Monday, January 19, 2015

The decision by itself will not change the law in Texas.  But a ruling upholding as constitutional the ban on judicial candidates personally soliciting money could put pressure on Texas to impose such a rule.  Currently, Texas judges are allowed to call the lawyers who appear before them and ask for money.  We know how well that works.

See NYT's analysis

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The U.S. Supreme Court has already found once, that recusal by a judge who has received campaign money from a lawyer or party appearing before them is mandated.  The ruling was narrow - but made the point.

Most of my readers are not old enough to remember, or have forgotten - but 60 Minutes more than 20 years ago did a report on justice for sale in Texas.  They followed up on their report in 1998, and found much hadn't changed.

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