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Paul Pfeifer, Ohio Supreme Court justice
 

Recent Fair-Courts Articles

February 26, 2015

With scathing criticism of Citizens United’s “destructive fallout” for elected state courts, retired Montana Supreme Court Justice James Nelson is calling for a switch to merit selection of his state’s judges. Find out more from Gavel Grab

February 23, 2015

State judicial elections have moved from getting scathing criticism on editorial pages to skewering on late-night TV. To view the video, visit Gavel Grab. 

February 20, 2015

A special prosecutor's request for recusal by one or more Wisconsin Supreme Court justices shows the "bitter harvest" of electing judges, JAS said in a letter to the editor of a Wisconsin newspaper. For more, see Gavel Grab.  

February 20, 2015

Dan Glickman, a former U.S. House representative from Kansas, extolled in an op-ed the democratic virtues of choosing Kansas Supreme Court justices by merit selection. Gavel Grab has more.  

February 18, 2015

An Idaho legislator, unhappy about federal judges striking down state bans on marriage for same-sex couples, has proposed a resolution to impeach certain judges. Find out more from Gavel Grab

February 17, 2015
The special prosecutor leading a state campaign finance investigation has asked one or more Wisconsin Supreme Court justices to step aside from hearing challenges to the probe. For more, visit Gavel Grab
February 14, 2015

In an Orlando Sentinel op-ed, JAS spelled out its support for Florida's ban on judges soliciting campaign donations, now challenged in a case before the Supreme Court. Learn more from Gavel Grab.  

February 12, 2015

After Arizona’s House Judiciary Committee voted to expand the state Supreme Court from five to seven members, Justice at Stake issued a statement that warned about court-packing. Gavel Grab has details. 

February 11, 2015

A state legislator has proposed a constitutional amendment to switch from nonpartisan election of Arkansas Supreme Court justices to a merit-based selection system. Find out more from Gavel Grab.

February 10, 2015

How did Alabama's chief justice land in the national spotlight this week? A Bloomberg article turned for an explanation to an electoral analysis by Justice at Stake. Gavel Grab has more. 

February 9, 2015

As Kansas legislators prepare to debate changing the way state Supreme Court justices are selected, a news article examined a lack of diversity in the state judiciary and quoted Justice at Stake.  Gavel Grab has more. 

February 9, 2015

It is high time to shift gears and switch from judicial election to the merit-based selection of appellate judges in Pennsylvania, a group of retired judges declared in an op-ed. Find details at Gavel Grab.

February 5, 2015

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said on Wednesday that “when it costs millions of dollars to fund a campaign for a state supreme court, something is terribly wrong.” Gavel Grab has details. 

February 5, 2015

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner of Illinois announced his support for moving toward a merit-based judicial selection system in the state. For more, see Gavel Grab

February 5, 2015

When a minister delivered the opening prayer in the Tennessee state Senate on Tuesday, she slammed what she called “wicked courts.” Read Gavel Grab for more. 

February 3, 2015

Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar, a recently argued Supreme Court case about judicial candidates directly soliciting campaign money, is bringing more bad publicity for judicial elections. Check out Gavel Grab for more. 

February 2, 2015

A Lawrence Journal-World editorial slammed the "completely closed process" that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback used to nominate a new Court of Appeals judge. Find out more from Gavel Grab.  

January 30, 2015

Did Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith L. French display potential bias for fellow Republicans in elected office with her remarks at a campaign rally last year? Learn from Gavel Grab about the controversy and recusal motion. 

January 26, 2015

As Kansas debates proposed changes to the way state Supreme Court justices are chosen, Justice at Stake said it would be a mistake to adopt a more political selection process, a Kansas newspaper reported. Learn more from Gavel Grab

January 26, 2015

An effort to change the procedure for picking Wisconsin’s chief justice is portrayed as partisan payback and an attempt to thoroughly politicize the state Supreme Court. Learn more from Gavel Grab.

January 23, 2015

A push in Wisconsin’s legislature to change the traditional method of selecting the state Supreme Court’s Chief Justice amounts to partisan “payback,” Justice at Stake said. Find out more from Gavel Grab

January 22, 2015

A Supreme Court case argued this week involves state bans on judicial candidates personally asking for campaign money. It’s also becoming a window for national debate about state judicial elections overall. Gavel Grab has more. 

January 21, 2015

The legacy of Citizens United for elected state courts is damaging, former Texas Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson and Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente said in a joint op-ed. Find out more from Gavel Grab.

January 21, 2015

The Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling five years ago continues to cast a shadow over elected state courts, Justice at Stake said. For details, see Gavel Grab

January 20, 2015

The Supreme Court appeared closely split on Tuesday when it heard oral arguments over whether to uphold a Florida ethics rule that prohibits judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign money. Gavel Grab has details. 

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