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Lawyer seeks to take political wraps off judges (access required)

Most judges in Arizona are elected, but they are muzzled and hand-cuffed when it comes to campaigning.

They can’t put out their hands for money and they can’t endorse or associate with candidates in other partisan elections or political causes, but an attorney in Mohave County is among a handful of judicial candidates and judges around the nation who are challenging the constitutionality of those restrictions in court.

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