When state high court judges and candidates face voters this fall, special interest groups are expected to flood the contests with spending in an effort to reshape the courts, warned JAS and the Brennan Center for Justice. Gavel Grab has more.
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Candidate fund-raising in advance of Ohio’s Supreme Court election this fall already has surpassed a combined $1 million. For more, visit Gavel Grab.
Record-breaking judicial races and judges who have to write opinions at night because they’re too busy fundraising during the day… Is this what the American justice system has become? Gavel Grab has more.
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback’s pick of former chief counsel Caleb Stegall for a state Supreme Court opening met with criticism in some quarters. More from Gavel Grab.
Rear Admiral (Ret.) Jamie Barnett of Venable LLP, who has more than 30 years experience in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve, has joined the Justice at Stake Board of Directors. See more at Gavel Grab.
Chief Justice Sarah Parker of the North Carolina Supreme Court, who will retire Saturday, recently spotlighted concerns about the impact on impartial courts of high-spending, politicized judicial elections. Gavel Grab has more.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has issued a stern warning about the impact of campaign spending on impartial courts. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
In the Christian Post, a guest contributor registers concern over the influence of money in politics and says it is threatening our courts. Read more at Gavel Grab.
A strong majority of Tennesseans who voted on Aug. 7 oppose partisan politics having a role in the courts or in retention (up-or-down) elections for judges, according to a poll commissioned by JAS. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
There are rumblings in Tennessee of a possible bid to impeach three state Supreme Court justices who were retained by voters in a closely watched election this month. Gavel Grab has more.
Voters will confront in November a ballot with the names of 19 candidates to fill a seat on the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and an editorial judges the situation "laughable." Learn more from Gavel Grab.
President Obama said that keeping the Senate in Democratic hands is important because of the possibility of a Supreme Court vacancy. See more at Gavel Grab.
An editorial in the Washington Post calling for an end to judicial elections is the latest piece to spotlight the recent politicized judicial retention election in Tennessee. Gavel Grab has more.
President Barack Obama spoke to a group of donors to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and expressed his goal of holding a democratic majority in the Senate in order to fill potential vacancies in the Supreme Court, Time reported. Gavel Grab has more.
The Center for American Progress published an article detailing the rise of the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC), a group that has spent millions of dollars to try to influence several state Supreme Court elections. More from Gavel Grab.
A federal judge has declared that a monument of the Ten Commandments in front of the Bloomfield, New Mexico City Hall violates the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. Gavel Grab has more.
Tennessee voters gave three incumbent Supreme Court justices new eight-year terms. Both sides had spent more than $1.4 million combined on TV advertising in the hard-fought election. Gavel Grab has more.
As national and state media followed the Supreme Court retention election in Tennessee, JAS and a partner group were quoted raising concerns about the risks of politicized and high-spending judicial races. Gavel Grab has more.
Diversity on the bench was in the spotlight in two Midwestern states today after milestone achievements by two women. Gavel Grab has details.
In a keynote speech to an attorneys' organization, JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg discussed "Judges in a Fish Bowl" and what can be done when an independent judiciary comes under repeated attack. See Gavel Grab for more.
The New York Times profiled the “expensive and acrimonious" Tennessee Supreme Court retention election and quoted Justice at Stake about it. Gavel Grab has more.
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said he believes that electing state judges is a mistake and that Arkansas should consider shifting to a method like Missouri's. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
In Bergen County, N.J., family and civil trials expected to run longer than two weeks will be suspended due to a shortage of judges, caused in part by political battles over naming and confirming them. Gavel Grab has more.
Combined spending by both sides in advance of Tennessee’s heated Aug. 7 Supreme Court retention election has surpassed the $1 million mark, according to Justice at Stake. Gavel Grab has more.
Legislators interested in changing the way Kansas Supreme Court justices are selected seized on a recent high court ruling that overturned death penalty sentences handed two brothers. Find out more from Gavel Grab.