Supreme court justices earn quarter-million in cash on the side

By Reity O'Brien

Nearly all Supreme Court justices reported earning thousands for teaching and book royalties beyond their federal salaries.

Fourth case reopened after Center uncovers judicial conflict of interest

By Chris Young

U.S. appeals court reopened foreclosure case after Center uncovered that a judge owned stock in Wells Fargo, court reaches same decision.

Tennessee Supreme Court declines to review case featured in Center report

By Susan Ferriss

Tennessee teen truant was jailed, allegedly without being informed of right to counsel.

Donors, friends of governors often get state supreme court nod

By Rachel Baye

Judicial elections are often criticized for corrupting influence, but appointment process has problems too.

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Carolina":

"… reject the list of nominees and ask for more. In two states, Virginia and South Carolina, the legislature appoints judges to the state supreme courts. In the othe …"

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 "energy":

"… 0), Microsoft Corp. (at least $630,000) and IBM Corp. ($1.5 million), plus energy heavyweight ExxonMobil Corp. (at least $3.8 million) — a list that gener …"

"… eavley and Carolyn King, ruled on cases in which parties in the cases were energy companies that paid the couple royalties for extracting minerals from thei …"

Supreme Court opens door to flood of political cash — again

By Michael Beckel

Citing First Amendment concerns, 5-4 Supreme Court majority tosses out aggregate limits on campaign contributions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission":

"… nor can financially support. The decision is the most important since the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission case in 2010, which allowed for unlimited corporate and union spending in …"

State judges: We don't need no stinkin' disclosure

By John Dunbar, Reity O'Brien, Kytja Weir and Chris Young

Officials defend limited financial disclosure for high court judges.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Nevada":

"… nances.   Attacking the messenger Bill Gang, spokesman for the Nevada Supreme Court (42.5 points), called the report "somewhat mi …"

"… ion about the finances of judges’ spouses and dependent children, saying Nevada could not pass because it does not seek such information. Judicial expert …"

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.

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 …"

Supreme Court mulls axing campaign donation limits in 'McCutcheon' case

By Michael Beckel

Nine justices appeared divided on 'McCutcheon' campaign money case.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Senate":

"… ces, arguing that should party leaders such as the speaker of the House or Senate majority leader solicit seven-figure checks there is an "inherent risk of …"

"… t the aggregate limits was attorney Bobby Burchfield, who was representing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. A vocal supporter of campaign finan …"

Justice Alito's reported wealth soars in 2012

By Reity O'Brien

Newly filed financial disclosure shows justice owns stock in energy, tech and pharmaceutical companies.

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Washington Post":

"… p; Gamble, Johnson & Johnson and pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. The Washington Post reported Thursday that Alito's disclosed inheritance came from his fa …"

Majority of Supreme Court members millionaires

By Reity O'Brien and Chris Young

At least five and as many as eight of nine U.S. Supreme Court justices are millionaires, filings show.

Justice for sale in state supreme court elections?

By Bill Buzenberg

Outside groups are funneling more and more money into state races, which is a trend the Center will be following.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Communications Commission":

"… ysis of campaign finance reports, tax records and documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission. Tracking all outside spending is nearly impossible thanks to lax state d …"

D.C.-based groups bombarded state high court races with ads

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

Nearly $12 million spent by super PACs and nonprofits in 2012-13 state supreme court races.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Communications Commission":

"… ed from campaign finance reports, tax records and documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission — originated outside the election states, mostly from Washington, D.C.-b …"

"… 88,000, according to records filed by Memphis television stations with the Federal Communications Commission. The ads portrayed Phillips as a greedy trial attorney. The total does not …"

Sonia Sotomayor courts riches from book deal

By Reity O'Brien

Supreme Court justice rakes in nearly $2 million from advances, appearances.

Family Research Council defends traditional marriage by bankrolling Republicans

By Michael Beckel

Family Research Council's PAC dispenses cash to numerous GOP politicians.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… in its amicus brief in Hollingsworth v. Perry, the challenge to California's Proposition 8, which the Supreme Court debated Tuesday, the Fa …"

N.C.'s public financing system drowned out by outside spending

By Chris Young

State supreme court elections vulnerable to outside spending by ideological groups.

