The following was posted by Brett Emison, an attorney, on kansascitylegalexaminer.com on April 9, 2012. Click here to read the entire article.
While many states have enacted some form of merit-selection for judges (often referred to as The Missouri Plan in reference to Missouri's landmark creation of merit selection in the 1940s). But in states that elect judges by popular election - and particularly in states that elect powerful appellate courts including state Supreme Courts - the issues of political influence and contributions are unshakable.
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