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Recent Fair-Courts Articles

August 3, 2015

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser issued a lengthy opinion explaining why he believed he could participate in a recent, controversial campaign finance ruling by the court. Find out more from Gavel Grab

August 3, 2015

Sen. Charles Grassley,  chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, criticized important U.S. Supreme Court decisions from this past term. Gavel Grab has details. 

August 3, 2015

Fox News commentator Juan Williams takes aim at political gamesmanship aimed at courts, and he has blame to dish out on all sides. Find out more from Gavel Grab

July 22, 2015

It is time to “Abandon Judicial Elections,” urges a respected federal appellate judge, Alex Kozinski of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Gavel Grab has details. 

July 16, 2015

A Wichita Eagle editorial warns, “The war over the independence and authority of the Kansas judiciary is escalating. The courts’ ability to function risks serious injury, as does the separation of powers.” For more, visit Gavel Grab.

July 10, 2015

Former Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb of Alabama, addressing the 2015 Fair Courts State Summit, called on all 50 states to use merit selection in order to preserve fair and impartial courts. Gavel Grab has details. 

July 10, 2015

Public confidence in our courts is eroded when judicial candidates raise campaign cash from litigants and lawyers, former Texas Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson told Justice at Stake’s 2015 Fair Courts State Summit. For more, visit Gavel Grab

July 7, 2015

A threat by legislators to impeach Oklahoma Supreme Court justices over a ruling is an “an extreme and unjustifiable response to a controversial decision,” a Tulsa World editorial warned. Learn more from Gavel Grab

July 7, 2015

A Texas legislator who opposes marriage rights for same-sex couples is calling on Congress to begin impeachment of five Supreme Court justices and to consider court-stripping legislation. For more, visit Gavel Grab

July 6, 2015

Over the July 4th holiday weekend, opinions in two Kansas newspapers sounded calls to protect fair and impartial courts from efforts to inject politics into the selection of judges. Gavel Grab has details. 

July 2, 2015

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.  

July 1, 2015

“The latest threat by Oklahoma legislators to bully the state’s Supreme Court is deeply disturbing,” JAS Deputy Executive Director Liz Seaton said  after several legislators voiced support for the impeachment of seven justices. Gavel Grab has details. 

June 30, 2015

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has criticized the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage ruling and two Kansas Supreme Court rulings, and has called for a “more democratic” selection process for judges. Check out Gavel Grab for details. 

June 29, 2015

Recent political attacks on the Supreme Court are antithetical to the concept of fair and impartial courts, the Justice at Stake Campaign said. See Gavel Grab for more.  

June 29, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz fiercely criticized the Supreme Court over its recent marriage and health care act rulings and called for retention elections of Supreme Court justices. Learn details from Gavel Grab

June 26, 2015

Justice at Stake called the Supreme Court's marriage equality ruling on Friday a reminder about the importance of protecting impartial courts. For more, see Gavel Grab

June 25, 2015

Shortly after the Supreme Court upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, one conservative group called for impeachment of the six justices in the majority. For more, visit Gavel Grab

June 22, 2015

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. 

June 15, 2015

Justice at Stake is urging the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold rules from the Arizona Code of Judicial Ethics limiting partisan political activity by sitting judges and judicial candidates. Details available from Gavel Grab.  

June 15, 2015

Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina has signed into law a bill that changes the way state Supreme Court justices are re-elected. For more, visit Gavel Grab

June 15, 2015

“Justice Abrahamson, you are out of order,” Chief Justice Pat Roggensack of the Wisconsin Supreme Court told her predecessor at a meeting to discuss court rules, as they disagreed over ordering topics for the agenda. Gavel Grab has more. 

June 8, 2015

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.

June 8, 2015

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a court funding measure that includes a controversial provision to cancel the funding in the event courts rule a certain way in pending litigation. Gavel Grab has more. 

June 1, 2015

Conservative politicians in Kansas have “declared war” on the state Supreme Court after it ordered the tax-cutting legislature to increase public education funding, reports a Mother Jones article. See Gavel Grab for details. 

June 1, 2015

“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. 



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