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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jun 17, 2014

Slate.com writer Dahlia Lithwick looks at recent efforts to unseat Supreme Court justices in Iowa and Tennessee. Her conclusion? “Knocking off a state supreme court justice is one of the cheapest political endeavors going...But when politicians target elected judges and justices with political claims using political tactics (big money and inaccurate accusations), judges are forced to either respond like politicians or judges. Opting to do the former destroys the notion of impartial justice. Opting for the latter ends judicial careers.” And while she praises the TBA for responding to unjust criticisms against the justices, she notes that when “judicial races turn into spending races, what suffers most is not Democrats or Republicans, but judicial independence and integrity."