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happyslug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 04:10 PM
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41. I like the idea of elected Judges.
It puts some sort of Popular check on Politicians picking their buddies for a job (One of the old joke of Politics, goes this way "What is a Federal Judge"? Answer: "A lawyer who new a Senator". You have to have some sort of selection, but it should be restricted to people who are QUALIFIED for the office. In Europe, they do not elect their Judges, Instead you are promoted upward by selection of Senior Judges, for Example a Justice of the peace would be promoted ot Judge of Common Pleas Court by the other Judges on the Bench whenever a vacancy opens up. Superior court could do the same from the poll of Common Pleas Court Justices and the same for the State Supreme Court. The Problem with most proposed reforms is that the Politicians want to take the power of selection from the people and give it to themselves BUT NOT TO THE JUDGES. Should the Governor have the power to select the Judges of the State Supreme Court? Why not leave the Supreme Court itself pick its own Judges? An alternative way is permit only sitting JPs in a County to run for Common Pleas Court Judge. Restrict Superior Court Justices to those already on a Common Pleas Bench.

The problem is HOW do you pick a Judge? And HOW often determines WHO is selected. Do you want the Governor or a Judge? Do you want a Committee appointed by the Governor and/or Legislature to select the Judge? Or do you think the people should have SOME SAY? While technically you can get "Qualified" Judges if selected by a Committee, but Bush did that when he picked Thomas to be on the US Supreme Court. Would the majority of Americans have voted for Thomas? I have my doubts.

My point is lets be careful on how we replace elected JPs, lets make sure the solution is not worse then the disease.
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