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Recent Fair-Courts Articles

May 6, 2014

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. 

May 5, 2014

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.

May 5, 2014

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.

May 2, 2014

“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.

May 2, 2014

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.

May 1, 2014

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.

May 1, 2014

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.

April 30, 2014

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.  

April 30, 2014

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.

April 30, 2014

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. 

April 29, 2014

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.

April 29, 2014

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.

April 28, 2014

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.

April 25, 2014

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.

April 24, 2014

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. 

April 24, 2014

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. 

April 23, 2014

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. 

April 23, 2014

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.

April 20, 2014

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. 

April 17, 2014

"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.

April 17, 2014

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.

April 14, 2014

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

April 14, 2014

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

April 14, 2014

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

April 2, 2014

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.

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