J.A.I.L. For Judges
The Judicial Accountability Initiative Law. Alabama has a chapter of these crackpots. The basic idea is eliminating judicial immunity so that any crank unsatisfied with the outcome of a case can sue the judge. The proposed law eliminates immunity and sets up a special grand jury to hear the complaints. If the complaint sounds reasonable, the grand jury allows the lawsuit to go forward.
Insane? Of course it is. If you think justice moves slowly now, wait until every judge has to fear a lawsuit for every decision she makes.
But it’s closer to reality than you might think. These moonbats have succeeded in getting the proposal added to the ballot in South Dakota this year. The South Dakota version would even subject jurors to liability. And you thought jury service sucked now.
NPR had a fantastic story about it this morning. The story interviewed two bloggers, one from the right and one from the left. Both agreed that J.A.I.L. was a really, really, REALLY bad idea. There is also a strong – and diverse – opposition coalition. Still, the initiative got the 35 thousand signatures it needed to get on the ballot. And if this one wins, the big donors promise more money for similar campaigns in other states.
Could we be one of them? We don’t have initiative or referendum, so it would have to come from the legislature. I want to say that makes us safe. But I don’t think I can.