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CASH & THE COURT PART II: Top donors net big wins

Reasonable questions ‘shall disqualify’ judges

By Lisa Hammersly

This article was published January 25, 2016 at 5:45 a.m.

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Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Karen Baker (right), Chief Justice Howard Brill and Justice Paul Danielson (rear) enter the Old Supreme Court Chamber at the state Capitol in September to begin the 2015 term’s first oral arguments.

Judge Josephine L. Hart.

CASH AND THE COURT

Six law firms' total contributions to Arkansas Supreme Court races by candidate, 2004-14


Justice Courtney Goodson: $142,500 | [DETAILS]



Court of Appeals Judge Raymond Abramson: $82,050 | [DETAILS]



Justice Karen Baker: $66,000 | [DETAILS]



Former Justice Jim Gunter: $27,619 | [DETAILS]



Circuit Judge Tim Fox: $26,000 | [DETAILS]



Justice Robin Wynne: $25,000 | [DETAILS]



Justice Paul Danielson: $23,500 | [DETAILS]



Justice Josephine Hart: $22,000 | [DETAILS]



Former Chief Justice Jim Hannah: $17,250 | [DETAILS]



Justice Rhonda Wood: $17,000 | [DETAILS]



Former Justice Donald Corbin: $3,000 | [DETAILS]


Arkansas Supreme Court Justices Courtney Goodson (front) and Rhonda Wood enter the state Capitol’s Old Supreme Court Chamber in September before the c...

Miller County Circuit Judge Brent Haltom.

Arkansas Supreme Court Associate Justice Robin Wynne.

Arkansas Supreme Court Associate Justice Rhonda Wood.

On June 27, 2013, the Arkansas Supreme Court handed down welcome news to a certain group of class-action law firms. The state's highest court unanimously reversed and remanded a decision from Washington County Circuit Court in a lawsuit involving Internet privacy against the TV Guide company.

Judge Josephine L. Hart.

CASH AND THE COURT

Six law firms' total contributions to Arkansas Supreme Court races by candidate, 2004-14


Justice Courtney Goodson: $142,500 | [DETAILS]



Court of Appeals Judge Raymond Abramson: $82,050 | [DETAILS]



Justice Karen Baker: $66,000 | [DETAILS]



Former Justice Jim Gunter: $27,619 | [DETAILS]



Circuit Judge Tim Fox: $26,000 | [DETAILS]



Justice Robin Wynne: $25,000 | [DETAILS]



Justice Paul Danielson: $23,500 | [DETAILS]



Justice Josephine Hart: $22,000 | [DETAILS]



Former Chief Justice Jim Hannah: $17,250 | [DETAILS]



Justice Rhonda Wood: $17,000 | [DETAILS]



Former Justice Donald Corbin: $3,000 | [DETAILS]


Arkansas Supreme Court Justices Courtney Goodson (front) and Rhonda Wood enter the state Capitol’s Old Supreme Court Chamber in September before the c...

Miller County Circuit Judge Brent Haltom.

Arkansas Supreme Court Associate Justice Robin Wynne.

Arkansas Supreme Court Associate Justice Rhonda Wood.

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Nodmcm says... January 25, 2016 at 6:53 a.m.

So TV Guide was ripping off consumers, and some attorneys got together to fight TV Guide on behalf of all of us, the consumers who are the general victims of big corporate outfits like TV Guide. So the lawyers gave campaign contributions to high-court judges, just like banking lawyers do, or just like insurance company lawyers do, or just like Wal-Mart lawyers do, or just like Tyson Foods' lawyers do. Note that this conservative newspaper has a problem with attorneys who go after big, huge, private corporations, called class-action lawyers. There is nary a mention in this series of articles of banking attorneys or insurance attorneys' contributions to, and relationships with, high court judges. This newspaper supports the donor class, and it is a Republican establishment proponent and supporter. An unfair, partisan series of articles is called yellow journalism, or muckracking, and it is not in keeping with fine standards of American journalism.

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libertas2u says... January 25, 2016 at 8:41 a.m.

If we continue to elect our judges instead of appointing them according to merit and their legal scholarship (as other states do), we will only get the best judges money can buy.

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GrimReaper says... January 25, 2016 at 9:42 a.m.

Electing or appointing......it matters not. It is the greed and corruption of society and, hence, it's political establishment that is the core problem.

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mrcharles says... January 25, 2016 at 12:07 p.m.

grime you may not be far from the kingdom of heaven. Surprising indictment of a 1% controlled society. Just hope you are not attacked for attacking the great USA way of doing things.

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Dontsufferfools says... January 25, 2016 at 12:51 p.m.

Thank you, U.S. Supreme Court, for allowing politicians and judges to be legally bought. Get private money out of politics. The U.S. works only because of the rule of law and that our institutions are not in general corrupted by bribes and intimidation. However, Citizens United ruling was a big step backward for U.S. Democracy.

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