The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Caperton v. Massey has prompted the American Bar Association and several states to consider stricter rules to help elected judges decide whether to step down from cases due to conflicts of interest born of campaign contributions. The proposals, if adopted, could prompt lawsuits from campaign contributors who fear that the changes would discourage participation in judicial races in violation of the First Amendment.
Stage Set for Litigation Over Judicial Recusal
The National Law Journal
June 22, 2009