Political blogger and longtime veteran N.C. politico Gary Pearce raises an interesting point in a piece Wednesday. He writes:
“Looking at the big money backing Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby, a knowledgeable lawyer warns: ‘There would seem little doubt now but that Justice Newby will have to recuse himself from any redistricting case that might come before the high court.’
“The lawyer says Newby may also have to recuse himself from cases involving business or corporations. This lawyer writes:
“ ‘The reason is actually very simple: Judges should only hear cases with a completely unbiased view when the case reaches the court. It is obvious from the very statements of the financial supporters who have already poured $$$$$$ into the Newby campaign, including that of Tom Fetzer, that they expect Newby to vote to protect the redistricting plan passed by the Republican-led legislature last year.’”
It may be very unlikely that Newby would actually recuse himself from the redistricting case, for one, but it's conceivable that it would be a legal issue raised by an attorney.
The contest has drawn something in the neighborhood of $3 million total, counting up both sides. But the vast majority of that amount is being spent on behalf of Newby, including by GOP interests trying to protect the legislative and congressional redistricting maps they drew.
Here’s Pearce’s entire column: http://www.talkingaboutpolitics.com.