States Propose Judicial Selection Legislation

Several states have recently announced their support for merit selection over judicial election, according to the newsletter of the Justice at Stake Campaign. Gavel Grab reports that 61 percent of voters in Kansas oppose rewriting the state’s constitution to change the merit selection process for choosing Kansas Supreme Court justices to judicial elections. Numerous newspaper editorial boards have called for the Wisconsin Supreme Court to do away with its judicial election system. A Beloit Daily News editorial says, “Political manipulation has infected Wisconsin’s system of justice. That is intolerable.” The Pennsylvania legislature recently introduced a bill to end judicial election in the Supreme Court in the wake of corruption charges surrounding suspended justice Joan Orie Melvin.