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Resource ID: #19207
Subject: Justice
Source: ABA Journal
Date: 1998-10-01


The taint for big money in judicial elections is moving reformers to find a middle ground between free-spending campaigns and merit selection. For more than 60 years the selection of judges has been a contentious either/or proposition: either you favored the election of judges by popular vote or you supported a merit selection system, under which a nominating commission chooses several candidates to fill a judicial vacancy and an elected official, usually the governor, selects one of the candidates from the list.

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