Bill Moyers Explains Why We Have to Elect Bill O'Neill to the Ohio Supreme Court
Noted veteran journalist Bill Moyers doesn't mention O'Neill by name, but he takes up advocacy for O'Neill's pet cause, "money and judges don't mix."
Ninety-five percent of America's legal disputes are settled in state courts. The Center for American Progress Report, authored by Billy Corriher, studied 403 cases in six states, between 1992 and 2010, in which individuals sued corporations. The states - Alabama, Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Michigan - received the most judicial campaign cash during that same period. In those cases, "courts ruled in favor of corporations 71 percent of the time."
Now there's justice you CAN'T trust.
He finds the solution to be elimination of the money nuclear-arms race in state judicial races., touting the work of bipartisan group Justice Not Politics.
"Serious campaign finance reform with full transparency and public funding would go a long way toward solving the problem," he says.
Now running for the Ohio Supreme Court for the third time, O'Neill has been adamant about staying out of that money race and pushing for a change in the way justices are elected here.
Currently, Ohio's court is 6-1 Republican, in part thanks to the big money invested in these justices to protect corporate interests and make sure they prevail over citizen interests.
We need to elect O'Neill, along with Mike Skindell, and retain Justice Yvette McGee Brown, in restore some balance and make our supreme court more just for the people of Ohio.