By Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services
PHOENIX — The need for public confidence in judges outweighs their First Amendment right to personally solicit donations for their campaigns, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded Wednesday.
In a ruling that directly affects Arizona, the majority of the court rejected arguments by a Florida attorney that she has the right to raise money in her bid for election as a judge. She argued that prohibitions in that state — just as there are in Arizona — interfere with her bid for office.
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