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JAS Applauds Ruling in Dobson v. State of Arizona

September 13, 2013

                                       JAS Applauds Ruling in Dobson v. State of Arizona

 

Contact: Laurie Kinney, lkinney@justiceatstake.org(202) 588-9454; cell (571) 882-3615

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 13 - Bert Brandenburg, executive director of Justice at Stake, issued the following statement today in reaction to the Arizona Supreme Court’s ruling today in Dobson v. State of Arizona:

“The Arizona Supreme Court has awarded defenders of fair and impartial courts a decisive victory. It rejected an attempt by legislators to throw open the courtroom doors to greater political influence on the judiciary. Arizona’s existing merit selection system has helped insulate judges from politics for decades, and today’s ruling means this system remains firmly intact.”

The court found unconstitutional a new law giving the governor more sway over selecting judges and taking power away from a nonpartisan, 15-member vetting commission. Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice, a JAS partner organization, had filed a legal brief urging the court to strike down the law, maintaining that it would politicize the selection of top state judges.

 

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