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United States Supreme Court addresses Judicial Campaign Contributions

Posted by John Hadden | Sep 10, 2010 | 0 Comments

The United States Supreme Court recently weighed-in on the subject of judicial campaign donations, and the situations in which a judge or justice should recuse himself or herself where one of the parties has financially supported that jurist's campaign.  In  Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Co., 129 S. Ct. 2252 (2009), the Supreme Court ruled that a state supreme court justice whose vote had been critical in an opinion overturning a $50 million verdict should have recused himself because of millions of dollars in support given by the president of the defendant corporation to a political group dedicated to that justice's election to the court.  That executive, Don Blankenship, has been more recently in the news following his company's role in a fatal mine explosion earlier this year.

John Hadden's full article on this case, published in the Summer 2010 issue of "The Verdict," can be found reprinted here.

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John Hadden

John D. Hadden is the owner and founder of the Hadden Law Firm. An experienced trial and appellate lawyer, he is author of three respected treatises on Georgia litigation practice: Greens Georgia Law of Evidence, Georgia Law of Torts - Trial Preparation and Practice, and Georgia Magistrate Court...


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