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"This whole politicization of the courts is really going to tear apart the court system ... That's what I'm fearful of."
Illinois Justice Thomas Kilbride

Facts & Stats

39 states elect at least some appellate or major trial court judges. See contested elections vs. appointments.

76% of Americans believe campaign contributions have at least some impact on a judge’s courtroom decisions. See
Money & Elections or Polls.

Spending on state Supreme Court elections more than doubled in the past decade, from $83.3 million in 1990-1999 to $206.9 million in 2000-2009. See Money & Elections.

93% of Americans believe judges should not hear cases involving major campaign supporters. 81% believe a neutral judge, not the judge whose fairness is being challenged, should decide whether a judge should avoid a case involving campaign benefactors.See 
Recusal or Polls.

The USA PATRIOT Act and other post-September 11 policies
dramatically weakened the historic power of the courts to protect our rights and check possible government abuses. See Civil Liberties & National Security.

Congress periodically engages in waves of “court-stripping,”
often to punish the courts for particular rulings on hot-button social issues. See Court-Stripping.

There are only two Hispanic women among the 161 active judges
on the U.S. Courts of Appeals, following Justice Sonia Sotomayor's elevation to the U.S. Supreme Court,  Sixty-one percent of active federal appellate judges are white males. See Diversity.





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