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  •  Relying on the courts can end up with trouble (4+ / 0-)
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    sydneyluv, MKSinSA, elwior, lawstudent922

    especially given the makeup of the supreme court right now.  They don't seem to be interested in much other than partisanship and aren't bothered by overturning long standing decisions.  I would not put it past them to do their worst.

    The revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

    by AoT on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 04:10:20 PM PST

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    •  Looks like you're correct (5+ / 0-)
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      loretta, AoT, elwior, Oh Mary Oh, kurt

      I just looked it up & see that Michigan elects the appellate court judges & Supreme Court justices, who identify with a political party. That is a terrible terrible system.  

      One silver lining about Flroida, the Judicial Nominating Commission (a group of attorneys assembled by the Florida Bar Ass'n) selects a pannel of potential jugdges, from which the governor has to pick when there is a vacancy.  

      Judges face retention elections every four years, to loose their seat, 60% have to vote in favor of firing the judge.  I don't think a judge has ever lost a retention election.  The Koch brothers poured millions into the state to unseat Supreme Court justices in the 2010 and 2012 elections, they didn't come close.  

      Sorry I went a bit overboard w/ my impromtu Florida judicial branch lesson!

      It's not easy being a Floridian: PS I'm a lawYER now; no longer a lawSTUDENT.

      by lawstudent922 on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 04:34:48 PM PST

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