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    Campaign Money Can Disqualify Judges, Top Court Says

    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.

    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.
    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.

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    Re: Campaign Money Can Disqualify Judges, Top Court Says

    Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito dissented.
    I don't have much to add to that quote.

    Edited to add: Well, except that the names of those who think that judges should rule on cases where they have a potential conflict of interest should be known.

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    Re: Campaign Money Can Disqualify Judges, Top Court Says

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I don't have much to add to that quote.

    Edited to add: Well, except that the names of those who think that judges should rule on cases where they have a potential conflict of interest should be known.
    Does this mean they 'empathy' towards the color green?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BWG View Post
    Does this mean they 'empathy' towards the color green?
    Why do people have to make me laugh while I am trying to eat dinner?

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    Re: Campaign Money Can Disqualify Judges, Top Court Says

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I don't have much to add to that quote.

    Edited to add: Well, except that the names of those who think that judges should rule on cases where they have a potential conflict of interest should be known.
    Those judges got a -1 from me.

    The only concerns I have about this is #1, Is it "Can" or "Must" disqualify? and #2, Who or how is anyone going to know really? If I give a $100 to Judge Knickerbocker in my district because I think he is a good judge, does that all of a sudden disqualify him from being a judge? It seems as if Judicial condidates can no longer have fundraisers.

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    Re: Campaign Money Can Disqualify Judges, Top Court Says

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkWizard12 View Post
    Those judges got a -1 from me.

    The only concerns I have about this is #1, Is it "Can" or "Must" disqualify? and #2, Who or how is anyone going to know really? If I give a $100 to Judge Knickerbocker in my district because I think he is a good judge, does that all of a sudden disqualify him from being a judge? It seems as if Judicial condidates can no longer have fundraisers.
    Problem is that more than half of this judge's campaign funds came from the company that wanted the case decided its way.
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    Re: Campaign Money Can Disqualify Judges, Top Court Says

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Problem is that more than half of this judge's campaign funds came from the company that wanted the case decided its way.
    Seems only natural.

    In America, you could buy an audit. Then you could buy a debt rating. Now you can buy a judicial decision. What's next? Buy the presidency? Oh wait. That already happens.

    Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito should all be kicked in the balls for dissenting on this.

    HOLY ****

    Blankenship spent more than $500,000 in direct support of Benjamin, mostly for television and newspaper advertisements. The Massey executive also donated almost $2.5 million to And For The Sake Of The Kids, an independent group that worked to defeat McGraw and aired a series of ads that accused the justice of voting to release a pedophile.

    Blankenship’s spending represented about 60 percent of the $5 million spent on behalf of Benjamin.
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