You can’t buy judges, Supreme Court says
9 June, 2009
By Bryan Lower
Litigants who spend millions of dollars to elect judges in their own cases, surprisingly, might produce unfair results.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court tried to solve one of the problems with elected judges. As with any other popular campaign, money can be a big influence. In Caperton v. Massey, the campaign donations of the head of Massey Energy Co., Don Blankenship, had a direct effect on the outcome of $82.7 million verdict. Massey donated to a campaign to defeat a sitting judge, and the bought-and-paid-for replacement ruled in Massey’s favor. This sounds like good old fashioned corruption.
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