A new poll of North Carolina voters shows strong support for the state’s public financing program for appellate court candidates, which critics are pushing to dismantle. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
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On Friday, Louisiana’s Judicial Campaign Oversight Committee declared that Jefferson Parish judicial candidate Hilary Landry violated the state’s Code of Judicial Conduct.
GOP lawmakers continue to play politics with federal judicial nominees, bringing the confirmation process to a grinding halt, reports MSNBC. On Melissa Harris-Perry Saturday, the host and her guests discussed the problems that have led to a rise in judicial vacancies across the country.
Justice at Stake and some other national and local groups are working to preserve a program for public financing of appellate court candidates in North Carolina from efforts to eliminate it, the AP reported. See Gavel Grab for details.
Public officials from California, New York, Alaska, Maine and other states dialed in to a conference call last month to discuss how to address the rise in undisclosed campaign funds that abounded in the 2012 election. Read details in Gavel Grab.
A bill to make permanent the public financing of West Virginia Supreme Court candidates became law on May 1, and Justice at Stake saluted Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin for his support. Gavel Grab has details.
Sponsors withdrew a a retaliatory amendment to slash the salaries of four Iowa Supreme Court justices who participated in a controversial ruling on same-sex marriage. Details available from Gavel Grab.
Action by Congress and the president to end flight delays caused by federal budget cuts is piecemeal and fails to address delays in the delivery of justice, Justice at Stake told congressional leaders. Visit Gavel Grab for more.
Former Justice Elizabeth Weaver of the Michigan Supreme Court has written a book that is sharply critical of “dark money” judicial campaign expenditures that cannot be traced to corporations or individuals. Read Gavel Grab for more.
Raising campaign money for judicial elections puts the integrity of North Carolina’s courts at risk, former Governors Jim Holshouser and Jim Hunt write in a newspaper op-ed. For more, see Gavel Grab.
A legislative proposal to slash by 85 percent the salaries of four Iowa Supreme Court justices is punitive and reflects an effort to intimidate judges, Justice at Stake said. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
A court-bashing amendment proposed in Iowa's legislature would slash to $25,000 the salaries of four Supreme Court justices who participated in a unanimous ruling on same-sex marriage. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
The Senate confirmed Jane Kelly, an assistant public defender in Iowa, to the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday by a 96-0 vote. Gavel Grab has more.
Tennessee's legislature let die a measure written to extend the life of the state’s Judicial Nominating Commission, which now is set to go out of business after June 30. Check out Gavel Grab for details.
Two federal district court judges in Washington, D.C. are sounding an alarm that automatic budget cuts threaten the rights of indigent defendants to publicly funded counsel. Read Gavel Grab for more.
It’s past time for Congress and the president to collaborate, compromise and fill vacancies on the federal bench, American Bar Association President Laurel Bellows writes. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
To protect courts from the “corrosive influence” of special interest money in judicial races, North Carolina needs to support public financing for appellate court candidates, former Govs. Jim Hunt and Jim Holshouser say. Gavel Grab has more.
Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a leading voice for fair and impartial courts, is joining Justice at Stake as its first Honorary Chair. Read Gavel Grab for more.
After the West Virginia legislature voted to make permanent the public financing of state Supreme Court candidates, Justice at Stake applauded the action. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
Justice at Stake is voicing opposition to new legislation that would shrink the influential federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. from 11 to eight authorized judges. Read details at Gavel Grab.
Sen. Charles Grassley, at a high-profile Senate hearing on an appeals court nominee, announced legislation to reduce that influential Washington, D.C.-based court from 11 to eight judges. Gavel Grab has details.
Steve Nolder, director of the public defender’s office in southern Ohio, chose to fire himself instead of other lawyers after his office’s budget was slashed this year. See Gavel Grab for more.
“Merit selection isn’t about selecting liberal or conservative judges,” four former Pennsylvania governors said in a letter to the editor refuting the central thesis of a recent critical Wall Street Journal editorial. Gavel Grab has more.
The nation is facing “political paralysis” in the Senate over judicial confirmations, and it is time to consider bolder options to resolve the stalemate, a New York Times editorial declared. Read more in Gavel Grab.