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"This crisis of confidence in the judiciary is real and growing. Left unaddressed, the perception that justice is for sale will undermine the rule of law that the courts are supposed to uphold."
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

Recent Fair-Courts Articles

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.  

November 18, 2014

The 2014 GOP “wave” elections brought big changes for executive and legislative offices but “stopped at the courthouse door,” JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg wrote in an analysis published by McClatchy. For more, visit Gavel Grab.

November 14, 2014

Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, remarking on a high number of uncontested judicial elections in the state, says Ohio ought to consider appointing judges rather than electing them. Read more at Gavel Grab.

November 14, 2014

“Now the clock has been turned back to the days when judges had to raise money like politicians," JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg told a N.C. newspaper about recent judicial elections there. Gavel Grab has more. 

November 14, 2014

A group called Fix the Court has unveiled an ad campaign saying the U.S. Supreme Court “has become the most powerful, least accountable part of government in recent years.” For more, see Gavel Grab.

November 14, 2014

Using an executive order, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has created an  11-member Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments. Learn more from Gavel Grab.

November 5, 2014

TV ad spending in state supreme court elections by outside groups, political parties, and candidates since January has surged to more than $13.8 million, JAS and the Brennan Center for Justice said. See Gavel Grab for more. 

November 5, 2014

A year after legislators killed North Carolina’s public financing program for judicial campaigns, spending on the state’s Supreme Court race climbed to more than $5.2 million and shattered records. Read more at Gavel Grab.

November 5, 2014

Kansans voted to retain two state Supreme Court justices, Eric Rosen and Lee Johnson, for new six-year terms on Tuesday after they were targeted for ouster over a single court ruling. Gavel Grab has more. 

November 5, 2014

Tennessee voters approved on Tuesday a modified Federal-style system for picking appellate judges, and JAS called the action a good step forward. Find out more from Gavel Grab.  



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