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"In eight years the military commissions ... put three people on trial. ... Meanwhile, the federal courts, our Article III, regular legal court system, has put dozens of terrorists in jail. ... The suggestion that somehow a military commission is the way to go isn't borne out."

Colin Powell, former Secretary of State
 

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October 10, 2014

Spending on TV advertising airtime in Michigan's Supreme Court contests has climbed to $1.2 million, as the state GOP began airing an ad promoting its nominees, JAS and the Brennan Center said. Read Gavel Grab for more. 

October 2, 2014

The American Judicature Society has announced that after 101 years of work to protect the integrity of the American justice system, it will close its doors. Gavel Grab has more.

September 11, 2014

 When state high court judges and candidates face voters this fall, special interest groups are expected to flood the contests with spending in an effort to reshape the courts, Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice warned on Thursday. Learn more on Gavel Grab.

September 8, 2014

 With incidents of violence security threats on the rise in court buildings, four Court of Appeals judges in Ohio have authorized themselves to carry guns in and outside of the courtroom. Learn more on Gavel Grab.

August 29, 2014

 The Denver-based Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) and its Quality Judges Initiative have released a new report on the judicial nominating commissions used to select supreme court justices in 30 states. Learn more on Gavel Grab.

August 28, 2014

 Chief Justice Sarah Parker of the North Carolina Supreme Court, who will retire Saturday, recently spotlighted her concerns about the impact on impartial courts of high-spending and increasingly politicized judicial elections. Learn more on Gavel Grab.

August 26, 2014

 Ten Court-Related Items on State A constitutional amendment to change the way appellate judges are selected in Tennessee is among 10 court-related items that will appear on nine state ballots this fall, according to Gavel to Gavel, a publication of the National Center for State Courts. Learn more on Gavel Grab. Ballots This Fall

 

July 31, 2014

What could be the biggest state court election this year is beginning to attract more national news media attention. Bloomberg Businessweek has now zeroed in on the Tennessee Supreme Court retention election with an article entitled, “Big Political Money Now Floods Judges’ Races, Too.” Learn more on Gavel Grab.

 

July 23, 2014
Gov. Jerry Brown has nominated Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, a Stanford law professor and Mexican-born immigrant to the United States, to the California Supreme Court. Learn more on Gavel Grab.
July 22, 2014

An analysis by the Brennan Center for Justice shows that obstructionist politics over confirming federal judges has steep consequences for Americans seeking justice in our courts. Learn more from Gavel Grab.  

July 22, 2014

"[M]any of our state court systems are so poorly funded that they are at a tipping point of dysfunction,” concluded a white paper issued by DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar about the economics of court funding. Gavel Grab has more. 

March 12, 2014

The National Association of Women Judges will present its “Partners in Justice Award” to Justice at Stake in Washington, D.C. on Thursday. Gavel Grab has more.

January 7, 2014

 Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s recent signing into law of a measure that exempts “issue ads” from disclosure has the effect of making it easier for special interests to influence government and making it harder “for the rest of us,” an election law expert says.

December 13, 2013

Michigan’s legislature has sent to Gov. Rick Snyder controversial campaign finance legislation that would exempt disclosure of spending for “issue ads” and would double individual campaign contribution limits.

December 6, 2013

An Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) County Court of Common Pleas judge-elect is asking area attorneys to donate money so she can reduce or eliminate her campaign debt. To a court reform group, this practice doesn’t pass the smell test. 

December 3, 2013

 As Pennsylvania considers a proposal to dump its system for picking top judges in partisan elections and replace it with merit selection, “Pennsylvania is sort of in everybody’s sights,” says a former Colorado Supreme Court justice. 

November 22, 2013

 Vacancies on the nation’s federal trial courts have surged from 65 in July to 75 now, or 11 percent of the courts’ authorized seats, according to a new study by the Brennan Center for Justice. It is a JAS partner group.

November 20, 2013

 At a 25th anniversary celebration for Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts, retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor urged a shift away from partisan judicial elections in the state.

November 18, 2013

 Pennsylvania’s use of partisan elections to pick  judges has come under criticism from another newspaper editorial board, this time the Elizabethtown Advocate. Its editorial cites “mudslinging” in a recent Superior Court election as evidence of need for a change.

November 15, 2013

 Newly introduced bipartisan legislation for the merit selection of judges in Pennsylvania continues to capture editorial page backing.

November 8, 2013

 A news outlet in still another state included in the “New Politics of Judicial Elections 2011-12” report has featured its findings and quoted two of its principal authors, Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice.

November 6, 2013

 A proposed constitutional amendment to raise the mandatory retirement age to 80 for judges on the New York Court of Appeals and Supreme Court was rejected by voters on Election Day.

November 6, 2013

 Two Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices were retained by voters on Election Day. Although unopposed, they raised a combined total of hundreds of thousands of dollars amidst uncertainty over a possible anti-incumbent vote following the recent U.S. government shutdown.

October 24, 2013

 Judge Russell Carparelli of the Colorado Court of Appeals was selected to become the next executive director of the American Judicature Society, it was announced on Thursday. 

October 23, 2013

 As a statewide contest for the Pennsylvania Superior Court looms, a (Harrisburg) Patriot-Ledger editorial looks at special interest money flowing to the competing candidates, and it judges the “money-grubbing” required of judicial candidates to be an “abomination.” 

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