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ABA proposes election reforms for state courts

You may have seen some articles in the paper mentioning the ABA report on judicial independence, such as this AP report about Florida judicial campaigns raking in the dough. The full report by the ABA Commission on the 21st Century Judiciary is here. If you don't want to read the full 141-page report, read the executive summary. Election mavens like me will want to look at the full report to see what this (from the summary) means: "The second set of recommendations is designed to improve judicial selection by encouraging appointment of judges who serve for long terms with limited opportunity for reselection while offering a number of alternatives for jurisdictions that continue to elect and retain judges."