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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.

Supreme Court justices

Fact Sheets: How the U.S. Supreme Court Could Affect Your State

article icon Fact Sheet A ruling for the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell would take away quality, affordable health care from millions of Americans.

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.

NC Chief Justice Mark Martin

The Million Dollar Judges of 2014

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

The Allen Steam Station plant

Dirty Money, Dirty Water

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.

African American voters

Uncounted Votes

book_alt2 icon Report A first-of-its-kind analysis of county-level 2012 election data finds that, in 16 states, voters in counties with a higher percentage of minorities cast provisional ballots at higher rates.

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.

Coal ash in Dan River

Keeping Campaign Cash Out of North Carolina Courts

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Infographic: Hobby Lobby’s Slippery Slope

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

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