Argument: Election of judges delegitimizes their role

Issue Report: Election of judges


Jason Kleinman. “So should we elect our judges or is there a better way?” Why it’s our City. June 15th, 2009: “Here’s what electing judges does. It forces them to beg campaign cash from the very people who would appear before them in court. It forces voters to choose from clogged slates of unknown names. Not surprisingly, those voters fall back on dumb factors such as ballot position, ethnic surnames and who bought the most TV ads. Judicial elections have become costly showdowns between corporate and union lobbies, with clueless voters in the crossfire.”