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"Judges must be perceived as beyond price. When litigants go to court they ... do not want the umpire calling balls and strikes before the game has begun."
Ann Walsh Bradley, Wisconsin Supreme Court justice

Notable Quotes


"The improper appearance created by money in judicial elections is one of the most important issues facing our judicial system today."

Theodore B. Olson, former U.S. Solicitor General
and attorney on behalf of Hugh Caperton



“In too many states, judicial elections are becoming political prizefights where partisans and special interests seek to install judges who will answer to them instead of the law and the Constitution.” 

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor



“Essential to public confidence in the judiciary is the assurance that justice is not for sale and that legal disputes will be resolved by fair and impartial judicial officers.”

Committee for Economic Development, in a U.S. Supreme Court brief signed by Wal-Mart, Pepsico, Intel and Lockheed Martin


"I never felt so much like a hooker down by the bus station … as I did in a judicial race. Everyone interested in contributing has very specific interests. They mean to be buying a vote."

Paul Pfeifer, Ohio Supreme Court Justice



“A state of war is not a blank check for the President when it comes to the rights of the Nation’s citizens."

Justice Sandra Day O’Connor


“Judicial races, once staid, low-budget affairs, have in the past decade turned into mudslinging, multimillion-dollar brawls that have shaken public confidence in justice.”
                                                                                                                                       USA Today editorial, March 3, 2009


 “Across the country, state courts are drowning in a sea of special-interest campaign money.”

New York Times editorial, Sept. 7, 2008


“This independence of the judges is … requisite to guard the Constitution and the rights of individuals.”

Alexander Hamilton, Federalist Paper No. 78






"There's now a crooked sign hanging on every courthouse in America reading 'Justice for Sale.'"

Bill Moyers, Feb. 19, 2010





"With a single, disastrous 5-to-4 ruling, the Supreme Court has thrust politics back to the robber-baron era of the 19th century."
New York Times editorial, Jan. 21, 2010


“In eight years the military commissions have put three people on trial. … Meanwhile, the federal courts, our Article III, regular legal court system, has put dozens of terrorists in jail. … The suggestion that somehow a military commission is the way to go isn’t borne out.”

Colin Powell, former Secretary of State




The founders realized there has to be someplace where being right is more important than being popular or powerful, and where fairness trumps strength. And in our country,  that place is supposed to be the courtroom.”

Sandra Day O’Connor

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