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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A federal judge says a provision in Delaware's constitution requiring a political balance among state court judges is unconstitutional.

The judge granted summary judgment Wednesday to James Adams, a lawyer who sued Democratic Gov. John Carney over a state constitutional provision that requires Carney to split judicial nominations and judgeships between the two major political parties. The judge said Delaware's constitution violates the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution by restricting government employment based on political affiliation.