Really Dumb Reasons To Oppose Appointing Judges

First:

Some critics also wonder if the system would hurt diversity.

“I’m not sure that women or blacks would have been as successful as we are now,” said Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Kelli Wise, one six women among the 19 appellate judges. “I don’t know if we would have had a seat at the table.”

“We?” Uhh, tell me again the name of the black judges currently on our state appellate courts? Wanna guess how the only three African American judges to ever serve on our state’s supreme court got their positions? Appointments.

I hope Judge Wise is more attentive to the the facts and arguments in the cases before her than she is to reality, otherwise, woman or not, she ought not have a seat at the table.

Second:

But partisan elections also provide voters the best way to control judges, said Mike DeBow, a professor at the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University.

“They can vote for judges with judicial philosophies closer to their own, lowering the chances that state judges will engage in judicial activism,” he said.

That is not so much dumb as disingenuous. I’m not going to disagree that elections give voters more control over the judges. But giving voters complete control won’t lower the chances of “judicial activism” it will just replace one type with another. Whether the judge is beholden to “trial lawyers” or “big business” or conservatives or liberals doesn’t matter. The problem is that the judge will feel tugged by something other than the law and facts in front of her: The desires of voters. Those desires have no place at all in a court of law.

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6 Comments on “Really Dumb Reasons To Oppose Appointing Judges”

  1. Old Prosecutor Says:

    As good an idea as appointing Judges maybe “It ain’t gonna happen, Captain”

  2. wheeler Says:

    yeah, this is definitely a lost cause.

  3. publius Says:

    well, i guess a star chamber of intellectuals is more qualified than the mass of tax paying citizens to decide who can be a judge. thats a pretty good idea, after all, we know how stupid joe and jane sixpack are, dont we? For some odd reason I trust joe sixpack more than a well intentioned oddball who became a member of the selection/retention panel through “POLITICS” EGADS, not more politics. Geeze, I guess this way it is much less expensive and visible. Terry Butts, please get reappointed to the supreme court. All that pac to pac transfer business is simply too much trouble for the corrupt element in the days of FBI surveillance of the Alabama political landscape.

  4. Baudrillard Says:

    “I hope Judge Wise is more attentive to the the facts and arguments in the cases before her than she is to reality, otherwise, woman or not, she ought not have a seat at the table.”

    Agree on the criticism, Wheeler, but you should know better than anyone that the response to your question about being attentive to the facts and arguments is “yeah right.” She has a hard time controlling her mouth, not to mention her political agenda.

  5. wheeler Says:

    “you should know better than anyone that the response to your question about being attentive to the facts and arguments is ‘yeah right.'”

    i really wanted to write a whole lot more than i actually did.


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