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The appearance of impropriety

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Let’s hear it for Justice Kennedy who led a 5-4 Supreme Court in Caperton v. Massey Coal Co. to hold that a state judge must withdraw when a party in a case has had a "significant or disproportionate" influence on placing the judge on the court through a large campaign donation.

Almost all judges will welcome the opportunity to recuse when faced with passing judgment on a substantial contributor. Certainly contributors need to know that if they are trying to buy justice they are wasting their money. A good day for American justice.

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  1. Mike Bryant says:
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    This is great news for the average person. Nice post.