Choosing state judges by popular election is a “dreadful” way to select jurists, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said. Gavel Grab has more.
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The president of the American Bar Association says that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback mischaracterized ABA policy in defending his own controversial actions. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
Justice at Stake and seven other groups are asking the Supreme Court for greater transparency in the release of annual reports that document each justice’s financial interests. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback continues to get a thumping from editorial pages unhappy with his decision to keep secret the names of applicants for a Court of Appeals judgeship. For more, seeGavel Grab.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie singled out Chief Justice Stuart Rabner for sharp criticism after the judge wrote a court ruling that didn't go the governor's way. See details at Gavel Grab.
The justice system is getting reexamined in the uproar following a Florida jury’s acquittal of George Zimmerman in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African American. Read Gavel Grab for more.
After a brief period of reconsideration, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback says it's final, he won't disclose names of applicants for a new Court of Appeals judgeship. One KS group decried his "flip-flop." See Gavel Grab for more.
If there was any doubt whether Senate Republicans would mount an all-out effort to block three of President Obama's nominees to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, it is past, a Senate hearing signaled. For more, see Gavel Grab.
The League of Women Voters of Kansas is voicing concern about a decision by Gov. Sam Brownback’s office to keep secret the names of applicants for a new Court of Appeals judgeship. Gavel Grab has details.
The League of Women Voters of Kansas, citing the Kansas Open Records Act, is asking the governor to disclose applicants for a Court of Appeals judgeship. JAS also has urged disclosure. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
Gov. Martin O’Malley, making two appointments, has named the first woman to lead what will be first female majority on Maryland’s Supreme Court. For more, see Gavel Grab.
A group of former Kansas legislators was right in urging Gov. Sam Brownback to change his mind and disclose the names of applicants for a new Court of Appeals judgeship, Justice at Stake said. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
The Supreme Court’s dual marriage rulings this week cast the high court in a bright spotlight for the impact it has on citizens’ lives. For more, see Gavel Grab.
The Supreme Court issued two major decisions on cases about marriage for same-sex couples. The rulings were seen as expanding gay rights. Gavel Grab has details.
Special interests and legislators are waging a "national war on state courts," reports an ABA Journal article, and it quotes Justice at Stake. For more, see Gavel Grab.
A North Carolina judge spoke out in support of the state’s public financing program for judicial candidates, saying it helps preserve a judiciary that is fair and independent. See Gavel Grab for more.
Four out of five voters back stronger disclosure laws for judicial campaigns in state elections, according to a new poll. See Gavel Grab for details.
A secretive U.S. surveillance court is in the limelight, and experts are questioning its diversity and the direction of its evolution over its 35 years. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
A report by the American Constitution Society about business group donations to judicial campaigns supports a perception that “justice is for sale,” writes Liz Seaton, acting JAS executive director. See Gavel Grab for more.
Addressing the Philadelphia Bar Association, retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor called it a “serious problem that people in this country think of judges as politicians in robes.” Learn more from Gavel Grab.
The death of North Carolina's public financing for judicial elections appears to be near, and “the real losers will be North Carolina residents," Justice at Stake warned. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
"Now, in many states, justices are involved in bare-knuckle partisan brawls similar to those that characterize non-judicial elections," said a new report on a tide of out-of-state spending in judicial races. See Gavel Grab for more.
The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a National Security Agency phone data collection program that was the subject of a leak to news media last week, which in turn ignited controversy over the court-approved program.
A report by the American Constitution Society sparked renewed media attention to concerns that interest group spending on judicial elections may influence rulings by judges. Find out more from Gavel Grab.