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There She Goes Again



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Last I checked, former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor maintained (rightly or wrongly) that she had retired only from regular active service and remains a federal judge eligible to sit on lower-court cases. That somehow hasn’t stopped her from engaging in crass politicking on state judicial-selection methods and in other fishy and inappropriate activity.

From a tweet from New York Times reporter Adam Liptak, I’ve learned that O’Connor has recently authored—or, rather, signed her name to—a report (available here) setting forth a model for state judicial selection. She modestly titles that model the “O’Connor Judicial Selection Plan,” and she is working to promote it in states across the country. As Liptak highlighted in his tweet, her report includes a “Dear Reader” letter from O’Connor on Supreme Court stationery.

If your phone rings and awakens you in the middle of the night, don’t be alarmed. It will probably just be another robocall from O’Connor seeking your support for a ballot initiative that adopts the O’Connor Judicial Selection Plan.



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