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2002

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Republican Party Of Minnesota V. White: Should Judges Be More Like Politicians?, Roy A. Schotland Jan 2002

Republican Party Of Minnesota V. White: Should Judges Be More Like Politicians?, Roy A. Schotland

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The Supreme Court's decision in Republican Party of Minnesota v. White shows how unrealistic five justices can be about what happens in judicial election campaigns, and also - ironically - about how much judges differ from legislators and others who run for office. This reality was captured concisely by Robert Hirshon, immediate past president of the American Bar Association (ABA) in his statement following the Court's ruling: "This is a bad decision. It will open a Pandora's Box.... " The decision will change judicial election campaigns in such a way that the quality of the pool of candidates for the ...