Poll: Vast Majority Thinks Spending Influences Judges’ Decisions

A new poll shows that 87 percent of voters believes campaign and special interest spending on judicial elections have an influence on a judge’s decision. “As this poll makes clear, Americans are worried that our fair courts are at risk,” said Alicia Bannon, counsel in the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice. “We need stricter rules for when judges have to step aside from cases, so that judges aren’t hearing cases involving donors who spent large sums getting them elected. We also need stronger disclosure laws so the public knows who is spending money trying to shape our courts.” Gavel Grab has more.