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No, The Supreme Court Doesn't Need Term Limits

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I hope Pennsylvania’s politically charged gerrymandering saga has an unintended side effect — encouraging us to reconsider how we select our state Supreme Court and other appellate judges.

Nearly all other states choose their supreme court justices based on their qualifications, through a merit selection process, instead of electing them off a partisan ballot. Forcing candidates to campaign and collect campaign donations can raise questions about political impartiality down the road when they hear cases such as the gerrymandering one.

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The fact that four Democratic justices tossed out the state’s Republican-created Congressional district map alone was enough to raise questions about partisanship. The justices’ failure to issue their full opinion in a timely manner, and then to draw a new map themselves when the state Constitution says that’s the Legislature’s job, make it even harder to avoid the appearance of political motivations.

>Pennsylvania Republicans to sue as soon as Wednesday to block redistricted map
> Tim Darragh


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Source : http://www.mcall.com/opinion/muschick/mc-opi-pa-gerrymandering-supreme-court-merit-selection-muschick-20180220-story.html

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