Supreme Court Rules on Caperton v. Massey Coal

 
Supreme Court rules on Caperton v. Massey Coal

Monday, June 8th, 2009



JUDGES CAN’T RULE ON BIG DONORS’ CASES, SUPREME COURT SAYS: PRECEDENT-SETTING DECISION COULD AFFECT OHIO JUDICIAL ELECTIONS

WASHINGTON –The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that elected judges should disqualify themselves from ruling in cases involving people who have contributed huge sums of money to the judges’ campaigns.

Jack Torry and James Nash, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH, Monday, June 8, 2009 2:48 PM

HIGH COURT RULES IN CASE INVOLVING MASSEY, BENJAMIN

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that elected judges must step aside from cases when large campaign contributions from interested parties create the appearance of bias.

The Associated Press, wvgazette.com, June 8, 2009

COURT ORDERS JUDGE OUT OF CASE

The Supreme Court, dividing 5-4, ruled Monday that it was unconstitutional for a state supreme court justice to sit on a case involving the financial interests of a major donor to the judge’s election campaign. The majority said disqualification was required taking into account “all of the circumstances of this case.”

SCOTUS BLOG, Lyle Denniston, Monday, June 8th, 2009 10:09 am

LEGAL REFORM GROUPS HAIL CAPERTON RULING

PRESS RELEASE — Organizations representing a broad swath of America’s legal community hailed today’s U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Caperton v. Massey and pledged to step up their efforts to help states insulate their courts from special-interest influence.

Bert Brandenburg, Charles W. Hall, Raheem Dawodu, Justice at Stake Campaign

Brief of amicus curiae Good Government Groups in support of Caperton.



For the record –In favor of the petitioner Caperton: Justice Anthony Kennedy, Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, David Souter and John Paul Stevens. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the dissent. Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas also dissented.