Uncertainty in Law Circles Over New Court Ruling for Judges
By JOHN SCHWARTZ Published: June 10, 2009 by the New York Times
“Lawyers across the country said that a Supreme Court ruling on conflicts of interest among elected judges could prompt a deluge of requests for judges to recuse themselves from cases.,,,”
In the U.S. Supreme Court case, Caperton v. A. T. Massey Coal Company, (No. 08-22) decided on June 8, 2009a coal executive had spent $3 million to help elect a justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court. The justice then voted twice to throw out a $50 million judgment against the executives company.
See decision at: http://supct.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/08-22.ZS.html