Prof. James Sample Co-authors New York Times Op-Ed ‘You Get the Judges You Pay For’

James Sample, Associate Professor of Law

Professor James Sample co-authored the NY Times Op-Ed “You Get the Judges You Pay For” with Erwin Chemerinsky, dean, University California, Irvine School of Law.


“LEGAL elites must come to terms with a reality driven by the grass-roots electorate: judicial elections are here to stay. Given this reality, we should focus on balancing important First Amendment rights to financially support campaigns with due process concerns about fair trials.”…

Thus, the Supreme Court should hold that the compelling interest in ensuring impartial judges is sufficient to permit restrictions on campaign spending that would be unconstitutional for nonjudicial elections.

Read the full article, which Election Law Blog calls a “must read”, online at nytimes.com.

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