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"This whole politicization of the courts is really going to tear apart the court system ... That's what I'm fearful of."
Illinois Justice Thomas Kilbride

Justice at Stake in the News

April 8, 2016

JAS Board Chair Mark Harrison, a Phoenix attorney, took a strong stance against legislation to expand the Arizona Supreme Court and cautioned against a political “quid pro quo." See Gavel Grab for more. 

April 6, 2016

After a contentious and expensive contest, appointed incumbent Justice Rebecca Bradley defeated Court of Appeals Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg in the Wisconsin Supreme Court election. Gavel Grab has details. 

April 5, 2016

Another national media outlet, the AP, has cast a spotlight on partisan efforts in state elections and in state capitals to capture control of fair and impartial courts. For more, visit Gavel Grab

April 1, 2016

Across the nation, court decisions are coming under partisan attack whether in judicial elections or attempts by politicians to reshape courts to their liking, The New York Times reported from Kansas, citing JAS. Gavel Grab has more. 

April 1, 2016

Reporting in Wisconsin, the AP tracked TV ad spending nearing $2.7 million in the state Supreme Court race and quoted Justice at Stake about the dangers of costly, politicized judicial elections. See Gavel Grab for more. 

March 29, 2016

A new request invites the U.S. Supreme Court to accept an appeal and revisit the issue of judicial campaign money and a perception of bias from the bench, Reuters reports. See Gavel Grab for details. 

March 4, 2016

Big money is becoming a hot issue in Montana’s judicial elections, according to an AP article. It also features Justice at Stake’s spotlighting money pouring into court races nationwide. Learn more from Gavel Grab

February 18, 2016

Quoting Justice at Stake, the Associated Press reported that a flood of money is expected to pour into the Wisconsin Supreme Court general election. Details are available from Gavel Grab.  

February 8, 2016

The New Yorker magazine depicts a struggle by elected officials in Kansas to politicize the state Supreme Court, and its article cites Justice at Stake. For more, check out Gavel Grab.  

January 11, 2016

When Wisconsin elects a new state Supreme Court justice this year, expect to see continuation of a trend for big “dark money” spending on issue advertising, said a Racine Journal Times article, quoting JAS. Learn more from Gavel Grab

January 4, 2016

The Associated Press reported comprehensively on the growth of campaign cash flowing into judicial elections, and it quoted Justice at Stake. The article was published in news outlets across the country. For more, visit Gavel Grab

November 20, 2015

In state judicial elections, outside spending seems to "approaching a tipping point," Scott Greytak of JAS told Bloomberg BNA, and "It’s essentially created an arms race situation." Gavel Grab has more.  

November 19, 2015

Seventy-five years old, the Missouri Plan for judicial merit selection is going strong, JAS Interim Executive Director Liz Seaton writes in the National Law Journal. See Gavel Grab for more.  

November 16, 2015

When special interest groups channel big spending into judicial elections, it can harm impartial justice and public trust in our courts, JAS and the Brennan Center for Justice write in Atlantic. See Gavel Grab for more. 

November 16, 2015

The London-based Economist quotes Justice at Stake in chronicling the most expensive judicial election in U.S. history — recently concluded in Pennsylvania — and in questioning its implications. For more, visit Gavel Grab.  

November 5, 2015

Pennsylvania’s historic 2015 Supreme Court race ended in a Democratic sweep of the three open seats that shifted the ideological balance of the court. Check out Gavel Grab for more. 

September 14, 2015

In multiple states, 2015 already has become a banner year for court bashing by elected politicians, JAS Interim Executive Director Liz Seaton writes in a piece at Talking Points Memo. See Gavel Grab for details.  

September 14, 2015

Justice at Stake was quoted by the Seattle Times as suggesting that Washington state could have more robust recusal laws governing justices in cases involving campaign donors. For more, visit Gavel Grab

August 14, 2015

JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg will step down this month after having helping to build “one of the most visible groups opposing the politicization of judicial seats,” the Legal Times reported. Find out more from Gavel Grab.

August 11, 2015

When politics trumps qualifications in selecting our judges, it’s a threat to democracy, JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg wrote in a Washington Post letter to the editor. Visit Gavel Grab for more. 

July 2, 2015

Amid controversy over a Ten Commandments marker ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, news media cited Justice at Stake about the dangers of judicial impeachment. Read Gavel Grab for more.  

June 22, 2015

As Pennsylvania legislators consider adopting merit selection, NewsWorks quoted JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg about how merit systems can help preserve fair and impartial courts. Gavel Grab has more. 

June 8, 2015

Arkansas is discussing whether to switch from electing appellate judges to appointing them, and an Arkansas Business Online article about the issue prominently features JAS. Read more at Gavel Grab.

June 1, 2015

“I think the gloves may be off,” JAS Deputy Executive Director Liz Seaton said about high outside spending expected to flow into upcoming elections for three seats on the state Supreme Court. Gavel Grab has more. 

May 11, 2015

Wisconsin’s courts have been dragged into the “take-no-prisoners feud” of partisan political brawling in the state and nation, JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg says in a National Law Journal essay. See details at Gavel Grab.



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