Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor spoke at the Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel on history, ethics and law. In that speech, she expressed her opposition to the election of judges, saying the following, per the Chicago Tribune:
“I think there are many who think of judges as politicians in robes. In many states, that’s what they are.”
No way! Whatever could have put that crazy idea into her head? Of course that wasn’t what GW Bush had in mind at all, right, when he and the GOP packed the courts with conservative judges; yet Republicans now refuse to so much as consider President Obama’s judicial nominees.
O’Connor prefers to think of judges as, you know, impartial and independent, fair and unbiased. How novel.
Instead, she said, people “seem to think judges should be a reflex of the popular will” and that judges “need to avoid sitting on cases if even a whiff of bias can be detected.”
Are you listening, Justices Scalia, Thomas, and Alito?
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