Saturday, May 17, 2003

Political contributions and the cigarette fraud case in Illinois

Regarding the case of the judge in Illinois who awarded billions in the case against Philip Morris, having received campaign contributions from plaintiffs' counsel, one Missouri judge has declared "[t]hat's an outrage," as reported in this article, which also quotes the current president of the American Bar Association (ABA) as saying that "states should adopt rules requiring judges to recuse themselves from cases brought by attorneys who gave them political contributions."

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