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Wed Oct 9, 2019, 08:34 AM

Former governors, chief justice back Carney in legal fight over political balance in courts

Five of Delaware's previous governors and two former chief justices are backing Gov. John Carney in his attempt to preserve a Delaware law that requires a political balance among state court judges.

The former officials have filed legal briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Carney, who has asked the court to reverse a federal court decision that struck down the state law.

The state constitutional provision in question requires Carney to split judicial nominations and judgeships between the two major political parties. Carney is responsible for appointing judges to the state's supreme, superior, family and chancery courts.

Former Govs. Jack Markell (D); Ruth Ann Minner (D); Tom Carper (D), who is now Delaware's senior U.S. senator; Dale Wolf (R); and Michael Castle (R) filed a brief to back Carney.

Read more: https://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/politics/2019/10/08/former-officials-back-carney-in-fight-over-balance-in-delaware-courts/3907671002/

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TexasTowelie Oct 9 OP
Jake Stern Oct 9 #1

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Wed Oct 9, 2019, 10:37 AM

1. I agree with the original plaintiff in this

Nobody should be forced to join a political party in order to be appointed to the bench, no matter how laudable the so called justification is.

Whatever happened to appointing the best suited for the office?

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