Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg said last week if she had to make one reform in the American court system, it would be judicial elections. Ginsburg, along with former Justice O’Connor, are calling for a reform of the system of electing judges.
According to a soon to be released report from the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU, spending on state judicial elections has doubled since the 1990’s. The report notes: "State judicial elections have been transformed . . ." creating " . . .a grave and growing challenge to the impartiality of our nation’s courts."
The issue has even raised the ire of the Supreme Court, which declared in a recent case that a judge should step aside from a case if one of the parties has given so much money that the probability of bias is not constitutionally tolerable.