Happy Thanksgiving court watchers,
Here are some interesting court stories for your holiday weekend reading:
First, my friend Andrew Cohen had this amusing and insightful column about his day on jury duty.
Next from my SPJ colleague Ron Sylvester’s excellent court blog , here’s a post on efforts to use DNA evidence to test prior criminal convictions in several states.
The guilty verdict in the money laundering of former Texas GOP congressman Tom Delay generated several leads with the pun “Hammer avoids Slammer.” But the best reported and written story I’ve seen was this one from The New York Times.
Here’s an interesting law blog post on a talk that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia gave during an interview at a banquet. Scalia talks about why he did not want the job of Chief Justice.
Closer to home, my Denver Post colleague Felisa Cardona had this story on Denver District Court Chief Judge Larry Naves stepping down from the bench.
And then, under weird court news, here’s a story from Florida about a chief judge admitting he was asked to step down.
And finally, this curious story about the controversy surrounding the dismissal of a court spokesman in Los Angeles. The case generated this note of concern from SPJ’s Los Angeles chapter.
I hope your Thanksgiving is a happy and peaceful one.
John C. Ensslin
Legal Affairs reporter