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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin's spokesman says no judicial selection talks

Oklahoman Published: July 25, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A spokesman for Gov. Mary Fallin says the governor has no plans to consider the way judges are selected as part of special session talks she's having with legislative leaders.

Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz released a statement Thursday after Republican state Sen. Patrick Anderson of Enid wrote a letter to judges across the state warning them the focus of the special session would be “attacking the judiciary.”

Fallin has said she's considering a special session to address a major overhaul of the civil justice system approved by the Legislature in 2009 that was rejected by the Oklahoma Supreme Court as unconstitutional.

The decision by the state's highest court rankled lawmakers, including House Speaker T.W. Shannon, who called for a study on term limits for appellate judges.