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US Supreme Court Should Uphold Florida’s Judicial Campaign Restrictions

The US Supreme Court is considering a campaign finance case out of Florida after hearing arguments last week. The case was brought by Lanell Williams-Yulee, a former judicial candidate who claims Florida’s fundraising restrictions on those seeking a seat on the bench are unconstitutional.

Orlando Sentinel columnist and editorial writer Darryl Owens says the restrictions, which ban potential judges from personally asking for campaign cash, also help prevent the perception that justice is ‘for sale’ in Florida courtrooms.

Nicole came to Central Florida to attend Rollins College and started working for Orlando’s ABC News Radio affiliate shortly after graduation. She joined WMFE in 2010. As a field reporter, news anchor and radio show host in the City Beautiful, she has covered everything from local arts to national elections, from extraordinary hurricanes to historic space flights, from the people and procedures of Florida’s justice system to the changing face of the state’s economy.