Judicial elections

As you may recall, Amendment A went down in flames in the November election. You may also recall I supported passage of the constitutional amendment, which would have moved us away from electing circuit court judges. This news item, an excerpt of which appeared in the Argus while I was gone, is an example of why this issue needs to be revisited in South Dakota:

The judge handling the first scheduled wrongful death trial over the pain reliever Vioxx received $60,000 in campaign contributions last year from political action committees funded by the law firm that filed the suit.

What power has law where only money rules.

Gaius Petronius

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