Video Exercise

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In Chapter 10, we discussed the controversy surrounding judicial elections. Since retiring from the Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has spoken out against the concept of judicial elections. In this interview, O’Connor discusses her views (beginning at the 4:30 mark and continuing until about 7:00).

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What are some reasons why O’Connor is opposed to judicial elections?
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What does she think is the likely consequence of “cash in our courtrooms”?
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What are some reasons why judicial elections might not have the consequences she suggests?
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What are some reasons why it might be a good idea to elect judges?

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