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"I never felt so much like a hooker down by the bus station … as I did in a judicial race. Everyone interested in contributing has very specific interests. They mean to be buying a vote."
Paul Pfeifer, Ohio Supreme Court justice

Justice at Stake in the News

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 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 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 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 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.

February 26, 2015

With scathing criticism of Citizens United’s “destructive fallout” for elected state courts, retired Montana Supreme Court Justice James Nelson is calling for a switch to merit selection of his state’s judges. Find out more from 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 14, 2015

In an Orlando Sentinel op-ed, JAS spelled out its support for Florida's ban on judges soliciting campaign donations, now challenged in a case before the Supreme Court. Learn more from Gavel Grab.  

February 10, 2015

How did Alabama's chief justice land in the national spotlight this week? A Bloomberg article turned for an explanation to an electoral analysis by Justice at Stake. Gavel Grab has more. 

February 9, 2015

As Kansas legislators prepare to debate changing the way state Supreme Court justices are selected, a news article examined a lack of diversity in the state judiciary and quoted Justice at Stake.  Gavel Grab has more. 

January 26, 2015

As Kansas debates proposed changes to the way state Supreme Court justices are chosen, Justice at Stake said it would be a mistake to adopt a more political selection process, a Kansas newspaper reported. Learn more from Gavel Grab

January 5, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments soon in a case involving the free-speech rights of judicial candidates. The Washington Post reported on briefs filed in the case by proponents on both sides, including JAS. Learn more from Gavel Grab.


January 5, 2015

Retention elections for top state judges are increasingly becoming high-stakes political battles in Kansas and elsewhere, the Wichita Eagle article reported, quoting Justice at Stake. For more, see Gavel Grab

December 9, 2014

A high spending free-for-all could erupt when three Pennsylvania Supreme Court seats will be up for election in 2015, JAS told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Find out more from Gavel Grab.

December 4, 2014

When politicians and others threaten to impeach judges over controversial rulings, it “can only pervert justice,” Bert Brandenburg, JAS executive director, writes in a USA Today op-ed. Gavel Grab has more.

November 26, 2014

Judicial campaigns are getting more political, as a “new wave of campaign spending driven by outside political groups and unlimited donations" affect them, the Los Angeles Times reports. Gavel Grab has more.

November 18, 2014

The 2014 GOP “wave” elections brought big changes for executive and legislative offices but “stopped at the courthouse door,” JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg wrote in an analysis published by McClatchy. For more, visit Gavel Grab.

November 14, 2014

“Now the clock has been turned back to the days when judges had to raise money like politicians," JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg told a N.C. newspaper about recent judicial elections there. Gavel Grab has more. 

November 3, 2014

From a New York Times editorial to a Slate feature about "scary" attack ads, late-hour judicial election coverage raised concerns about threats to fair courts and also cited Justice at Stake. See Gavel Grab for more. 

October 30, 2014

New trends in increasingly politicized state judicial elections pose real dangers for people who seek impartial justice from elected judges, USA Today quotes Justice at Stake as saying. Read more at Gavel Grab

October 29, 2014

"Here we go again," JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg told the Chicago Tribune about an Illinois Supreme Court retention election with surging spending and dueling TV ads. Learn more from Gavel Grab.

October 28, 2014

The New York Times, NPR, and Mother Jones are the latest national media to raise or report troubling questions that arise from big spending on judicial elections, all quoting Justice at Stake. Gavel Grab has more.

October 26, 2014

Amid a deluge of coverage about partisan and special interest spending on judicial elections, a commentator said political TV ads are sending a message that "state judiciaries are for sale."  Find out more from Gavel Grab.



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