Faculty James Sample, Associate Professor of Law

Published on June 29, 2011 | by LawNews

Prof. James Sample Asserts New York Rule Is ‘Ahead of the Curve’ in Addressing Concerns Over Judicial Contributions

New Rule Takes Aim at Judges and Their Campaign Supporters
By Carlyn Kolker and Noleen Walder
Thomson Reuters
June 28, 2011


James Sample, an ethics professor at Hofstra Law School, applauded New York for “being ahead of the curve in addressing the concern before it is really a problem.”

New York is at the forefront of a movement among states to force greater disclosure of judicial contributions. That movement was born of the 2009 Supreme Court decision in Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Company, in which the court ruled that a West Virginia judge should have recused himself from an appeal of a $50 million jury verdict against Massey. The company’s chief executive had spent $3 million to get the judge elected.

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