The Texas judiciary’s confidence crisis is beginning to feedback upon itself. It was million-dollar judicial elections that created Texas’ judicial confidence crisis in the first place. Perhaps the most telling sign of crisis lies in the number of justices abandoning ship. In the last two years, four justices resigned from the court before completing their terms or declined to seek reelection. Each aspect of this unusual election has been influenced by the Texas judiciary’s confidence crisis—wherein judges undermine public confidence in their rulings by taking campaign money from special interests with cases before the courts.
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