LAS VEGAS — A series of newspaper articles on alleged corruption in the judicial system here has revived demands for reform in the way judges are chosen.
The articles in the Los Angeles Times last week documented an extensive pattern of financial and personal links among Las Vegas judges, lawyers and other players in the legal system that suggested improper influence on judicial decisions.
Judges in Nevada, as in various other states, are elected rather than appointed.
Many of the questionable practices cited in The Times articles stemmed from judges raising campaign funds from lawyers with cases pending in their courtrooms.
Vincent A. Consul, president of the State Bar of Nevada, said this week that the articles had given fresh momentum to efforts to move toward a system of appointing judges so they were not forced to raise campaign funds.