Few things look worse than a candidate for judge or DA getting dinged on issues related to campaign finance filings. Judge Merrill's a great guy, but like all the rest of us politicians and hacks, he should have registered his campaign before raising and spending....He did file his report by the right date but had not registered from day one.
Just apologize, pay the fine and promise to pay more attention next time. The good news is the term for State Supreme Court justice is 14 years so there is plenty of time to brush up on the law.
Watertown Daily Times Judge Merrell’s campaign committee prematurely accepts donations