Kansas Liberty: 22 January 2009
Critic says contributions show that the current system for choosing judges is all about politics
JoCo judges give $32,000 to help defeat voter-choice initiative
Johnson County judges, who would have had to stand for election if a judicial selection reform proposal last fall had succeeded with county voters, were among the primary financial backers of the group that helped block the reform campaign.
Together, the judges, as well as other Johnson County courthouse personnel who could have been affected by the change, contributed about $32,000 to Judges Not for Sale, an organization which was formed to defeat an initiative to require judges to seek election.
The donations were discovered by investigative reporter Earl F. Glynn and published on his website, Kansas Meadowlark, this week.
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