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Theodore B. Olson, former U.S. Solicitor General and attorney in Caperton v. Massey case

JAS Commentary

February 26, 2014

 JAS submitted the attached comments to the IRS’s proposed rule relating to 501(c)(4) organizations (“Guidance for Tax-Exempt Social Welfare Organizations on Candidate-Related Political Activities”). 

October 24, 2013

A new report by Justice at Stake, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, and the National Institute on Money in State Politics, provides a comprehensive look at 2011-2012 state Supreme Court elections. In the first full election cycle since Citizens United, an explosion of independent spending helped fuel the costliest election cycle for TV spending in judicial election history and posed grave new threats to fair and impartial justice in America.

September 27, 2013

 Public comments by the Brennan Center for Justice and Justice at Stake Re: State Bar of Michigan declaratory ruling request concerning practical and ethical implications for Michigan Judicial Candidates of a 2004 interpretive statement by the Secretary of State in the wake of three U.S. Supreme Court decisions.

September 27, 2013

Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg made the following statement today in response to an Ohio legislator’s recent call for the impeachment of a federal judge over a marriage ruling.

July 25, 2013

JAS and seven other groups on July 23 sent a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts, calling on the Court to change its disclosure policies and begin posting Justices’ financial disclosure statements on its website as soon as they become available each year. 

March 27, 2013

Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg reacted today to Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s signing of House Bill 2019, which changes the way state Court of Appeals judges are chosen from a merit selection process to a Washington-style process of direct gubernatorial appointment with Senate confirmation.  

January 24, 2013

Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg made the following statement about Senate action to change filibuster procedure. 

December 6, 2012

“When Gov. Perdue created a Judicial Nominating Commission in 2011, she said, ‘There is no place for politics when it comes to choosing the state’s most honored and influential legal servants.’ She was right.

November 26, 2012

“Today, we call on the Senate to act quickly to schedule and hold up-or-down votes on pending judicial nominees. Our courts should not be held hostage to partisan politics. This remains just as true for the lame-duck session as for any other time of the legislative year. We are pleased that some members of both parties realize the gravity of the situation: Not only Democratic Leader Harry Reid and Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, but also Republicans such as Sens. Susan Collins, Tom Coburn, James Inhofe, Olympia Snowe, and Pat Toomey have called for votes on nominees. We urge these senators to push for prompt action.

September 26, 2012

Turning a spotlight on Florida and Iowa, Justice at Stake asked whether the billionaire Koch brothers and out-of-state politicians are using judicial elections to boost presidential swing-state turnout. See Gavel Grab for details.

September 21, 2012

Today, the Florida GOP became the second state party in the last two months to call for incumbent state Supreme Court justices to be unseated for partisan purposes. (The Iowa GOP did so on August 1.) 

April 6, 2012

"Courtroom decisions, conservative or progressive, are not criminal. They are not grounds for impeachment," Charlie Hall of Justice at Stake writes about a new impeachment call. See Gavel Grab for details.

January 10, 2012

Justice at Stake hailed the appointment of Steven Gonzalez to the Washington Supreme Court, where he has become the first Mexican American justice to serve in the state’s history. Read Gavel Grab for more. 

January 6, 2012

Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice have praised the Tennessee Supreme Court’s decision to strengthen that state’s judicial recusal rules. See Gavel Grab for details.

September 9, 2011

In a Chicago Tribune op-ed today, JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg called for more rigorous rules on judicial recusal to protect fair and impartial courts. See Gavel Grab for details.

July 19, 2011

Bert Brandenburg, JAS executive director, decried an explosion of assaults on merit selection, and also efforts to impeach judges over controversial rulings. See details in Gavel Grab.


April 22, 2011

Justice at Stake applauded on Friday the apparent death of an effort to impeach four Iowa Supreme Court justices. See Gavel Grab for more.

April 6, 2011

The mud-slinging, special-interest dominated 2011 battle for the Wisconsin Supreme Court represented the latest assault on the high court’s credibility, the Justice at Stake Campaign said today. See Gavel Grab for more.

January 10, 2011

For 200 years, a safety barrier has protected our nation's courts and our democracy. No matter how controversial the case or unpopular the ruling, no state or federal judge has been impeached for an opinion issued from the bench. In the next few months, that may change. Last fall, Iowa...

January 7, 2011

For more than 200 years, a safety barrier has protected our nation's courts and our democracy. No matter how controversial the case or unpopular the ruling, no state or federal judge has been impeached for an opinion issued from the bench. In the next few months, that may change. The...

January 7, 2011

A commentary on the looming Iowa impeachment crisis in Iowa, by JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg, appears in the Washington Post. Learn more. JAS also issued this statement criticizing political impeachments.

November 3, 2010

Given a new round of special interest campaign cash, attack advertising and wedge-issue politics in the 2010 judicial elections, "pressure on impartial justice is growing," said Bert Brandenburg, executive director of the Justice at Stake Campaign. For details, see Gavel Grab.

November 3, 2010

At Fox News, Glenn Beck has been taken in by a conspiracy theory about $45 million in spending to end competitive judicial elections in the United States. For details, see Gavel Grab.

October 29, 2010

Working the ref is a time-honored tradition. This election season, America's referees—judges—are coming in for a serious round of partisan hazing. The latest target is Sandra Day O'Connor. The immediate goal is to shut her up. The broader goals are more ominous. Since she left the Supreme Court in 2005,...

October 29, 2010

Her detractors ought to 'Lay Off Sandra Day O'Connor," Bert Brandenburg, the executive director of Justice at Stake, writes in a Slate commentary today. Read details in Gavel Grab.



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