The Associated Press, reporting on a new judicial selection law in Kansas, quoted Justice at Stake over the concerns it raised about politics influencing the delivery of justice. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
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In a USA Today online op-ed, Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg warned states about dangers when they dismantle merit selection and emulate the federal model for selecting judges. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
The federal Defense of Marriage Act, which denies federal benefits to same-sex couples who are married, came under skeptical questioning from a five-person majority of the Supreme Court. Gavel Grab has more.
A new chapter in America’s legal and social history opened when the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday over the constitutionality of marriage for gay men and for lesbians. See Gavel Grab for more.
Suspended Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin, convicted last month on public corruption charges, has resigned from the court. See Gavel Grab for more.
After Senate Republicans blocked for a second time an up-or-down vote, President Obama withdrew the nomination of Caitlin Halligan for a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. Read Gavel Grab for more.
Justice at Stake, citing a threat to “core constitutional values,” has asked congressional leaders for a plan to ease the impact on federal courts from recent budget cuts. Gavel Grab has details.
Negative TV advertising has begun in the Wisconsin Supreme Court election, two weeks before voters go to the polls on April 2. For more, see Gavel Grab.
After a bipartisan group of four ex-governors endorsed merit selection for Pennsylvania, Justice at Stake said the proposal has a "real chance" of winning support there. See Gavel Grab for details.
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez will be asked to sign legislation to update a voluntary system of public financing for elections of appellate court judges. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
Four former Pennsylvania governors are urging state legislators to back a switch from partisan elections to a merit-based selection system for choosing appellate judges. Read more from Gavel Grab.
Minnesota legislators have begun debating a proposed constitutional amendment to eliminate judicial elections and adopt a merit-based selection system. A House committee voted favorably this week. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
Oklahoma's Senate voted 33-13 in favor of a proposed constitutional amendment that would eliminate merit selection of judges. Oklahoma’s House has not voted yet on the proposal. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
Kansas legislators and Gov. Sam Brownback “have chosen to disregard the views of Kansas voters,” JAS said after the Kansas Senate passed a bill to change the way Court of Appeals judges are chosen. Gavel Grab has more.
Justice at Stake warned that a proposal to scrap merit selection of top Tennessee judges, advanced by the legislature, would “inject partisan politics into the state’s judicial selection process.” Read Gavel Grab for more.
Reduced hours, possible furloughs and delays for civil cases are just a few of the upcoming changes faced by federal courts as new budget cuts take effect. Read more from Gavel Grab.
Ed Fallone, a candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, is working to make judicial recusal an issue in his challenge to incumbent Justice Patience Roggensack. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
For the second time in less than two years, Senate Republicans have blocked President Obama’s nomination of Caitlin Halligan to the nation’s second most influential court. Gavel Grab has more.
A proposed constitutional amendment advancing in Oklahoma’s Senate would gut the role of a judicial nominating commission in selecting qualified judicial nominees. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
President Obama, working to bring greater diversity to the federal bench, has stepped up dramatically his pace for picking judicial nominees. Read Gavel Grab for more.
The nation's federal courts are bracing for the loss of $350 million in funding as a result of the automatic budget cuts, called "sequestration," that were triggered Friday. See details at Gavel Grab.
A bill to dismantle merit selection for the Kansas Court of Appeals won approval from the Kansas House. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
In a Detroit News op-ed, Rich Robinson of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network reports that nearly $14 million spent on last year’s state Supreme Court election was hidden from public view. Read details in Gavel Grab.
Should Congress fail to avert across-the-board "sequestration" budget cuts set for this Friday, Americans' access to justice across the country will be threatened, two federal judges wrote. Find out more from Gavel Grab.