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"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
 

Resources

 

ARTICLES

 

AUDIO/VIDEO

ABC Primetime's report on the Caperton/Massey dispute.

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REPORTS 

"New Politics for Judicial Elections" Reports: 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006

New Politics 2004/West Virginia Link

“Fair Courts: Setting Recusal Standards,” April 1, 2008, James Sample, et al, Brennan Center for Justice

“The Best Defense: Why Elected Courts Should Lead Recusal Reform,” Brennan Center for Justice, June 1, 2007

 

ABA Report on Recusal

 

How Each State Selects Supreme Courts (PDF)

One-Page Caperton v. Massey Fact Sheet (PDF)

Brennan Center for Justice Caperton Resource Page. This invaluable page contains an extensive history of the case, including all major briefs, and links to press, commentary and reports on recusal.  

 

NOTABLE QUOTES

 

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Feb. 24, 2008, Parade Magazine commentary:

 

I am anxious about the state of the judiciary in America. I am not concerned about particular judges or cases, nor am I concerned about the judiciary shifting right or left. What worries me is the manner in which politically motivated interest groups are attempting to interfere with justice.

 

Justice O’Connor, Nov. 15, 2007, Wall Street Journal commentary:

 

Motivated interest groups are pouring money into judicial elections in record amounts. Whether or not they succeed in their attempts to sway the voters, these efforts threaten the integrity of judicial selection and compromise public perception of judicial decisions.

 

 

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