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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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Bush Nominee Appears to Violate Conflict of Interest Rules

A judge nominated by President Bush to one of the highest courts in the nation apparently violated federal law repeatedly while serving on the federal bench. Judge James H. Payne, 64, who was nominated by Bush in late September to join the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Denver, issued more than 100

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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

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The Moneyed Scales of Justice?

"I have no platform," said Chief Justice-designate John Roberts to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee when hearings convened Monday on Capitol Hill. "I come before the committee with no agenda." But what Roberts does bring before the committee is a long list of ties to corporate America from his years of working as a

Sep 13, 2005
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John G. Roberts, Jr.

On Tuesday, July 19, 2005, President Bush nominated John G. Roberts, Jr., to the Supreme Court. As part of its ongoing investigation into Bush’s federal court nominees, CIR has made Roberts’ 2003 financial disclosure statement and Senate confirmation questionnaire freely and easily accessible to the public on the Courting Influence web site. During Bush’s first

Jul 21, 2005
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Here Come the Judges, Again

The Senate, and increasingly the nation, are poised for a showdown in the coming days over President Bush's blocked judicial nominees. CIR reporters Noyes and Isaacson reveal how seven key nominees to the federal appeals courts are the most visible examples of a trend toward judicial nominees with anti-government perspectives and close ties to corporate interests.

May 20, 2005
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Decline of the Empire

After years of access to the highest levels of state government, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association (CCPOA) has taken a blow to its power and prestige under Gov. Schwarzenegger. But, as it has done to many state senators, members of the State Assembly, and county district attorneys lacking sympathy for its agenda, the state's

Mar 17, 2005
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Big Biz Battles for Bush’s Bench

Last year the Senate rejected former mining and cattle lobbyist William Myers for the Court of Appeals. Now Bush is trying again — and this time Myers' business pals are waging a multimillion-dollar campaign for him. Last year, when the Senate considered William G. Myers III for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th

Mar 1, 2005
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Courting Influence

President George W. Bush's nominees to some of the most influential positions on the federal bench during his first term are notable for their close ties to corporate interests, especially the energy and mining industries, according to a new investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting. Many of the nominees have been appointed to judgeships

Oct 13, 2004
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Courting Big Business

Is the Bush White House using the courts as another way to pay back special interests? When President Bush nominated William G. Myers III for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco in May 2003, judicial experience apparently wasn't a factor in the choice. Myers has spent little time in the courtroom

Apr 1, 2004
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