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"The influence of big money in judicial elections has exploded in this decade, and ... it has totally eroded public confidence."
Ed Rendell, governor of Pennsylvania
 

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August 22, 2014

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has issued a stern warning about the impact of campaign spending on impartial courts. Learn more from Gavel Grab.

August 21, 2014

In the Christian Post, a guest contributor registers concern over the influence of money in politics and says it is threatening our courts. Read more at Gavel Grab

August 21, 2014

A strong majority of Tennesseans who voted on Aug. 7 oppose partisan politics having a role in the courts or in retention (up-or-down) elections for judges, according to a poll commissioned by JAS. Find out more from Gavel Grab.

August 20, 2014

There are rumblings in Tennessee of a possible bid to impeach three state Supreme Court justices who were retained by voters in a closely watched election this month. Gavel Grab has more. 

August 20, 2014

Voters will confront in November a ballot with the names of 19 candidates to fill a seat on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and an editorial judges the situation "laughable." Learn more from Gavel Grab.

August 13, 2014

President Obama said that keeping the Senate in Democratic hands is important because of the possibility of a Supreme Court vacancy. See more at Gavel Grab.

August 13, 2014

 An editorial in the Washington Post calling for an end to judicial elections is the latest piece to spotlight the recent politicized judicial retention election in Tennessee. Gavel Grab has more.

August 12, 2014

 President Barack Obama spoke to a group of donors to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and expressed his goal of holding a democratic majority in the Senate in order to fill potential vacancies in the Supreme Court, Time reported.  Gavel Grab has more.

August 12, 2014

 The Center for American Progress published an article detailing the rise of the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), a group that has spent millions of dollars to try to influence several state Supreme Court elections. More from Gavel Grab.

August 11, 2014

A federal judge has declared that a monument of the Ten Commandments in front of the Bloomfield, New Mexico City Hall violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. Gavel Grab has more.

 

August 8, 2014

 It is because of her outstanding work that Carolyn is awesome! Gave Grab has more.

August 7, 2014

Tennessee voters gave three incumbent Supreme Court justices new eight-year terms.  Both sides had spent more than $1.4 million combined on TV advertising in the hard-fought election. Gavel Grab has more. 

August 7, 2014

As national and state media followed the Supreme Court retention election in Tennessee, JAS and a partner group were quoted raising concerns about the risks of politicized and high-spending judicial races. Gavel Grab has more.  

August 6, 2014

Diversity on the bench was in the spotlight in two Midwestern states today after milestone achievements by two women. Gavel Grab has details. 

August 6, 2014

In a keynote speech to an attorneys' organization, JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg discussed "Judges in a Fish Bowl" and what can be done when an independent judiciary comes under repeated attack. See Gavel Grab for more.  

August 6, 2014

The New York Times profiled the “expensive and acrimonious" Tennessee Supreme Court retention election and quoted Justice at Stake about it. Gavel Grab has more. 

August 5, 2014

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said he believes that electing state judges is a mistake and that Arkansas should consider shifting to a method like Missouri's. Learn more from Gavel Grab.

August 5, 2014

In Bergen County, N.J., family and civil trials expected to run longer than two weeks will be suspended due to a shortage of judges, caused in part by political battles over naming and confirming them. Gavel Grab has more.

August 1, 2014

Combined spending by both sides in advance of Tennessee’s heated Aug. 7 Supreme Court retention election has surpassed the $1 million mark, according to Justice at Stake. Gavel Grab has more. 

August 1, 2014

Legislators interested in changing the way Kansas Supreme Court justices are selected seized on a recent high court ruling that overturned death penalty sentences handed two brothers. Find out more from Gavel Grab.

July 29, 2014

At a Fair Courts State Summit hosted by JAS, Iowa Chief Justice Mark Cady described the public outreach effort undertaken by his court after it was shaken by a political earthquake in 2010. Gavel Grab has more.

July 25, 2014

A member of the New York Times editorial board said the ouster of three Tennessee Supreme Court justices in retention elections next month would send an intimidating message to elected judges nationwide. Find out more from Gavel Grab.

July 23, 2014

The air wars have begun in earnest over Tennessee’s Aug. 7 Supreme Court election. JAS said the engagement of one outside group, Americans for Prosperity, has the potential to “transform judicial politics in the United States.” For more, see Gavel Grab.

July 23, 2014

If Stanford law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar is confirmed, he would become the only Latino serving on the California Supreme Court. Read Gavel Grab for more. 

July 22, 2014

When politics and justice collide, there are major concerns about the outcome, a TV news report said in spotlighting Justice at Stake’s concerns about the Tennessee Supreme Court retention election. Gavel Grab has details. 

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