Judicial candidates are fundamentally different than political candidates. Allowing them to personally ask lawyers and litigants who may later appear before them in court for money may raise questions about the impartiality of their rulings.
Florida’s rule prohibiting judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign contributions protect judges against the appearance of judicial bias and bolsters the public’s confidence in the fairness of our courts, the Brennan Center for Justice argued in an brief filed today.
The Fourth Amendment protects digital data the moment it is copied and seized by law enforcement, not just when it is searched, the Brennan Center argued in an amicus brief filed in the "Microsoft Ireland" case this week.
The Senate's report on CIA torture revealed that abuse was far more brutal that previously known, that officials lied about the program, and that the torture itself was ineffective in producing intelligence.
The Justice Department's revised guidelines on profiling by federal law enforcement include modest improvements, such as prohibiting the use of religion and national origin, but ultimately fall short of their purpose.