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Alabama: suit against governor and A.G. over campaign contributions to judicial candidates

The Birmingham News reports: A lawsuit has been filed in Birmingham's federal court claiming a 1995 state law that was passed to limit the influence of money in judicial races has not been enforced.

The suit names Gov. Bob Riley and Attorney General Troy King as defendants. King's office declined comment Tuesday. Jeff Emerson, a Riley spokesman, said the governor's office is reviewing the suit.

The suit accuses Riley and King of not enforcing a law that allows one party in a lawsuit to force judges to step down from cases if the judge has received campaign contributions from the opposing party or their lawyers that exceed a certain dollar amount set by law. The limits are $2,000 for circuit judges, and $4,000 for appeal court judges. ...

William Eugene Rutledge, the plaintiffs' lawyer, said the laws have been ignored and not enforced by judges while judicial candidates throughout the state have accepted large amounts in campaign contributions. -- Suit claims governor, AG not enforcing campaign law

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