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happyslug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-27-06 03:10 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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  - Good night, nurse! I lived in NYS (NYC, actually) for 38 years and  mcscajun   Sep-25-06 11:29 AM   #1 
  - I want to find out which states are the 29 others like NY. Once that's  WePurrsevere   Sep-25-06 04:49 PM   #15 
     - Ooh, I skipped over that little fact. Hope NJ isn't one of 'em, but  mcscajun   Sep-25-06 07:22 PM   #16 
        - Thank you very much for the link. It's a great starting point. This is an  WePurrsevere   Sep-26-06 08:15 AM   #26 
  - Jesus H. Christ on a pogo stick.  impeachdubya   Sep-25-06 11:34 AM   #2 
  - I disagree with you about "Welcome to Bush's America"  Jim Lane   Sep-26-06 06:59 AM   #25 
     - I was referring to a mindset.  impeachdubya   Sep-26-06 11:24 AM   #27 
        - Yes, I agree with you about the mindset.  Jim Lane   Sep-26-06 11:52 AM   #28 
  - district justices here do not need to be lawyers  tigereye   Sep-25-06 11:44 AM   #3 
  - Last itme I heard was Non-Lawyers need to take a Six Weeks Course  happyslug   Sep-27-06 10:12 AM   #35 
  - And the hell with the law.  madmusic   Sep-25-06 12:29 PM   #4 
  - Scalia thinks the same way... Here's his infamous quote  SoCalDem   Sep-25-06 01:43 PM   #7 
  - link to that quote (in case anyone doubts your post)  Bozita   Sep-25-06 01:47 PM   #8 
  - "harmless error"  madmusic   Sep-25-06 03:23 PM   #12 
  - I hate, hate, hate it when people use the term "common sense"  Iris   Sep-26-06 07:08 PM   #32 
  - There are judges  Marie26   Sep-25-06 12:31 PM   #5 
  - Recommended reading from the frontpage of today's NYT  Bozita   Sep-25-06 12:36 PM   #6 
  - District Justices in Pennsylvania have no requirements either  bleedingheart   Sep-25-06 01:49 PM   #9 
  - Were these folks appointed or elected?  bleedingheart   Sep-25-06 01:55 PM   #10 
  - Judges and court officials should never be elected, I think.  Donald Ian Rankin   Sep-25-06 03:57 PM   #13 
  - Yet judges (not only justices like this) are still elected in communities  mcscajun   Sep-25-06 07:27 PM   #19 
  - I like the idea of elected Judges.  happyslug   Sep-27-06 03:10 PM   #41 
  - They're elected into most if not all positions. In some areas a part  WePurrsevere   Sep-25-06 04:44 PM   #14 
  - They are elected. It's mentioned three times in the article.  mcscajun   Sep-25-06 07:26 PM   #18 
  - you know...I need better reading glasses...I read it but I was  bleedingheart   Sep-25-06 07:36 PM   #23 
  - These are elected Positions in both NY and PA.  happyslug   Sep-27-06 02:53 PM   #40 
  - holy fuck  WindRavenX   Sep-25-06 01:56 PM   #11 
  - Quite right.  mcscajun   Sep-25-06 07:28 PM   #21 
  - !  Solly Mack   Sep-25-06 07:25 PM   #17 
  - I've got an idea  kiahzero   Sep-25-06 07:27 PM   #20 
  - Not surprised at all by this...  cynatnite   Sep-25-06 07:32 PM   #22 
  - Check for your state here  mcscajun   Sep-25-06 07:40 PM   #24 
  - Does "Limited jurisdiction" always mean the judges are voted in  WePurrsevere   Sep-27-06 09:08 AM   #33 
     - No, "Limited Justis diction" means they can only hear certain cases  happyslug   Sep-27-06 10:14 AM   #36 
     - TY, I sort of thought so but I haven't been able to find the correct term  WePurrsevere   Sep-27-06 10:31 AM   #37 
        - Various names, the Common Law name was "Justice of the Peace"  happyslug   Sep-27-06 02:43 PM   #38 
     - "Limited jurisdiction" does not always mean judges voted in,  mcscajun   Sep-27-06 05:02 PM   #43 
  - WOW. I thought this thread was going to be about sexist remarks  135th   Sep-26-06 11:52 AM   #29 
  - So maybe some progressives could get elected to these benches?  eppur_se_muova   Sep-26-06 05:56 PM   #30 
  - It may sound odd but I wonder how many of us have voted for someone w/o  WePurrsevere   Sep-26-06 07:03 PM   #31 
  - Unbelievable article. These are petty tyrants!  Strawman   Sep-27-06 09:19 AM   #34 
  - Only 8 recs.  madmusic   Sep-27-06 02:49 PM   #39 
     - More like "Who's gonna fix it?"  Kagemusha   Sep-27-06 03:10 PM   #42 

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