Costly judicial elections in Wisconsin with big outside spending are fueling calls for reform. A Wisconsin Gazette editorial declares that it’s way past time to switch from judicial elections to a merit selection system for choosing qualified judges, and the editorial also criticizes the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling:
“Until Citizens United is thrown on the trash heap of history, we must stop electing justices. Essentially what we’re doing is putting justice up for sale.”
In the state Supreme Court election held earlier this month (see Gavel Grab), candidates and outside groups spent at least $4.3 million in the race.