Local Court Runoff Tests Judicial Campaign Fairness Act

In East Texas, a local court race could have statewide implications for a law intended to keep cash — and the potential corruption that comes with it — out of the judiciary.

A runoff for the state district court in Marshall, the Harrison County seat just east of Longview near the Louisiana border, has two Republicans slinging lawsuits and ethics complaints over provisions of the Judicial Campaign Fairness Act.

The Act, passed by the Legislature in 1995 after a rash of scandals and millions in contributions pouring into Texas Supreme Court races, imposes mandatory caps on contributions and voluntary limits on expenditures ...

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