Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Administrative Law Judges Serve a Useful Purpose

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Administrative Law Judges Serve a Useful Purpose

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While I don't have a dog in this hunt, as I am a retired administrative law judge, I need to correct a few inaccurate statements in your editorial "Stacking the Deck?" (July 1).

You advocate eliminating administrative law judges and allowing cases involving individuals charged with misconduct to "be heard by real federal judges." ALJ decisions can be appealed to the federal courts, so this is not an "either/or" situation.

You also state that "letting the same federal agencies make the rules, charge people with violating them and decide their guilt or innocence is a rejection of basic constitutional principles." ALJs were created precisely to avoid this situation. The ALJ position was an outgrowth of the Administrative Procedure Act, which was created because regulatory agencies emanating from the New Deal programs had tremendous powers. …

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