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January 31, 2014

Journalist Andrew Cohen offered a dismaying glimpse of legislation to gut Tennessee Supreme Court control over administrative functions of the judiciary, and he cited JAS for expertise. See Gavel Grab for details. 

January 6, 2014

Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg makes a strong case for reforming judicial selection in a USA Today op-ed, "Life and Death of Electing Judges." Read Gavel Grab for more.

December 3, 2013

Attorney Manuel “Manny” Medrano of Los Angeles, a former federal prosecutor and former TV broadcast journalist, has joined the Justice at Stake board of directors. Gavel Grab has details.

November 27, 2013

Advocates interested in changing the way Texas chooses judges through partisan elections recently heard from JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg about potential reforms. Gavel Grab has more. 

November 25, 2013

Justice at Stake discussed the need to fill vacant federal judgeships, the importance of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and other topics on a Sirius satellite radio talk show. For more, see Gavel Grab.

November 14, 2013

MSNBC  featured Justice at Stake and a former state Supreme Court chief justice in a segment on the Craig Melvin show entitled, “Judges for Sale?” Gavel Grab has details.

October 31, 2013

The John Light article titled, “Dark Money’s New Frontier: State Judicial Elections,” highlighted that more than $56 million was spent on state high court races across the country. A significant chunk of this money came from special interests one would expect to find operating at the national level – $19.6 million of the $56.4 million total. For more, visit Gavel Grab.

October 25, 2013

A Roll Call blog post was entitled, “Big Money Undermines Judicial Elections, Report Warns.” Brandenburg told Roll Call, “What this is all about is about how much insulation we are going to have around the bench. Are we going to let money erode that insulation? Are we going to let political parties erode that insulation? Are we going to let interest groups erode that insulation?” For more, visit Gavel Grab.

October 25, 2013

It’s cheaper for special interests to invest money in a state court seat than to spend on a state legislative race, Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg told Huffington Post. ”These were deemed as ripe for the picking,” he said. - See For more, visit Gavel Grab.

October 24, 2013

In two key judicial election battleground states, a report on “The New Politics of Judicial Elections, 2011-12” attracted headlines on Thursday, the day it was released online. Co-authored by Justice at Stake, the Brennan Center for Justice, and the National Institute on Money in State Politics, the report documented unprecedented spending of $24.1 million by special interest groups and political parties on television ads and other election materials in state court races during the last election cycle. For more, visit Gavel Grab.

In two key judicial election battleground states, a report on “The New Politics of Judicial Elections, 2011-12” attracted headlines on Thursday, the day it was released online.

Co-authored by Justice at Stake, the Brennan Center for Justice, and the National Institute on Money in State Politics, the report documented unprecedented spending of $24.1 million by special interest groups and political parties on television ads and other election materials in state court races during the last election cycle.

- See more at: http://www.gavelgrab.org/?p=64965#sthash.AZKzvYNI.dpuf

In two key judicial election battleground states, a report on “The New Politics of Judicial Elections, 2011-12” attracted headlines on Thursday, the day it was released online.

Co-authored by Justice at Stake, the Brennan Center for Justice, and the National Institute on Money in State Politics, the report documented unprecedented spending of $24.1 million by special interest groups and political parties on television ads and other election materials in state court races during the last election cycle.

- See more at: http://www.gavelgrab.org/?p=64965#sthash.AZKzvYNI.dpufFor more, visit Gavel Grab.

 

October 24, 2013

The latest in a series of “New Politics” reports since 2000 documents an election cycle that poses grave new threats  to fair and impartial justice in America, according to the three legal reform groups that co-authored the report. The co-authors are Justice at Stake, the Brennan Center for Justice, and the National Institute on Money in State Politics. For more, visit Gavel Grab.

October 7, 2013

“Impeaching judges for making unpopular decisions would subject the nation’s judiciary to a political circus,” a Toledo (Ohio) Blade editorial said, echoing concerns raised recently by Justice at Stake. For more, visit Gavel Grab.

September 6, 2013

Taking to the radio airwaves, Justice at Stake talked about the harmful effects of sequestration on our courts and about an uncertain outlook for adequate court funding ahead. For more, see Gavel Grab.

August 1, 2013

Justice at Stake is one of 97 organizations that urged U.S. senators this week to hold up-or-down votes on three nominees for judgeships on the influential D.C. Circuit Court. For more, see Gavel Grab.

June 25, 2013

Special interests and legislators are waging a "national war on state courts," reports an ABA Journal article, and it quotes Justice at Stake. For more, see Gavel Grab.

June 18, 2013

A report by the American Constitution Society about business group donations to judicial campaigns supports a perception that “justice is for sale,” writes Liz Seaton, acting JAS executive director. See Gavel Grab for more.

May 13, 2013

Efforts to change the way judges are selected have grown into a national trend, according to an AP article about an attack on merit selection in Kansas. The article also spotlighted Justice at Stake. See Gavel Grab for more.

May 5, 2013

Justice at Stake and some other national and local groups are working to preserve a program for public financing of appellate court candidates in North Carolina from efforts to eliminate it, the AP reported. See Gavel Grab for details. 

April 15, 2013

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a leading voice for fair and impartial courts, is joining Justice at Stake as its first Honorary Chair. Read Gavel Grab for more.

April 4, 2013

TV ad spending in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race that concluded this week exceeded $1.1 million, Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice reported. For more, see Gavel Grab

March 28, 2013

The Associated Press, reporting on a new judicial selection law in Kansas, quoted Justice at Stake over the concerns it raised about politics influencing the delivery of justice. Learn more from Gavel Grab. 

March 27, 2013

In a USA Today online op-ed, Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg warned states about dangers when they dismantle merit selection and emulate the federal model for selecting judges. Find out more from Gavel Grab.

February 5, 2013

Justice at Stake proudly announced that Mark I. Harrison, JAS board chairman, will be honored by the American Bar Association for making a positive impact on public understanding of the role of the judiciary. See Gavel Grab for more.

January 16, 2013

A strong majority of Kansas voters opposes rewriting the state Constitution to change the process for choosing Supreme Court justices, according to a new poll commissioned by Justice at Stake. Find out more from Gavel Grab.

November 30, 2012

...The 2012 race shattered spending records as $27.8 million was spent on television advertising, according to Justice at Stake, and more than half of this money came in the form of independent spending. Read more at ThinkProgress

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