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"With business and interest groups pouring more and more money into state judicial elections ... the public can't be faulted for concluding that donors are getting what they pay for, namely favorable treatment from judges who are supposed to be impartial."
Tony Mauro, USA Today opinion column
 

Recent Fair-Courts Articles

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

January 13, 2014

A revised Code of Judicial Conduct for in Pennsylvania includes a new recusal rule for judges who hear cases involving campaign contributors. Learn details from Gavel Grab.  

January 13, 2014

U.S. Sen. Richard Burr has blocked the nomination of a federal judge in his home state of North Carolina, but he once wrote a letter to President Obama recommending her for the court. Find out more from Gavel Grab.

January 6, 2014

Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg makes a strong case for reforming judicial selection in a USA Today op-ed, "Life and Death of Electing Judges." Read Gavel Grab for more.

January 2, 2014

A Chicago Sun-Times editorial called for judicial selection reform, quoting former federal Judge Abner Mikva as saying about campaign cash and judicial candidates, “There’s no question it influences them. It has to." Gavel Grab has details.

January 2, 2014

Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. warned that  across-the-board budget cuts were poised to “pose a genuine threat to public safety,” and he said the ability of the federal courts to deliver prompt justice and to protect the public was imperiled. Read Gavel Grab for more.

December 19, 2013

Make it a New Year’s resolution to join Justice at Stake in supporting fair and impartial courts in 2014.  Click here to stand up for justice, not politics, in our courts.   

December 19, 2013

In order to better guard privacy and civil liberties, an Obama administration review group has recommended reforms involving the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Gavel Grab has details.

December 19, 2013

As the U.S. Senate votes on a backlog of judicial nominations, President Obama’s White House is touting the president’s record for increasing diversity on the federal bench. Find out more from Gavel Grab.

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