Federal judges plead guilty

By Reity O'Brien, Kytja Weir and Chris Young

Judges acknowledge conflicts of interest Center found in 26 cases.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Judge":

"… n the giant multinational company. Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge James Hill owned as much as $100,000 in Johnson & Johnson stock when h …"

"… e is also in place in the code of conduct established by the court system. Judges have been warned before about participating in such cases. Following …"

"… sue of accountability — or lack thereof — in the federal court system. Judges face no formal punishment for breaking these rules. Appellate Judges can …"

"… dismissing Bah’s claims. At the time, 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Barbara Keenan owned stock in the bank.  “I couldn’t believe it, …"

State supreme court judges reveal scant financial information

By Reity O'Brien, Kytja Weir and Chris Young

Despite universally poor disclosure rules, Center finds numerous conflicts among state high court judges.

Excerpts from this story referencing "natural gas":

"… efend an opinion he wrote in a 2012 case involving XTO Energy, a natural gas company. The same year Danielson wrote the court’s opinion in favor of …"

Mudslinging the new normal in judicial elections?

By Reity O'Brien

Super PACs and nonprofits targeted state judicial elections in 2012, study says.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Politics":

"… nclusions were based on data from the National Institute on Money in State Politics and the Campaign Media Analysis Group. A record $33.7 million was spent o …"

Wisconsin justice's spouse head of union-busting law firm

By Chris Young

Wisconsin Supreme Court justice married to head of firm that battles unions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scott Walker":

"… to hear the appeal of a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Gov. Scott Walker’s union-busting law, despite the fact that her husband is the president …"

Invested in health care

By Brendan L. Smith

Three U.S. District judges presiding over legal challenges to the landmark federal health care law have held financial investments in the he