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Question 1:Identify at least two (2) risks associated with selecting judges via a non-partisan election process. Explain the key reasons why you believe each risk could potentially inhibit the fairness of trials. Provide specific examples to support your rationale.Opponents of nonpartisan elections argue that in absence of campaigning by party affiliation,issue-based campaigning becomes the norm.In these campaigns, a judge's isolated rulings on specific issuesoften abortion, gay marriage, death penalty and tax policyare publicized to the exclusion of less hot-button issues. And from Professor Brandice Canes of Princeton University we understand that, in partisan systems, voters know a candidates partisan affiliation, which they can presume will correlate at some level with a judges philosophy and ideological leanings. Nonpartisan elections, by comparison, provide no

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