If we can make it there … you know the rest.
I am not actually positive that the Manhattan Institutue is in Manhattan, but let’s assume it is. Anyway, its legal scholar, Walter Olson (from the famous overlawyered.com), has a great essay about the strange desire of business groups to favor elections for judges. He includes commentary about the Show-Me Institute study of the Missouri Plan, written by Hall and Sobel this past spring, and links to it. Please check out his commentary and our study. The only small addition I would make to his point is to add Southern Illinois as an example of a state in which elected judges and huge tort verdicts coincide.