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Big business' investment in judicial elections did not pay off this year

The National Law Journal reports: Special interest groups gave millions of dollars to judicial candidates in the month before last week's elections, but failed to defeat their opponents in some of the tightest races in the country.

In the most expensive race, various business groups were unable to win the retention of the incumbent chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. A former appellate judge defeated the Republican candidate to become the sole Democrat on the state high court.

In Georgia, an affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers bankrolled a series of last-ditch television ads for a state Supreme Court candidate who lost after being accused of threatening to kill his sister.

In Illinois, special interest groups sparked one of the most expensive appellate court races in U.S. history. And a Supreme Court race in Kentucky pitting an anti-abortion candidate against a self-declared impartial judge dealt a setback for judicial First Amendment advocates. -- Law.com - Special Interest Cash Hits a Wall in Judicial Elections

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