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Our View: Selection of judges needs tweaking

We need to re-evaluate how we select judges in Minnesota.

Judge Robert Macaulay, who has served Carlton County since 1995, is retiring next week. A statewide panel called the Commission on Judicial Selection accepts applications from lawyers who want judgeships, and recommends three of the applicants to the governor, who makes the appointment. The commission picks candidates using such criteria as integrity, maturity, temperament, legal knowledge, ability and experience, and community service.

It’s that last one that has us concerned. Applicants don’t get passed on to the governor for consider...

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