The Supreme Court appeared closely split on Tuesday when it heard oral arguments over whether to uphold a Florida ethics rule that prohibits judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign money. Gavel Grab has details.
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On the eve of oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, the New York Times editorialized in support of a Florida ethics rule that bars judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign donations. See Gavel Grab for details.
The Supreme Court will hear arguments in April to decide whether same-sex couples nationwide have a right to marry under the Constitution. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
Gov. Sam Brownback proposed changes to the way Kansas Supreme Court judges are chosen, saying the state needs a “more democratic” process to select judges. Gavel Grab has more.
“Democracy reform is no longer a two-branch issue. It’s a three-branch issue," JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg declared at a Washington, D.C. forum on "Democracy and Our State Courts: Fighting Back After Citizens United." See Gavel Grab for more.
Washington state legislators have found numerous ways to lash out at the Washington Supreme Court over its public school funding decisions, including disinviting the Chief Justice from delivering a state of the judiciary address. Gavel Grab has more.
Ex-trial judge Michael Maggio of Arkansas pleaded guilty to a federal charge of bribery in connection with a campaign contribution to his then-campaign for the state Court of Appeals. Check out Gavel Grab for details.
On Thursday, JAS participated at a press briefing in Washington about the importance of an upcoming Supreme Court case. It involves state rules that bar judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign money. Gavel Grab has more.
When three women took the oath to serve on the Arkansas Supreme Court, it marked the first time in history that women comprised a majority on the court. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
Retention elections for top state judges are increasingly becoming high-stakes political battles in Kansas and elsewhere, the Wichita Eagle article reported, quoting Justice at Stake. For more, see Gavel Grab.
Justice at Stake is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm Florida’s rule prohibiting judges and judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign contributions. For more, visit Gavel Grab.
A bill targeting South Carolina judges who uphold marriage quality is a "brazen political attack on the independence of the judicial branch, of the ‘end run’ variety,” Justice at Stake said. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
The Senate voted to confirm 12 district court judges, including the first African American woman to serve as a district judge in North Carolina and the first openly gay judge to serve in the Fifth Circuit. For more, visit Gavel Grab.
Citing huge sums funneled into a Missouri lower-court election, a St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial asks a big donor for more transparency and less deceit. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
This year’s judicial elections may be past, but the threat to impartial courts from costly races featuring soft-on-crime attack ads endures, suggests a lengthy article at The Atlantic. Gavel Grab has more.
A high spending free-for-all could erupt when three Pennsylvania Supreme Court seats will be up for election in 2015, JAS told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
When politicians and others threaten to impeach judges over controversial rulings, it “can only pervert justice,” Bert Brandenburg, JAS executive director, writes in a USA Today op-ed. Gavel Grab has more.
Is a planned mandatory judicial retirement age bill a stealth ploy to force 80-year-old Wisconsin Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson to retire? Find out more from Gavel Grab.
Judicial campaigns are getting more political, as a “new wave of campaign spending driven by outside political groups and unlimited donations" affect them, the Los Angeles Times reports. Gavel Grab has more.
The New Yorker takes an in-depth look at what happens in Alabama when a judge overrides a jury's recommendation for a life prison sentence. The article cites JAS. For more, see Gavel Grab.
The 2014 GOP “wave” elections brought big changes for executive and legislative offices but “stopped at the courthouse door,” JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg wrote in an analysis published by McClatchy. For more, visit Gavel Grab.
Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, remarking on a high number of uncontested judicial elections in the state, says Ohio ought to consider appointing judges rather than electing them. Read more at Gavel Grab.
“Now the clock has been turned back to the days when judges had to raise money like politicians," JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg told a N.C. newspaper about recent judicial elections there. Gavel Grab has more.
A group called Fix the Court has unveiled an ad campaign saying the U.S. Supreme Court “has become the most powerful, least accountable part of government in recent years.” For more, see Gavel Grab.