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"In eight years the military commissions ... put three people on trial. ... Meanwhile, the federal courts, our Article III, regular legal court system, has put dozens of terrorists in jail. ... The suggestion that somehow a military commission is the way to go isn't borne out."

Colin Powell, former Secretary of State
 

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April 1, 2015

With less than a week to go, spending on TV ad contracts in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race has reached more than $612,000, JAS and the Brennan Center for Justice reported. Visit Gavel Grab for more.  

April 1, 2015

A bill expanding the grounds for impeaching Kansas Supreme Court justices “stands out for its blatant disregard for the Kansas Constitution and the system of checks and balances in our democracy," JAS said. See Gavel Grab for more.  

April 1, 2015

It’s “tawdry” for judges to have to ask for campaign money from lawyers or businesses that may appear before them in court, former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb said on the Fresh Air show. Gavel Grab has more. 

March 31, 2015

A proposed constitutional amendment to change the way the Wisconsin Chief Justice is selected will be the target of advertising for and against it, according to news reports. Find out more from Gavel Grab.

March 27, 2015

A recusal motion before the Wisconsin Supreme Court shows how “a rising tide of money in state judicial races is creating potential conflicts for judges who sit on cases involving donors,” the New York Times reported. Gavel Grab has details. 

March 23, 2015

Several groups declared their opposition to a referendum to change how the Wisconsin Chief Justice is selected, and JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg condemned the proposal as "pure political hardball." For more, visit Gavel Grab

March 23, 2015

The Judicial Crisis Network has evolved into a “dark money juggernaut” spending millions of dollars to influence state judicial and attorneys general races, the The Daily Beast reports. See Gavel Grab for more. 

March 23, 2015

Will tensions between the legislative and judicial branches over public education funding in Kansas lead to a constitutional clash? A New York Times article examines the question. Gavel Grab has more.  

March 23, 2015

The Idaho House voted 44-25 for a non-binding resolution urging Congress to impeach federal judges who don’t follow the Constitution’s original intent. Read Gavel Grab for details. 

March 19, 2015

Historic big spenders in Wisconsin Supreme Court elections have yet to open their checkbooks for TV ads in this year's contest, JAS said on Thursday, while reporting TV ad contracts totaling over $145,000 so far. Learn more from Gavel Grab

March 19, 2015

Justice at Stake urged the Maryland legislature to advance measures that would end contested elections of Circuit Court judges, and to ultimately consider their merit-based selection. For more, visit Gavel Grab

March 18, 2015

Idaho’s House State Affairs Committee voted for a non-binding resolution urging Congress to support the impeachment of federal judges who rule in favor of marriage for same-sex couples. Gavel Grab has more. 

March 17, 2015

An opinion column in the Kansas City Star says “Kansans are wisely opposed to abandoning merit selection,” and it cites a recent poll commissioned by Justice at Stake to make its case. Gavel Grab has details. 

March 17, 2015

An editorial in the Philadelphia Daily News called for Pennsylvania to move away from partisan judicial elections. Visit Gavel Grab for more. 

March 13, 2015

In California, a state that saw dramatic cuts to court funding during the recession, the impact on residents’ access to justice still is being felt — especially in the civil courts. Learn more from Gavel Grab

March 12, 2015

In a commentary for Governing, JAS Deputy Executive Director Liz Seaton and Board of Directors member Admiral Jamie Barnett note an alarming rise in legislative attacks on state courts, tied to the issue of marriage for same-sex couples. Gavel Grab has more. 

March 10, 2015

A “fiasco” playing out in the Wisconsin Supreme Court leaves no doubt as to the “toxic effects of outsize spending in judicial elections,” the New York Times declared in an editorial. Gavel Grab has details. 

March 5, 2015

 Justice at Stake released new polling data today that shows the majority of Kansans favor the current merit-based system for choosing state Supreme Court justices. See Gavel Grab for more.

March 5, 2015

A former Alabama Chief Justice, Sue Bell Cobb, provides a striking first-person account of judicial election campaigning in a Politico piece headlined “When big money met the courts.”  Gavel Grab has more.

March 4, 2015

The Alabama Supreme Court issued a controversial defense of the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage this week. See Gavel Grab for more.

February 23, 2015

State judicial elections have moved from getting scathing criticism on editorial pages to skewering on late-night TV. To view the video, visit Gavel Grab. 

February 20, 2015

A special prosecutor's request for recusal by one or more Wisconsin Supreme Court justices shows the "bitter harvest" of electing judges, JAS said in a letter to the editor of a Wisconsin newspaper. For more, see Gavel Grab.  

February 20, 2015

Dan Glickman, a former U.S. House representative from Kansas, extolled in an op-ed the democratic virtues of choosing Kansas Supreme Court justices by merit selection. Gavel Grab has more.  

February 18, 2015

An Idaho legislator, unhappy about federal judges striking down state bans on marriage for same-sex couples, has proposed a resolution to impeach certain judges. Find out more from Gavel Grab

February 17, 2015
The special prosecutor leading a state campaign finance investigation has asked one or more Wisconsin Supreme Court justices to step aside from hearing challenges to the probe. For more, visit Gavel Grab
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