Appeals Court Rejects Judicial Elections Challenge

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected a challenge to Minnesota rules for electing judges and its mandatory retirement age for judges.

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that since the plaintiffs lost in Minnesota state courts earlier, only the U.S. Supreme Court has jurisdiction to review the case. A three-judge panel sent the case back to U.S. District Court for dismissal.

The plaintiffs — Heather Robins, Jill Clark and Greg Wersal — challenged Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s decision to appoint Lorie Gildea as chief justice instead of putting the position up for election. They also asked the courts to block the designation of incumbents on ballots in judicial races. And they said the mandatory retirement age of 70 for judges also interfered with voters’ rights to elect judges.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Comments

One Comment

  1. Victim Du Jour says:

    This is among many reasons why appointed Judges don’t know how to read.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More From WCCO | CBS Minnesota

The Leaderboard
Good Question

Listen Live