Justice O’Connor Criticizes High Court’s Campaign Finance Ruling


Speaking in Washington on Tuesday, former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor joined the criticism of last week’s Supreme Court ruling on corporate campaign donations, which repudiated a major part of a ruling O'Connor helped write before her retirement from the court in 2006, reports the New York Times. “I step away for a couple of years and there's no telling what's going to happen,” she said at a Georgetown University conference.

She has become increasingly vocal in recent years about doing away with judicial elections. Most states elect at least some of their judges; federal judges are appointed. “Judicial elections are just difficult to justify in a constitutional democracy in which even the majority is bound by the law's restraints,” O'Connor said. She added that the campaign financing decision was likely to create “an increasing problem for maintaining an independent judiciary.”

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