Justice For Sale in Ohio Supreme Court

Expensive robes.
  • Expensive robes.

The state of Ohio, already celebrating its Lifetime Achievement Award for corruption, has garnered another prestigious accolade: We’re in the high-rent district when it comes to purchasing judges.

A new report from New York University Law School, titled “The New Politics of Judicial Elections, 2000-2009: Decade of Change,” comes to the depressing conclusion that elected state Supreme Court seats across the country are essentially for sale. So-called “super spender” organizations sink enormous sums of money — with the identities of the donors hidden for your convenience — into attack campaigns intended to elect judges who will give them favorable decisions.