Nominees to face grilling from 'jury' - PittsburghLIVE.com: "Candidates running for judge next year in Pennsylvania can expect to be grilled like never before about their positions on hot-button issues such as abortion and gun control.
When the U.S. Supreme Court in 2002 struck down a Minnesota rule barring judicial candidates from expressing their opinions on issues, it created a new playing field for judicial candidates in 39 states in which judges are elected.
'It's a different ballgame now. You can no longer hide behind the ethical requirements that judges and judicial candidates not comment,..
This "deliberative democracy style" is now the rage in certain circles. It has plenty of merit in terms of making better choices. These new wrinkles will be interesting to watch and promote in the months to come.