An important new report from The Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board delivers stinging criticism of judicial elections and urges adoption of merit selection. Gavel Grab has details.
Recent Fair-Courts Articles
The recent $16.5 million Pennsylvania Supreme Court election is no aberration, Scott Greytak of JAS writes for the blog of The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System. See Gavel Grab for details.
Citing Justice at Stake's Bankrolling the Bench report, a columnist asks whether there is an appearance of corruption about high-spending judicial elections in North Carolina. Gavel Grab has more.
Almost 75 percent of North Carolinians responding to an Elon University poll said they believe state judges’ decisions are influenced by the fact they must run for election. See Gavel Grab for more.
In state judicial elections, outside spending seems to "approaching a tipping point," Scott Greytak of JAS told Bloomberg BNA, and "It’s essentially created an arms race situation." Gavel Grab has more.
Seventy-five years old, the Missouri Plan for judicial merit selection is going strong, JAS Interim Executive Director Liz Seaton writes in the National Law Journal. See Gavel Grab for more.
When special interest groups channel big spending into judicial elections, it can harm impartial justice and public trust in our courts, JAS and the Brennan Center for Justice write in Atlantic. See Gavel Grab for more.
The London-based Economist quotes Justice at Stake in chronicling the most expensive judicial election in U.S. history — recently concluded in Pennsylvania — and in questioning its implications. For more, visit Gavel Grab.
Travis County, Texas Judge Julie Kocurek was shot at and left for dead in the driveway of her home. CNN reported that colleagues cannot help but wonder if she was targeted for her work. Gavel Grab has more.
A post-Election Day tally shows total spending in Pennsylvania's Supreme Court election rose to $16,536,492, further eclipsing the previous national record. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
Tennessee’s appellate courts suffer from an extraordinary lack of racial and gender diversity, and all nine current applicants for an opening on the state Supreme Court are white men. Visit Gavel Grab for details.
“In Pennsylvania, Justice [is] for Sale,” lamented a USA Today editorial about the most costly state Supreme Court election in history. Read Gavel Grab for more.
Pennsylvania’s historic 2015 Supreme Court race ended in a Democratic sweep of the three open seats that shifted the ideological balance of the court. Check out Gavel Grab for more.
A race for a single seat on the Kentucky Supreme Court was won by Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright III, who defeated Court of Appeals Judge Janet Stumbo. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
A Florida House subcommittee advanced a proposal to impose two-term limits for state Supreme Court and appellate justices. See Gavel Grab for details.
Big spending in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court election has reached more than $15.8 million and toppled prior records for documented spending on a state judicial election. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
A heated race for the Kentucky Supreme Court has sunk into mudslinging and personal attacks, according to a news report. For more, visit Gavel Grab.
A report titled “Bankrolling the Bench: The New Politics of Judicial Elections 2013-14,” by JAS and two partner organizations, was posted online today and featured by Mother Jones. Read Gavel Grab for more.
What critics consider the Senate’s obstructionist pace in confirming federal judicial nominees has brought a protest by demonstrators in Iowa, home state of the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman. Gavel Grab has details.
Records for candidate fundraising, TV ad spending and overall spending have fallen in the contest for three open seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, JAS and the Brennan Center for Justice said. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
With two independent groups embroiled in an ad war over candidates for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Justice at Stake and its partner organizations raised concerns. Gavel Grab has details.
A state House committee in Pennsylvania advanced a measure to end elections of top judges and adopt a merit selection system. Justice at Stake applauded the action. For more, visit Gavel Grab.
A group funded mainly by plaintiff trial lawyers has begun running TV ads opposing three Republican candidates for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, JAS said in tracking TV ad spending. Gavel Grab has more.
With a cloud of scandal over the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, seven candidates for three seats on that court emphasized their own integrity and the importance of judges disregarding politics. See Gavel Grab for details.