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Recent Fair-Courts Articles

June 12, 2013

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. 

June 12, 2013

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.

June 10, 2013

President Obama, acting on the recommendation of the Office of Management and Budget, has forwarded to Congress a request by the U.S. courts for a $73 million emergency infusion. Learn more from Gavel Grab.  

June 10, 2013

A secretive federal court in Washington is getting increased scrutiny as debate rages over disclosures of programs for government surveillance phone call and Internet data. See Gavel Grab for more.  

June 7, 2013

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor stressed themes of preserving judicial independence and impartiality in an Oklahoma speech this week. Read more at Gavel Grab.

June 6, 2013

A British newspaper reported that the telephone records of millions of Americans are being collected by the National Security Agency under a secret court order from April. Gavel Grab has details. 

June 6, 2013

There's continuing debate in New Jersey and elsewhere: Is judicial independence threatened, or are the people who warn about it engaging in "hysteria"? For details, see Gavel Grab.

June 4, 2013

President Obama’s naming three picks for the D.C. Circuit gives the Senate a new opportunity to show bipartisanship and strengthen our courts, Justice at Stake said. Learn more from Gavel Grab.

June 3, 2013

New North Carolina polling data shows strong popular support for the state’s public financing program for appellate court candidates. JAS helped commission the poll. See Gavel Grab for more.

May 31, 2013

More editorials from outside Washington are rejecting an argument that President Obama's filling three D.C. Circuit Court judgeships would constitute "court packing." Find details in Gavel Grab

May 29, 2013

The Kansas courts are being “decimated” by legislative attacks from “ultraconservatives” unhappy with court decisions that didn’t go their way, the Kansas City Star warned. Learn more from Gavel Grab.

May 28, 2013

Justice at Stake has voiced its support of a recent request by the federal courts for an emergency infusion of $73 million, including $41 million for federal public defenders. Read Gavel Grab for more.

May 24, 2013

Justice at Stake said it was encouraged by the way President Obama talked in a speech on national security and counterterrorism policy about the Constitution's protections. See Gavel Grab for details.

May 23, 2013

The Senate confirmed Sri Srinivasan for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on a 97-0 vote, and Justice at Stake welcomed the "break in a confirmation logjam." Learn more from Gavel Grab

May 22, 2013

A "heated ideological battle" appears to be coming next year "about the role and significance of the state’s highest court,” a Kansas newspaper editorial warned. Gavel Grab has details.

May 22, 2013

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey berated state Supreme Court Justice Barry Albin, who spoke out earlier and urged the public to protect impartial jurists from retribution by politicians. Find more at Gavel Grab

May 21, 2013

Will Pennsylvania see the next serious push to remove a state Supreme Court justice in a retention  election? Two reform activists want to make that happen. Gavel Grab has details.

May 21, 2013

New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Barry Albin discussed the importance of protecting impartial courts from political influence and called on the public to help. For more, see Gavel Grab.

May 16, 2013

Justice at Stake raised concerns about legislation under consideration in some states to prosecute officials, including judges, who enforce federal firearms laws. For more, see Gavel Grab.

May 15, 2013

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to approve President Obama’s nomination of Sri Srinivasan for the nation’s second most influential appeals court. Learn more from Gavel Grab.

May 15, 2013

The Kansas Bar Association’s board rejected a proposal from key legislators wanting to revamp the state’s merit selection plan for choosing top judges and add Senate confirmation as a requirement. Read more at Gavel Grab.

May 13, 2013

Efforts to change the way judges are selected have grown into a national trend, according to an AP article about an attack on merit selection in Kansas. The article also spotlighted Justice at Stake. See Gavel Grab for more.

May 9, 2013

There is controversy over a judge’s order that convicted ex-Justice Joan Orie Melvin of Pennsylvania write an apology to her former fellow jurists on a photograph of her in handcuffs. Find out more from Gavel Grab.

May 8, 2013

Ex-Justice Joan Orie Melvin of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court was ordered by a judge to apologize for her crimes to all state judges, and a reform group urged her to apologize to the public too. See Gavel Grab for more.

May 7, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor appeared on an episode of ABC’s “The View” this week to discuss her memoir, “My Beloved World.” 

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