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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.