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"The influence of big money in judicial elections has exploded in this decade, and ... it has totally eroded public confidence."
Ed Rendell, governor of Pennsylvania

Recent Fair-Courts Articles

March 9, 2016

Republican legislators prevailed in their long political battle with Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and elected Judge Stephen McCullough on Thursday to the Virginia Supreme Court. Gavel Grab has details.  

March 8, 2016

A Kansas Senate panel planned to vote today on a proposal to expand the grounds for impeaching state Supreme Court justices, and the AP quoted JAS about cascading political attacks on Kansas courts. Gavel Grab has more. 

March 7, 2016

The editorial board of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette says problems of money in judicial elections have gotten so bad that “many are beginning to change their minds [about merit reform]. Count us among them.” Find out more from Gavel Grab. 

March 4, 2016

Alabama’s capital murder sentencing scheme is unconstitutional, a county judge ruled on Thursday, citing in part “the obvious influence of partisan politics” on elected state judges. For more, see Gavel Grab.

March 4, 2016

Big money is becoming a hot issue in Montana’s judicial elections, according to an AP article. It also features Justice at Stake’s spotlighting money pouring into court races nationwide. Learn more from Gavel Grab

March 2, 2016

In a $1.6 million contest -- at latest count -- voters promoted two lower-court judges to posts of Chief Justice and Associate Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court. Learn more from Gavel Grab

March 2, 2016

A proposed constitutional amendment to switch from a merit selection system to the election of judges in Nebraska was opposed by Justice at Stake in a letter to the House Judiciary Committee. See details in Gavel Grab

March 1, 2016

Even if the Supreme Court rules for the accused in a case involving a death sentence, an elected judge and recusal, “that will not fix the much broader problem of elected judges,” a New York Times editorial warned. See Gavel Grab for more.  

February 29, 2016

In an op-ed for the Arizona Republic, JAS Board Member and former Arizona Chief Justice Ruth McGregor urges the President to consider diversity in making his next Supreme Court nomination. Learn more from Gavel Grab

February 29, 2016

In a commentary for USNews & World Report, JAS’s Liz Seaton notes that a case before the Supreme Court “shines a spotlight on the problem with judicial elections, and the stakes are life or death.” See Gavel Grab for details. 

February 29, 2016

Pennsylvania’s current governor and his five living predecessors, a bipartisan group, are all supporting a proposed switch from contested elections of top state judges to their merit-based appointment. Gavel Grab has more. 

February 24, 2016

With Election Day on March 1,  total spending on TV ad contracts in Arkansas’ Supreme Court race has climbed to $1,011,105, Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice said. Details are available from Gavel Grab.  

February 19, 2016

A judicial impeachment bill that advanced in the legislature this week is unconstitutional and represents a political attack on Kansas courts, Justice at Stake said. Gavel Grab has more. 

February 18, 2016

Spending on TV ad contracts in the Arkansas Supreme Court race has set a new record for the state, Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice said. Gavel Grab has details.  

February 18, 2016

Quoting Justice at Stake, the Associated Press reported that a flood of money is expected to pour into the Wisconsin Supreme Court general election. Details are available from Gavel Grab.  

February 17, 2016

Picking the next Supreme Court justice must be separated from the partisan politics of the 2016 presidential elections, Justice at Stake said on Wednesday. For more, see Gavel Grab

February 16, 2016

The emerging struggle over filling the Supreme Court seat vacated by Justice Scalia’s death reflects a heightened public perception of the court as a politicized institution, the Washington Post says. Visit Gavel Grab for more. 

February 15, 2016

What's next for the evenly divided Supreme Court, split between four conservatives and four liberals after the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia this past weekend? Gavel Grab has details.  

February 14, 2016

"Justice Scalia contributed greatly to the intellectual vigor of the deliberations of the Court, and his death is a significant loss for the Court in the middle of its term," JAS said after his death was announced. Gavel Grab has more.  

February 12, 2016

Gov. Sam Brownback faulted "judicial activists" when the state Supreme Court struck down the legislature's "block grant" plan for public school financing, but others said the plan's unconstitutionality was clear. See Gavel Grab for more.  

February 10, 2016

Justice at Stake submitted testimony on Wednesday urging the Hawaii Senate to preserve merit selection of judges. Find out more from Gavel Grab. 

February 10, 2016

TV advertising in Wisconsin's high court primary continues to be dominated by the Wisconsin Alliance for Reform, which has booked contracts worth at least $399,060, JAS and the Brennan Center for Justice reported. Gavel Grab has details.  

February 8, 2016

The Judicial Crisis Network has purchased more TV ad contracts in the race for Arkansas Chief Justice, bringing its total ad buys to date to $336,245, JAS and the Brennan Center for Justice said. See Gavel Grab for more.  

February 8, 2016

The New Yorker magazine depicts a struggle by elected officials in Kansas to politicize the state Supreme Court, and its article cites Justice at Stake. For more, check out Gavel Grab.  

February 7, 2016

There are increasing signs of TV ad wars in two states holding elections for state supreme court seats early this year, according to tracking data gathered by Justice at Stake. For details visit Gavel Grab



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