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Conflicts on the Bench

In this series of reports, Will Evans of the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) found that two federal judges – who had been nominated by President Bush to some of the highest courts in the nation – were repeatedly violating the law on judicial conflicts of interest. As a result of the stories, published first […]

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Bench Warfare

With an eye on congressional elections this November, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist signaled last month that he was itching for a fight, pledging floor votes in the Senate for some of President Bush’s most controversial judicial nominees. Republicans would strategically welcome renewed partisan warfare over judges, it appeared, because it could help rally right-wing […]

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Key Bush Judge Under Ethics Cloud

Key Democrats denounced Terrence Boyle on Capitol Hill Monday and Tuesday, after a Salon report revealed that the controversial judge, nominated to one of the nation’s highest courts by President Bush, violated federal law on conflicts of interest. As the debate over Boyle heated up, the White House acknowledged that Boyle should have recused himself […]

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Bush Withdraws Nominee

President Bush’s nomination of Judge James H. Payne to one of the highest courts in the nation has been withdrawn, following questions raised in late January about Payne’s ethics. Currently chief judge of the U.S. District Court in Muskogee, Okla., Payne was nominated by Bush to the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last […]

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Bush Judge’s Rating Lowered

In a rare move, the American Bar Association revoked its top rating of a Bush judicial nominee last week, after CIR revealed in a Salon.com story his repeated conflicts of interest while on the bench. The ABA originally gave Judge James H. Payne its highest mark – a unanimous “well qualified” – after he was […]

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Bush Judge Under Ethics Cloud

A federal judge nominated by President Bush to one of the nation’s highest courts disqualified himself from two cases against a corporation in which he has held personal investments, after a report revealed that his career on the bench has been riddled with conflicts of interest. On Jan. 23, following the Salon story “Bush Nominee […]

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Harriet Miers Is All Business

Bush’s Supreme Court nominee does have a paper trail — leading to major corporations. The outcry has run the gamut: From an angry religious right to wary liberals and Senate Democrats, President Bush managed to please almost no one with his nomination of Harriet Miers for the nation’s top bench. But as pro-lifers and pro-choicers […]