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Midnight Judges

Did you get a phone call from retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor at 1:00 a.m. last night?  A lot of folks in Nevada did.  Actually, it was a "robocall" recording of her voice in support of Question 1 on the ballot, dealing with judicial selection.

The call was supposed to go out at 1:00 p.m.  Oops. Doug McMurdo has this story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

The ballot proposition, described here, would change Nevada's judicial selection system from direct election to gubernatorial appointment with retention elections.  That would be an improvement if that were all.  However, as described in the previous post, the proposal is fatally flawed by limiting the governor to choosing from a short list prepared by a commission, and half the commission is appointed by the State Bar.

What if President Reagan had been limited to such a short list in 1981?  Who would have been on it?  I know for certain who would not have been on it: an intermediate state appellate court judge from "flyover country."

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