There are increasing signs of TV ad wars in two states holding elections for state supreme court seats early this year, according to tracking data gathered by Justice at Stake. For details visit Gavel Grab.
The Kansas House rejected a proposal to dump merit selection of state Supreme Court justices. Justice at Stake applauded a "resounding victory for fair and impartial courts." Gavel Grab has more.
Justice at Stake submitted testimony on Thursday in support of a Maryland bill to end the election of Circuit Court judges, while urging several steps to strengthen the measure. See Gavel Grab for details.
Is an advertising air war ahead in the March 1 Arkansas Supreme Court election? JAS and the Brennan Center for Justice reported one candidate’s booking of TV ad contracts nearing $68,000. For more, visit Gavel Grab.
Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice turned a spotlight on the so-called social welfare group buying TV ads in the Wisconsin Supreme Court primary. See Gavel Grab for details.
A race for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is spilling over with so many personal and political attacks that it seems transparently politicized, The Houston Chronicle reports. Gavel Grab has more.
The full Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld Arizona’s rules limiting political activity by judges and judicial candidates. Justice at Stake applauded the ruling. Gavel Grab has details.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a Republican, says he sees “a growing interest” in looking at reforms for appointing, rather than electing, state Supreme Court justices. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
A well-designed merit selection system would be the best approach for choosing fair and impartial judges in Indiana’s largest county, Justice at Stake said in a letter to the state Senate Judiciary Committee. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
In the Wisconsin State Journal, JAS Senior Policy Counsel Scott Greytak takes on the hit Netflix series “Making a Murderer” and its scathing commentary on the criminal justice system. Details at Gavel Grab.
Gov. Mark Dayton's appointment of Judge Margaret Chutich to the Minnesota Supreme Court will give the court its first openly gay member. Gavel Grab has more.
After a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback voiced support again for a constitutional amendment to change the way Kansas high court justices are chosen. Read Gavel Grab for more.
In Arkansas, a committee of judges and attorneys has asked judicial candidates to disavow false advertising aired by third-party groups about other candidates. For details, visit Gavel Grab.
A Louisiana judge’s lawsuit against four fellow jurists “represents a new battlefront in an ongoing war over judicial elections, political free speech and campaign money,” Law360 reports. Its article quotes Justice at Stake. Gavel Grab has more.
A Lincoln Journal-Star editorial condemned a proposal for judicial elections and said, “Nebraska currently has an excellent [merit] system for creating and preserving an independent judiciary.” Visit Gavel Grab for details.
The Senate voted 58-36 to confirm Wilhelmina Wright, a Minnesota Supreme Court justice, to the federal district court. She will make history as Minnesota's first black woman federal judge. Learn details from Gavel Grab.
An Omaha World-Herald editorial calls the Nebraska Supreme Court “widely respected for its capable performance and … organized in a sensible, efficient manner.” Gavel Grab has more.
A new bill would would shrink the Washington Supreme Court from nine members to five and would have justices elected from five geographic districts to be drawn in the state. For more, check out Gavel Grab.
Governor Sam Brownback of Kansas has made an inaccurate statement about the way qualified judges are chosen for the Kansas Supreme Court, JAS said on Wednesday. For more, visit Gavel Grab.
When Wisconsin elects a new state Supreme Court justice this year, expect to see continuation of a trend for big “dark money” spending on issue advertising, said a Racine Journal Times article, quoting JAS. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
When the Indiana legislature considers adopting a new method of judicial selection for Marion County, the state’s largest county, merit selection will be one of the proposals. See Gavel Grab for background.
Following a contentious Supreme Court election in 2014, Montana is already seeing fundraising for its primary and general Supreme Court elections this year. Gavel Grab has details.
Justice at Stake’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that after a nationwide search, Susan M. Liss was selected to assume the role of Executive Director of Justice at Stake. Details available from Gavel Grab.
Justice at Stake noted with sadness that Landon Rowland, a former member of the JAS Board of Directors, died December 28 in Kansas City following a long illness. Gavel Grab has details.
The Associated Press reported comprehensively on the growth of campaign cash flowing into judicial elections, and it quoted Justice at Stake. The article was published in news outlets across the country. For more, visit Gavel Grab.