The Supreme Court is set to hear state representative Dan Caulkins’s (R.) challenge to Illinois’s ban on assault-style rifles and high-capacity magazines, which Pritzker signed into law in January. Caulkins’s attorney, Jerry Stocks, filed a motion late last month to disqualify Justices Elizabeth Rochford and Mary O’Brien from the case, arguing that the judges’ “unreasonably large campaign contributions” from Pritzker and Illinois House Speaker Chris Welch (D.)—key defendants in the case—”undermine public confidence” in the judiciary.
Pritzker gave $1 million each to Rochford and O’Brien during their November 2022 campaigns. The justices also received “six-figure donations” out of a campaign fund controlled by Welch, Just the News reported. On Friday, both justices gave formal statements explaining why they refused to recuse themselves.
[Bookmark this for the times when progressives demand recusals from Clarence Thomas. — Ed]
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