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Missouri Bar Responds to Wall Street Journal's Criticism of Its Merit Selection System

Former Senior Director

Missouri Bar President John S. Johnston countered a recent Wall Street Journal editorial attack on its merit-based judicial selection system:

Although I usually find your opinion pieces very good, I read with sadness your editorial “Missouri Compromised.” Your editorial position on the issue of merit selection of judges, often called The Missouri Plan, is simply wrong.

Johnston notes that citizens of Missouri are satisfied with merit selection, citing a 2008 vote in a conservative county to begin using merit selection and a recent challenge to merit selection, funded by a few wealthy individuals, that failed to obtain even the signatures required to make the ballot.

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