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South Carolina is one of two states (Virginia is the other) where the legislature elects judges. Under existing law (2-19-70(A)) currently serving members of the...

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A followup to this point from earlier. Local news reports from this morning now indicate that the Senate rejected 4-1 with 27 abstentions the House...

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Last year Tennessee voters amended their state constitution to create a quasi-federal system for appointment of appellate judges. The implementing legislation remains hotly contested for...

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Courtesy of the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts.

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Courtesy of the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts.

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According to Article II of the United States Constitution, the President "shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint" federal judges. According to Article III, federal judges enjoy life tenure and cannot be removed from office except through impeachment.