The Pennsylvania high court in recent years has seen some of the country's most expensive judicial elections, charges of nepotism, and an abuse of power scandal which ended with criminal charges and house arrest for a former justice. New ethics rules aim to curb judges' bad behavior.
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Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts blasted the 2011 Budget Control Act's automatic "sequestration" federal spending cuts and warned that the cuts to the federal court system's budget “pose a genuine threat to public safety.”