"Nullification has been rejected throughout American history as an attack on democracy and the rule of law," JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg said about a Missouri bill to nullify U.S. gun laws. Gavel Grab has more.
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A proposal to revamp membership of the Alaska Judicial Council, by doubling the number of its members who are named by the governor, was withdrawn by its sponsor in the state Senate. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
Leading Democratic legislators warn that a proposal advancing in the Oklahoma House would politicize the selection of judges and constitute a power grab by Republicans. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
U.S. Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy defended the "blue-slip" process by which a senator can block a confirmation hearing on a judicial nominee for his or her state. Read more at Gavel Grab.
Ohio state legislator John Becker is renewing demands that federal judge Timothy Black be impeached. The judge is poised to strike down Ohio's ban on recognizing same-sex marriages from out of state. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission marked "another big win for special interests and big spenders," Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg said. Gavel Grab has more.
A Center for American Progress report says politicians are bashing state courts that require they give equal funding for education. Check out Gavel Grab for more.
Justice at Stake and Common Cause Oregon released a new poll show that 80 percent of voters believe campaign contributions influence a judge’s decision in cases involving donors. Gavel Grab has more.
In two separate courtrooms in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, federal appellate judges heard challenges to different parts of the federal Affordable Care Act. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
A panel of attorneys, moderated by Debra Erenberg of JAS, questioned whether shifting to contested elections of appellate judges would put justice at risk in Tennessee. Read more at Gavel Grab.
California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye says her state faces a civil rights crisis due to nearly a half billion dollars in court funding budget cuts since 2008. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
A specially designated panel of the Tennessee Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of retention (yes-or-no) elections for appeals court judges. For details visit Gavel Grab.
Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court says inadequate court funding is denying justice to thousands of victims, children, families and businesses each year. Gavel Grab has more.
A proposed constitutional amendment to change the way judges are selected in Minnesota, by relying on merit selection, advanced out of a state Senate subcommittee. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
Justice at Stake applauded on Wednesday New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez’s signing legislation that creates five new judgeships. For more, check out Gavel Grab.
The National Association of Women Judges will present its “Partners in Justice Award” to Justice at Stake in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. Gavel Grab has more.
A proposed constitutional amendment in Florida, to let the governor make prospective appointments of judges, puts another court-packing scheme before the legislature. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
After a Kansas Supreme Court ruling on public education, political leaders' discussion of reining in the court's authority was significantly muted. Check out Gavel Grab for more.
The Kansas Supreme Court found unconstitutional the state’s current public education funding levels. It returned the case to a lower court for further review. A constitutional shutdown apparently was avoided. Gavel Grab has more.
The Senate’s blocking the nomination of Debo Adegbile, a respected civil rights lawyer, to a top Justice Department post has big implications for defenders of fair impartial courts, JAS said. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
The Senate confirmed Pedro A. Delgado Hernandez of Puerto Rico for a federal district court judgeship by a 98-0 vote, shortly after 41 Republicans had voted to filibuster his nomination. Gavel Grab has more.
In Sauk Centre, immortalized in the book "Main Street," a newspaper editor judges Minnesota elections to be a "sham" today and urges consideration of reform. See Gavel Grab for more.
A handful of anti-court bills sponsored by then-House Speaker T.W. Shannon of Oklahoma died last week, not long after Shannon left the legislature and was replaced as speaker. For more, see Gavel Grab.
JAS, Arizona Advocacy Network and other partners, joined by former Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth McGregor, launched the Judicial Diversity Project in Arizona this week. See Gavel Grab for more.
In a video interview, JAS Executive Director previewed judicial elections in North Carolina, Texas, and possibly Illinois as ones for defenders of fair and impartial courts to watch in upcoming weeks. Gavel Grab has more.