Texas Could Take Page From Mass.'s Judicial Selection Book

Law360 (November 13, 2019, 2:44 PM EST) -- Texas recently appointed a commission to review how judges are selected in that state, questioning whether judicial elections impinge on the fairness of the judiciary.

With a system of elected judges, are campaign contributors given preferential treatment by judges? Do judges make politically correct decisions to prevent losing the next election? Does the press have more influence on a judicial opinion than the briefs that are filed in a case?

Elections, by their nature, are popularity contests, and candidates need large sums of cash to influence how voters perceive them. Judicial candidates are no different.

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