Justice for Sale

The 2010 version of PBS’s “Justice for Sale” is available online. The original 1999 version generated a lot of debate about after it raised important questions about the impact of money on Texas justice. The  While the 2010 edition does not focus exclusively on Texas, it does have a good interview with Tom Phillips. In 1988, Bill Clements made Phillips the youngest chief justice in the state’s history by appointing him to fill a vacancy and later that year he became the first Republican elected Chief Justice.  He served on the Court until 2004. Like many veterans of the Texas Supreme Court, Phillips has grave doubts about the impact of campaign fundraising on Texas Courts.

Justice for Sale

PBS also has a page that lets you look state-by-state at judicial selection as well as a host of other online sources. State courts get very little attention and PBS’s website is a great asset for classes for courses on Texas courts.


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