Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Hey! Law Dogs

Does this West Virginia case about elected judges recusing themselves that is coming to SCOTUS have any relevance to Wisconsin's circumstances?


illusory tenant said...

It depends how closely SCOTUS restricts its holding to the circumstances in the WV case. But the short answer is, yes, it's probably going to have some effect in all States where judges are elected and benefit from huge outlays of cash. Here's a little bit more about it.

Anonymous said...

I'm not so sure it will impact the current election, particularly if the decision doesn't come out 'till July--well after the April election. What I see as the big difference here is that the case before the U.S. Supremes, involves ONE defendant, who happened to have donated near $3mil. to the campaign. I don't think that is the same thing as having a lot of people donating a few hundred--or even a few thousand--dollars. It is a great plug for NOT electing justices, as well as public financing of all campaigns. IMOHO