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Hugh Caperton, plaintiff in Caperton v. Massey
 

Recent Fair-Courts Articles

September 29, 2014

As judicial elections heat up, how can fair and impartial courts be protected in the face of big spending? From the New York Times to smaller news outlets, reporters exploring this issue cited Justice at Stake. See Gavel Grab for more.

September 29, 2014

A controversy swirling around several Wisconsin Supreme Court justices is the “bitter harvest” of a big-spending system of judicial elections, Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg warned. Read Gavel Grab for more.

September 26, 2014

In races for two seats on the Montana Supreme Court, outside spending in judicial elections and jury nullification have emerged among candidate concerns or favored topics. Gavel Grab has more. 

September 24, 2014

Outside spending is becoming a central issue in the upcoming Montana Supreme Court election for two open seats. Find out more about a candidate debate from Gavel Grab.

September 24, 2014

TV advertising buys adding up to nearly $710,000 have already been booked in four contested races for the North Carolina Supreme Court, Justice at Stake and two other reform groups said. Gavel Grab has more. 

September 24, 2014

Sen. Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said controversial judicial nominee Michael Boggs of Georgia does not have the votes to win approval by the committee. Read Gavel Grab for more.

September 19, 2014

“The public has become firmly convinced that justice is for sale," JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg told Stateline for an article about big-spending judicial elections and other efforts to influence fair courts. Gavel Grab has more.

September 16, 2014

Florida Gov. Rick Scott has appointed fewer African-American judges than did either of his two predecessors during a corresponding time period. Details available from Gavel Grab

September 16, 2014

Citizens concerned about protecting fair and impartial courts must stand up against attacks such as those occurring recently in Arkansas, urged Eric Lesh of Lambda Legal.  See Gavel Grab for details.

September 16, 2014

President Obama has made his mark reshaping the federal circuit courts of appeals, where judges appointed by Democratic presidents now outnumber those appointed by Republicans by 95 to 77. For more, visit Gavel Grab.

September 11, 2014

When state high court judges and candidates face voters this fall, special interest groups are expected to flood the contests with spending in an effort to reshape the courts, warned JAS and the Brennan Center for Justice. Gavel Grab has more.

September 8, 2014

Candidate fund-raising in advance of Ohio’s Supreme Court election this fall already has surpassed a combined $1 million. For more, visit Gavel Grab

September 2, 2014

Record-breaking judicial races and judges who have to write opinions at night because they’re too busy fundraising during the day… Is this what the American justice system has become? Gavel Grab has more.

September 1, 2014

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s pick of former chief counsel Caleb Stegall for a state Supreme Court opening met with criticism in some quarters. More from Gavel Grab.

August 28, 2014

Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jamie Barnett of Venable LLP, who has more than 30 years experience in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve, has joined the Justice at Stake Board of Directors. See more at Gavel Grab

August 28, 2014

Chief Justice Sarah Parker of the North Carolina Supreme Court, who will retire Saturday, recently spotlighted concerns about the impact on impartial courts of high-spending, politicized judicial elections. Gavel Grab has more.

August 22, 2014

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has issued a stern warning about the impact of campaign spending on impartial courts. Learn more from Gavel Grab.

August 21, 2014

In the Christian Post, a guest contributor registers concern over the influence of money in politics and says it is threatening our courts. Read more at Gavel Grab

August 21, 2014

A strong majority of Tennesseans who voted on Aug. 7 oppose partisan politics having a role in the courts or in retention (up-or-down) elections for judges, according to a poll commissioned by JAS. Find out more from Gavel Grab.

August 20, 2014

There are rumblings in Tennessee of a possible bid to impeach three state Supreme Court justices who were retained by voters in a closely watched election this month. Gavel Grab has more. 

August 20, 2014

Voters will confront in November a ballot with the names of 19 candidates to fill a seat on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and an editorial judges the situation "laughable." Learn more from Gavel Grab.

August 13, 2014

President Obama said that keeping the Senate in Democratic hands is important because of the possibility of a Supreme Court vacancy. See more at Gavel Grab.

August 13, 2014

 An editorial in the Washington Post calling for an end to judicial elections is the latest piece to spotlight the recent politicized judicial retention election in Tennessee. Gavel Grab has more.

August 12, 2014

 President Barack Obama spoke to a group of donors to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and expressed his goal of holding a democratic majority in the Senate in order to fill potential vacancies in the Supreme Court, Time reported.  Gavel Grab has more.

August 12, 2014

 The Center for American Progress published an article detailing the rise of the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), a group that has spent millions of dollars to try to influence several state Supreme Court elections. More from Gavel Grab.

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