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Legislators and special interests are making sure we get the state court judges they want

Jul 1, 2013, 10:00 am CDT


I disagree with Mr. Zach when he says the Constitution declares that the courts have supremacy.  All political power resides with the people, so they can undo the opinions of the Court through Constitutional amendments.  State legislatures and Congress also have the power to reverse opinions of the Court regarding the state or federal code, so the Court does not have nor should it have “supremacy,” especially when statements are made about the equal status of the 3 branches.

By Dwayne Alons on 2013 06 27, 1:14 am CDT

You can add North Carolina to that list.  Art Pope and his cronies have eliminated the public funding provided for Judicial Elections in NC as well as funneling about 2.2 million in support of Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby.  The 2.2 was almost 9 times what Irvin, a democrat, spent in an election that cost a grand total of 2.6 million.  The biggest outside spender in the N.C. Supreme Court race was the N.C. Judicial Coalition, which reported $1.9 million in expenditures. The group’s largest donor is another super PAC, Justice for All NC, which has received more than $1.1 million from the Republican State Leadership Committee.

By Michael Lovejoy on 2013 07 01, 2:49 pm CDT

Useful for course I am teaching on judicial independence.

By Bea Ann Smith on 2013 07 09, 4:57 pm CDT

who appoints the commission that selects the judges?
how have elections and retention elections worked out for the author’ home county - cooke county illinois?
is the author sure that conservatives are the real problem?
ordinarily the political party in power appoints a judge who is then subject to unbalanced, “merit”  elections
that procedure can make the governor a one-person court-packing machine

federal judges are usually selected by the party in power with approval of the Senate.  has that led to a nonpartisan judiciary ?

this article , in effect, asks merely for a change in the political views of judges - not more honrable and unbiased judges

joe bailey hyden

By joe bailey hyden on 2013 07 12, 4:35 pm CDT

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