Judge under investigation for caught-on-video rant over his parking spot

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An Arkansas judge is under investigation following a caught-on-video spat with a former state lawmaker — over the jurist’s parking spot outside the courthouse, according to reports.

Benton County Circuit Judge Brad Karren was recorded blowing up at former Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter outside the Bentonville Courthouse — with the judge, who was wearing a gun, angrily hurling his cane to the ground at one point.

That footage caught the attention of the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission, which said Monday it is probing the judge’s conduct, KFSM-TV reported.

Carter, who served in the state legislature from

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Your guide to all the judicial candidates in the 2021 PA primary

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Why you should care about voting for judges

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  • They have power: Judges set bail amounts and the length of sentencing. They can also recommend mental health and addiction support services as an alternative to jail.
  • They set the bar: Judges can make and use their rulings to amplify issues, like prison overcrowding and criminal justice reform.
  • They could decide your fate: With over 40 million lawsuits filed every year, there is a chance you or a loved one may come before a judge.

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A voter guide to Pennsylvania’s 2021 judicial elections

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The Pa. Superior Court: What is it? Who’s running?

Let’s face it: Campaigns for Pennsylvania Superior Court judge aren’t exactly glamorous. Voters often pay little attention to such races, and seeking one of the statewide appellate court’s 15 seats is about as exciting as running for county judge, only with steeper turnpike tolls.

Whoever wins a 10-year term to fill the lone vacancy on the Pa. Superior Court may not get a lot of press coverage, but they will play a huge part in how justice is carried out across the commonwealth.

“It’s the busiest appellate court in the country.

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Linda Kerns: Judges should be faithful to Constitution

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Pennsylvanians elect judges in odd years. More accurately, a small percentage of Pennsylvanians participate in these “off year” elections so that even though we have over 8 million registered voters, only about a million voters (12% ) weigh in on who should take the bench. That should worry those who live in our commonwealth, because even if you have the good fortune of never stepping into a courtroom, decisions of judges affect many aspects of your day-to-day life.

Judicial decisions, whether about business, government, commerce, family life or crime, shape Pennsylvania’s economy, control the actions of elected officials, affect family

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Judges hear arguments over contentious Census privacy tool

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The fight over whether the U.S. Census Bureau can use a controversial statistical technique to keep people’s information private in the numbers used for drawing political districts on Monday went before a judicial panel that must decide if the method provides enough data accuracy.

A panel of three federal judges heard arguments on whether the method known as “differential privacy” meets the federal legal requirement for keeping private the personal information of people who participated in the 2020 census while still allowing the numbers to be sufficiently accurate for the highly partisan process of redrawing congressional

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