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Judicial Elections

A Call for Transparency: Illinois Judicial Vacancies Should Be Made Public

Katy Welter | Posted 08.24.2011 | Chicago
Katy Welter

Illinois alone empowers its Supreme Court with absolute authority to fill judicial vacancies. Given that it grants one nominating body sole discretion over these appointments, transparency is especially important.

Will the Supreme Court Prevent Citizens United From Being Fixed?

Doug Kendall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doug Kendall

Will the Court that permitted the injection of unlimited corporate expenditures into our election process now prevent one of the best ways to ensure candidates without corporate backing have a fighting chance? We'll know the answer soon.

Class Warfare III -- Losing Your Right to Fight Back

Larry Beinhart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Larry Beinhart

Litigation seems to be a particularly American disease. Why? We don't believe in collective responsibility and collective solutions.

Jukebox Justice: American Judges for Sale

Charles Kolb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles Kolb

In approximately 40 states, judges are elected, and as part of that process the candidates or incumbents accept campaign money from parties or attorneys who later appear before them in lawsuits.

Judges Should Be Evaluated for Performance, Not Politics

Katy Welter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Katy Welter

When a judge is weighing the merits of a case, the popularity of her decision should be the last thing on her mind.

Sharia Returns to Oklahoma

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

The lessons from Illinois and Iowa are that judicial retention elections are becoming increasingly ugly and are beginning to look like contested political contests instead of non-partisan judicial retention elections.

Three Myths About Judicial Elections

Meryl Chertoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Meryl Chertoff

Proposition 1's defeat in Nevada last week says a lot about what Americans think they know about state judges, and a lot of that is wrong.

Wave of Voter Anger Leaves Damage, Opportunities

Hans Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hans Johnson

It is often the least of these who have the most at stake in elections. Nov. 2, 2010, was a night of reckoning for advocates of working people, immigr...

What About All Those Judges On The Ballot? A Voter's Guide

Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

It's Election Day. You head into the voting booth, ballot in hand, and get to work. Senator and Governor, you know all about. You've got an opinion on...

Westchester Democratic, Conservative, Independence, and Working Families Parties Nominate Censured Judge for Re-Election

David A. Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
David A. Singer

If you think you can simply defer to political parties to make the choice in judicial elections for you, think again.

Partisan Justice

Andrea Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Andrea Lyon

Justice of a state supreme court is not a police officer or sheriff. He or she is there to follow statutes and case law precedent and to mete out justice. Sometimes that might mean making a decision that requires siding with someone unsavory or unpopular.

Doctors and Insurance Companies Purchase their Policy at the Ohio Supreme Court

Jeff Coryell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Coryell

Although judicial elections tend to attract far less notice than top-of-the-ticket races, the scandalous "justice for sale" financing of Republican c...

Setting Colorado Precedent in Judicial Elections

Luis Toro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Luis Toro

As a result of this ruling, judges and justices will be able to decide cases without having to wonder whether their decision will cause a handful of wealthy individuals or businesses to fund a campaign to unseat them.

The Danger of Ousting Judges for Unpopular Decisions

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

If anything can convince us that judicial elections should be ended, it is the current attempt in several states to oust judges for unpopular decisions. This is a chilling threat to the existence of an independent judiciary.

Elected Justice

Andrea Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

Judicial candidates running election campaigns sound more like they are running for sheriff than running to be a neutral arbiter of the law.

Money vs. Judicial Merit Selection

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Christopher Brauchli

In a recent editorial, the Wall Street Journal applauded the use of dollars to fund the campaigns of judges in states that still enjoy the direct elections of judges.

Justice's Blind Eye: Money Floods Judicial Election Campaigns

ABC News | Matthew Mosk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In rare public remarks last week, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the money involved in electing judges remains one of the most pr...

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: End Local Judicial Elections

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is endorsing an end to the election of judges at the state and local levels. Ginsburg wa...

What Are We Bid for American Justice?

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Moyers

Our government is not broken; it's been bought out from under us. On the right and the left and smack across the vast middle, more and more Americans doubt representative democracy can survive the corruption of money.

Author of Supreme Court's Decision Unleashing Campaign Spending Once Denounced the Influence of Campaign Cash

Joanne Doroshow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joanne Doroshow

Guess who participated in a 2003 Frontline documentary called "Justice for Sale" to denounce this corporate money in elections? Why, that would none other than Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the Citizens United opinion.

Follow the Money

Stanley Kutler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stanley Kutler

Wisconsin's Supreme Court has adopted a rule stipulating that campaign contributions, endorsements and paid ads are not enough to force recusal. Money has invaded the judicial arena.

End Judicial Selection by Election

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Judges should not be treated like American Idol contestants. The judiciary exists to protect minorities against the tyranny of the majority. Electing judges reverses that noble goal and demeans the judiciary.