As advertising ramps up in the Tennessee Supreme Court retention election, Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice voiced concerns about the impact on impartial courts. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
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As the Tennessee Supreme Court retention election ad wars get under way, JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg cautioned that a big-spending contest could harm impartial courts. For more, see Gavel Grab.
The Senate voted to confirm former Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronnie White to a federal judgeship, 17 years after he first was nominated for the post. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
A Washington-based group, the Republican State Leadership Committee, has begun sending out a pre-election mailer in Tennessee that urges, “Bench our liberal Supreme Court justices.” Gavel Grab has more.
A coin toss to determine the winner in a tied race for a local judgeship? It actually happened in McKinley County, New Mexico. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
There's more politics in judicial retention elections, Justice at Stake said, and when judges are forced to defend against ouster campaigns, they raise large sums as their campaigns have done in Tennessee. Gavel Grab has details.
Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System released the O'Connor Judicial Selection Plan, which Justice at Stake applauded. See Gavel Grab for details.
A group announced it will work to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment to help preserve an appointive process for selecting appellate state judges in Tennessee. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
The Supreme Court's justices agreed on a bottom line in an exceptional number of cases, but the numbers concealed deep division on some issues, expert court-watchers said. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
Justice at Stake has submitted a friend-of-the-court brief contending that a federal trial court order striking down campaign contribution limits threatens fair and impartial courts in Montana. Gavel Grab has details.
The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that despite a federal Affordable Care Act mandate, family-owned corporations may withhold insurance coverage of certain contraception methods under a law that protects religious freedom. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
The Pennsylvania Senate voted 40-10 on Thursday to kill a proposal for reducing the size of the state Supreme Court by two justices and the state Superior Court by four judges. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
For the first time since 1940, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed unanimously in more than 66 percent of its cases through the term, and that’s a positive development for the nation, Neal Katyal writes. Gavel Grab has more.
The integrity of the judiciary and the reputation of lawyers are getting “slimed” by activity that includes special interests pouring millions of dollars into judicial elections, says the new N.C. Bar Association head. Read Gavel Grab for more.
Delaware's governor didn't take her seriously in considering applicants for the position of Chief Justice, said a trailblazing female justice on the court. She will retire soon. See Gavel Grab for details.
The National Association of Women Judges was awarded an Emmy for its film “Fair and Free” featuring Justice at Stake's Honorary Chair, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Gavel Grab has more.
Noting the U.S. Senate’s historic confirmation this week of three judges of diverse backgrounds, JAS said a diverse bench serves all and strengthens public confidence in the judiciary. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
An amicus brief filed by JAS contends that sitting judges and non-judge candidates alike should be held to the same ethics rules when running for election to the Arizona bench. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
“[T]he process of staffing the federal courts is getting better, but given the process’s long-degraded state, that’s not saying much,” courts expert Russell Wheeler of the Brookings Institution blogs. See Gavel Grab for more.
The prospect of a big-spending Tennessee Supreme Court retention election is fueling debate about threats to judicial ethics and to our system of checks and balances. Gavel Grab has details.
Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts said a push for merit selection of statewide judges fell short this session, and the group will work to find common ground for reform. Gavel Grab has more.
At a forum in Philadelphia, state judges cautioned that impartial courts are threatened when special interests try to tilt the scales of justice by attempting to influence judges. For more, see Gavel Grab.
"It’s discouraging to hear that Tennessee’s courts are about to face the kind of special-interest tsunami that is targeting courts across the country," JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg said. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
Public trust in fair and impartial courts “is undermined when special interest groups pour large sums of money into judicial elections,” Justice at Stake wrote leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Read Gavel Grab for more.