Jul 01 2009
In the wake of Caperton, an editorial in the San Antonio Express-News urges Texas to adopt Merit Selection for its judges. Leading the charge for reform in Texas is the current Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, Wallace Jefferson. His support for Merit Selection continues a tradition begun by his predecessors on the bench; he is “the third successive Texas Supreme Court chief justice to advocate reforming the state’s judicial selection process.”
Jefferson had warned of the danger posed by money-packed judicial elections even before the Caperton decision came down, telling the state legislature earlier this year: “If the public believes that judges are biased toward contributors, then confidence in the courts will suffer.” The Express-News‘ editorial board concurs:
The judiciary system depends on an even playing field to maintain fairness. And the influence of money and partisanship must be reduced to deliver the even playing field that Texans deserve.
That’s something everyone deserves — including Pennsylvanians. The way to achieve that even playing field is by getting judges out of the fundraising business. The way to do that is to adopt Merit Selection.Tags: Caperton, Merit Selection, other states, San Antonio Express-News, Texas, Wallace Jefferson