Florida homeowners catch a break in courts

By Alison Fitzgerald

The state Supreme Court revisited foreclosure court procedures after a Center report.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… gress as the state responds to their concerns on several different fronts. …"

"… ose if the bank trying to foreclose doesn’t respond to the motion. Other Florida counties have similar orders in place. “What they’re saying is you do …"

"… don’t have to hear those motions, just deny them,” said Thomas Ice, a Florida lawyer who took his opposition to the orders to the Supreme Court’s comm …"

"… gone.” The Center for Public Integrity reported earlier this year that Florida’s legislature and Supreme Court have instructed judges across the state …"

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 "Bank":

"… peals court has scrapped a 2010 foreclosure ruling in favor of Wells Fargo Bank after a Center for Public Integrity investigation revealed that one of the …"

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 "general counsel":

"… was brought on to offer some advice. Five years later, he became Perry’s general counsel, eight months after that, his chief of staff, and a little over a year aft …"

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 "Judicial Conference of the United States":

"… who might fail to identify conflicts on their own. In September 2006, the Judicial Conference of the United States, a group of judges who oversee and set policy for the U.S. Courts, adopted …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… rse,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the majority in McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. Thus, at the federal level, a donor may still only give no more than $2, …"

"… 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 "South Carolina":

"… as “a solution looking for a problem,” according to The Argus Leader. South Carolina Chief Justice Jean Toal called the Center’s study “very flawed,” acc …"

"… h,” Campsen said. “There are protections in place.” The Center gave South Carolina a failing grade largely because the materials available to the commission …"

"… ected. Room for improvement? There were also a few calls for reform. “South Carolina's judicial ethics standards are clearly lacking,” noted The Po …"

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.

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 "John Roberts":

"… of campaign finance rules. Judicial observers predict that Chief Justice John Roberts will be the swing vote in the McCutcheon case. During today's oral argumen …"

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 "New York City":

"… Knopf Doubleday. One of Sotomayor’s most valuable assets is her former New York City residence, now a rental property valued between $1 million and $5 million, …"

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 "Wisconsin":

"… earch focused on Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. The influence of nonprofits and super PACs has changed the nature of sta …"

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 "Montana":

"… No one from the Chamber or the LEAA responded to requests for comment. In Montana, a mysterious outside group called the Montana Growth Network he …"

"… for comment. In Montana, a mysterious outside group called the Montana Growth Network helped sway the course of that judicial race as well. *** …"

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 "United States":

"… efense of Marriage Act, which the Supreme Court is reviewing today in United States v. Windsor, the Family Research Council argued that the gov …"

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 "Supreme Court":

"… s single-handedly outspent two candidates for a seat on the North Carolina Supreme Court. The North Carolina Judicial Coalition has unleashed a torrent of ads on b …"

"… te Legislatures.The flood of spending was made possible thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010. Unlike candidates, outside spending gr …"

"… ublic financing] program don’t have that ability.”MichiganThe Michigan Supreme Court election is the nation’s most expensive judicial race this year. The sta …"

"… watchdog group estimates that 75 percent of the spending in this year’s Supreme Court races falls outside of the state’s reporting system.Seven candidates are …"

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 "dialysis":

"… ublican Senate majority leader wrote a letter that helped Jacob’s kidney dialysis company keep a state contract.In August, state campaign finance records sh …"

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.

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

"… m” — using as his example an EPA action taken in 2007, under President George W. Bush.Furthermore, it was a Republican-nominated federal judge who made the init …"

"… operty. But a federal judge, Edward Lodge, ruled in the fall of 2008 (when George W. Bush was still president) that they were not entitled to a hearing on their app …"

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 "Supreme Court":

"… dify his absurdly wrong claim that it would be “unprecedented” for the Supreme Court to strike down the new health care law.He made that statement April 2 …"

"… news conference:Obama, April 2: "Ultimately, I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overtu …"

"… number of others were quick to point out, there is ample precedent for the Supreme Court voiding laws passed by Congress. In fact, overturning unconstitutional law …"

"… Congress. In fact, overturning unconstitutional laws has been part of the Supreme Court’s job description for more than two centuries.And the health care law wa …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Thomas Weiss":

"… surance companies for unpaid claims on policies bought before World War II.Thomas Weiss, a Florida-based opthamalogist, wants to sue the Italian insurance company …"

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 "Supreme Court":

"… Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. …"

"… nated. Like Sotomayor, Wardlaw would be the first Hispanic-American on the Supreme Court.Kathleen Sullivan, who was formerly the head of Stanford’s law school, d …"

"… nomination effort.Leah Ward Sears, who is the chief justice of the Georgia Supreme Court, has only two political donations to her name — both to President Obama …"

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 "West Virginia":

"… ld recuse themselves in questions of judicial bias. In Caperton v. Massey, West Virginia Justice Brent Benjamin refused to remove himself from deliberations affect …"

"… nce of a connection between contributions and votes.For what it’s worth, West Virginia Supreme Court judges are chosen in partisan elections.Similarly, a 2006 Ne …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tom Ridge":

"… egislators themselves.In 1998, the legislature approved, and then-governor Tom Ridge signed into law, lobby disclosure regulations similar to those of other st …"

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 "president":

"… nished. …"

"… ation, the executive director of Human Rights Watch/Americas, and the vice-president of the Inter American Commission of Human Rights. It was supported by a gr …"

"… pealed. Last December, after an intense international campaign, Panama’s president Mireya Moscoso repealed some of her country’s most onerous “gag” law …"

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 "Christmas":

"… y M. Kennedy clinked glasses with Vice President-elect Richard Cheney at a Christmas party in McLean, Va., and received the warm thanks of Republican revelers. …"