Thursday, February 6, 2014

US judicial elections ‘shocking’ and in urgent need of reform

The International Bar Association posted,
"Judicial elections in the US are ‘shocking’ to judges elsewhere in the world, according to Michael Kirby, former Justice of the High Court of Australia. ‘It is important that US judges and lawyers should know that most of their colleagues regard it as unacceptable that judges who have simply discharged their independent, judicial duty can be subjected to removal from office,’ he says."
Hasn't anyone in the IBA seen Judgment at Nuremburg (1961)?
Mrs. Bertholt [Marlene Dietrich]: You elect judges in the United States?

Chief Judge Dan Haywood [Spencer Tracy]: Yes, in some states.

Bertholt: I didn't know that.

Haywood: It's either one of the virtues or one of the defects of our judicial system. I thought it was one of the virtues until last year, when I was defeated.