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  1. Richard G. Kopf
    March 13, 2017


    Thanks for highlighting this wretched behavior. More basically, it is a terrible idea to elect judges where one person runs against another (as opposed to the Missouri Plan). Indeed, conduct like you highlight seems an inevitable consequence of contested elections. The most harmful aspect of contested judicial elections is that the process reinforces the notion (now adopted by both the far right and the far left) that judges are politicians in cheap black robes.

    All the best.



  2. Conrad
    March 13, 2017

    While I do appreciate the point that judicial elections are a bad idea, I do wonder what your source of the Churchill maxim was since he wasn’t known to be cynical about the voting public. I hope it wasn’t a Facebook image macro.

    Here are two quotes that are attributed to him regarding the voting public.

    “At the bottom of all the tributes paid to democracy is the little man, walking into the little booth, with a little pencil, making a little cross on a little bit of paper—no amount of rhetoric or voluminous discussion can possibly palliate the overwhelming importance of that point.” 10/31/1944 House of Commons

    “Democracy is no harlot to be picked up in the street by a man with a tommy gun. I trust the people, the mass of the people, in almost any country, but I like to make sure that it is the people and not a gang of bandits from the mountains or the countryside who think that by violence they can overturn constituted authority.” 12/8/1944 House of Commons


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