Repairing NY’s Toxic Judicial Election System

Law360, New York (March 8, 2011, 3:11 PM EST) -- With the nation’s judiciary coming under fire for perceived bias and favoritism, New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman took a welcome step to shielding New York’s judges from conflicts with his recently announced ban on judges hearing cases in which lawyers have contributed $2,500 or more to the judge’s campaign. Lippman’s plan could be the start of a reform for the state’s unpleasant judicial election system.

Long a low-key battlefield, judicial elections in other states have lately garnered a flood of attention and money. A 2009...
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