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Forfeiting the American Dream

Beonca Williams crosses the street with her 1-year-old son book_alt2 icon Report Reform is urgently needed to prevent civil asset forfeiture abuses from undermining public efforts to cut poverty and boost opportunity.

by Rebecca Vallas, Tracey Ross, Todd A. Cox, Jamal Hagler, Billy Corriher | Friday, April 1, 2016

Justice Waits for a Nine-Member Supreme Court

Supreme Court half-staff article icon Issue Brief Justice will be delayed for millions of Americans if the Senate refuses to do its job and vote on a Supreme Court nominee.

by Michele L. Jawando and Billy Corriher | Monday, March 14, 2016

The Supreme Court Vacancy Shines a Spotlight on the Judicial Vacancy Crisis

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s courtroom chairThe fight over the vacant seat on the Supreme Court shows the importance of the lower courts and the high cost of Senate obstruction.

by Jake Faleschini and Billy Corriher | Thursday, February 25, 2016

North Carolina Supreme Court Disregards U.S. Supreme Court in Redistricting Case

North Carolina voting rallyThe U.S. Supreme Court has said that legislatures cannot draw districts based on race—but the North Carolina Supreme Court didn’t get the memo.

by Billy Corriher | Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Southern Judges Continue to Defy SCOTUS on Marriage Equality

Billy Corriher highlights how, after June's U.S. Supreme Court ruling guaranteed marriage equality for same-sex couples, elected justices in the South continue to place politics before the law.

by Billy Corriher and Eric Lesh | Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A Handful of Elected State Judges Continue to Deny Marriage Equality

Vic Holmes and partner Mark Phariss hold hands article icon Issue Brief Judges and magistrates in some southern states are still defying the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision.

by Billy Corriher | Tuesday, December 1, 2015

More Money, More Problems

Texas Supreme Court justices book_alt2 icon Report A new CAP report looks at the challenge of sustaining judicial diversity on the bench in the face of big-money judicial elections.

by Michele L. Jawando and Billy Corriher | Monday, October 26, 2015

Voting Rights Advocates Turn to North Carolina Courts, Stacked by Campaign Cash

Rev. William Barber voting rallyA D.C. group pushed voter suppression measures then spent millions to elect the North Carolina Supreme Court justices hearing lawsuits against these changes.

by Billy Corriher | Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Infographic: RFRA Repercussions

Overly broad state religious freedom restoration acts, or RFRAs, threaten true religious freedom and could have far-reaching negative consequences.

by Donna Barry, Billy Corriher, Carolyn Davis, Chester Hawkins, Lauren Kokum, Sarah McBride | Thursday, May 7, 2015

Supreme Court: Judges Aren’t Politicians, and States Can Bar Them From Soliciting Campaign Cash

Supreme CourtBy upholding Florida’s ban on judges directly seeking campaign cash, the Supreme Court recognizes money’s corrosive effect on judicial elections.

by Billy Corriher | Thursday, April 30, 2015

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