Justice O’Conner Remains Strong Proponent for Merit Selection

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Conner yesterday spoke in favor of judicial merit selection during a “fireside chat” with First Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Bruce Selya at Roger Williams University School of Law, the Providence Journal reports. O'Connor opposes election of judges, and said states are better off with appointed judges because merit-selection appointment leads to higher quality judges, and keeps political money and advertising out of it.