Moyers Report: Death of N.C. Public Financing Part of Rightward March

A rightward march by North Carolina’s legislature in 2013, including its killing a popular and successful program for public financing of judicial elections, continues to capture national news media attention and analysis. The public financing program was a pioneering reform to protect courts from special interest influence, and it became a model for other states. A […]

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Honoring Justice Moyer

The flags flew at half-staff in Columbus today to honor Thomas Moyer, who died recently in the final months of his final term, after 23 years as chief justice (see Gavel Grab). The line of mourners spilled out of the Ohio Judicial Center on to the sidewalk, waiting in the cold—38 degrees and gusty—to pay […]

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Did Bill Moyers Go Too Far?

A recent Bill Moyers program, “Justice for Sale,” attracted intense interest, including here at Gavel Grab and at www.justiceatstake.org. In an impassioned commentary about Citizens United, Moyers said, “There’s now a crooked sign hanging on every courthouse in America reading ‘Justice for Sale.’” But a letter from William Weisenberg (in photo), chair of the American Bar […]

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Moyers on Citizens United: A 'Corrosive Flood'

Veteran newsman and commentator Bill Moyers has offered a profoundly  troubling concern about “Justice for Sale” in courtrooms across America in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s recent Citizens United ruling. Ten years ago, the potentially corrupting impact of campaign spending in judicial elections was apparent, he said in a broadcast of Bill Moyers Journal. […]

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