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January 14, 2010


Dr. A. D. Jackson

I note that some states have moved from elective judges, trial and/or appellate, to merit selection in the hope of keeping politics out of the judicial selection process. More recently the focus has been on money and funding for judicial contests.

Some critics say that as a practical matter what you have is "so-called merit selection", which may vary with state and locality. What I think they're getting at is that merit selection, unless safeguards are set in place, may do nothing but move politics to a different level. This seems a valid consideration.


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