Three candidates in a five-way race for the West Virginia Supreme Court have purchased TV ad contracts worth a combined total of at least $274,140, JAS and the Brennan Center for Justice said. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
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The North Carolina Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday in a challenge to a new law changing the way state Supreme Court justices are selected. See Gavel Grab for details.
The parallels between efforts to politicize the nation’s highest court and similar efforts to influence state courts are getting more attention from analysts. Gavel Grab has more.
JAS Board Chair Mark Harrison, a Phoenix attorney, took a strong stance against legislation to expand the Arizona Supreme Court and cautioned against a political “quid pro quo." See Gavel Grab for more.
Total documented spending in the Wisconsin Supreme Court election has climbed to $4,369,787, with outside groups dominating TV ad spending, JAS and the Brennan Center for Justice said. Gavel Grab has details.
After a contentious and expensive contest, appointed incumbent Justice Rebecca Bradley defeated Court of Appeals Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg in the Wisconsin Supreme Court election. Gavel Grab has details.
Another national media outlet, the AP, has cast a spotlight on partisan efforts in state elections and in state capitals to capture control of fair and impartial courts. For more, visit Gavel Grab.
Across the nation, court decisions are coming under partisan attack whether in judicial elections or attempts by politicians to reshape courts to their liking, The New York Times reported from Kansas, citing JAS. Gavel Grab has more.
Reporting in Wisconsin, the AP tracked TV ad spending nearing $2.7 million in the state Supreme Court race and quoted Justice at Stake about the dangers of costly, politicized judicial elections. See Gavel Grab for more.
Mark Harrison, JAS Board Chair and an Arizona attorney, voiced opposition to a bill advancing in the legislature to expand the Arizona Supreme Court from five to seven justices. Gavel Grab has details.
A new request invites the U.S. Supreme Court to accept an appeal and revisit the issue of judicial campaign money and a perception of bias from the bench, Reuters reports. See Gavel Grab for details.
As an Arkansas Senate committee prepares to hear debate on Wednesday about judicial selection reform, floated ideas include a switch to merit selection and tougher disclosure laws. Gavel Grab has more.
Former Judge Michael Maggio was sentenced to 10 years in prison on a conviction of bribery arising from a campaign donations case, and JAS said the case shows the need to reform judicial selection in Arkansas. See Gavel Grab for more.
Another outside group has joined the TV ad wars in the Wisconsin Supreme Court contest between Justice Rebecca Bradley and Court of Appeals Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg, JAS and the Brennan Center for Justice said. Gavel Grab has details.
The Kansas Senate tentatively advanced a bill allowing for the impeachment of state Supreme Court justices if they attempt to usurp the legislature's authority. JAS called the bill "an affront to democracy." Gavel Grab has more.
A new research paper says judges appointed in a merit commission process produce "higher-quality legal decisions" than elected judges. Gavel Grab has more.
Upon President Obama’s announcement of his nomination of D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Merrick Garland for the Supreme Court, JAS called for keeping partisan politics out of the process for filling the vacancy. Gavel Grab has details.
In advance of the Wisconsin Supreme Court election, TV advertising has ramped up quickly, with contract buys for the general election reaching at least $573,145 so far, JAS and the Brennan Center for Justice said. Visit Gavel Grab for more.
Embattled Justice Michael Eakin has become the second member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to resign amid a recent pornographic email scandal. Gavel Grab has details.
New advertising airing in Washington that is critical of a potential Supreme Court nominee copies a pattern long seen in state Supreme Court elections, Justice at Stake said on Monday. For more, visit Gavel Grab.
When it comes to the impact of money in politics at various levels, the “biggest impact on election outcomes … is probably on judicial elections,” scholar Norman Ornstein writes. Gavel Grab has more.
Based on public FCC records, Justice at Stake reported the first purchases of TV advertising time in a five-way race for a single West Virginia Supreme Court seat, scheduled for May 10. Gavel Grab has details.
The Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee passed on Thursday a bill expanding grounds for impeachment of Kansas Supreme Court justices. JAS has called the proposal “clearly unconstitutional.” For more, see Gavel Grab.
Two bills to move to the popular election of judges in Hawaii have died in legislative committee, while a bill requiring senators to consent to a judge seeking reappointment is getting Senate debate. Gavel Grab has more.
More editorials are saying that Pennsylvania should change the way it selects its judges and calling for judicial elections to be scrapped in favor of an appointment based system. Read more from Gavel Grab.