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Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Bias in ABA judicial ratings

I would like to highlight a forthcoming article in Political Research Quarterly entitled "Bias and the Bar: Evaluating the ABA Ratings of Federal Judicial Nominees." In the article Susan Smelcer of Emory, Amy Steigerwalt of Georgia State and Rich Vining of the University of Georgia (a Georgia Trifecta) find systematic liberal bias in the evaluations of judicial nominees by the ABA.  The research was featured in an New York Times article a few years ago and now it has gone through the peer review process. 

Of course it is controversial, and is already the subject of a rebuttal in the January 2012 issue of Judiciature. Take a look and decide.

Posted by Robert Howard on May 2, 2012 at 11:41 AM in Article Spotlight, Law and Politics, Peer-Reviewed Journals | Permalink

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Its data doesn't include the ratings bestowed by the ABA on potential judges who are then not nominated by the president because of poor marks.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/23/us/politics/screening-panel-rejects-many-obama-picks-for-federal-judgeships.html

Posted by: Charlie Savage | May 2, 2012 12:00:54 PM

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