Justiceline: April 4, 2013

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  • The federal judge who forwarded a racist email last year that suggested President Obama’s mother had sex with a dog has announced he will retire, just a few weeks after after the appellate court’s Judicial Council ordered an investigation into the email. In October, Cebull stepped down as chief judge and change his status to “senior judge,” which carries a reduced caseload.
  • The nominee to fill a federal appeals court vacancy in the powerful D.C. Circuit received the backing of six former solicitors general, including several conservatives. In a letter to the ranking members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, they called him a “first-rate intellect” with an “unimpeachable character.” The letter comes in advance of Sri Srinivasan’s long-awaited hearing before the Judiciary Committee next week.
  • A conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice who was heavily backed by corporate contributions easily won reelection against a law professor this week. The problem with judicial elections is that this flood of corporate money may influence Pat Roggensack as she rules on several controversial issues in the coming year.
  • Several West Coast cities trying to reverse the criminalization of student discipline are experimenting with restorative justice, a conflict resolution approach that rejects the adversarial process.