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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
A day after voter passage of a referendum to change the way the Wisconsin Chief Justice is selected, sitting Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to hold on to her post. Read Gavel Grab for more.
“No matter what party you’re from, as a Supreme Court justice, you’re feeling more pressure, and you have to look over your shoulder more and more," JAS told The New York Times after voters cast ballots in Wisconsin. See Gavel Grab for more.
A bill expanding the grounds for impeaching Kansas Supreme Court justices “stands out for its blatant disregard for the Kansas Constitution and the system of checks and balances in our democracy," JAS said. See Gavel Grab for more.
A proposed constitutional amendment to change the way the Wisconsin Chief Justice is selected will be the target of advertising for and against it, according to news reports. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.