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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Court of Appeals":

"… a new panel of judges reopened the case. On June 10, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals once again dismissed the couple’s claims accusing Wells Fargo of predato …"

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 "Minnesota":

"… tates, the Center found: Even in states where there are elections, like Minnesota and Texas, judges time their retirements so that the governor, rather than …"

"… as appointed six whose predecessors stepped down before election time. In Minnesota, another election state, six of the court’s current seven justices were …"

"… seek out political allies when making judicial appointments. In 2010, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that then-Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a Republican, had ove …"

"… d to cut state agency budgets without legislative approval. University of Minnesota law professor David Stras filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case su …"

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 "General Electric Co.":

"… . Among the most commonly held stocks owned by appellate judges were General Electric Co. (at least $2.5 million), tech giants Intel Corp. (at least $495,000), Micr …"

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 "chief justice":

"… flawed,” according to The State. “That is a viewpoint shared by every chief justice in the country,” she told the Columbia newspaper. The state scored 40 p …"

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 "Minnesota":

"… between a keychain and a Cadillac. Maryland, Missouri and Minnesota require requesters to pick up reports in person while judges in  …"

"… r potential conflicts,” said McLaughlin, the state court administrator. Minnesota’s court spokesman John Kostouros said his state, which earned just …"

"… ally have to watch public officials in those states,” Kostouros said. “Minnesota has a very low tolerance for corruption.” However, Cynthia Gray, direct …"

"… ii, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, South Carolina a …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Stephen Breyer":

"… didates. The high court's four more liberal-leaning justices — Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor — appeared sympath …"

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 "Boeing":

"… each valued between $100,001 and $250,000. Alito also reported holdings in Boeing and Caterpillar Inc., each valued between $15,001 and $50,000. Also notab …"

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 "chief justice":

"… rounds they could easily earn much more in the private sector. Roberts, as chief justice, earns $223,500 per year, while the eight associate justices make $213,900 …"

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.

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 "Texas":

"… aces were launched right before the election. The LEAA was also active in Texas that year, running attack ads against the Democratic attorney general cand …"

"… rs who funded those ads, a ruling that’s currently being appealed to the Texas Supreme Court. No one from the Chamber or the LEAA responded to requests …"

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 "North Carolina":

"… n’t clear, as many states allow certain types of ads to go unreported.In North Carolina, one outside group has single-handedly outspent two candidates f …"

"… e group has single-handedly outspent two candidates for a seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court. The North Carolina Judicial Coalition has unleashed a torre …"

"… utspent two candidates for a seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court. The North Carolina Judicial Coalition has unleashed a torrent of ads on behalf of conservativ …"

"… e state with a $1.3 million ad buy. Tobacco giant RJ Reynolds and the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce gave a combined $264,000 to the ad campaign.Both Newby …"

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 "health care reform law":

"… ro-business group and a physician who object to President Barack Obama’s health care reform law.Supporters of the justices have paid for ads and mailers and are defending …"

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 "Washington, D.C.":

"… man of The Associated Press, Dean Singleton, at a luncheon appearance at a Washington, D.C., hotel.Dean Singleton, April 3: "Mr. President, you said yesterday th …"

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 "Supreme Court":

"… n-year-old son.Hinchey’s legislation would overturn a controversial 1950 Supreme Court ruling that bars service members from making claims against or suing the m …"

"… e Feres Doctrine, after the 1950 case. It was narrowly reaffirmed in a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling in 1987, though current Justices John Paul Stevens and Antonin Scal …"

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 "Stanford":

"… rican on the Supreme Court.Kathleen Sullivan, who was formerly the head of Stanford’s law school, donated the maximum amount of $2,300 to both Obama and Hil …"

"… election efforts last year totaling $550.Pamela Karlan, a law professor at Stanford University, has nine contributions, all to Democrats. Interestingly, befor …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ohio Supreme Court":

"… hosen in partisan elections.Similarly, a 2006 New York Times survey of the Ohio Supreme Court reports that justices voted in favor of their contributors 70 percent of t …"

"… led, casting the question of judicial independence into sharper relief. As Ohio Supreme Court Justice Paul E. Pfeifer, a Republican, memorably puts it, “I never felt …"

Montana Supreme Court Weighs I-154’S Fate

By Josh Israel

Both sides in ballot-initiative fight file appeal briefs

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "journalist":

"… arges against you. The Supreme Court ratifies the charges.It sounds like a journalist’s nightmare, but it happened to Argentine columnist and investigative re …"

"… ulting a judge. In another 1999 case, charges were brought against Chilean journalist Alejandra Matus, who was forced to flee into exile to avoid arrest after h …"

"… Supreme Court judge.The good news is that there is growing awareness among journalists in Latin America that these punitive press laws must be repealed. Last De …"

"… only that published information is false and defamatory, but also that the journalist who published it knew or should have known it was false at the time of pub …"

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":

"… ge of meeting or covering some of the most respected courtroom lawyers and judges in America, from Edward Bennett Williams and David Boies to courageous Al …"

"… from Edward Bennett Williams and David Boies to courageous Alabama federal judge Frank Johnson and Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. I have also …"

"… ecurity, intelligence or law enforcement agencies.Public perceptions about judges and the courts overall are favorable, but there are storm clouds. In a 19 …"

"… enter for State Courts, 79 percent of the American people believed that “judges are generally honest and fair in deciding cases.” However, 66 percent t …"