Judges Should Be Good Judges
I only have two points.
First, I think Sue Bell Cobb went to the Troy King school of campaigning. Why do I say that? Because she says a vote for her is a vote for executions, lots of ’em:
I am the only candidate in the race who has sentenced thousands of criminals to jail kept hundreds of inmates on death row, and spent years working for reforms in our system of juvenile justice.
She’s also quite proud of role as a laborer in the assembly line also known as the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals (Alacrap):
In 1994, I became the first woman elected to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. I was the only Democrat to run statewide in 2000 who won. During my 11 1/2 years I have ruled on 25,000 cases. The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals has one of the highest caseloads per judge in the nation and is noted nationally for having one of the highest disposition rates.
Did you catch that? Alacrap has “ one of the highest caseloads per judge in the nation and  is noted nationally for having one of the highest disposition rates.” So you have more cases than anyone else AND you roll them out faster than anyone else? Is that because you guys are just that much smarter than all the other courts? Or because you cut corners – like reading the briefs – before rendering a decision?
SBC aside, point two is that I really don’t know if there is a good way to do these questionnaires.
You can use the Christian Coalition method, and ask specific yes or no questions like “Do you still worship Satan?” But any answer to the narrow questions could misrepresent the candidate’s views. Or even be used to intentionally misrepresent the
Democrat’s candidate’s views.
Questionnaires like this one, though, aren’t much better at informing the voters. The open ended questions invite vague self-serving responses. For instance, number three asks “What is your judicial philosophy?” Every candidate, predictably, responds with some combination of “apply the law” “be fair” “no agenda.” Great. Thanks. It’s like when the sideline reporter asks the coach what his team needs to do to win: “run the ball” “no turnovers” “execute.” Fantastic, wonderful glittering generalities, but how about some specifics?
What I’d like to do is make available on the internets a collection of each judge’s writings. Click their picture and you get the table of contents. Then you can decide for yourself how fair minded they are.