ABA Amicus Curiae Briefs in Caperton v. Massey
- ABA Amicus Brief on the Merits
- ABA Amicus Brief in Support of Petition for Writ of Certiorari
- U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Caperton v. Massey
As argued in the ABA amicus curie briefs, on June 8, 2009 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution required the recusal of the West Virginia Supreme Court justice who was elected with the help of more than $3 million in contributions from a coal mining executive.
Then ABA President Tommy Wells applauded the Supreme Court’s ruling that judges should withdraw from considering cases before them when contributions to their election campaigns by parties to those cases influenced the outcome of the judge’s election, creating a “serious risk of actual bias.” In his June 8, 2009 press release, Mr. Wells stated “the ABA Standing Committee on Judicial Independence, working through its Judicial Disqualification Project, will continue to refine those and other factors into a series of guidelines for courts to assess whether contributions to judges’ campaigns implicate the due process rights of parties appearing before them. This evaluative process is one way to restore the public confidence in our courts so critical to preserving our government of laws.”