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Lawsuit challenges Marion County judicial selection

November 1, 2012

A government watchdog group is challenging the way the major political parties split the selection of judges in Indiana's most populous county.

Common Cause of Indiana asked a federal judge in Indianapolis on Thursday to block a state law governing the selection of the 36 judges on the Marion County Superior Court.

The lawsuit says the Democrat and Republican parties each select half of the seats to be filled during the primary. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, which represents Common Cause, claims that makes the general election a mere formality and deprives those who don't cast ballots in the primary of a meaningful vote.

ACLU legal director Ken Falk says he doesn't expect an injunction to be issued before next week's election.

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