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.
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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.
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.