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SWAY - The American Bar Association is facing increased criticism—and disregard—for its role in evaluating judicial candidates, which it’s been doing since 1953. As Tony Mauro reports, the organization’s recent thumbs down to Ninth Circuit nominee Lawrence VanDyke, in which he was described as “arrogant, lazy, an ideologue, and lacking in knowledge of the day-to-day practice,” puts a spotlight on its controversial role and what some observers contend is its dwindling credibility.

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