“Lawyers’ Committee Files Federal Voting Rights Lawsuit Challenging Discriminatory Method of Electing Judges to Highest Courts in State of Alabama”

Release: Today, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP and four individual black voters alleging that the method of electing Alabama’s most powerful judges … Continue reading

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6th Cir., in Thoughtful J. Sutton Opinion, Upholds Ban on Endorsements by Judicial Candidates

This strikes me as an exceptionally thoughtful opinion, upholding some judicial campaign regulations and striking down others. It also shows how the Supreme Court’s Williams-Yulee decision has changed the calculus on which judicial campaign regulations can survive First Amendment attack. Here’s … Continue reading

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“Dark money group seeks investigation of Kansas Supreme Court justice”

Bryan Lowry for the Wichita Eagle: A national dark money group has revived a 2-year-old controversy involving a Kansas Supreme Court justice and filed an ethics complaint with the state’s Commission on Judicial Qualifications. The Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, … Continue reading

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“The Real Reason Why Judges Should Keep Quiet About Elections; The restrictions remind judges to aspire to be apolitical.”

Dahlia Lithwick and I have written this piece for Slate. It begins: Late last week, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg tried to put the controversy over her recent criticisms of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump behind her, issuing a … Continue reading

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6th Circuit Rejects Challenge to Ohio Law Keeping Partisan Information of Judicial Candidates Off Ballot

Opinion: Ohio elects its state judges through a hybrid process. Judicial candidates are first selected through partisan primary elections. On the general-election ballot, however, their names show no partisan affiliation, even though judicial candidates may affiliate with political parties throughout … Continue reading

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