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"The influence of big money in judicial elections has exploded in this decade, and ... it has totally eroded public confidence."
Ed Rendell, governor of Pennsylvania

Recent Fair-Courts Articles

August 26, 2015

The new municipal judge in Ferguson, Mo. has announced sweeping changes in court procedures, intended to restore public confidence in the system. Visit Gavel Grab for more. 

August 24, 2015

Amid an ongoing fight over a Virginia Supreme Court judgeship, a Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial calls for the legislature to adopt a merit-based selection system. Gavel Grab has more. 

August 24, 2015

Merit-based systems for choosing state judges have come under assault this year, according to Gavel to Gavel, yet “Major changes failed to pass." Learn more from Gavel Grab

August 20, 2015

It was the Constitution, not a "cabal of unelected judges," that resulted in the Connecticut Supreme Court's striking down the state's death penalty, a defense attorney writes. Gavel Grab has more. 

August 20, 2015

Russell Wheeler of Brookings reports that that judicial vacancies likely will climb in the final two years of President Obama’s administration and nominations will decline. For more, check out Gavel Grab

August 14, 2015

JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg will step down this month after having helping to build “one of the most visible groups opposing the politicization of judicial seats,” the Legal Times reported. Find out more from Gavel Grab.

August 13, 2015

Some politicians threatened impeachment after the Washington Supreme Court fined the state $100,000 a day until legislators come up with a concrete plan to adequately fund K-12 education. Read Gavel Grab for more. 

August 13, 2015

Rep. Steve King of Iowa, blasting a “rogue” U.S. Supreme Court, plans to propose a constitutional amendment for term limits and for elections of its justices. Read Gavel Grab for details. 

August 11, 2015

When politics trumps qualifications in selecting our judges, it’s a threat to democracy, JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg wrote in a Washington Post letter to the editor. Visit Gavel Grab for more. 

August 6, 2015

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the federal Voting Rights Act, Justice at Stake pointed out the importance of fair and impartial courts in defining and protecting our voting rights. Gavel Grab has details.

August 5, 2015

Reports that Virginia GOP legislators plan to remove a newly appointed state Supreme Court justice and elect their own pick ignited a firestorm of editorials denouncing politics in judicial selection. See Gavel Grab for more. 

August 3, 2015

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser issued a lengthy opinion explaining why he believed he could participate in a recent, controversial campaign finance ruling by the court. Find out more from Gavel Grab

August 3, 2015

Sen. Charles Grassley,  chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, criticized important U.S. Supreme Court decisions from this past term. Gavel Grab has details. 

August 3, 2015

Fox News commentator Juan Williams takes aim at political gamesmanship aimed at courts, and he has blame to dish out on all sides. Find out more from Gavel Grab

July 22, 2015

It is time to “Abandon Judicial Elections,” urges a respected federal appellate judge, Alex Kozinski of the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Gavel Grab has details. 

July 16, 2015

A Wichita Eagle editorial warns, “The war over the independence and authority of the Kansas judiciary is escalating. The courts’ ability to function risks serious injury, as does the separation of powers.” For more, visit Gavel Grab.

July 10, 2015

Former Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb of Alabama, addressing the 2015 Fair Courts State Summit, called on all 50 states to use merit selection in order to preserve fair and impartial courts. Gavel Grab has details. 

July 10, 2015

Public confidence in our courts is eroded when judicial candidates raise campaign cash from litigants and lawyers, former Texas Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson told Justice at Stake’s 2015 Fair Courts State Summit. For more, visit Gavel Grab

July 7, 2015

A threat by legislators to impeach Oklahoma Supreme Court justices over a ruling is an “an extreme and unjustifiable response to a controversial decision,” a Tulsa World editorial warned. Learn more from Gavel Grab

July 7, 2015

A Texas legislator who opposes marriage rights for same-sex couples is calling on Congress to begin impeachment of five Supreme Court justices and to consider court-stripping legislation. For more, visit Gavel Grab

July 6, 2015

Over the July 4th holiday weekend, opinions in two Kansas newspapers sounded calls to protect fair and impartial courts from efforts to inject politics into the selection of judges. Gavel Grab has details. 

July 2, 2015

Amid controversy over a Ten Commandments marker ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court, news media cited Justice at Stake about the dangers of judicial impeachment. Read Gavel Grab for more.  

July 1, 2015

“The latest threat by Oklahoma legislators to bully the state’s Supreme Court is deeply disturbing,” JAS Deputy Executive Director Liz Seaton said  after several legislators voiced support for the impeachment of seven justices. Gavel Grab has details. 

June 30, 2015

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has criticized the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage ruling and two Kansas Supreme Court rulings, and has called for a “more democratic” selection process for judges. Check out Gavel Grab for details. 

June 29, 2015

Recent political attacks on the Supreme Court are antithetical to the concept of fair and impartial courts, the Justice at Stake Campaign said. See Gavel Grab for more.  



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