Advocates interested in changing the way Texas chooses judges through partisan elections recently heard from JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg about potential reforms. Gavel Grab has more.
Recent Fair-Courts Articles
In a Charleston Gazette op-ed, JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg said West Virginia's public financing law provides an answer for faltering public confidence in fair and impartial courts. Read Gavel Grab for more.
Justice at Stake discussed the need to fill vacant federal judgeships, the importance of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and other topics on a Sirius satellite radio talk show. For more, see Gavel Grab.
The federal courts will be harmed severely by a Senate rules change eliminating filibusters of most judicial nominees, appeals court Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III says. Gavel Grab has details.
After the Senate voted to change its filibuster rules, JAS said the fair-courts movement was hopeful the Senate might "expeditiously schedule and hold up-or-down votes on judicial nominees." Gavel Grab has more.
Justice at Stake’s work for a more diverse federal and state judiciary is the topic of a lengthy explanatory article in Diversity and the Bar, a publication of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. Read Gavel Grab for more.
Lack of diversity on the bench poses a "huge danger" to our courts, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said. For details, check out Gavel Grab.
Elected Alabama judges “appear to have succumbed to electoral pressures” in overruling juries to impose death sentences in capital cases, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote this week. Gavel Grab has more.
Senate Republicans blocked a vote on confirming U.S. District Judge Robert Wilkins to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, capping a partisan effort to block a trio of nominees for the court. Learn more from Gavel Grab.
A poll showed that a majority of Missouri voters plans to vote against a proposal to scrap merit selection of judges if it appears on a statewide ballot next year. For more, visit Gavel Grab.
For the first time, Justice at Stake will participate this year in #GivingTuesday, a national online campaign that encourages giving during the holiday season. Gavel Grab has more.
MSNBC featured Justice at Stake and a former state Supreme Court chief justice in a segment on the Craig Melvin show entitled, “Judges for Sale?” Gavel Grab has details.
The Senate's failure to overcome a Republican filibuster meant no up-or-down vote yet on the nomination of Cornelia "Nina" Pillard to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. For more, see Gavel Grab.
A Des Moines Register editorial said a group's election-threat bullying of a judge over an abortion ruling "should not be tolerated in this state." Gavel Grab has more.
Former Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronnie White, whose nomination to the federal court was rejected by the Senate 14 years ago, is getting a new try. For more, see Gavel Grab.
Two state Supreme Court justices, who combined raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, were among four Pennsylvania appellate court judges retaining their jobs on Election Day. See Gavel Grab for more.
A former Iowa judge who was ousted by voters in 2010 said judges are the target of “intimidation” efforts across America, a trend that poses a threat to impartial courts. For more, see Gavel Grab.
A new poll shows that a vast majority of voters believes that campaign donations and other special interest spending on judicial elections have an influence on a judge’s decision. Read Gavel Grab for more.
A report on “The New Politics of Judicial Elections, 2011-12” by JAS and two JAS partner groups was posted online on Thursday, and it was featured in The Daily Beast. See Gavel Grab for more.
Former Florida state Sen. Alex Villalobos, president of Democracy at Stake, says the U.S. Senate must stop playing games with federal courts and confirm qualified judicial nominees. Read Gavel Grab for more.
Wisconsin Supreme Court justices tend to side with litigants whose attorneys have given the judges campaign donations, according to a report by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. Gavel Grab has details.
If a budget impasse is not resolved and a government shutdown is repeated next year, a federal judge said, it is likely to have “a serious affect on our ability to dispense justice for everyday Americans.” Read Gavel Grab for more.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam set up by executive order a 17-member panel to advise him on filling judicial vacancies when they arise. Gavel Grab has more.
New Jersey’s Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-0 to advance the nomination of Judge Faustino Fernandez-Vina to the state Supreme Court. It was a break in an ongoing nominations impasse. Find out more from Gavel Grab.
A stopgap measure will provide $51 million in additional funds for the federal judiciary and for defender services. JAS welcomed it but said the sum is "nowhere near" what the courts need. For more, see Gavel Grab.