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nytimes.com — In a closely watched case involving the confluence of justice, politics and money, the Supreme Court ruled for the first time that the Constitution can require an elected judge to step aside in a particular case based on campaign spending in state judicial races.

In a 5-to-4 decision released on Monday, the high court found that the circumstances surrounding Justice Brent D. Benjamin of the West Virginia Supreme Court and a lawsuit involving the Massey Energy Company, his major campaign contributor, were so "extreme" that there was no question that Justice Benjamin should have disqualified himself.

Because 39 states have legal systems in which judges are elected, the outcome of the West Virginia case has been eagerly awaited. But whether Monday's decision will bring clarity or chaos to the state courts, or something in between, was a point of bitter disagreement between the high court's majority and dissenters.

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Should elected judges recuse themselves in cases where one party in the case has contributed to the Judge's campaign?
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Posted 1910 days ago
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Wow it took that long for our court system to pick up on this issue.
rakey1764
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Absolutely!!! Politicians need to be forced to do the same thing. This whole thing is way out of control. At this point this country is going broke because of BO pandering to all the scumbags that donated to his camaign, and its wrong!!!!!!!!!!
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