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.

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

"… ng to new financial disclosure reports released Friday and reviewed by the Center for Public Integrity. Justice Sonia Sotomayor did not report any outside income in 2013, despi …"

"… sts then pick them up either in person or have them sent in the mail. The Center for Public Integrity has made them available online as PDFs below.     …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Maryland":

"… ountaga and Michelle Johnson Bah, the couple fighting to keep their Bowie, Maryland, home, didn’t get the decision they wanted when a new panel of judges re …"

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.

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 "federal law":

"… y not sit on cases in which they have a financial interest, according to a federal law. A similar rule is also in place in the code of conduct established by the …"

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 "Judge":

"… e federal forms, however, still aren’t that great — scoring 84 points. Judges report investments in a wide range and the forms are not available online …"

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 "Connecticut":

"… diciary.” Some states — like Florida, Wyoming and Connecticut — do not include information about spouses, domestic partners or de …"

Mudslinging the new normal in judicial elections?

By Reity O'Brien

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

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

By Michael Beckel

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

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.

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George W. Bush":

"… arack Obama. Chief Justice John Roberts, an appointee of former President George W. Bush, possesses one of the court’s most complex financial portfolios. His net …"

"… has not yet filed his 2012 report and sought an extension, but in 2011 the George W. Bush appointee reported between $380,000 and $1.1 million in wealth putting him …"

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 "Florida":

"… ups. Besides North Carolina, Iowa and Mississippi, our research focused on Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. The influenc …"

"… rial lawyers and business interests. Trial lawyers helped carry the day in Florida, Louisiana and Oklahoma, while the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says it was su …"

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 "Florida":

"… ial lawyers and business interests. Trial lawyers helped carry the day in Florida, Louisiana and Oklahoma, while the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says it was su …"

"… mall-dollar donors. *** The fallout from the 2010 Iowa election spread to Florida last year, where conservatives unhappy with a high court ruling to invalid …"

"… mall amounts in a campaign against the judges, and the Republican Party of Florida urged its members not to retain the justices. The initiative was opposed …"

"… buted $300,000 to Defend Justice, making it the single biggest donor. Nine Florida law firms each gave $100,000 or more. “The one thing we learned from Io …"

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.

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… spending group hopes to oust a justice who supports same-sex marriage. In Florida, justices face the wrath of a pro-business group and a physician who objec …"

"… arack Obama’s health care reform law.Eighteen states, including Iowa and Florida, require their appointed Supreme Court justices to periodically face voter …"

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 "Florida":

"… n an attempt to kick four Supreme Court justices off the bench in Iowa and Florida for taking positions the groups find objectionable.In Iowa, one organizati …"

"… Rick Santorum, hopes to oust a justice who supports same-sex marriage. In Florida, justices face the wrath of a pro-business group and a physician who objec …"

"… e television ads and dueling bus tours.Eighteen states, including Iowa and Florida, require their appointed Supreme Court justices to periodically face voter …"

"… olleagues in supporting same-sex marriage has been targeted, as have three Florida justices.Finding out who is funding the campaigns is often difficult. Spen …"

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.'

Supreme Court will hear challenge to health reform law

By Joe Eaton

Individual mandate will be focus of oral arguments in March

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Carmelo Rodriguez III":

"… New York Democratic Rep. Maurice Hinchey, is named after Marine Corps Sgt. Carmelo Rodriguez III, who was Hinchey’s constituent before he died in 2007. A Senate version …"

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

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

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

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 "Judge":

"… o be on a bench who have no business being there.” Florida Circuit Court Judge Roberto Pineiro told The Nation, “I was told not to despair about raisin …"

"… ntial litigants. That would include just about every possible trip sponsor.Judges deliberate in private, and much of their decision-making process is out o …"