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Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on Jun 18, 2014

On the five year anniversary of the landmark Caperton v. Massey decision, Justice at Stake Executive Director Bert Brandenburg spoke out about the threat to the judiciary caused by runaway judicial election spending. “The threat to impartial courts has grown since Citizens United in 2010," he wrote in a statement. "Special interest money has flooded into judicial elections through outside channels. Now, almost nine of 10 Americans believe that campaign cash is affecting courtroom decisions. Caperton’s message has only grown stronger: Every state that elects its judges needs to take steps to ensure that justice is not for sale. These measures could include a range of steps, including stronger recusal and disclosure rules, and providing public financing for judicial elections — or adopting a merit selection system as an alternative to contested elections.?"