Former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas is urging impeachment of a state who recently struck down an Arkansas ban on marriage for same-sex couples. Gavel Grab has more.
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With critics taking aim at three Tennessee Supreme Court justices, the incumbents’ retention election in August could break records for judicial election spending in the state. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
If "voters start thinking of judges as politicians in robes, then our state and our democracy are in trouble," JAS and the North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections wrote in a Raleigh News & Observer op-ed. See Gavel Grab for more.
The possible lines of attack for a partisan effort to remove three Tennessee Supreme Court justices in retention (up-or-down) elections this year were disclosed in a news report. Gavel Grab has more.
With more than $1.3 million spent on the North Carolina Supreme Court primary, JAS said, "[T]he question must be asked, 'Is justice for sale in North Carolina?" Read Gavel Grab for more.
Focusing on North Carolina’s Supreme Court primary, a New York Times article documents how the “revolution in financing political campaigns” with outside money has entered judicial elections, and cites JAS. Read Gavel Grab for more.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court was the subject of intimidation and threats in the days preceding the botched execution of an inmate, JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg said on a national radio show. Gavel Grab has more.
As a death penalty debate roiled around a botched execution in Oklahoma, Justice at Stake continued to spotlight a less-noticed dimension, the potential harm of the entire episode for impartial courts. Gavel Grab has details.
With a North Carolina Supreme Court primary tomorrow, the Daily Beast cited JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg about the dangers of negative advertising of the type that has emerged in the race. See Gavel Grab for more.
“A lot of judges and judicial candidates feel trapped in a system they did not sign up for,” JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg said about the new big-spending politics of judicial elections that's arrived in North Carolina. For more, see Gavel Grab.
A 2014 budget bill passed by Congress at least temporarily halted the bleeding for federal courts from funding cuts, but the harm remains, Praveen Fernandes of JAS told Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. See Gavel Grab for more.
Concerns raised by Justice at Stake about a botched execution by lethal injection in Oklahoma were quoted and shared by news media and analysts. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
The Missouri Senate has voted to block enforcement of some federal gun laws, and to allow citizens to sue public officials over their enforcing gun regulations. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
A national GOP group will mount a campaign to support judicial candidates with conservative ideologies. JAS warned, "Ideological litmus tests will only increase pressure on judges to act like politicians." Gavel Grab has more.
A proposed constitutional amendment that would enable a Florida Supreme Court-packing scheme advanced closer to a statewide referendum when the state House approved it on Wednesday. See Gavel Grab for details.
Justice at Stake decried a “governmental trainwreck” in Oklahoma that “resulted in a disgraceful outcome,” the botched execution of a convicted murderer. Gavel Grab has more.
Advertising expenditures in the North Carolina Supreme Court primary contest have topped a total of $1 million, including spending by candidates and by independent groups, Justice at Stake reported. For more, see Gavel Grab.
It is over the top for the federal court system to regularly have two dozen cases where judges have violated conflict of interest rules and acknowledged it after the fact, JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg said. Gavel Grab has more.
North Carolina “is headed for its second straight big-spending circus” in a state Supreme Court election, Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg said. For more, see Gavel Grab.
The Oklahoma House defeated a proposal to change the state’s Judicial Nominating Commission in a way that critics said would politicize the selection of judges. See Gavel Grab for more.
After a state legislator called for the impeachment of five Oklahoma Supreme Court justices, Justice at Stake on Thursday deplored "rash threats against sitting judges." Gavel Grab has details.
A Louisiana state legislator called for impeachment of five state Supreme Court justices who voted to stay the executions of two convicted murders. Gavel Grab has more.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic justice, wrote in a dissent this week her first high court opinion addressing race in America. See Gavel Grab for more.
A voter-approved Michigan ban on the use of racial preferences in admitting students to public universities was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 6-2 ruling. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
After Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed legislation to both fund and overhaul administration of the state judicial system, the state Supreme Court said it was "troubled" by his action. Visit Gavel Grab for more.