There is an ongoing debate about how we seat judges in North Carolina. On one side are supporters of partisan judicial elections, on the other the appointment of judges by the sitting Governor. Other scenarios have been introduced as well. Last year Governor Perdue issued an executive order creating an 18 member committee to select a slate of judges for the Governor to choose from. One of Governor McCrory's first acts was to repeal that order. We'll look at how we choose judges in our state and some of the most popular suggestions for reform, when Charlotte Talks.
Dr. John Szmer - Assistant Professor, Dept. of Political Science and Public Administration at UNC Charlotte
John Hood - President and Chairman, John Locke Foundation
Bert Brandenberg - Executive Director, Justice at Stake Campaign