Report: Business Donations Fuel Perception of Justice for Sale

A recent report by the American Constitution Society (ACS) found that business donations in judicial elections fuel a perception that justice is for sale. Though the report stopped short of finding a direct link between contributions and elections or contributions and rulings, it raises “troubling” issues, said Liz Seaton, acting executive director of ACS. The study, titled “Justice at Risk,” examined business-related state supreme court cases between 2010 and 2012. Among its key points was a finding that people believe the more businesses give in campaign contributions, the more likely justices are to rule for business litigants who appear before them in court. Gavel Grab has more on the report.