The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit educational organization based in San Francisco, has set itself the mission of "keeping people informed and holding those in power accountable." CIR offers additional coverage of the Pennsylvania, Louisiana, and Texas stories featured in FRONTLINE'S "Justice for Sale," a program co-produced with the Center. CIR also offers an original report on justice in Las Vegas, and other background material on the nature and history of judicial elections. |
In December 1998, leaders of the Bench, the Bar, and the Academy gathered in
Philadelphia -- a most appropriate venue for discussing the state of judicial
independence. This volume collects the valuable scholarly papers that informed
all of the discussions in Philadelphia, including submissions from Justice
Breyer and Chief Justice Tom Phillips of the Texas State Supreme Court, who
argues that the "contested partisan election system used in my home state" is
the "wrong way" to choose judges.
The Center "promotes a judiciary that is free to issue fair and just rulings
without bowing to popular and political pressures."
Members of this group, individuals and organizations, "believe that access to
impartial, independent courts that are free from political influence forms the
bedrock of our constitutional guarantee of individual liberty."
This Williamsburg, Virginia-based organization is dedicated to developing
policies, conducting research, instituting change, and other activities central
to the better functioning of state courts.
The stated goals of the Judicial Independence Project at NYU School of Law's Brennan Center for Justice, named in honor of retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, include "safeguarding the judicial selection process." This website compiles action papers, editorials written on the Center's behalf for publications such as The Nation, Boston Herald, and Legal Times, and other online materials. Its action paper entitled "Reducing Injudiciousness in Judicial Elections" outlines the Center's position regarding judicial elections.
(Brennan Center for Justice, NYU School of Law)
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