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Jesse M. Reiter: The Purchasing of Our State Supreme Courts: How Goliath is Beating David in Courtrooms Across America | BuzzFlash.org

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Jesse M. Reiter: The Purchasing of Our State Supreme Courts: How Goliath is Beating David in Courtrooms Across America | BuzzFlash.org.

This incisive article begins by stating:

Over the last several election cycles, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its powerful corporate backers have been silently purchasing state Supreme Court seats across the country. As a result, many state supreme courts, which were once fair and neutral, now favor big business interests. This in turn has left average citizens without a voice in our court system and is making our system less democratic.

The Chamber’s state Supreme Court strategy is simple: “buying a new court… [is] far cheaper than changing the direction of fifty legislatures.” Since the Chamber understands that Americans would never willingly allow their rights to be openly eliminated, it is quietly pouring huge sums of money into formerly sedate and inexpensive judicial elections, effectively buying the state court systems where citizens’ rights are enforced.

I encourage you to read the article in its entirety.

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