The ethical hornets' nest stirred up by the refusal of an acting West Virginia chief justice to recuse himself from a multimillion-dollar appeal involving his major campaign contributor has reached the U.S. Supreme Court in a petition framing today's increasingly unsettling intersection of money and judicial elections. The petition asks the justices to resolve "a recurring issue of far-reaching national importance." When, in the context of campaign contributions, does due process demand a judge's recusal?
High Court Review Sought on Judicial Recusals
The National Law Journal
August 4, 2008