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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

June 29, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz fiercely criticized the Supreme Court over its recent marriage and health care act rulings and called for retention elections of Supreme Court justices. Learn details from Gavel Grab

June 26, 2015

Justice at Stake called the Supreme Court's marriage equality ruling on Friday a reminder about the importance of protecting impartial courts. For more, see Gavel Grab

June 25, 2015

Shortly after the Supreme Court upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, one conservative group called for impeachment of the six justices in the majority. For more, visit Gavel Grab

June 22, 2015

As Pennsylvania legislators consider adopting merit selection, NewsWorks quoted JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg about how merit systems can help preserve fair and impartial courts. Gavel Grab has more. 

June 15, 2015

Justice at Stake is urging the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold rules from the Arizona Code of Judicial Ethics limiting partisan political activity by sitting judges and judicial candidates. Details available from Gavel Grab.  

June 15, 2015

Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina has signed into law a bill that changes the way state Supreme Court justices are re-elected. For more, visit Gavel Grab

June 15, 2015

“Justice Abrahamson, you are out of order,” Chief Justice Pat Roggensack of the Wisconsin Supreme Court told her predecessor at a meeting to discuss court rules, as they disagreed over ordering topics for the agenda. Gavel Grab has more. 

June 8, 2015

Arkansas is discussing whether to switch from electing appellate judges to appointing them, and an Arkansas Business Online article about the issue prominently features JAS. Read more at Gavel Grab.

June 8, 2015

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a court funding measure that includes a controversial provision to cancel the funding in the event courts rule a certain way in pending litigation. Gavel Grab has more. 

June 1, 2015

Conservative politicians in Kansas have “declared war” on the state Supreme Court after it ordered the tax-cutting legislature to increase public education funding, reports a Mother Jones article. See Gavel Grab for details. 

June 1, 2015

“I think the gloves may be off,” JAS Deputy Executive Director Liz Seaton said about high outside spending expected to flow into upcoming elections for three seats on the state Supreme Court. Gavel Grab has more. 

May 29, 2015

JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg will leave to become president of Appleseed, and JAS Deputy Executive Director Liz Seaton will become interim executive director of JAS. Gavel Grab has details.  

May 27, 2015
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a court order that struck down campaign contribution limits in Montana, and JAS applauded “a victory for fair and impartial courts and the people of Montana.” Learn more from Gavel Grab.  
 
May 27, 2015
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore floated the idea of Congress launching impeachment proceedings if U.S. Supreme Court justices weighing a marriage equality decision “disobey” the U.S. Constitution. Gavel Grab has details. 
 

 

May 15, 2015

A barrage of last-minute advertising has pushed TV ad buys in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court primary up to at least $2.4 million as of Friday, Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice said. Check out Gavel Grab for more. 

May 14, 2015

A proposal to revamp membership of the Alaska Judicial Council came under criticism this week from retired Alaska Supreme Court Justice Walter “Bud” Carpeneti. Gavel Grab has details. 

May 12, 2015

With 12 candidates running for three open seats on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, almost $5 million in contributions has been raised so far. Gavel Grab has more. 

May 11, 2015

Wisconsin’s courts have been dragged into the “take-no-prisoners feud” of partisan political brawling in the state and nation, JAS Executive Director Bert Brandenburg says in a National Law Journal essay. See details at Gavel Grab.

May 7, 2015

The entire system of electing state judges ought to be abolished and replaced by appointments, the Washington Post said in an editorial applauding a recent Supreme Court ruling. Gavel Grab has more.  

May 7, 2015

A New Yorker article decried the influence of “money-fuelled and often nasty judicial elections” in reducing the Wisconsin Supreme Court from a highly respected tribunal “into a disgraceful mess.” Read Gavel Grab for more.

April 30, 2015

 Chief Justice John Roberts differentiated elected judges from other elected officials in the Williams-Yulee decision, the Washington Post reports. See Gavel Grab for more.

April 28, 2015

Americans overwhelmingly support filming arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court. One demographic is still opposed to the idea: the justices themselves. Read more at Gavel Grab

April 28, 2015

One of Idaho’s two circuit judges is planning on taking senior status soon, leaving one full time judgeship open. Although President Obama will eventually make the nomination, the state’s Senators are leading the vetting process. More from Gavel Grab

April 28, 2015

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments today on whether the Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry. Gavel Grab has more.

April 27, 2015

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court race is making some headlines as candidates try to stand out from the crowd. Read more at Gavel Grab

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