The State Court system in Rhode Island is still Valhalla for a lot of pols in this state.
Federal Court Administrator, 1997
It was the celebrated maxim of Montesquieu that … there can be no liberty … if the power of judging be not separated from the legislative and executive powers.
Taylor v. Place, 1856
It's like Baghdad down there.
An elected official describing traffic court, 1998
Rhode Island's court system, like other institutions of government, is in the midst of significant transition as it evolves from a highly political system— linked to the legislature and the executive through constitutional design, budget authority, and traditional patronage—toward a more professional and independent judiciary. The late 1980s and 1990s began a period of particularly difficult change, given the long-standing political nature of the courts. The benchmarks in this struggle provide a splendid example of the shifting influence of various political elites as the courts move, however haltingly, toward a more modern system.
Since the inception of the colony, the court system in Rhode Island has been a highly political institution linked to and dependent upon the legislature. The original charter of 1663 gave the General Assembly the right to establish