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Can a Good Judge Be a Good Politician? Judicial Elections from a Virtual Ethics Approach


Marie A. Failinger


Hamline University - School of Law

September, 17 2011

Missouri Law Review, Vol. 70, p.433, 2005

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In this article, the author argues that it is only possible to determine whether judges are likely to be good judges if we understand the practice of judging and the telos of justice toward which its aims, and that elections cannot help voters determine what qualities are necessary in judges and for what reasons. Moreover, I argue that traditional elections require virtues in politicians which are not often found in good (virtuous) judges, making them an unsuitable way of selecting candidates.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 86

Keywords: Republican Party of Minnesota v. White, direct judicial elections, judicial selection, virtue ethics, public virtues

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Date posted: November 5, 2011  

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Failinger, Marie A., Can a Good Judge Be a Good Politician? Judicial Elections from a Virtual Ethics Approach (September, 17 2011). Missouri Law Review, Vol. 70, p.433, 2005. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1929476

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Marie A. Failinger (Contact Author)
Hamline University - School of Law ( email )
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Saint Paul, MN 55104-1237
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