Which of the Following May Explain Why Public Opinion Polling
Which of the following may explain why public opinion polling found that 70% of the public are more distrustful of their judges than they have been in the past?
A) States are increasingly moving to political judicial selection methods, rather than merit-based selection.
B) Judges are increasingly recusing themselves from cases where they have personal, political, or financial connections to the parties involved in the case.
C) Several states have passed laws eliminating political fundraising by judicial candidates.
D) Special interest groups have dramatically increased their funding of judicial elections, often while pressuring candidates to openly share their political views.
After a long career as a private attorney, Mary decides that she wants to become a state court judge. She files paperwork to run as a Republican and begins fundraising for the upcoming election. Which method of judicial selection is she participating in?
A) legislative election
B) non-partisan election
C) partisan election
D) merit selection
What type of judicial selection method often requires that the selected judges periodically run unopposed in retention elections, which allows voters to decide whether or not they should remain on the bench?
A) partisan election
B) merit selection
C) non-partisan election
D) legislative election
A state wants to take actions to try and restore public trust in their state court judges. They want to change the perception that judges are simply "politicians in robes." What could the state do to achieve this outcome?
A) write laws requiring judges to recuse themselves from a case if one of the parties involved was a donor to their campaign
B) change the method of judicial selection from a legislative appointment to a gubernatorial appointment
C) write laws which make it easier for special interest groups to fund judicial campaigns
D) ensure that every candidate is officially endorsed by a political party