When it comes to spending money to elect state Supreme Court justices, Pennsylvania is No. 1.
Unfortunately, this is not a top ranking to boast about. That's because the river of money that flows into judicial elections creates the perception for many that justice isn't always blind. Much of the money judicial candidates raise comes from lawyers and special-interest groups that may appear later before the court.
"Three out of every four Americans believe campaign contributions affect courtroom decisions," former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said in a statement accompanying a study released this week.