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Why Courts Matter

play_alt icon Video The federal courts will have an enormous impact on our lives and the future of the law. It's time progressives start making who sits on these courts a part of their advocacy efforts.

By Sandhya Bathija and Andrew Blotky | Thursday, June 27, 2013

Big-money groups in Washington are spending big on judicial elections

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

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

Justice David Prosser

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

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

McCutcheon

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

The 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

Cornyn and Cruz

Texas, Where Are the Judges?

article icon Issue Brief Federal court judicial vacancies in Texas are creating an untenable backlog of cases and denying Texans access to justice.

By Sandhya Bathija, Joshua Field, and Phillip Martin | Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hobby Lobby

Discrimination? Corporate Loopholes? Law Avoidance? Hobby Lobby’s Potentially Slippery Slope

article icon Fact Sheet A poorly decided Hobby Lobby ruling has the ability to dramatically redefine religious liberty from a fundamental value that protects genuine religious beliefs to a loophole that can be used to discriminate and create unfair advantages in the corporate world.

By Joshua Field | Monday, March 24, 2014

Infographic: Hobby Lobby’s Slippery Slope

The outcome of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Sebelius has the potential to dramatically transform religious liberty.

By Joshua Field | Monday, March 24, 2014

Chris Christie

Chris Christie’s War on Judicial Independence

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

Voting

The Voting Rights Playbook

book_alt2 icon Report In addition to addressing the aggressive voter suppression tactics that states have taken post-Shelby County, this report details the importance and power of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act and the tools that remain in Sections 2 and 3 to combat voting-related discrimination.

By Joshua Field | Monday, February 3, 2014

Campaign Cash

Criminals and 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

U.S. Supreme Court

Greece v. Galloway: Why We Should Care About Legislative Prayer

article icon Issue Brief The Supreme Court’s decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway will not only determine what is and is not permitted when it comes to legislative prayer but could also instruct all aspects of religion in the public sphere.

By Sandhya Bathija | Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Hobby Lobby

Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius: Crafting a Dangerous Precedent

article icon Issue Brief A lawsuit brought by Hobby Lobby, a giant retailer, to avoid ACA compliance highlights why for-profit corporations do not have religious freedom rights.

By Julia Mirabella and Sandhya Bathija | Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Clarence Thomas

Clarence Thomas: The Anti-Thurgood Marshall

With 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

Supreme Court in 2013: Equal Justice Under Law?

Andrew Blotky writes about the significance of last week's Supreme Court decisions for all Americans.

By Andrew Blotky | Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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