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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

Why Courts Matter

Demonstrators gather outside the Supreme Court. article icon Issue Brief Legal disputes over gun violence, money in politics, and voting rights illustrate the profound impact that U.S. federal courts have on the lives of all Americans.

by Michele L. Jawando and Sean Wright | Monday, April 13, 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

Infographic: The ACA at 5: Five Things at Risk After King v. Burwell

King v. Burwell has the potential to undo all of the significant improvements to health care in America by creating a death spiral of higher premiums for fewer, sicker customers.

by Sean Wright | Monday, March 23, 2015

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

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

| Wednesday, February 4, 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

4 Ideas That Could Begin to Reform the Criminal Justice System and Improve Police-Community Relations

article icon Issue Brief There are concrete lessons to learn and ideas to implement that could turn a moment of anger and frustration into an opportunity to make positive change in our criminal justice system.

by Michele L. Jawando and Chelsea Parsons | Thursday, December 18, 2014

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 and Sean Wright | Monday, November 17, 2014

Uncounted Votes

African American voters 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.

by Joshua Field, Charles Posner, Anna Chu | Wednesday, October 29, 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