SCOTUS rules that judicial candidates may not personally solicit campaign cash

In Mississippi, a judge or a candidate for election to judicial office may not solicit funds for his or her own campaign. Florida has a similar rule.

In Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar, Lanell Williams-Yulee was a candidate for a judgeship. She was reprimanded for signing a mass-mail fundraising letter. Her appeal made it to the United States Supreme Court.  The Court upheld the rule of judicial conduct that prohibits judicial candidates from personally asking for campaign donations.  Justice Scalia’s dissent argued that the “faithful application of our precedents would have made short work of this wildly disproportionate restriction upon speech.”

Everyone can breathe a sigh of relief that judges will not be personally asking for campaign cash.

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