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.
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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.
Will tensions between the legislative and judicial branches over public education funding in Kansas lead to a constitutional clash? A New York Times article examines the question. Gavel Grab has more.
The Idaho House voted 44-25 for a non-binding resolution urging Congress to impeach federal judges who don’t follow the Constitution’s original intent. Read Gavel Grab for details.
Historic big spenders in Wisconsin Supreme Court elections have yet to open their checkbooks for TV ads in this year's contest, JAS said on Thursday, while reporting TV ad contracts totaling over $145,000 so far. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
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.
Idaho’s House State Affairs Committee voted for a non-binding resolution urging Congress to support the impeachment of federal judges who rule in favor of marriage for same-sex couples. Gavel Grab has more.
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.
An editorial in the Philadelphia Daily News called for Pennsylvania to move away from partisan judicial elections. Visit Gavel Grab for more.
In California, a state that saw dramatic cuts to court funding during the recession, the impact on residents’ access to justice still is being felt — especially in the civil courts. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
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.
A “fiasco” playing out in the Wisconsin Supreme Court leaves no doubt as to the “toxic effects of outsize spending in judicial elections,” the New York Times declared in an editorial. Gavel Grab has details.
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.
A former Alabama Chief Justice, Sue Bell Cobb, provides a striking first-person account of judicial election campaigning in a Politico piece headlined “When big money met the courts.” Gavel Grab has more.
The Alabama Supreme Court issued a controversial defense of the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage this week. 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.
State judicial elections have moved from getting scathing criticism on editorial pages to skewering on late-night TV. To view the video, visit 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.
Dan Glickman, a former U.S. House representative from Kansas, extolled in an op-ed the democratic virtues of choosing Kansas Supreme Court justices by merit selection. Gavel Grab has more.
An Idaho legislator, unhappy about federal judges striking down state bans on marriage for same-sex couples, has proposed a resolution to impeach certain judges. Find out more from 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.
After Arizona’s House Judiciary Committee voted to expand the state Supreme Court from five to seven members, Justice at Stake issued a statement that warned about court-packing. Gavel Grab has details.
A state legislator has proposed a constitutional amendment to switch from nonpartisan election of Arkansas Supreme Court justices to a merit-based selection system. Find out more from Gavel Grab.