The New York Times reports on the Supreme Court case a Coal executive, a justice, spending, and direct election of judges.

Basically, the case involves Coal Mining executive Don Blankenship and West Virginia Supreme Court justice Brent Benjamin. West Virginia’s Supreme Court elections are partisan elections, and Blankenship spent $3 million attacking State Supreme Court Justice Warren McGraw, which helped elect Benjamin. Then Benjamin was the deciding vote on a case helping out Blankenship.

Amazing that the idea that having statewide judges elected due to interest groups or partisan affiliation exists in parts of the nation (Alabama, Texas, West Virginia, to name a few).

Despite the foot-stomping from a certain former Governor and a few others, Missouri still has it pretty good in regards to how our judges are selected.