Gavel Grab

JAS, Brennan Center Release Final Wisconsin TV Estimate

One state down. Twenty more to elect members of their high court by November.  JAS and the Brennan Center today released final numbers on television advertising in the April 1 Wisconsin Supreme Court election. The wrap is here in our joint news release. In sum: over $3.6 million spent on TV; 89 percent of the spending was by interest groups; and 59 percent of the total TV spending was behind challenger and victor Gableman, compared to only 41 percent for Butler. One additional figure not mentioned specifically in the release: Wisconsinites saw over 11,000 TV ads about either Louis Butler or Michael Gableman. Since 2006, only one other state, Alabama, has seen more…and Alabama had FOUR seats up for election at the same time.

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3/18/08: The Late Blog Edition

Post-Gaming the Gun-Ban Arguments with WSJ’s Jess Bravin – Law Blog – The Wall Street Journal Online
An analysis on what was argued at Heller case today Also, ACS provide video analysis from SCOTUS watchers as well.

Gableman ‘Willie Hortons’ Butler – Big Money Blog
Unfair images in television ads are being used in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race.

Judge Hit With F-Bombs, S-Bombs, BS-Bombs … – Legal Juice
An interesting exchange between a recently convicted man and a judge.

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FactCheck.org Launches "Court Watch" Series

The Annenberg Political Fact Check – twice chosen by Time Magazine as one of “25 sites we can’t live without” – is launching a program of scrutinizing barbs hurled in 2008 judicial elections.  In their words: “Our first report deals with falsehoods, misleading statements and unproven innuendo about corruption, rape and murder in a Wisconsin race in which an incumbent justice, appointed by a Democratic governor, has been challenged by a lower-court judge who was appointed by a Republican. An independent watchdog group already has criticized one outside group and the challenger’s campaign for making misleading claims. The ads have drawn fire from others, too, including the incumbent justice who might benefit from one of them.”

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2/28/08: The Most Interesting Blog Posts of Today… Now in Color 🙂

Soros sinks fangs into Michigan– Michigan Liberal
A comment about an Op-Ed article about Justice at Stake’s presence in Michigan.

Judges as Public Figures: A Special Podcast– Above the Law Blog
A look at a conference at the University of Chicago about Judges roles as public figures. A podcast is included.

Alito’s Recusal in the Exxon Mobil Case– The Blog of Legal Times
A post discussing the Supreme Court’s deadlocked decision on the Exxon punitive damages case, and Alito’s interesting recusal.

Both sides in high court race chided– The Capital Times
The Gableman and Butler campaigns have received a verbal slap from Wisconsin Judicial Campaign Integrity Committee after some TV ads were deemed controversial.

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JAS Daily News Monitor 12/13/07

UN rights expert ‘concerned’ about judicial safeguards at Guantanamo hearings – JURIST
In a report to the UN Human Rights Council, UN rights expert expresses concern over “lack of judicial guarantees and fair trial procedures”.

CIA Destroyed Tapes Despite Court Order – The Associated Press
Judges, lawyers and the Administration are figuring out what the legal ramifications of the destruction of videotape evidence, despite a federal court order, will be.

Clark County deserves better than this judge – The Yakima Herald Republic – Yakima, WA
The Editorial Board calls for the Washington State Supreme Court to go beyond censuring Clark County Superior Court Judge John P. Wulle for his inappropriate behavior at a conference.

State Partial news blackout a part of Mott campaign – The Daily Review – Towanda, PA
The Editorial Board examines Judge John Mott’s unsuccessful retention campaign and the media opposition he faced.

Wis. Court Fails to Decide Case – The Associated Press
After Justice Annette Ziegle recused herself to avoid a conflict of interest in a case involving one of her campaign contributors, the Supreme Court had a tie vote and sent the case to the lower court to be decided.

Click here for more news on fair and impartial courts issues from the Brennan Center for Justice E-lerts.

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