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Colorado and South Dakota: anti-judiciary initiatives defeated

The ABA Journal reports: In the nation’s marquee battle over judicial independence, South Dakota voters rejected the Judicial Accountability Initiative Law, aka “JAIL 4 Judges”—which would have created a constitutional amendment abolishing judicial immunity—by a resounding 90-10 margin.

Jesse Rutledge, who monitors judicial elections and judicial independence issues for the Washington, D.C.-based Justice At Stake Campaign, characterized the vote as “a devastating defeat.” ...

In Colorado, voters responded to a full-court press by the bar, business groups and current and former governors against Amendment 40, which would have imposed term limits on appellate court judges. About 57 percent of voters opposed the amendment. -- ABA Journal

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