Academic journal article Judicature

Campaign Contributors and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court: Redux

Academic journal article Judicature

Campaign Contributors and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court: Redux

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The January-February 2010 issue of Judicature (pp. 164-5) featured a Focus piece by Malia Reddick and James R. Debuse on the frequency with which campaign contributors to justices of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court later appeared before the court. Based on an analysis of civil cases decided by the court in 2008 and 2009, along with contributions to the election campaigns of each of the justices, the authors reported that two thirds of these cases (67 percent) involved at least one litigant, attorney, or law firm who had made a contribution to at least one justice. The study also indicated that in nearly half of the cases (46 percent), at least one party had contributed to a majority of the members of the court.

Following publication of the study, the authors were alerted to the fact that many of the docketed cases on which the analysis was based, and for which data had been provided by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, had been consolidated and decided by the court as a single case. The authors then revised the case data to reflect the fact that the 112 docketed cases had been consolidated into 82 cases for decision. They also made additional improvements to the data at this time, including eliminating amici as potential contributors and excluding contributions to justices who did not participate in deciding the cases. The authors reanalyzed this data, and their corrected findings are reported here. …

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