How Judicial Elections Impact Criminal Cases
"Over the past 15 years, judicial races have become expensive affairs.
Television advertising, much of it from outside interest groups that are
more likely to run negative ads, plays a critical role in these
high-cost contests. The pressures of upcoming re-election campaigns
affect judicial decision-making in criminal cases, making judges more
likely to impose longer sentences, affirm death sentences, and even
override sentences of life imprisonment to impose the death penalty."
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