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Recent Fair-Courts Articles

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. 

January 20, 2015

On the eve of oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, the New York Times editorialized in support of a Florida ethics rule that bars judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign donations. See Gavel Grab for details. 

January 16, 2015

The Supreme Court will hear arguments in April to decide whether same-sex couples nationwide have a right to marry under the Constitution. Learn more from Gavel Grab. 

January 16, 2015

Gov. Sam Brownback proposed changes to the way Kansas Supreme Court judges are chosen, saying the state needs a “more democratic” process to select judges. Gavel Grab has more. 

January 13, 2015

“Democracy reform is no longer a two-branch issue. It’s a three-branch issue," JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg declared at a Washington, D.C. forum on "Democracy and Our State Courts: Fighting Back After Citizens United." See Gavel Grab for more.

January 13, 2015

Washington state legislators have found numerous ways to lash out at the Washington Supreme Court over its public school funding decisions, including disinviting the Chief Justice from delivering a state of the judiciary address. Gavel Grab has more. 

January 12, 2015

Ex-trial judge Michael Maggio of Arkansas pleaded guilty to a federal charge of bribery in connection with  a campaign contribution to his then-campaign for the state Court of Appeals. Check out Gavel Grab for details.

January 8, 2015

On Thursday, JAS participated at a press briefing in Washington about the importance of an upcoming Supreme Court case. It involves state rules that bar judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign money. Gavel Grab has more.  

January 8, 2015

When three women took the oath to serve on the Arkansas Supreme Court, it marked the first time in history that women comprised a majority on the court. Learn more from Gavel Grab.

January 5, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments soon in a case involving the free-speech rights of judicial candidates. The Washington Post reported on briefs filed in the case by proponents on both sides, including JAS. Learn more from Gavel Grab.


January 5, 2015

Retention elections for top state judges are increasingly becoming high-stakes political battles in Kansas and elsewhere, the Wichita Eagle article reported, quoting Justice at Stake. For more, see Gavel Grab

December 24, 2014

Justice at Stake is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm Florida’s rule prohibiting judges and judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign contributions. For more, visit Gavel Grab

December 18, 2014

A bill targeting South Carolina judges who uphold marriage quality is a "brazen political attack on the independence of the judicial branch, of the ‘end run’ variety,” Justice at Stake said. Find out more from Gavel Grab

December 18, 2014

The Senate voted to confirm 12 district court judges, including the first African American woman to serve as a district judge in North Carolina and the first openly gay judge to serve in the Fifth Circuit. For more, visit Gavel Grab. 

December 12, 2014

Citing huge sums funneled into a Missouri lower-court election, a St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial asks a big donor for more transparency and less deceit. Find out more from Gavel Grab.

December 12, 2014

This year’s judicial elections may be past, but the threat to impartial courts from costly races featuring soft-on-crime attack ads endures, suggests a lengthy article at The Atlantic. Gavel Grab has more.

December 9, 2014

A high spending free-for-all could erupt when three Pennsylvania Supreme Court seats will be up for election in 2015, JAS told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Find out more from Gavel Grab.

December 4, 2014

When politicians and others threaten to impeach judges over controversial rulings, it “can only pervert justice,” Bert Brandenburg, JAS executive director, writes in a USA Today op-ed. Gavel Grab has more.

December 3, 2014

Is a planned mandatory judicial retirement age bill a stealth ploy to force 80-year-old Wisconsin Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson to retire? Find out more from Gavel Grab.

November 26, 2014

Judicial campaigns are getting more political, as a “new wave of campaign spending driven by outside political groups and unlimited donations" affect them, the Los Angeles Times reports. Gavel Grab has more.

November 24, 2014

The New Yorker takes an in-depth look at what happens in Alabama when a judge overrides a jury's recommendation for a life prison sentence. The article cites JAS. For more, see Gavel Grab.  



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