The Supreme Court’s landmark Caperton v. Massey decision in 2009 already has led to improvements in protecting courts from the influence of campaign cash, according to a legal scholar’s draft law review article.
James Sample of the Hofstra School of Law (photo), and formerly of the Brennan Center for Justice, takes a look at state court reform developments in the year since the high court decision.
Sample’s draft article is entitled, “Court Reform Enters the Post-Caperton Era” (thanks to Rick Hasen’s Election Law blog for the tip.) Sample discusses reform efforts involving judicial recusal and public financing, chiefly in Wisconsin, Michigan and West Virginia (all of which Gavel Grab has tracked closely: click here for Wisconsin, here for Michigan or here for West Virginia). (more…)