the office. He was appointed by the City Council in October 2011 to replace Judge Henry J. Eslinger, who retired.
Seventy-two-year-old Judge Thomas Davies was diagnosed with pancreatitis last year. He says he's having major surgery this month and will not seek re-election in June. Davies became the Fargo Municipal Court judge in April 1972.
Dickinson attorney Kevin McCabe has filed petitions to run for an open judgeship in Dickinson, if the job stays there. North Dakota's Supreme Court is reviewing whether to transfer the position to another judicial district. The court is expected to keep the judgeship in Dickinson because of the region's rising court workload.
Minnesota Chief Justice Robert Sheran, who died Wednesday, was a brilliant jurist, so respected that he was appointed twice to the state Supreme Court by two governors -- one from a rival political party.
As the nation's oldest sitting federal judge in history, U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown allowed himself few concessions to his advancing age as he insisted on presiding over significant and often complex cases right up until his death at 104.
A disciplinary panel says District Judge Feland should be suspended from practicing law for two months for actions she took as a presecutor. The panel says Feland hould pay more than $11,000 in disciplinary costs.
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