Why We Elect Judges; 8th Circuit Court Judge Candidates; Debunking the Ferguson Effect
In Baltimore City, there will be eight names on the circuit court judge ballot. Voters will be asked to pick six. How does a voter decide? Why do voters decide? Why aren’t judges appointed by the governor, after consulting with legal experts who know the law, and the qualifications of potential judicial candidates? Tim Sellers from the University of Baltimore advises countries around the world on this issue. He sheds light on the process. Also, two of the non-incumbent candidates on the city ballot join to discuss why they should be judges.
Then,Stephen L. Morgan, a scholar from Johns Hopkins, joins to discuss the so-called “Ferguson effect” and the link between greater scrutiny of the police following the death of Freddie Gray, and increased crime in Baltimore in the ensuing months.