When it comes to judicial decision-making, says Emory law professor Joanna Shepherd, money matters.

Shepherd, who studied the relationship between business’ campaign contributions and voting by state supreme court justices across the country, shared her findings Thursday evening at the Commerce Club at a small gathering of the local chapter of the American Constitution Society, which sponsored the study. She shared the floor with Georgia Supreme Court Justice Carol Hunstein, who lived the subject of Shepherd’s study in 2006 when she survived a reelection challenge funded in large part by business groups.

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