Justice Anthony Kennedy was the pivotal vote today as the U.S. Supreme Court decided that case in which a West Virginia energy company had spent millions to get a friendly judge elected to the state Supreme Court. There, the judge was the pivotal vote in overturning a huge verdict against the energy company.
Judges must step aside when campaign contributions make it appear one party won't receive a fair trial, the court said. That doesn't apply to all political contributions, but there's a point at which too much is too much.
(You could argue this would be the case with just about every appellate judge in Texas, if you applied the ruling strictly.) In short, this ruling could have broad implications.
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