- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Eleven candidates have applied to fill two new state Supreme Court seats authorized by a law signed this spring by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey.

The signing came despite Chief Justice Scott Bales’ plea to Ducey to veto the law as unneeded and Democrats’ arguments that adding two justices to the current five-member court is court packing.

Five of the 11 candidates who applied to the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments sit on the state Court of Appeals. One is a Maricopa County judge, two work for the attorney general’s office and three are in private practice.

The commission will forward at least three nominees to Ducey, who will pick the two justices from the list.

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