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"These are distinctly frightening times-especially for those of us who believe judicial elections should be different from other elections and that it is important to maintain both the appearance and actuality of impartial justice."
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Recent Fair-Courts Articles

June 11, 2014

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.

June 4, 2014

"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.  

June 3, 2014

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.

May 28, 2014

In a rare TV interview of jurists who are targeted for ouster, three Tennessee Supreme Court justices said they’re campaigning for the ability of state courts to remain independent. Find out more from Gavel Grab

May 27, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has successfully stepped up the pace for Senate confirmation of judicial nominees, and the number of judicial vacancies has declined. Read Gavel Grab for more.

May 27, 2014

The issue of the legality of marriage for same-sex couples has gained momentum from a wave of lower-court rulings by a diverse set of judges who ruled against state bans. Gavel Grab has more. 

May 27, 2014

A defender of fair courts found disturbing parallels between a backlash against Brown v. Board of Education 60 years ago and retribution against the Kansas Supreme Court in modern times. Learn more from Gavel Grab.  

May 21, 2014

TV ad spending in an Arkansas Supreme Court election nearly doubled from 2012, and JAS said 2014 is becoming "a year of escalating pressure on our courts." Find out more from Gavel Grab.

May 21, 2014

Following months of speculation and pressure, Gov. Chris Christie reappointed Chief Justice Stuart Rabner to the New Jersey Supreme Court after making a political deal. Gavel Grab has more.  

May 19, 2014

JAS Board Members Ruth McGregor and Randall Shepard, retired state chief justices, decried in a Washington Post op-ed an “atmosphere of bullying” that is threatening fair and impartial courts. Find out more from Gavel Grab.  

May 18, 2014

The New York Times, in a searing editorial entitled “Judges and Justice for Sale,” condemned judicial elections in America. Gavel Grab has details. 

May 16, 2014

The Brown v. Board of Education decision sixty years ago is historic not only for its impact on civil rights and education but also for illustrating the importance of independent courts, JAS said. See Gavel Grab for more.

May 14, 2014

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe’s office and the Arkansas House Speaker are vigorously rejecting calls to impeach a state judge who issued a controversial ruling in a marriage case. Read Gavel Grab for more.

May 14, 2014

The Senate confirmed Diane Humetewa to the federal district court in Arizona, where she will become the first female Native American federal judge in history, a milestone applauded by JAS. Gavel Grab has more. 

May 13, 2014

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas is urging impeachment of a state who recently struck down an Arkansas  ban on marriage for same-sex couples. Gavel Grab has more. 

May 13, 2014

With critics taking aim at three Tennessee Supreme Court justices, the incumbents’ retention election in August could break records for judicial election spending in the state. Find out more from Gavel Grab

May 9, 2014

If "voters start thinking of judges as politicians in robes, then our state and our democracy are in trouble," JAS and the North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections wrote in a Raleigh News & Observer op-ed. See Gavel Grab for more. 

May 7, 2014

The possible lines of attack for a partisan effort to remove three Tennessee Supreme Court justices in retention (up-or-down) elections this year were disclosed in a news report. Gavel Grab has more.

May 7, 2014

With more than $1.3 million spent on the North Carolina Supreme Court primary, JAS said, "[T]he question must be asked, 'Is justice for sale in North Carolina?" Read Gavel Grab for more.

May 6, 2014

Focusing on North Carolina’s Supreme Court primary, a New York Times article documents how the “revolution in financing political campaigns” with outside money has entered judicial elections, and cites JAS.  Read Gavel Grab for more.

May 6, 2014

The Oklahoma Supreme Court was the subject of intimidation and threats in the days preceding the botched execution of an inmate, JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg said on a national radio show. Gavel Grab has more. 

May 5, 2014

As a death penalty debate roiled around a botched execution in Oklahoma, Justice at Stake continued to spotlight a less-noticed dimension, the potential harm of the entire episode for impartial courts. Gavel Grab has details.

May 5, 2014

With a North Carolina Supreme Court primary tomorrow, the Daily Beast cited JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg about the dangers of negative advertising of the type that has emerged in the race. See Gavel Grab for more.

May 2, 2014

“A lot of judges and judicial candidates feel trapped in a system they did not sign up for,” JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg said about the new big-spending politics of judicial elections that's arrived in North Carolina. For more, see Gavel Grab.

May 2, 2014

A 2014 budget bill passed by Congress at least temporarily halted the bleeding for federal courts from funding cuts, but the harm remains, Praveen Fernandes of JAS told Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. See Gavel Grab for more.

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