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December 20, 2011

This article argues that merit selection deceptively sacrifices judicial accountability for judicial independence by making it virtually impossible for the public to have meaningful input during retention elections.

  • Judicial Election

    Judges are elected by popular vote.
  • Democratic Appointment

    Judges are appointed directly by a democratic body, or appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of some democratic body.