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 "Judge":

"… th people who are likely to end up appearing in the Judges’ courtrooms. Judges can avoid conflicts by investing in mutual funds rather than individual s …"

"… Donahue. State court systems generally don’t have such formal programs. Judges can request help from state or local law enforcement agencies, though. S …"

Mudslinging the new normal in judicial elections?

By Reity O'Brien

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

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.

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "UnitedHealth Group":

"… $100,000 and $250,000 of shares in Vanguard Health Care Fund, which lists UnitedHealth Group as its sixth-largest holding. Kessler received between $2,500 to $5,000 in …"

"… om hearing the health care reform lawsuit because of her financial ties to UnitedHealth Group, the nation’s largest private health insurance company. UnitedHealth use …"