Maricopa County judge ousted in retention vote

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX (AP) -- Voters in Maricopa County have ousted a Superior Court judge, making him the first Arizona judge to be rejected in a retention election in several decades.

Unofficial results show Judge Benjamin Norris lost his retention election Tuesday by 14 percentage points.

The state Judicial Performance Review Commission evaluated the performances of dozens of judges, rating only Norris and Pima County Superior Court Judge Catherine Woods as not meeting judicial standards.

Woods won her retention election.

Norris did not immediately respond to a call for comment Wednesday. He was appointed to the bench in 2008 by then-Gov. Janet Napolitano,

Judges on statewide courts and Superior Court judges in Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties periodically must face retention elections. Superior Court judges in the other 12 counties run in regular elections.