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Elected Judges

Alabama's Former Top Judge: Money Is Ruining America's Courts

POLITICO | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics

I felt trapped. I had made it to the top of my profession. I was the chief justice of Alabama, the first woman to head the state Supreme Court. It was...

Guilty, by Popular Demand

Brian Giacometti | Posted 12.15.2012 | Politics
Brian Giacometti

Judicial races are under-the-radar for most of us, but not for industries likely to go before the judges in the future. So, what do we want? Well, we want political contests that lead to an absence of politics in the courtroom. Are we are kidding ourselves?

Is It Time to Take Away My Right to Vote... For Judicial Candidates?

Jessica Levinson | Posted 10.01.2011 | Politics
Jessica Levinson

Can we count on judges to be truly independent, to make decisions only based only on the law, and not based on politics and/or what is popular, if they must stand before the public every few years in order to keep their jobs?

The Deterrent Effect

Andrea Lyon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrea Lyon

Having an elected judiciary simply doesn't work. As I have written before we need merit selection. An elected judiciary isn't free to make the tough...