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The New Politics of Judicial Elections

Justice at Stake and CED hosted a discussion on the newly released Justice at Stake report The New Politics of Judicial Elections 2000-2009: Decade of Change. The report finds that special-interest money exploded in state court races in 2000-2009.

Keynote speaker Justice Sandra Day O'Connor discussed the importance of maintaining a fair and impartial judiciary, and expressed her concern for the politicization of judicial races. She highlighted the benefits of a merit selection system for addressing these concerns.

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

Speakers included:

  • Sandra Day O’Connor, Associate Justice, United States Supreme Court (retired)
  • Hugh Caperton, plaintiff, Caperton vs. Massey
  • Wallace Jefferson, chief justice, Supreme Court of Texas
  • Moderator Carrie Johnson, Justice Department Correspondent, National Public Radio
  • Charles Kolb, President, CED
  • Trevor Potter, former chair, Federal Election Commission
  • James Sample, professor of law, Hofstra University

To learn more about the report, published by Justice at Stake, the Brennan Center for Justice and the National Institute on Money in State Politics, see this online resource page.

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