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Judicial Elections Make It Impossible for Alabama Judges to Protect Individual Rights

Tori Sisson holds out her and Shanté Wolfe's wedding rings.Elected judges in Alabama cater to their conservative constituents by defying marriage equality and sentencing convicts to death.

by Billy Corriher | Thursday, March 26, 2015

Same-Sex Marriage: Flouting the Supreme Court

Billy Corriher writes that officials in Alabama are essentially arguing that the Constitution does not apply in their state.

by Billy Corriher | Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Dirty Water, Dirty Money: Coal Ash and the Attack on North Carolina’s Courts

play_alt icon Video This new minidocumentary from Legal Progress showcases the real human impact of special interest money that is infiltrating judicial elections by featuring one North Carolina family’s story of how coal ash pollution poisoned their community.

by Lauren Malkani, Billy Corriher, Sean Wright | Wednesday, January 21, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Could Allow Judges in 30 States to Solicit Campaign Contributions from Wealthy Donors

court houseMost states ban the personal solicitation of campaign cash, but the U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide whether these laws violate judicial candidates’ free speech rights.

by Billy Corriher | Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Million Dollar Judges of 2014

NC Chief Justice Mark MartinSpending on judicial elections reached $15 million in 2014—a record for a midterm election—fueled by money from attorneys and corporate litigants.

by Billy Corriher | Friday, December 12, 2014

Dirty Money, Dirty Water

The Allen Steam Station plant book_alt2 icon Report A troubling correlation between judicial campaign contributions and success rates for law firms underscores the need to restore the state’s public financing of judicial candidates.

by Billy Corriher & Sean Wright | Monday, November 17, 2014

In Texas, No Justice for Injured Patients

play_alt icon Video This new video from Legal Progress documents the damaging effects of Texas’ 2003 tort reform legislation, which makes it virtually impossible for emergency room patients to hold hospitals accountable for medical malpractice.

by Billy Corriher | Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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