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Mississippi burning

As if to prove Alex Tabarrok's point about the unseemliness of judicial elections, a kerfuffle has arisen in Mississippi, where a plaintiff made the mistake of filing a brief accusing a justice of actual impropriety, rather than just the appearance of impropriety, through campaign donations. The recusal motion, filed after the appeal was decided, was denied as late (one is not allowed to play heads I win, tails requires a do-over), and the attorney was sanctioned. (Siobhan Morrissey, "Motion Moves Judge To Impose Sanctions", ABA Journal eReport, Jan. 28).



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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