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Landry: Justice for Sale?

Check out LLAW Executive Director Melissa Landry’s column in LA Politics:

The right to a fair hearing before an impartial judge is one of the most basic tenets of America’s legal system. The United States Constitution provides for a system of federal and state courts that operate with integrity, independent of outside influence —and that is what citizens expect. But in the state of Louisiana, where our judges collect campaign contributions and participate in partisan elections, those simple tenets can be called into question.

Two important cases currently pending before the Louisiana Supreme Court highlight this point. At issue in Bundrick v. Anadarko and Walton v. Exxon Mobil is whether Justice Jeff Hughes, a Republican on the state’s high court, should recuse himself from cases involving plaintiffs’ attorneys who contributed heavily to his election. Read more...

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