Right-wing groups attempt to dislodge justices in Florida, Iowa

By Chris Young

Supreme court justices in two states are under siege from groups that oppose their rulings.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… of its contributors, which has yet to be posted online. Roth provided The Center for Public Integrity with a copy of the report, which shows the group has received more th …"

FACT CHECK: Romney misfires with EPA anecdote

By FactCheck.Org

Romney uses story of Idaho couple to criticize Obama administration, but leaves out crucial details.

FACT CHECK: Obama eats his words on overturning health care law

By FactCheck.Org

President forced to backtrack from comment that overturning Affordable Care Act is 'unprecendented.'

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Associated Press":

"… e following day Obama was challenged by the outgoing chairman of The Associated Press, Dean Singleton, at a luncheon appearance at a Washington, D.C., hotel.Dea …"

Supreme Court will hear challenge to health reform law

By Joe Eaton

Individual mandate will be focus of oral arguments in March

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Court of Appeals":

"… constitutional. The Supreme Court decision is rooted in an appeal from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, in Atlanta, which struck down the individual health …"

Lawyer tries again to get U.S. Supreme Court to hear Holocaust-related suit

By Amy Biegelsen

A lawyer is asking the U.S. Supreme Court for a second time to hear a case related to a federal block on Holocaust victims’ families suing E

House committee moves to allow suits for military medical malpractice

By Nick Schwellenbach

Congress moved Wednesday toward allowing soldiers to sue military medical personnel for medical malpractice, except in cases related to comb

The political donation histories of Obama’s potential new justices

By Aaron Mehta

When word leaked Thursday night that Supreme Court Justice David Souter is planning to retire after this court term ends, it took about 30 s

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. Court of Appeals":

"… under her name.Another frontrunner is Kim McLane Wardlaw, who sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She last donated in July 1995, giving $1,000 to Pre …"

New study shows campaign money affects judicial decisions

By Te-Ping Chen

PaperTrail has some homework for Supreme Court justices, regarding Caperton v. Massey, a case they heard arguments for yesterday. A recent s

Montana Supreme Court Weighs I-154’S Fate

By Josh Israel

Both sides in ballot-initiative fight file appeal briefs

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dirk M. Sandefur":

"… all the briefs be filed by October 3.The original ruling by District Judge Dirk M. Sandefur threw Initiative 154, a takings and eminent-domain proposal, off the ballo …"

Sunset in Harrisburg

By Robert Morlino

Lack of lobbyist regulation results in a zero score for Pennsylvania

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokeswoman":

"… something we're going to be looking into this year," said Kate Philips, a spokeswoman for the governor.Several lobbyists declined to comment on the absence of o …"

When criticism becomes a crime

By Joel Simon

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina, August 1, 2001 — Imagine you’ve just broken a story about how the president’s cronies, including members of the Sup

Excerpts from this story referencing "Argentina":

"… ernational legal safeguards. Fearing the Commission would rule against it, Argentina agreed to repeal the law, and the conviction against Verbitsky was reverse …"

"… ion is generally defined as a criminal offense in every country, including Argentina. These laws make no allowance for inadvertent errors made while reporting …"

"… urnalists, lawyers and academics from throughout Latin America gathered in Argentina in June to discuss the problem. The Committee to Protect Journalists and t …"

"… gag” laws and pledged to repeal other laws that limit press freedom. In Argentina, Periodistas has put forward a proposal to decriminalize defamation in the …"

Commentary: Judiciary should let sunshine in to reduce public skepticism

By Charles Lewis

WASHINGTON, June 8, 2001 — More than any time in recent memory, the American people have reasonable doubts about the integrity of the judici

Excerpts from this story referencing "chair":

"… of federal judges on the Internet and took matters into his own hands. As chair of the federal judiciary’s committee on financial disclosure, he tempora …"