Huge Sums Are Pouring Into Judicial Elections, But That Would Never Affect the Courts, Right?

Oct 29, 2015 - Mother Jones

When Richard Bernstein decided to run for a seat on the Michigan Supreme Court, he had a lot stacked against him: He was a Democrat, he had no experience as a judge, and he was blind—something he'd dealt with his entire life.

Bernstein spent more than $1.8 million of his own money to get that seat, making history by becoming the first blind justice in the state's history. 

That ranks as the third-highest amount of overall spending in judicial elections during of the 2013-14 cycle,...