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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Unconstitutional Judicial Selection in Indiana?

The Indy Star reports that a federal court ruled the state law governing how judges are elected in Marion County is unconstitutional.  Apparently, the Republican and Democratic parties each nominate half of the candidates eligible to sit on the court so candidates appearing on the general election ballot are almost sure of victory.

Unfortunately, the only alternative to this system discussed in the article is the Missouri Plan, which the article uncritically calls "merit selection."

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