For years now, judicial reform groups have more or less resigned themselves to the reality that the public likes to elect its state judges and will fight any effort to appoint them instead. The U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United v. FEC may have altered that sober truth. By supersizing possible corporate domination of judicial elections, the thinking goes, the decision may finally make the public see how unseemly the elections are -- and move toward merit-based selection as an alternative.
Reformers Hope High Court Decision Will Kill Judicial Elections
The National Law Journal
February 1, 2010