Oct 08 2010
A concerned citizen expressed her views on elected judges in a letter to the editor appearing in the Leavenworth Times. The letter came as a response to an article in the same newspaper outlining the reasons for a ballot initiative move to electing district judges from an appointment system.
This citizens concern mirrors many of the concerns we have repeatedly expressed. The letter criticizes the original article for not examining which system provides a more qualified and independent judiciary, and concludes that appointment systems do. She goes on to opine that judicial elections create more opportunities for inappropriate influences to be exerted over judges. She concludes the letter by stating that her preference for impartial judges leads her to vote no to the ballot initiative to move to judicial elections.
We agree that judicial elections undermine public confidence in the courts, and that merit selection is the best ensure fair and impartial courts.Tags: impartial courts, judicial elections, Leavenworth Times, Merit Selection