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O'Connor supports Nevada judges amendment

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Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

September 22, 2010

By Christopher Bedford

LAS VEGAS, Nevada: Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor strongly supports a November ballot measure in Nevada that would give the governor the power to make initial judicial appointments, reports AP.[1].

In a Tuesday speech before the State Bar of Nevada and members of the media at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, O'Connor said that voters need to be convinced to support the Nevada Judicial Appointment Amendment Question 1 on the November ballot[1].

The Nevada Judicial Appointment Amendment is a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment that calls for the creation of a selection panel that would review and recommend candidates to the governor for appointment to open judicial seats. The governor would then be in charge of appointing a candidate to the position for no more than 2 years after which a retention election would be held. They would have to garner approximately 55% of the vote to stay in office. If the judge is retained they can proceed to fulfill the remainder of the 6 year term and face a retention election for a second term. If the voters reject the judge in the first election, the process starts from the beginning and another candidate is appointed.[2][3] O'Connor retired from the nation's highest court five years ago.

Polls conducted for the Las vegas Review-Journal and KLAS-TV show voters oppose the measure[1].


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Source, O’Connor rallies Nevada support for judges measure, September 22, 2010
  2. Las Vegas Sun, "Lawmakers pave way for vote on appointing judges," June 6, 2009
  3. Information gathered via email communication with The Busick Group, co-authors of the proposed legislation, on September 14, 2010.