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"The founders realized there has to be someplace where being right is more important than being popular or powerful, and where fairness trumps strength. And in our country, that place is supposed to be the courtroom."
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor
 

Recent Fair-Courts Articles

March 18, 2014

A specially designated panel of the Tennessee Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of retention (yes-or-no) elections for appeals court judges. For details visit Gavel Grab

March 18, 2014

Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court says inadequate court funding is denying justice to thousands of victims, children, families and businesses each year. Gavel Grab has more. 

March 18, 2014

A proposed constitutional amendment to change the way judges are selected in Minnesota, by relying on merit selection, advanced out of a state Senate subcommittee. Find out more from Gavel Grab.  

March 12, 2014

Justice at Stake applauded on Wednesday New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez’s signing legislation that creates five new judgeships. For more, check out Gavel Grab.

March 12, 2014

The National Association of Women Judges will present its “Partners in Justice Award” to Justice at Stake in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. Gavel Grab has more.

March 10, 2014

A proposed constitutional amendment in Florida, to let the governor make prospective appointments of judges, puts another court-packing scheme before the legislature. Find out more from Gavel Grab.

March 10, 2014

After a Kansas Supreme Court ruling on public education, political leaders' discussion of reining in the court's authority was significantly muted. Check out Gavel Grab for more.  

March 7, 2014

The Kansas Supreme Court found unconstitutional the state’s current public education funding levels. It returned the case to a lower court for further review. A constitutional shutdown apparently was avoided. Gavel Grab has more. 

March 7, 2014

The Senate’s blocking the nomination of Debo Adegbile, a respected civil rights lawyer, to a top Justice Department post has big implications for defenders of fair impartial courts, JAS said. Learn more from Gavel Grab.

March 7, 2014

The Senate confirmed Pedro A. Delgado Hernandez of Puerto Rico for a federal district court judgeship by a 98-0 vote, shortly after 41 Republicans had voted to filibuster his nomination. Gavel Grab has more.

March 7, 2014

In Sauk Centre, immortalized in the book "Main Street," a newspaper editor judges Minnesota elections to be a "sham" today and urges consideration of reform. See Gavel Grab for more. 

March 5, 2014

A handful of anti-court bills sponsored by then-House Speaker T.W. Shannon of Oklahoma died last week, not long after Shannon left the legislature and was replaced as speaker. For more, see Gavel Grab

February 28, 2014

JAS, Arizona Advocacy Network and other partners, joined by former Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor, launched the Judicial Diversity Project in Arizona this week. See Gavel Grab for more. 

February 28, 2014

In a video interview, JAS Executive Director previewed judicial elections in North Carolina, Texas, and possibly Illinois as ones for defenders of fair and impartial courts to watch in upcoming weeks. Gavel Grab has more. 

February 28, 2014

A proposed U.S. Treasury Department rule to curb  501(c)(4) “social welfare” non-profit groups could have unique and unintended consequences for the courts, Justice at Stake said in submitting comments on it. Learn more from Gavel Grab

February 26, 2014

In the Texas Supreme Court GOP primary, Democratic trial lawyers are raising campaign money in support of Republican challengers in hopes of unseating incumbent Republicans next month. Gavel Grab has more. 

February 26, 2014

Vacant federal district court judgeships have increased from 75 to 80 since Senate Democrats forced a rules change in November to eliminate filibusters of most judicial nominations, the Brennan Center for Justice says. Find out more from Gavel Grab

February 20, 2014

The New Jersey State Bar Association warned of "an unprecedented intrusion of politics into the third co-equal branch" if Gov. Chris Christie does not reappoint Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner. See Gavel Grab for more. 

February 20, 2014

President Obama’s nomination of Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Michael Boggs for the federal district court has encountered resistance from 27 liberal groups. Gavel Grab has details.  

February 19, 2014

Legislators’ calls to impeach judges are multiplying in the wake of recent court rulings involving marriage for same-sex couples, with a Virginia legislator sounding the most recent call. For more, see Gavel Grab.

February 13, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has taken steps to move ahead and break a Senate GOP stall on four district court nominations. Gavel Grab has details.

February 13, 2014

California’s courts have sunk so far into a fiscal hole  after repeated rounds of budget cuts that some of their most ardent defenders say the courts are "rationing justice." For more, visit Gavel Grab

February 13, 2014

Special interest groups from the NRA to People for the American Way are openly sizing up their chances to influence the next nominations to the U.S. Supreme Court. Read Gavel Grab for more.

February 7, 2014

Justice at Stake was among several co-sponsors of an Alliance for Justice forum on judicial diversity, “Broadening the Bench,” featuring Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.  Gavel Grab has more.

February 4, 2014

Washington’s Senate Law and Justice Committee has advanced to the full Senate a proposal to cut the state Supreme Court through attrition from nine members to seven. Gavel Grab has details. 

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