Retired justice says campaign finance ruling made cash king - Yahoo! News Chief Justice Roberts must know, on some level, that the 5 to 4 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (558 U.S. 50 (2010) would violate the spirit of our Constitution and move us further down the road to plutocratic rule. Was that his intent? Did he know the consequences before he acted (did the five know the consequences before they acted)? Is this ruling, as it strikes to the heart of 'free elections a foolish mistake, a case of misfeasance or worse, malfeasance? What it is not is a defense of the first amendment. Notwithstanding Romney's opinion corporations and SuperPacs are not people.