Judicial Edge2019-01-18T11:09:08-07:00

Reflections from the Bench: I am trying to be a lighthouse

By Hon. Don Ash

This September I will have served on the bench for 25 years. I have presided over divorce trials, medical malpractice lawsuits, sat on appellate panels, and been involved in numerous murder trials, including two death penalty cases. I was honored to be elected president of the Tennessee Judicial Conference in 2001, and I have served as a faculty member of The National Judicial College for almost 20

July 8th, 2019|

Here’s how often trial judges disagree with a jury’s verdict

By Anna-Leigh Firth

Our monthly one-question survey emailed to NJC alumni in June asked trial judges, “About how often do you disagree with the jury’s verdict?”

The choices were:

  • Less than 25 percent of the time
  • 26 to 50 percent of the time
  • 51 to 75 percent of the time
  • More than 75 percent of the time

Top choice

Eighty-two percent of the 446 judges who responded said they disagree less than 25 percent

June 18th, 2019|

Reflections from the Bench: Roger B. Taney: One Decision Makes a Legacy, Part II

A new book, The Chief Justices, by former Chicago Bar Association President Dan Cotter profiles the 17 men who have held the title Chief Justice of the United States. In this second of two excerpts (Part I can be read here), we learn about Taney’s tenure as chief and his legacy.

The Taney Court

When Taney began his tenure as chief justice of the Supreme Court of

May 29th, 2019|

Reflections from the Bench: Roger B. Taney: One Decision Makes a Legacy, Part I

Chief Justice John Marshall, the nation’s fourth, served thirty-four and a half years in that role. Roger B. Taney, who succeeded Marshall, served for twenty-eight and a half years. The two are the first and second longest serving chief justices. Taney’s tenure would be marked by continued national struggles over the institution of slavery, and his Court’s decision in Dred Scott has not only been assailed as wrongly decided but

May 28th, 2019|
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