The Power (or Not) of the Amicus Brief in the Sixth Circuit

By | 6th Circuit Appellate Blog | October 31, 2014
The Power (or Not) of the Amicus Brief in the Sixth Circuit

Headline-grabbing cases almost always draw amicus curiae briefs, as we covered here, but even cases with less at stake will inevitably reveal a number of interested parties seeking to influence the Sixth Circuit as it hands down decisions. But how much influence do amici really have in the Circuit? As a review of recent cases reveals, not much.

How Judicial Elections Can Become a Life and Death Game

By | LXBN | October 28, 2014
Credit: KARMELIAN FOTOS

With election season ramping up to its climax, a lot of attention has been paid to whether or not the Republicans will take the Senate and control all of Congress. But, with less of a spotlight trained on them, local-level decisions are being made across he country—and a new study has found that attack ads during judicial elections are changing more than the outcome of the vote.