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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

NRA Working to Elect Pro-Gun Judges and Prosecutors

David KeeneUsing a front group, the NRA has spent millions of dollars to influence the elections of state supreme court judges and attorneys general nationwide.

by Billy Corriher | Thursday, February 14, 2013

Campaign Finance Laws Fail as Corporate Money Floods Judicial Races

Gavel and money book_alt2 icon Report This compilation of recent reports describes the distorting influence of campaign cash and suggests policy solutions to mitigate these problems.

by Billy Corriher | Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Million Dollar Judges of 2012

Justice Don Willett article icon Issue Brief Billy Corriher looks at the judges who won elections in 2012 while raising roughly $1 million or more, as well as those who had more than $1 million spent on their behalf by independent groups.

by Billy Corriher | Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Public Financing of Judicial Races Can Give Small Donors a Decisive Role

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts article icon Issue Brief Public financing programs can drastically limit the opportunity for lawyers, corporations, or others to influence the law through campaign contributions, and can make smaller donors more important to the process.

by Billy Corriher | Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Strong Recusal Rules Are Crucial to Judicial Integrity

West Virginia Supreme Court article icon Issue Brief Mandatory recusal rules would go a long way toward ensuring citizens that judges and by extension, justices, can be bought.

by Billy Corriher | Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Money Undermines Judges' Impartiality

The explosion of campaign cash in judicial elections has led citizens to doubt whether judges can be impartial.

by Billy Corriher | Monday, November 12, 2012

Merit Selection and Retention Elections Keep Judges Out of Politics

A CAP Action report explains why merit-selection systems and retention elections are a good way to keep judges free from politicization of elections.

by Billy Corriher | Thursday, November 1, 2012

Partisan Judicial Elections and the Distorting Influence of Campaign Cash

Michigian Supreme Court Justices article icon Issue Brief Reasonable minds can differ over whether to elect judges, but it is clear that electing judges in partisan elections leads to a myriad of problems.

by Billy Corriher | Thursday, October 25, 2012