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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Behind the scenes in a hotly contested judicial election

The cover story in this week's City Pages is a provocative look at what one former judge feels are unduly political machinations behind the scenes in Minnesota's courts system.

In Paul Demko's article, retiring Ninth District judge Terrance Holter talks about the complications and gamesmanship involved in the 2006 judicial campaign that resulted in the election of a former clerk of Holter's, John Melbye -- and how outgoing Supreme Court Chief Justice Russell Anderson declined to appoint Holter as a retired judge after he lost the race to Melbye.

The article has a tinge of sour grapes to it, but the article is an interesting look at how loyalties and even family ties can become knotted in politics when a place on the bench is at stake.

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