Citizens United Weakens Court Independence: O'Connor

Law360, New York (January 27, 2010, 6:38 PM EST) -- Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has said the high court's recent decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission is a “threat to our judicial independence,” taking her former colleagues to task for allowing money to flow freely into judicial elections.

“The majority in Citizens United has signaled that the problem of campaign contributions in judicial elections might get considerably worse, and quite soon,” O'Connor, a long-time advocate for merit selection of judges, said in a speech Tuesday at a conference at Georgetown...
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