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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Courts - "Florida judges may be on political hot seat"

From the Palm Beach Post, a story by Jane Musgrave reporting:

With little or no funding, several single-issue activist groups influenced a statewide election that normally attracts little interest - and that's troubling to those who believe it marks the beginning of a movement that could shake the foundation of the judiciary. * * *

There were also nasty and expensive elections in states such as Michigan and Ohio where high court justices run for office like other candidates.

Some observers say they don't see a seismic shift in judicial contests. Bill Raftery, of the National Center for State Courts, said judges up for merit retention fared worse than normal even when there were no groups opposing them. They were caught in the anti-incumbent wave that felled other officeholders.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on November 14, 2010 08:30 PM
Posted to Courts in general