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Strong reasons to retain state justices
Strong reasons to retain state justices

California voters will see the names of three state Supreme Court justices and numerous Court of Appeal justices on their Nov. 4 ballots, a result of the state's hybrid system for keeping politics to a minimum in the court system while still granting the people a measure of oversight of their judges. Unlike trial court elections, in which voters choose among candidates running against one another, elections for appellate justices are not contested. Voters simply vote yes to retain the justices, no to remove them. That's because California's system properly seeks to shield justices from political pressure, to allow them to make their rulings based solely on their...

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