Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Judicial Selection Will Always Involve Some Form of Politics

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Judicial Selection Will Always Involve Some Form of Politics

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Regarding the June 20 editorial "Robed Politicians": The contention that appointed judges are likely to have more impressive academic and professional credentials than elected judges might prove to be correct from a detached paper study of comparative data.

However, such a distinction does not necessarily guarantee that appointed jurists bring more solomonic wisdom to the bench than do judges who are elected. Indeed, many appointed judges have had very little pragmatic experience as practicing attorneys and therefore do not relate comfortably to usual run-of-the-mill civil and criminal matters, i.e., the "human experience."

The much more important, highly relevant argument against the appointment of judges, quite ironically, is the very same argument that the PG sets forth as the reason to eliminate judicial elections, namely politics. Just think. Who appoints judges, and what is the principal consideration that a president or governor has in mind when making these appointments? …

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