In Re: The Honorable Leon Kendall

In July 2012, the American Civil Liberties Unions of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware filed an amicus brief to address the issue of whether the First Amendment allows for a judge to be held in criminal contempt for statements made in the judge’s written opinion. The ACLU believes that a judge’s right express to his or her opinion in a written form is critical to the development of law and that our judicial system depends on the freedom of judges to express their views – including when they disagree with other judges – in their written opinions.

Status: This case is currently pending before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.

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