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Keeping Campaign Cash Out of North Carolina Courts

Coal ash in Dan River article icon Fact Sheet The repeal of public financing for judicial candidates could give corporate polluters and other donors more influence in North Carolina courts.

By Billy Corriher and Sean Wright | Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Koch Brothers and D.C. Conservatives Spending Big on Nonpartisan State Supreme Court Races

Big-money groups in Washington are spending big on judicial elections book_alt2 icon Report Big-money groups in Washington want to protect state legislatures’ agendas from legal challenges.

By Billy Corriher | Monday, August 11, 2014

State Judicial Ethics Rules Fail to Address Flood of Campaign Cash from Lawyers and Litigants

Justice David Prosser article icon Issue Brief Judges and legislators fail to address the conflicts of interest inherent in multimillion-dollar judicial elections.

By Billy Corriher and Jake Paiva | Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Most States Flunk a Test of Their Recusal Rules

cursor icon Interactive A CAP analysis finds that states have failed to strengthen their judicial ethics rules to address the growth in campaign cash.

By Billy Corriher and Jake Paiva | Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Supreme Court’s Campaign Finance Jurisprudence Displays a Naïve View of Political Corruption

McCutcheonThe ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC will give the wealthiest 1 percent even more influence over politicians, including elected judges.

By Billy Corriher | Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Conservative Politicians are Lashing Out at Courts that Order Equal Funding for Education

Derek Schmidt article icon Issue Brief When judges rule in favor of students seeking a better education, they risk incurring the wrath of conservative legislators with an austerity agenda.

By Billy Corriher | Thursday, March 27, 2014

Chris Christie’s War on Judicial Independence

Chris Christie book_alt2 icon Report New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is engaged in an unprecedented effort to pack the state supreme court with justices who will rule the way he wants.

By Billy Corriher and Alex Brown | Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Criminals and Campaign Cash

Campaign Cash book_alt2 icon Report The findings of a new CAP analysis show that as campaign cash increased, the courts studied began to rule more often in favor of prosecutors and against criminal defendants.

By Billy Corriher | Monday, October 28, 2013

Judging the High Court Justices

Proposed changes to North Carolina’s judicial election code would weaken judicial-oversight rules and allow more money into campaigns, which have the potential to seriously undermine citizens’ perceptions of their justice system.

By Billy Corriher | Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Dodging a Billion-Dollar Verdict

Judge Lloyd Karmeier article icon Issue Brief A lawsuit alleges that State Farm secretly spent millions of dollars to help elect an Illinois Supreme Court justice who would later overturn a huge verdict entered against the insurance giant.

By Billy Corriher and Brent DeBeaumont | Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Fixing Wisconsin’s Dysfunctional Supreme Court Elections

Wisconsin state supreme court book_alt2 icon Report This month a task force recommended that Wisconsin justices be limited to a single 16-year term.

By Billy Corriher | Monday, July 29, 2013

Clarence Thomas: The Anti-Thurgood Marshall

Clarence ThomasWith his recent comparison of affirmative action to slavery, Justice Clarence Thomas appears determined to undo the civil-rights and equal-justice accomplishments of his predecessor, Justice Thurgood Marshall.

By Billy Corriher | Tuesday, July 9, 2013

State and Federal Courts: The Last Stand in Voting Rights

article icon Issue Brief The Supreme Court’s ruling in Shelby County v. Holder means that courts will play an even more important role in protecting the right to vote.

By Andrew Blotky and Billy Corriher | Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Voters Overwhelmingly Support Judicial Election Reforms

Recent polling results indicate that the vast majority of voters want to eliminate the influence of campaign cash in judicial elections.

By Billy Corriher | Friday, June 21, 2013

No Justice for the Injured

Theodore Olson book_alt2 icon Report An analysis of state supreme court rulings shows that an influx of corporate campaign cash is influencing judges to rule against those injured while on the job or by business entities such as hospitals.

By Billy Corriher | Wednesday, May 15, 2013