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"In too many states, judicial elections are becoming political prizefights where partisans and special interests seek to install judges who will answer to them instead of the law and the Constitution."
--Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
 

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April 20, 2014

After Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed legislation to both fund and overhaul administration of the state judicial system, the state Supreme Court said it was "troubled" by his action. Visit Gavel Grab for more. 

April 17, 2014

"Nullification has been rejected throughout American history as an attack on democracy and the rule of law," JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg said about a Missouri bill to nullify U.S. gun laws. Gavel Grab has more.

April 17, 2014

A proposal to revamp membership of the Alaska Judicial Council, by doubling the number of its members who are named by the governor, was withdrawn by its sponsor in the state Senate.  Learn more from Gavel Grab.

April 14, 2014

Leading Democratic legislators warn that a proposal advancing in the Oklahoma House would politicize the selection of judges and constitute a power grab by Republicans. Learn more from Gavel Grab

April 14, 2014

U.S. Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy defended the "blue-slip" process by which a senator can block a confirmation hearing on a judicial nominee for his or her state. Read more at Gavel Grab

April 14, 2014

Ohio state legislator John Becker is renewing demands that federal judge Timothy Black be impeached. The judge is poised to strike down Ohio's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages from out of state. Learn more from Gavel Grab

April 2, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission marked "another big win for special interests and big spenders," Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg said. Gavel Grab has more.

March 27, 2014

A Center for American Progress report says politicians are bashing state courts that require they give equal funding for education. Check out Gavel Grab for more.

March 27, 2014

Justice at Stake and Common Cause Oregon released a new poll show that 80 percent of voters believe campaign contributions influence a judge’s decision in cases involving donors. Gavel Grab has more.

March 27, 2014

In two separate courtrooms in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, federal appellate judges heard challenges to different parts of the federal Affordable Care Act. Learn more from Gavel Grab.

March 24, 2014

A panel of attorneys, moderated by Debra Erenberg of JAS, questioned whether shifting to contested elections of appellate judges would put justice at risk in Tennessee.  Read more at Gavel Grab.

March 21, 2014

California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye says her state faces a civil rights crisis due to nearly a half billion dollars in court funding budget cuts since 2008. Learn more from Gavel Grab.

March 18, 2014

A specially designated panel of the Tennessee Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of retention (yes-or-no) elections for appeals court judges. For details visit Gavel Grab

March 18, 2014

Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court says inadequate court funding is denying justice to thousands of victims, children, families and businesses each year. Gavel Grab has more. 

March 18, 2014

A proposed constitutional amendment to change the way judges are selected in Minnesota, by relying on merit selection, advanced out of a state Senate subcommittee. Find out more from Gavel Grab.  

March 12, 2014

Justice at Stake applauded on Wednesday New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez’s signing legislation that creates five new judgeships. For more, check out Gavel Grab.

March 12, 2014

The National Association of Women Judges will present its “Partners in Justice Award” to Justice at Stake in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. Gavel Grab has more.

March 10, 2014

A proposed constitutional amendment in Florida, to let the governor make prospective appointments of judges, puts another court-packing scheme before the legislature. Find out more from Gavel Grab.

March 10, 2014

After a Kansas Supreme Court ruling on public education, political leaders' discussion of reining in the court's authority was significantly muted. Check out Gavel Grab for more.  

March 7, 2014

The Kansas Supreme Court found unconstitutional the state’s current public education funding levels. It returned the case to a lower court for further review. A constitutional shutdown apparently was avoided. Gavel Grab has more. 

March 7, 2014

The Senate’s blocking the nomination of Debo Adegbile, a respected civil rights lawyer, to a top Justice Department post has big implications for defenders of fair impartial courts, JAS said. Learn more from Gavel Grab.

March 7, 2014

The Senate confirmed Pedro A. Delgado Hernandez of Puerto Rico for a federal district court judgeship by a 98-0 vote, shortly after 41 Republicans had voted to filibuster his nomination. Gavel Grab has more.

March 7, 2014

In Sauk Centre, immortalized in the book "Main Street," a newspaper editor judges Minnesota elections to be a "sham" today and urges consideration of reform. See Gavel Grab for more. 

March 5, 2014

A handful of anti-court bills sponsored by then-House Speaker T.W. Shannon of Oklahoma died last week, not long after Shannon left the legislature and was replaced as speaker. For more, see Gavel Grab

February 28, 2014

JAS, Arizona Advocacy Network and other partners, joined by former Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor, launched the Judicial Diversity Project in Arizona this week. See Gavel Grab for more. 

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