Argument: Elections damage trust in impartiality of judges

Issue Report: Election of judges


Robert Heim. “Getting campaigns out of the courtroom” The Philadelphia Inquirer. June 18, 2009: “Some years ago, I was told of a lawyer who was sitting with a client in court, waiting for a newly assigned judge to hear his case. When the judge appeared, the lawyer whispered to his client that he was concerned, because the opposing lawyer was on the judge’s campaign committee and had contributed to the campaign. After a pause, the client whispered back, ‘So why didn’t you contribute?'”