Over at Point of Law we have several posts outlining the top state court and attorneys general races watched by legal reformers and the business community.
- Alabama Supreme Court, West Virginia Attorney General, Ohio Attorney General. Good, not good, remains to be seen. Houston judgeships, bad, bad, bad.
- Ohio Supreme Court. Good.
- Michigan Supreme Court. Chief Justice Cliff Taylor was defeated, apparently swamped by a strong Democratic year in Michigan and a few effective but absurdly false negative ads. Alas.
The AP story about the Michigan race captures the significance quite well.
DETROIT (AP) — Democrat Diane Marie Hathaway’s upset win over Republican Chief Justice Clifford Taylor ended a conservative era on the state Supreme Court and sent shock waves through Michigan’s justice system.
The likely winners: workers, trial lawyers and environmentalists. The potential losers: businesses, insurers and maybe even doctors.
It was the first time an incumbent justice lost in 24 years, and the 2008 race wasn’t all that close.
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