N.C. should fight to keep publicly funding judicial campaigns

David Earley at the Brennan Center for Justice published this great op-ed in the Charolotte N&O on why North Carolina needs to preserve it's judicial public financing program:

Like North Carolina, 38 other states elect their judges. In many of those states, judicial candidates raise millions of dollars to finance their campaigns - often from the parties and lawyers who appear in court before them. One Texas lawyer summed up perfectly the danger of high spending judicial races: "In Texas, we've got 'jukebox justice.' You put your quarter in the jukebox, and your judge sings your tune."