U.S. Supreme Court justices Wednesday appeared skeptical of arguments challenging the constitutionality of New York’s long-standing convention system for nominating New York Supreme Court candidates.

The Court heard oral argument in New York State Board of Elections v. Lopez Torres, on appeal from the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld Eastern District of New York Judge John Gleeson’s injunction against the state’s 86-year-old system for nominating candidates for the 328 seats on the New York Supreme Court. New York is the only state to use nominating conventions to elect judges.

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