In June, Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill that could defund the entire Kansas judiciary. This naked attempt to intimidate the court threatens public confidence in an independent and impartial judiciary.
The Supreme Court recognized the paramount importance of protecting the integrity of our courts. At a time of rising spending in judicial elections, rules that preserve the public’s confidence in the judiciary are more important than ever.
Spending by just one candidate on television advertising contracts in the race for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court is over $145,000, according to an analysis of public records by the Brennan Center for Justice and Justice at Stake.
The Brennan Center submitted an amicus brief urging Wisconsin Supreme Court justices to consider constitutional requirements for judicial recusal in the challenge to the 'John Doe' investigation into Gov. Scott Walker's campaign.