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Activists are trying to put a radical measure on next year’s South Dakota ballot that would allow people to sue judges if they believe a jurist has violated their rights in a court proceeding.

The proposal in the sparsely populated state of South Dakota would allow citizens to seek damages or criminal charges. If approved, such a measure would overturn more than a century of settled law in the United States by stripping judges of their absolute immunity from lawsuits over their judicial acts.

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