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.
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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.
From a New York Times editorial to a Slate feature about "scary" attack ads, late-hour judicial election coverage raised concerns about threats to fair courts and also cited Justice at Stake. See Gavel Grab for more.
New trends in increasingly politicized state judicial elections pose real dangers for people who seek impartial justice from elected judges, USA Today quotes Justice at Stake as saying. Read more at Gavel Grab.
"Here we go again," JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg told the Chicago Tribune about an Illinois Supreme Court retention election with surging spending and dueling TV ads. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
The New York Times, NPR, and Mother Jones are the latest national media to raise or report troubling questions that arise from big spending on judicial elections, all quoting Justice at Stake. Gavel Grab has more.
Amid a deluge of coverage about partisan and special interest spending on judicial elections, a commentator said political TV ads are sending a message that "state judiciaries are for sale." Find out more from Gavel Grab.
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.
With independent spending against an Illinois Supreme Court justice rising in his retention election, Justice at Stake said, “The system for picking judges in Illinois is breaking down.” Read Gavel Grab for more.
“[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.