Only a partial win

The 'Caperton' ruling, while welcome, does nothing to protect the real losers in judicial elections — criminal defendants.

, The National Law Journal

In its recent decision in Caperton v. Massey, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that an elected state court judge must recuse himself from a case involving his largest campaign donor. The decision is a victory for common sense and fundamental fairness. Unfortunately, however, it cannot help the real losers in the 39 states that elect rather than appoint judges — those accused of crimes who rely on judges to protect their rights.

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