The Oklahoma Supreme Court was the subject of intimidation and threats in the days preceding the botched execution of an inmate, JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg said on a national radio show. Gavel Grab has more.
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As a death penalty debate roiled around a botched execution in Oklahoma, Justice at Stake continued to spotlight a less-noticed dimension, the potential harm of the entire episode for impartial courts. Gavel Grab has details.
With a North Carolina Supreme Court primary tomorrow, the Daily Beast cited JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg about the dangers of negative advertising of the type that has emerged in the race. See Gavel Grab for more.
“A lot of judges and judicial candidates feel trapped in a system they did not sign up for,” JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg said about the new big-spending politics of judicial elections that's arrived in North Carolina. For more, see Gavel Grab.
A 2014 budget bill passed by Congress at least temporarily halted the bleeding for federal courts from funding cuts, but the harm remains, Praveen Fernandes of JAS told Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. See Gavel Grab for more.
Concerns raised by Justice at Stake about a botched execution by lethal injection in Oklahoma were quoted and shared by news media and analysts. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
The Missouri Senate has voted to block enforcement of some federal gun laws, and to allow citizens to sue public officials over their enforcing gun regulations. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
A national GOP group will mount a campaign to support judicial candidates with conservative ideologies. JAS warned, "Ideological litmus tests will only increase pressure on judges to act like politicians." Gavel Grab has more.
A proposed constitutional amendment that would enable a Florida Supreme Court-packing scheme advanced closer to a statewide referendum when the state House approved it on Wednesday. See Gavel Grab for details.
Justice at Stake decried a “governmental trainwreck” in Oklahoma that “resulted in a disgraceful outcome,” the botched execution of a convicted murderer. Gavel Grab has more.
Advertising expenditures in the North Carolina Supreme Court primary contest have topped a total of $1 million, including spending by candidates and by independent groups, Justice at Stake reported. For more, see Gavel Grab.
It is over the top for the federal court system to regularly have two dozen cases where judges have violated conflict of interest rules and acknowledged it after the fact, JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg said. Gavel Grab has more.
North Carolina “is headed for its second straight big-spending circus” in a state Supreme Court election, Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg said. For more, see Gavel Grab.
The Oklahoma House defeated a proposal to change the state’s Judicial Nominating Commission in a way that critics said would politicize the selection of judges. See Gavel Grab for more.
After a state legislator called for the impeachment of five Oklahoma Supreme Court justices, Justice at Stake on Thursday deplored "rash threats against sitting judges." Gavel Grab has details.
A Louisiana state legislator called for impeachment of five state Supreme Court justices who voted to stay the executions of two convicted murders. Gavel Grab has more.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic justice, wrote in a dissent this week her first high court opinion addressing race in America. See Gavel Grab for more.
A voter-approved Michigan ban on the use of racial preferences in admitting students to public universities was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 6-2 ruling. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
After Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed legislation to both fund and overhaul administration of the state judicial system, the state Supreme Court said it was "troubled" by his action. Visit Gavel Grab for more.
"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.
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.