Schotland, Roy A. “Iowa’s 2010 Judicial Election: Appropriate Accountability or Rampant Passion?” 46 Court Review No. 1 (2011). (SSRN)

February 17, 2012

This article addresses the issue of judicial accountability by analyzing the election in which three Iowa Supreme Court justices were defeated as a consequence of their participation in a unanimous decision upholding gay marriage.

  • 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.