Does Campaign Money Corrupt Judges?

, The Legal Intelligencer

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Back in 2009, Lanell Williams-Yulee, a Tampa, Florida, attorney, made a decision to run for the office of county court judge. She began her campaign by sending a mass mailing to potential supporters, asking for contributions ranging from $25 to $500. Her appeal did not attract any response, but it did engender a complaint from the Florida bar, which charged her with violating a rule of judicial ethics by personally soliciting donations from potential supporters.

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  • Jim Kelly

    Prof. Kelbley makes cogent sense. If you contribute money to hear my decisions I‘m going to think you smart and virtuous and I‘ll want to hear your cases. As he writes, "We should have a rule that completely isolates judges and candidates from donors and money. Without that, the judiciary moves closer to the political branches‘ characteristic embrace of donors and their donations, which are fraught with ethical danger."

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