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007: Electing Judges Better Than Appointing Them

We elect our judges. Some are bad, but most are good, in my experience. That’s life. Joel Horton is a good judge. I have no regrets about him. Dan Eismann has been a terrific jugde, and he was elected. Likewise, Wayne Kidwell was also a heck of judge after being elected, and he was hardly the partisan pimp some tried to paint him to be. James Bond: Both of those guys took heat for running. The appointed judges have nothing over the elected judges in my view. The federal judiciary is an absolute mess when it comes to accountability. It wasn’t that long ago that we had a federal judge in Florida (I believe) who was convincted of a felony, and it took more than a year for him to be removed from the bench. Accountability in the federal judiciary is non-existent. Those judges are literally Emperors of their own domains.

Sisyphus: Bond, an interesting concept but, as you know, all the federal bench is appointed subject to approval by the senate for the very reason that it removes them from politics and all the bias and conflicts which arise as a result. Don’t you think there’s going to be some behind the scenes retribution as a result of this race? You’re naive if you believe that either Judge ain’t going to look at his donor list. Do you think that results in fairness? More here

Question: Do you agree or disagree with James Bond that we should elect judges rather than appoint them?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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