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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Could this Supreme Court term be The One Percent Court on steroids?

The United States Supreme Court term that starts Monday is packed with cases with the potential to restrict corporate accountability and limit everyday Americans’ civil rights and access to justice.  According to a report released today by the Alliance for Justice “the majority on the court is likely to live down to its full potential,” says AFJ President Nan Aron.

“With polling showing the public increasingly fearful that corporations are receiving favorable treatment, the Court risks drifting further from the American mainstream and jeopardizing the legitimacy of its decisions,” Aron said.

The report, available here, comes on the same day AFJ previews its documentary Unequal Justice: The Relentless Rise of the 1% Court, at American University’s Washington College of Law.  The screening, at noon today, will be followed by a panel discussion.

“The documentary describes a 40-year campaign by big business to put its thumb on the scales of justice,” Aron said.  “AFJ’s Supreme Court Preview documents how the campaign may reach its zenith in the term that starts Monday.

"Decisions this term could harm the ability of consumers, victims of discrimination, victims of human rights abuses and many others to stand up for their rights in court,” Aron said.  “This could be The One Percent Court on steroids.”

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