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Ruling on judicial campaigns underscores need for fair, impartial courts

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By Mark Ferrulo

Special to the Citizen

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court rendered a decision in Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar that will impact future judicial campaigns across the country. The court upheld a Florida rule that helps keep courts fair and impartial by prohibiting judicial candidates from personally soliciting campaign contributions.

This means that the highest court in the land affirmed that money in judicial races can have a corrosive impact on the justice system and our courts. Floridians have already seen major attempts to hijack our courts with big money. In 2012, the billionaire Koch Brothers tried to unseat three Florida Supreme Court justices. That year, the Republican Party of Florida and the Kochs actively campaigned to oust three judges in response to their having ruled against an effort by the Republican-controlled Florida legislature to block Obamacare.


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