The spotlight has returned to the issue of judicial election reform, thanks in part to a West Virginia high court judge who declined to recuse himself from hearing the appeal of a judgment against a company whose owner contributed at least $3 million to the judge's election. Justice Brent D. Benjamin's principal campaign donor was the Massey Energy Co.'s CEO, who gave money to groups involved in the campaign while a $50 million jury award against Massey was pending on appeal before the state's high court.
Recusal Fight Highlights Judicial Election Concerns
The National Law Journal
May 4, 2006