Key findings:

  • The Center found 26 examples since 2010 where federal appellate judges ruled on cases in which they had a financial conflict.
  • Sixteen judges in all 26 of those cases had letters sent to the litigants to alert them of the mistakes. The letters are the first step in possibly reopening the cases.
  • Fifty-nine percent of the 255 federal appellate judges the Center reviewed reported owning stock.
  • Total reported assets, including stock and other investments, for the judges was valued between $585 million and $1.8 billion, as calculated by the Center.
  • More than 110 of judges had some information on their financial disclosure reports blacked out in 2012, including information about gifts, income and investments.