Tuesday, May 29, 2007

On judicial selection and judicial candidate questionnaires

From Idaho, this opinion piece expresses the view that the people can be trusted to elect good judges and those would be judges should have to answer questions about their views on issues of interest to the voters.

The author says in part:

"Imagine league officials interviewing a prospective umpire. 'Will you faithfully enforce the rules of baseball?' 'Of course.' 'What about the 'three strikes and you're out' rule?' 'Well, I can't comment on that because I might actually have to call a game someday.' It's no less ridiculous when a prospective judge says he will uphold the whole constitution, but refuses to commit to upholding its parts. But in the judge's case, the stakes are far higher."

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