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"These are distinctly frightening times-especially for those of us who believe judicial elections should be different from other elections and that it is important to maintain both the appearance and actuality of impartial justice."
Rick Hasen and Dahlia Lithwick

Recent Fair-Courts Articles

May 27, 2015
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a court order that struck down campaign contribution limits in Montana, and JAS applauded “a victory for fair and impartial courts and the people of Montana.” Learn more from Gavel Grab.  
May 27, 2015
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore floated the idea of Congress launching impeachment proceedings if U.S. Supreme Court justices weighing a marriage equality decision “disobey” the U.S. Constitution. Gavel Grab has details. 


May 15, 2015

A barrage of last-minute advertising has pushed TV ad buys in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court primary up to at least $2.4 million as of Friday, Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice said. Check out Gavel Grab for more. 

May 14, 2015

A proposal to revamp membership of the Alaska Judicial Council came under criticism this week from retired Alaska Supreme Court Justice Walter “Bud” Carpeneti. Gavel Grab has details. 

May 12, 2015

With 12 candidates running for three open seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, almost $5 million in contributions has been raised so far. Gavel Grab has more. 

May 11, 2015

Wisconsin’s courts have been dragged into the “take-no-prisoners feud” of partisan political brawling in the state and nation, JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg says in a National Law Journal essay. See details at Gavel Grab.

May 7, 2015

The entire system of electing state judges ought to be abolished and replaced by appointments, the Washington Post said in an editorial applauding a recent Supreme Court ruling. Gavel Grab has more.  

May 7, 2015

A New Yorker article decried the influence of “money-fuelled and often nasty judicial elections” in reducing the Wisconsin Supreme Court from a highly respected tribunal “into a disgraceful mess.” Read Gavel Grab for more.

April 30, 2015

 Chief Justice John Roberts differentiated elected judges from other elected officials in the Williams-Yulee decision, the Washington Post reports. See Gavel Grab for more.

April 28, 2015

Americans overwhelmingly support filming arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court. One demographic is still opposed to the idea: the justices themselves. Read more at Gavel Grab

April 28, 2015

One of Idaho’s two circuit judges is planning on taking senior status soon, leaving one full time judgeship open. Although President Obama will eventually make the nomination, the state’s Senators are leading the vetting process. More from Gavel Grab

April 28, 2015

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments today on whether the Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry. Gavel Grab has more.

April 27, 2015

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court race is making some headlines as candidates try to stand out from the crowd. Read more at Gavel Grab

April 23, 2015

 Governor Steve Bullock of Montana signed the Montana Disclose Act this week, expanding their campaign finance regulations. More from Gavel Grab.

April 17, 2015

Reformers are raising concerns about big fundraising in races for three Pennsylvania Supreme Court openings, including an individual's donation of $500,000 to one candidate. Read Gavel Grab for more. 

April 16, 2015

The Montana legislature has passed a bill to require disclosure of any donor who gives money to any independent group spending on state-level elections.  Gavel Grab has more. 

April 14, 2015

In one of the cases about marriage for same-sex couples to be argued before the Supreme Court soon, a federal judge became the target of an impeachment call over his controversial ruling. Find out more from Gavel Grab.  

April 13, 2015

Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas said he believes it is time to rethink the popular election of appellate judges, adding, “I am willing to give that some gubernatorial support.” Gavel Grab has more. 

April 10, 2015

Cynicism is bred by the millions of dollars flowing into Illinois judicial elections and reform ought to be considered, a Chicago Sun-Times editorial said. Gavel Grab has details. 

April 10, 2015

A day after voter passage of a referendum to change the way the Wisconsin Chief Justice is selected, sitting Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to hold on to her post. Read Gavel Grab for more. 

April 9, 2015

“No matter what party you’re from, as a Supreme Court justice, you’re feeling more pressure, and you have to look over your shoulder more and more," JAS told The New York Times after voters cast ballots in Wisconsin. See Gavel Grab for more.  

April 8, 2015

After Wisconsin voters approved a proposed constitutional amendment to change the way the Chief Justice is selected, Justice at Stake warned that the insulation intended to shield judges from political bullying is wearing thin. See Gavel Grab for more. 

April 7, 2015

There are too few judges, and backlogs of civil suits involving such issues as civil rights, personal injury and Social Security benefits are piling up in some federal courts, the Wall Street Journal says. Gavel Grab has more. 

April 7, 2015

A bill advancing in the Kansas legislature provides more funding for the state courts, on the condition that the courts do not find a law adopted last year unconstitutional. Read Gavel Grab for details. 

April 3, 2015

A lopsided, late-hour ad race has emerged over a ballot initiative that would likely demote Wisconsin Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson if it is passed on April 7th, Justice at Stake reported. For more, visit Gavel Grab



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