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WSJ: The ABA Plots a Judicial Coup

August 14th, 2008 by mopns · No Comments


“Merit selection merely takes the partisan politics out of the public eye and into backrooms stocked with political insiders.”

Some bad ideas never seem to die, especially in the hands of a crafty attorney. That’s the story now playing out at the American Bar Association, which voted at its annual meeting this week to endorse a version of “merit selection” for federal judges. What we have here is the latest lawyer-led attempt to strip judicial selection from future President….

In Missouri, Governor Matt Blunt last year considered rejecting a slate of nominees to protest a commission that had habitually done the trial bar’s bidding. In Kansas, legislation to dump its version of the so-called Missouri Plan also got momentum in the last legislative session, and voters in Johnson County will consider whether to retain the Missouri Plan or move to direct elections in November. Read more…

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  • 1 DaveBrowning // Aug 14, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Thanks for the wjs post. I commented there, but it bears noting that our Chief Justice asked me from the bench for” the political reason” the court should follow the law.

    The Missouri Plan is broken, plain and simple.

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