4 Ideas That Could Begin to Reform the Criminal Justice System and Improve Police-Community Relations
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.
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.
Dirty Money, Dirty Water
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.
In Texas, No Justice for Injured Patients
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.
Keeping Campaign Cash Out of North Carolina Courts
Fact Sheet The repeal of public financing for judicial candidates could give corporate polluters and other donors more influence in North Carolina courts.
Koch Brothers and D.C. Conservatives Spending Big on Nonpartisan State Supreme Court Races
Report Big-money groups in Washington want to protect state legislatures’ agendas from legal challenges.
State Judicial Ethics Rules Fail to Address Flood of Campaign Cash from Lawyers and Litigants
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
Interactive A CAP analysis finds that states have failed to strengthen their judicial ethics rules to address the growth in campaign cash.
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.
Texas, Where Are the Judges?
Issue Brief Federal court judicial vacancies in Texas are creating an untenable backlog of cases and denying Texans access to justice.
Discrimination? Corporate Loopholes? Law Avoidance? Hobby Lobby’s Potentially Slippery Slope
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.
The Voting Rights Playbook
Report In addition to addressing the aggressive voter suppression tactics that states have taken post-Shelby County, this report details the importance and power of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act and the tools that remain in Sections 2 and 3 to combat voting-related discrimination.