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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

State Judicial Ethics Rules Fail to Address Flood of Campaign Cash from Lawyers and Litigants

Justice David Prosser article icon Issue Brief Judges and legislators fail to address the conflicts of interest inherent in multimillion-dollar judicial elections.

by Billy Corriher and Jake Paiva | Wednesday, May 7, 2014

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.

by Billy Corriher and Jake Paiva | Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Supreme Court’s Campaign Finance Jurisprudence Displays a Naïve View of Political Corruption

McCutcheonThe ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC will give the wealthiest 1 percent even more influence over politicians, including elected judges.

by Billy Corriher | Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Texas, Where Are the Judges?

Cornyn and Cruz article icon Issue Brief Federal court judicial vacancies in Texas are creating an untenable backlog of cases and denying Texans access to justice.

by Sandhya Bathija, Joshua Field, Phillip Martin | Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Discrimination? Corporate Loopholes? Law Avoidance? Hobby Lobby’s Potentially Slippery Slope

Hobby Lobby 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.

by Joshua Field | Monday, March 24, 2014

Infographic: Hobby Lobby’s Slippery Slope

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

by Joshua Field | Monday, March 24, 2014

Chris Christie’s War on Judicial Independence

Chris Christie book_alt2 icon Report New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is engaged in an unprecedented effort to pack the state supreme court with justices who will rule the way he wants.

by Billy Corriher and Alex Brown | Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The Voting Rights Playbook

Voting book_alt2 icon 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.

by Joshua Field | Monday, February 3, 2014