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Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Co., 08-22

In an appeal from the denial of a motion to recuse a state supreme court justice, where the justice had received campaign contributions in an extraordinary amount from the board chairman and principal officer of the corporation found liable for the damages at issue, the denial of the motion is reversed, as the probability of actual bias on the part of the justice was too high to be constitutionally tolerable.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 06/08/2009
  • Published 06/08/2009



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