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Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Judicial retention

I won't name names but boy I wish I were a resident of one of the (non) collar counties (one beyond the collars) on election day where I have trial going that is literally going to last over one year. We've had three court dates stricken by this Judge and when there are trial days we get like two hours in the afternoon. It's a simple case about dividing two pieces of real estate between two co-owners.

Aren't the judicial retention elections the real flaw in our system of selecting judges? Okay, there's the old elect'em versus appoint'em debate. But if we're going to elect'em, why do we have these (not) elections where upwards of 95% of Judges get retained? Thoughts?

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