Elected judiciary fits state mold

In less than a month, on the same day Mississippians go to the polls to choose between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, voters also will decide three spots on the nine-member state Supreme Court.

In the 1990s and early 2000s, legislation was debated and studies conducted on the merits of switching to an appointed judiciary.

But in recent years, there has been little debate on the issue.

“I am not looking at that at all,” said Rep. Mark Baker, R-Brandon, who as chair of the House Judiciary A Committee would play a key role in any decision regarding the courts. “That’s not my thing.”