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"The influence of big money in judicial elections has exploded in this decade, and ... it has totally eroded public confidence."
Ed Rendell, governor of Pennsylvania
 

Recent Fair-Courts Articles

March 7, 2014

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.

March 7, 2014

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. 

March 5, 2014

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

February 28, 2014

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. 

February 28, 2014

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. 

February 28, 2014

A proposed U.S. Treasury Department rule to curb  501(c)(4) “social welfare” non-profit groups could have unique and unintended consequences for the courts, Justice at Stake said in submitting comments on it. Learn more from Gavel Grab

February 26, 2014

In the Texas Supreme Court GOP primary, Democratic trial lawyers are raising campaign money in support of Republican challengers in hopes of unseating incumbent Republicans next month. Gavel Grab has more. 

February 26, 2014

Vacant federal district court judgeships have increased from 75 to 80 since Senate Democrats forced a rules change in November to eliminate filibusters of most judicial nominations, the Brennan Center for Justice says. Find out more from Gavel Grab

February 20, 2014

The New Jersey State Bar Association warned of "an unprecedented intrusion of politics into the third co-equal branch" if Gov. Chris Christie does not reappoint Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner. See Gavel Grab for more. 

February 20, 2014

President Obama’s nomination of Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Michael Boggs for the federal district court has encountered resistance from 27 liberal groups. Gavel Grab has details.  

February 19, 2014

Legislators’ calls to impeach judges are multiplying in the wake of recent court rulings involving marriage for same-sex couples, with a Virginia legislator sounding the most recent call. For more, see Gavel Grab.

February 13, 2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has taken steps to move ahead and break a Senate GOP stall on four district court nominations. Gavel Grab has details.

February 13, 2014

California’s courts have sunk so far into a fiscal hole  after repeated rounds of budget cuts that some of their most ardent defenders say the courts are "rationing justice." For more, visit Gavel Grab

February 13, 2014

Special interest groups from the NRA to People for the American Way are openly sizing up their chances to influence the next nominations to the U.S. Supreme Court. Read Gavel Grab for more.

February 7, 2014

Justice at Stake was among several co-sponsors of an Alliance for Justice forum on judicial diversity, “Broadening the Bench,” featuring Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.  Gavel Grab has more.

February 4, 2014

Washington’s Senate Law and Justice Committee has advanced to the full Senate a proposal to cut the state Supreme Court through attrition from nine members to seven. Gavel Grab has details. 

January 31, 2014

Journalist Andrew Cohen offered a dismaying glimpse of legislation to gut Tennessee Supreme Court control over administrative functions of the judiciary, and he cited JAS for expertise. See Gavel Grab for details. 

January 30, 2014

A legislator has introduced a judicial maximum-age bill that would  clear Oklahoma's top appellate courts of most sitting judges. Find out details from Gavel Grab.

January 28, 2014

A battle is escalating between justices on the Washington Supreme Court and some legislators who believe the court has overstepped its authority on education. Gavel Grab has more.

January 28, 2014

The Congressional Black Caucus wrote to President Obama about judicial nominations, both commending him in part and voicing criticism in part over a lack of diversity in some regions. See Gavel Grab for more.

January 23, 2014

Unless the Kansas legislature and Gov. Sam Brownback appropriate more money for the state courts, there will be court shutdowns, Chief Justice Lawton Nuss said. See Gavel Grab for details. 

January 21, 2014

A former Democratic governor and the current Republican governor will advocate for a proposed constitutional amendment that would preserve merit selection of judges in Tennessee. Gavel Grab has more. 

January 21, 2014

In a letter to the editor of The Washington Post, JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg made a strong appeal for states with judicial elections to adopt robust disclosure laws. Learn more from Gavel Grab.

January 17, 2014

President Obama proposed that a panel of outside advocates represent privacy and consumer interests in certain cases before the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. For more, see Gavel Grab.

January 13, 2014

Justice at Stake applauded the Senate's filling three vacancies on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Senate voted on Monday to confirm Judge Robert Wilkins, the last of three Obama appointees to the court. Learn more from Gavel Grab

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