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Elections Shape Judicial Sentencing, Study Finds

Date: August 16, 2012
Author: Christopher Shea
QUOTE: Making sure to account for whether cases were resolved via plea bargain or trial, and the criminal history of defendants, the authors identified a 10% increase in sentence length from the start of a judge’s term to the election (or, for judges who ran opposed, to the filing deadline for running, several months earlier).

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