The Supreme Court has just ruled that Judges who have received campaign contributions from those whose cases they are deciding must disqualify themselves from those cases. This case was decided 5-4 along ideological lines.
Actually, while I believe that Justice Benjamin ruled correctly on the case, I think it is a good thing that our courts do not have an appearance of bias, nor should our judges be open to the temptation of being bought. It has happened many times in the past already, and face it. Judges are not God. They are only human, just like the rest of us.The case centered on what critics say is a growing problem of judges who at least appear to be beholden to their financial supporters. Thirty-nine states elect at least some of their judges. Candidates for state high courts alone raised more than $168 million from 2000 to 2007, more than double the contributions during the 1990s, according to Justice at Stake, which called for Benjamin’s recusal.
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