“An ax is hanging” over funding of the Kansas courts because “elected officials … chose to make political pawns of state courts,” JAS said on Thursday after a ruling by a Shawnee Court judge. For more, visit Gavel Grab.
After a judge struck down an administrative overhaul provision for Kansas courts, questions were raised as to whether funding for the entire court system was in jeopardy. See Gavel Grab for more.
In a Shawnee County courtroom, attorneys for a Kansas district judge and for the state squared off over what the judge's lawyer called "tyrannical" actions by the legislature and governor. Gavel Grab has more.
The new municipal judge in Ferguson, Mo. has announced sweeping changes in court procedures, intended to restore public confidence in the system. Visit Gavel Grab for more.
Amid an ongoing fight over a Virginia Supreme Court judgeship, a Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial calls for the legislature to adopt a merit-based selection system. Gavel Grab has more.
Merit-based systems for choosing state judges have come under assault this year, according to Gavel to Gavel, yet “Major changes failed to pass." Learn more from Gavel Grab.
It was the Constitution, not a "cabal of unelected judges," that resulted in the Connecticut Supreme Court's striking down the state's death penalty, a defense attorney writes. Gavel Grab has more.
Russell Wheeler of Brookings reports that that judicial vacancies likely will climb in the final two years of President Obama’s administration and nominations will decline. For more, check out Gavel Grab.
JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg will step down this month after having helping to build “one of the most visible groups opposing the politicization of judicial seats,” the Legal Times reported. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
Some politicians threatened impeachment after the Washington Supreme Court fined the state $100,000 a day until legislators come up with a concrete plan to adequately fund K-12 education. Read Gavel Grab for more.
Rep. Steve King of Iowa, blasting a “rogue” U.S. Supreme Court, plans to propose a constitutional amendment for term limits and for elections of its justices. Read Gavel Grab for details.
When politics trumps qualifications in selecting our judges, it’s a threat to democracy, JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg wrote in a Washington Post letter to the editor. Visit Gavel Grab for more.
On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the federal Voting Rights Act, Justice at Stake pointed out the importance of fair and impartial courts in defining and protecting our voting rights. Gavel Grab has details.
Reports that Virginia GOP legislators plan to remove a newly appointed state Supreme Court justice and elect their own pick ignited a firestorm of editorials denouncing politics in judicial selection. See Gavel Grab for more.
Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser issued a lengthy opinion explaining why he believed he could participate in a recent, controversial campaign finance ruling by the court. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
Sen. Charles Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, criticized important U.S. Supreme Court decisions from this past term. Gavel Grab has details.
Fox News commentator Juan Williams takes aim at political gamesmanship aimed at courts, and he has blame to dish out on all sides. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
It is time to “Abandon Judicial Elections,” urges a respected federal appellate judge, Alex Kozinski of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Gavel Grab has details.
A Wichita Eagle editorial warns, “The war over the independence and authority of the Kansas judiciary is escalating. The courts’ ability to function risks serious injury, as does the separation of powers.” For more, visit Gavel Grab.
Former Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb of Alabama, addressing the 2015 Fair Courts State Summit, called on all 50 states to use merit selection in order to preserve fair and impartial courts. Gavel Grab has details.
Public confidence in our courts is eroded when judicial candidates raise campaign cash from litigants and lawyers, former Texas Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson told Justice at Stake’s 2015 Fair Courts State Summit. For more, visit Gavel Grab.
A threat by legislators to impeach Oklahoma Supreme Court justices over a ruling is an “an extreme and unjustifiable response to a controversial decision,” a Tulsa World editorial warned. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
A Texas legislator who opposes marriage rights for same-sex couples is calling on Congress to begin impeachment of five Supreme Court justices and to consider court-stripping legislation. For more, visit Gavel Grab.
Over the July 4th holiday weekend, opinions in two Kansas newspapers sounded calls to protect fair and impartial courts from efforts to inject politics into the selection of judges. Gavel Grab has details.
Amid controversy over a Ten Commandments marker ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, news media cited Justice at Stake about the dangers of judicial impeachment. Read Gavel Grab for more.