Indiana Supreme Court
Let me start by saying that you can set your watch to Bud Selig making the wrong decision. If he doesn’t reverse the ump’s call and give the guy a perfect game, it’s an outrage. But I digress . . .
There is a vacancy on the Indiana Supreme Court for the first time since 1999 (Ted Boehm, an excellent judge and a terrific lawyer, announced that he will step down this fall). The process for selecting his replacement is very different from the federal model and is worth talking about.
First, the Indiana Constitutions sets forth eligibility requirements for a Justice. They must have been either: (1) a member of the state bar for at least ten years; or (2) a sitting state court judge for at least five years. A commission chaired by the Chief Justice and made up of three political appointees and three attorneys elected by the bar association then screens the applicants and forwards three names to the Governor. The Governor must pick one of these three nominees, and that person then becomes a Justice. (There is no role for the State Legislature.)
Would something like this be a good idea at the federal level? What do you think?