The Supreme Court 's Decision For Judge : The Rising Political, Financial, And Legal Stakes Essay

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1. Cann, Damon M. "Running for Judge: The Rising Political, Financial and Legal Stakes of Judicial Elections." Justice System Journal, vol. 30, no. 3, 2009. http://search.proquest.com.libproxy.troy.edu/criminaljusticeperiodicals /docview/194793314/fulltextPDF/60EB05238A474698PQ/1?accountid=38769 The article introduces the Supreme Court’s decision in Republican party of Minnesota v. White which rendered the speech restriction on judicial candidates unconstitutional, and explains the undue politicization of judicial elections that resulted from it. It also acknowledges scholars who consider judicial elections to be the examples of a proper democratic process. Cann mentions the various interest groups that manipulate the results of the elections through massive funding and biased media coverage; also, the political parties which themselves are an interest group in most of the judicial elections as reflected in their explicit recruiting and endorsement of candidates. It mentions how voting patterns and party identification define the outcomes of an election and how retention election of judges can lead to gross miscarriage of justice. Cann explains that the judicial elections, which have become far more politicized and expensive over the years, continue to dismiss the impartiality and diminish the esteem of the judiciary in the United States(1) I am using this article for my argumentative essay because it elaborates a multitude of effects of

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