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Rice files for new Montana Supreme Court term

By The Associated Press
Published On: Jan 13 2014 02:05:00 PM MST
Updated On: Jan 13 2014 03:24:13 PM MST
HELENA, Mont. -

Montana Supreme Court Justice Jim Rice says he supports judicial elections over appointments because elections force judges to be accountable for their decisions.
    
Rice spoke Monday after filing for re-election with the Montana Secretary of State's Office. He is seeking his third eight-year term after being appointed by Gov. Judy Martz to fill a vacancy on the high court in 2001.
    
Rice says the state's system of holding nonpartisan elections is good for judges.
    
He says there can be "a disconnect to accountability" in the federal judicial system because those judges are appointed.
    
No opponent has yet filed to run against Rice in the 2014 election.
    
Justice Mike Wheat has also said he will seek re-election. Elections are to be held for nine district judgeships across the state.