Will SCOTUS Opinions Affect TX Judicial Elections?

The Texas legal community feared that two recent U.S. Supreme Court opinions would have far-reaching effects on judicial elections here. But the state’s current campaign finance laws may adequately address the issues presented by both cases, according to witnesses at a joint meeting of the House judiciary and elections committees on Thursday.

In Caperton v. Massey — in which the CEO of a West Virginia coal company spent over $3 million to elect a judge who would hear a case pending against him — the court ruled that big donations from parties with business before the court pose “a ...

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