The Delaware Constitution sets out a unique method for selecting state-court judges: the Governor appoints them (based on recommendations from nominating commissions, and without legislative involvement) subject to a requirement that the judges of each court contain… Continue reading
Brandice Canes-Wrone, Tom Clark and Amy Semet have written this article
for the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. Here is the abstract:
Scholarship finds that in states with judicial elections, public opinion affects judges’ decisions on hot‐button campaign issues such… Continue reading
The campaign was roiled in early August when the state’s high court ruled 4-3 to let Proposal 2 on the Nov. 6 ballot, despite arguments from Republican officials and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce that it would change… Continue reading
The U.S. Supreme Court isn’t the only institution roiled by a highly politicized judicial selection process. In a new report
, the Brennan Center calls for reform to state supreme courts, where high-cost elections have become the norm.… Continue reading
in the Detroit News:
Michigan Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Clement said she faced “bullying and intimidation” while deliberating a case that paved the way for a redistricting proposal to go on the November ballot.
Clement, a Gov. Rick… Continue reading
The biggest difference between a John Grisham novel and the allegations in a racketeering class action State Farm settled
Tuesday for $250 million is that Grisham would have had the insurance company buy off a state Supreme Court candidate… Continue reading
Supreme Court Justices Beth Clement and Kurtis Wilder were formally nominated by the Michigan Republican Party to run for reelection, despite organized opposition to Clement’s record on the state’s highest court.
Both Wilder and Clement were appointed by… Continue reading
for NBC Think:
In West Virginia, Justice Robin Davis spent an absurd $500,278.23 in taxpayer dollars on renovating her office alone
. Mind you, Davis is the same jurist who, through her husband, sold a $1.3 million Lear
… Continue reading
See this thread:
This is a BFD. The GOP-controlled legislature dragged its feet forvmonths on impeaching these justices to prevent their replacement by voters via special elections this fall. Missing today's deadline lets Republican Gov. Jim Justice appoint their replacements.… Continue reading
News and Observer:
North Carolina Republicans are crying foul over a candidate who could change the balance of the state Supreme Court. And that candidate is a Republican.
Raleigh attorney Chris Anglin filed at the last minute last week. He… Continue reading
Today’s opinion in Platt v. Board of Commissioner
s continues the trend since the Supreme Court’s Williams-Yulee case upholding a number of judicial speech and conduct rules (more about that coming in the 2018 Election Law casebook supplement).
The provisions… Continue reading
News and Observer:
In the first year in decades that all judicial races will be partisan races, North Carolina will not have primary elections that allow the political parties to winnow the names of candidates who will appear on ballots… Continue reading
SF Chronicle reports.
First CA judge to be recalled since 1932.