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Money Flooding State Court Elections Threatens the Promise of Equal Justice | Alicia Bannon

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Special interest money is flooding into our state Supreme Court elections, gravely threatening the impartial justice that our Constitution promises — and raising troubling questions about whether courtroom decisions are for sale.

This fast-growing trend in American politics, spurred in part by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling in 2010, puts our system of justice at risk. When judges are pressured to answer to deep-pocketed special interests, disillusioned citizens may perceive them as little more than politicians in robes.

And when special interest groups air grisly TV ads accusing judges of being soft on crime or attacking them for decisions in controversial cases, those judges may find themselves especially vulnerable to election pressure.

via Money Flooding State Court Elections Threatens the Promise of Equal Justice | Alicia Bannon.

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