The Kansas Supreme Court found unconstitutional the state’s current public education funding levels. It returned the case to a lower court for further review. A constitutional shutdown apparently was avoided. Gavel Grab has more.
Recent Fair-Courts Articles
The Senate’s blocking the nomination of Debo Adegbile, a respected civil rights lawyer, to a top Justice Department post has big implications for defenders of fair impartial courts, JAS said. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
The Senate confirmed Pedro A. Delgado Hernandez of Puerto Rico for a federal district court judgeship by a 98-0 vote, shortly after 41 Republicans had voted to filibuster his nomination. Gavel Grab has more.
In Sauk Centre, immortalized in the book "Main Street," a newspaper editor judges Minnesota elections to be a "sham" today and urges consideration of reform. See Gavel Grab for more.
A handful of anti-court bills sponsored by then-House Speaker T.W. Shannon of Oklahoma died last week, not long after Shannon left the legislature and was replaced as speaker. For more, see Gavel Grab.
JAS, Arizona Advocacy Network and other partners, joined by former Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor, launched the Judicial Diversity Project in Arizona this week. See Gavel Grab for more.
In a video interview, JAS Executive Director previewed judicial elections in North Carolina, Texas, and possibly Illinois as ones for defenders of fair and impartial courts to watch in upcoming weeks. Gavel Grab has more.
A proposed U.S. Treasury Department rule to curb 501(c)(4) “social welfare” non-profit groups could have unique and unintended consequences for the courts, Justice at Stake said in submitting comments on it. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
In the Texas Supreme Court GOP primary, Democratic trial lawyers are raising campaign money in support of Republican challengers in hopes of unseating incumbent Republicans next month. Gavel Grab has more.
Vacant federal district court judgeships have increased from 75 to 80 since Senate Democrats forced a rules change in November to eliminate filibusters of most judicial nominations, the Brennan Center for Justice says. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
The New Jersey State Bar Association warned of "an unprecedented intrusion of politics into the third co-equal branch" if Gov. Chris Christie does not reappoint Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner. See Gavel Grab for more.
President Obama’s nomination of Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Michael Boggs for the federal district court has encountered resistance from 27 liberal groups. Gavel Grab has details.
Legislators’ calls to impeach judges are multiplying in the wake of recent court rulings involving marriage for same-sex couples, with a Virginia legislator sounding the most recent call. For more, see Gavel Grab.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has taken steps to move ahead and break a Senate GOP stall on four district court nominations. Gavel Grab has details.
California’s courts have sunk so far into a fiscal hole after repeated rounds of budget cuts that some of their most ardent defenders say the courts are "rationing justice." For more, visit Gavel Grab.
Special interest groups from the NRA to People for the American Way are openly sizing up their chances to influence the next nominations to the U.S. Supreme Court. Read Gavel Grab for more.
Justice at Stake was among several co-sponsors of an Alliance for Justice forum on judicial diversity, “Broadening the Bench,” featuring Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Gavel Grab has more.
Washington’s Senate Law and Justice Committee has advanced to the full Senate a proposal to cut the state Supreme Court through attrition from nine members to seven. Gavel Grab has details.
Journalist Andrew Cohen offered a dismaying glimpse of legislation to gut Tennessee Supreme Court control over administrative functions of the judiciary, and he cited JAS for expertise. See Gavel Grab for details.
A legislator has introduced a judicial maximum-age bill that would clear Oklahoma's top appellate courts of most sitting judges. Find out details from Gavel Grab.
A battle is escalating between justices on the Washington Supreme Court and some legislators who believe the court has overstepped its authority on education. Gavel Grab has more.
The Congressional Black Caucus wrote to President Obama about judicial nominations, both commending him in part and voicing criticism in part over a lack of diversity in some regions. See Gavel Grab for more.
Unless the Kansas legislature and Gov. Sam Brownback appropriate more money for the state courts, there will be court shutdowns, Chief Justice Lawton Nuss said. See Gavel Grab for details.
A former Democratic governor and the current Republican governor will advocate for a proposed constitutional amendment that would preserve merit selection of judges in Tennessee. Gavel Grab has more.
In a letter to the editor of The Washington Post, JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg made a strong appeal for states with judicial elections to adopt robust disclosure laws. Learn more from Gavel Grab.