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Judges Are for Sale -- and Special Interests Are Buying

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posted on Oct, 31 2011 @ 07:23 PM

A blistering new report details how big business and corporate lobbyists are pouring money into state judicial elections across the country and packing the courts with judges who put special interests ahead of the public interest.

The new study — by New York University Law School's Brennan Center for Justice, the National Institute on Money in State Politics, and the Justice at Stake Campaign, a non-partisan reform group — found that a small group of super spenders plays the biggest role, using their money to buy the kind of judges they want hearing their cases. These super spenders are the usual suspects: mainly big business, corporate lobbyists, and trial lawyers.

Also high on the list: a disturbing category called "unknown." In many states, disclosure laws are so weak that special interests can buy judicial elections without the public even finding out.

Why does all this matter? Because as money floods into judicial elections, we are getting courts that are filled with judges whose first loyalty is not to justice — or to the general public — but to insurance companies, big business and other special interests. It's not hard to guess what insurance companies want their judges to do. They want them to rule against people who have been injured — even when they deserve compensation, and they want damage awards to be slashed. Big business wants weak enforcement of laws against discrimination and pollution. On the other side of the political spectrum, trial lawyers want verdicts for plaintiffs — and large damage awards.

Why do they ask for Tort reform when they can simply buy off all the judges anyway?

Something needs to be done with all the corporate money being flooded into all of our elections...especially judicial elections.

The corruption knows no ends anymore. We need to make all elections publicly funded, or have some kind of other drastic change to stop this....but then is it even possible when all of the politicians and the judges themselves are already bought and paid for? The court system is the entity that is supposed to protect your rights, if that's gone....what's left?

Justice is supposed to blind......but it seems that the blind fold is made of money.

It seems the average joe has all the cards stacked against them now...
edit on 31-10-2011 by David9176 because: (no reason given)

posted on Oct, 31 2011 @ 07:33 PM
We all knew it was happening, this just adds to the stack of proof as to why people need to be pissed off at big business, and big government. They do this to us,
They do it to the world
They need to be held accountable, or we'll eventually be hunting some of these big wigs down in the woods with an ak47

posted on Oct, 31 2011 @ 07:41 PM
reply to post by David9176

Maybe its time to go back to some of the old laws?
If by majority consensus it is found they made a "wrong" decision, fine them and remove them from the bench permanently. A great idea, wonder why this was ever changed...or was it?

The Code of Hammurabi

Is a well-preserved Babylonian law code, dating to ca. 1780 BC. It is one of the oldest deciphered writings of significant length in the world. The sixth Babylonian king, Hammurabi, enacted the code, and partial copies exist on a human-sized stone and various clay tablets.

The Code consists of 282 laws, with scaled punishments, adjusting "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth" as graded depending on social status, of slave versus free man. Nearly one-half of the Code deals with matters of contract, establishing for example the wages to be paid to an ox driver or a surgeon.

Other provisions set the terms of a transaction, establishing the liability of a builder for a house that collapses, for example, or property that is damaged while left in the care of another. A third of the code addresses issues concerning household and family relationships such as inheritance, divorce, paternity and sexual behavior.

Only one provision appears to impose obligations on an official;

This provision establishes that a judge who reaches an incorrect decision is to be fined and removed from the bench permanently.

edit on 31-10-2011 by newcovenant because: (no reason given)

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