Report: Lawmakers Skirting Merit Selection in Rhode Island

Rhode Island lawmakers and other elected officials came under fire recently from Common Cause Rhode Island, which accuses legislators and the governor of skirting the intent of the state's merit selection law. Though the law requires the governor to fill a judicial vacancy within 21 days of receiving a list of candidates from the Judicial Nominating Commission, the legislature has routinely enacted legislation allowing the governor to appoint any candidate recommended for the same court in the prior five years. Critics say the practice has whittled away at the merit selection system and turned the courts into bastions of cronyism. Gavel to Gavel has the story.