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US top court lets states bar judges from fundraising

The US Supreme Court upheld rules that allow states to block judges who are running in elections from soliciting campaign contributionsThe US Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld rules that allow states to block judges who are running in elections from soliciting campaign contributions. A total of 39 of America’s 50 states hold elections for local judges, unlike at the federal level where judges, such as the Supreme Court justices, are appointed for life. Of the states where elections are held, a total of 30 ban judges from soliciting campaign funds, in a move meant to encourage impartiality behind the bench and maintain judicial integrity. This case centers on Lanell Williams-Yulee, who sent out a fundraising letter in 2009 during an unsuccessful bid to become a county court judge in Florida, where fundraising by judges is prohibited.

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