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New Low in Michigan Attack Ad

February 20th, 2013

The Michigan Supreme Court Justice races, already poisoned by the excessive partisanship of the Court, have now reached a new low in campaign ads. A story from the Associated Press describes an advertisement created by the Michigan Democratic party against Judge Mary Beth Kelly, a Republican who is running for … Continue reading

Soap Opera on Michigan Supreme Court

February 20th, 2013

On July 31, 2006, Michigan lawyers perusing the most recent decisions of their Supreme Court came across this extraordinary passage in a concurring opinion: “With her dissent, [Michigan Supreme Court] Justice [Elizabeth] Weaver completes a transformation begun five years ago, when all six of her colleagues voted not to renew … Continue reading

Illinois Chief Justice Under Fire

February 20th, 2013

In some elections, opponents of a sitting Supreme Court Justice will target the incumbent because of one or two controversial decisions—for example, the conservatives who are trying to remove three Iowa Supreme Court justices because of their vote to overturn a ban on same-sex marriages. But voting against a judge … Continue reading

Retention Elections-Recalls or Referendums?

February 20th, 2013

Seventeen states use “retention elections” for their Supreme Court Justices—that is, the Justice is appointed (usually by the governor), and perhaps confirmed (usually by the legislature), Retention Elections—Recalls or Referendums?.You could look at retention elections in one of two ways. The most common way of viewing retention elections is like … Continue reading

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