The Nation spotlights efforts by special interest groups to put their stamp on state courts through judicial elections, and it quotes Justice at Stake and a partner group. For more, check out Gavel Grab.
Justice at Stake in the News
“[T]he courtroom is becoming the next frontier in rancorous political division," and the best answer for addressing the threat to impartial justice is to eliminate judicial elections entirely, a Washington Post editorial declared. Gavel Grab has more.
After North Carolina’s legislature ended public financing for judicial campaigns, “We’re kind of back to the Wild West,” Justice Robin Hudson told National Journal. Its article cited Justice at Stake. Read Gavel Grab for more.
The Republican State Leadership Committee is plunging into state judicial elections with heavy spending, spurring “judges to get more involved in their campaigns” as they seek reelection, the Wall Street Journal says, quoting JAS. Gavel Grab has more.
Spending on TV advertising airtime in Michigan's Supreme Court contests has climbed to $1.2 million, as the state GOP began airing an ad promoting its nominees, JAS and the Brennan Center said. Read Gavel Grab for more.
Two outside groups have begun airing TV ads in Montana’s Supreme Court election. JAS and the Brennan Center for Justice warned of soaring out-of-state spending in judicial elections. Read Gavel Grab for more.
The Supreme Court agreed to decide whether states where judges are elected may bar judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign cash. Check out Gavel Grab for more and a JAS statement.
The American Judicature Society has announced that after 101 years of work to protect the integrity of the American justice system, it will close its doors. Gavel Grab has more.
As judicial elections heat up, how can fair and impartial courts be protected in the face of big spending? From the New York Times to smaller news outlets, reporters exploring this issue cited Justice at Stake. See Gavel Grab for more.
A controversy swirling around several Wisconsin Supreme Court justices is the “bitter harvest” of a big-spending system of judicial elections, Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg warned. Read Gavel Grab for more.
TV advertising buys adding up to nearly $710,000 have already been booked in four contested races for the North Carolina Supreme Court, Justice at Stake and two other reform groups said. Gavel Grab has more.
“The public has become firmly convinced that justice is for sale," JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg told Stateline for an article about big-spending judicial elections and other efforts to influence fair courts. Gavel Grab has more.
When state high court judges and candidates face voters this fall, special interest groups are expected to flood the contests with spending in an effort to reshape the courts, warned JAS and the Brennan Center for Justice. Gavel Grab has more.
Record-breaking judicial races and judges who have to write opinions at night because they’re too busy fundraising during the day… Is this what the American justice system has become? Gavel Grab has more.
As national and state media followed the Supreme Court retention election in Tennessee, JAS and a partner group were quoted raising concerns about the risks of politicized and high-spending judicial races. Gavel Grab has more.
The New York Times profiled the “expensive and acrimonious" Tennessee Supreme Court retention election and quoted Justice at Stake about it. Gavel Grab has more.
When politics and justice collide, there are major concerns about the outcome, a TV news report said in spotlighting Justice at Stake’s concerns about the Tennessee Supreme Court retention election. Gavel Grab has details.
Public trust in fair and impartial courts “is undermined when special interest groups pour large sums of money into judicial elections,” Justice at Stake wrote leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Read Gavel Grab for more.
If "voters start thinking of judges as politicians in robes, then our state and our democracy are in trouble," JAS and the North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections wrote in a Raleigh News & Observer op-ed. See Gavel Grab for more.
With more than $1.3 million spent on the North Carolina Supreme Court primary, JAS said, "[T]he question must be asked, 'Is justice for sale in North Carolina?" Read Gavel Grab for more.
Focusing on North Carolina’s Supreme Court primary, a New York Times article documents how the “revolution in financing political campaigns” with outside money has entered judicial elections, and cites JAS. Read Gavel Grab for more.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court was the subject of intimidation and threats in the days preceding the botched execution of an inmate, JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg said on a national radio show. Gavel Grab has more.
As a death penalty debate roiled around a botched execution in Oklahoma, Justice at Stake continued to spotlight a less-noticed dimension, the potential harm of the entire episode for impartial courts. Gavel Grab has details.
With a North Carolina Supreme Court primary tomorrow, the Daily Beast cited JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg about the dangers of negative advertising of the type that has emerged in the race. See Gavel Grab for more.
“A lot of judges and judicial candidates feel trapped in a system they did not sign up for,” JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg said about the new big-spending politics of judicial elections that's arrived in North Carolina. For more, see Gavel Grab.