Viveca Novak

Viveca Novak, a writer based in Washington, D.C., is a former correspondent for Time, The Wall Street Journal, and National Journal.

Recent Articles

Under the Influence

Over the last decade, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has spent a huge amount to tilt state courts its way.

Early in 2008, supporters of Wisconsin Justice Louis Butler heard that someone was looking for mug shots of his former clients, the accused criminals whom Butler had represented as a public defender back in the 1980s. Attack ads were brewing against Butler, who hoped to hold his state supreme court seat that April in an election against a well-financed opponent. But one person from that era whom Butler's campaign never expected to see in hostile ads was defendant Reuben Lee Mitchell. Butler had lost that case, after all.