Judge won’t toss suit over Delaware court political balance

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit against Democratic Gov. John Carney over Delaware’s requirement for political balance on its courts.

Friday’s ruling is the latest in a long-running legal battle over a “major-party” provision in Delaware’s constitution.

The provision means judicial appointments to the three highest courts are split between Republicans and Democrats. That means unaffiliated voters or members of other political parties are unable serve on the Supreme Court, Superior Court or Court of Chancery.

Judge Maryellen Noreika ruled Friday that attorney James Adams of Wilmington has legal standing to challenge the major-party provision. She denied the governor’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

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