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Two judges who failed to win Democratic backing for New York’s Supreme Court are among those who have filed suit to change the court’s nomination process. Civil Court Judge Margarita Lopez Torres and former Family Court Judge Philip C. Segal were among plaintiffs seeking to force the state Legislature to restore to voters the power to elect Supreme Court justices. Of the 33 states that elect judges to their courts of general jurisdiction, only New York uses conventions … Gay marriage has expanded its legal foothold in Canada. The Quebec Court of Appeal ruled Friday to recognize a gay couple’s union in a decision much like recent ones from Ontario and British Columbia. Canada’s Supreme Court has yet to weigh in on the question … There’s a bad judge boom in the bayou. Or so it would seem by the number of judicial misconduct complaints against Louisiana judges and justices of the peace. Such claims have skyrocketed from 57 in 1990 to 549 in 2003. But it may not be the judges who have changed. Steven Scheckman, the attorney charged with prosecuting jurists, explains the surge as the result of more citizens holding public officials accountable … ChevronTexaco is not pleased with the way 12 Louisianans exercised their civic duty. A Thibodaux jury found that the oil company willfully defrauded the state of $13.5 million in oil payments. ChevronTexaco’s state tab climbed to $82 million, thanks to interest and hefty damages. And that’s not counting $20 million in attorney fees. ChevronTexaco attorney Bill Jarman lost out on this round, but plans to appeal … Can a judge undo a presidential pardon? The answer seemed clear until Argentine Judge Rodolfo Canicoba Corral voided a presidential decree clearing multiple military officers for alleged human rights abuses. While the judge dubbed the pardons unconstitutional, that’s just what others are saying about his attempt to trump the pardons. – Lori Patel

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