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.
Cumberland School of Law, Cum Laude graduate Peter F. Burns practice areas include business litigation will contests, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, and other matters of complex civil litigation. Mr. Burns is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court and is a Certified Alabama Mediator; Board-Certified Civil Trial Advocate, National Board of Trial Advocacy, and a member of national and state Legal associations.