TITLE

MAY LAWYERS BE GIVEN THE POWER TO ELECT THOSE WHO CHOOSE OUR JUDGES? "MERIT SELECTION" AND CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

AUTHOR(S)
Lund, Nelson
PUB. DATE
June 2011
SOURCE
Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy;Summer2011, Vol. 34 Issue 3, p1043
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article discusses merit selection and Kansas law, which uniquely grants lawyers the sole authority to elect a controlling majority to create a list of candidates from which judges must be appointed. The system's flaw is examined in light of constitutional law. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor says there is nothing in the goals of a non-partisan court plan that requires it to be dominated by attorneys. She says members of the public who are duly engaged and attentive can quite ably select judges.
ACCESSION #
65052075

 

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