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Judicial reform needed

Dear editor:

The selection of judges should not be political nor connected to a political process. The selection should be a nonpartisan process. A true nonpartisan "merit' selection" of judges is the only just way to have judges not influenced by political biases and appointed by elected politicians. To perform their constitutional duty, judges have to answer to the law and the constitution -- not to political pressure. There are people capable of non-biased justice. That is not what we have now. This nation needs judicial reform from the ground up. A nonpartisan panel should review applicants and select the top three of which one is to be selected. They should not be appointed by a politician and should not be put to a public vote designated Democrat or Republican nor voted with political bias. Judge candidates should not have a party designation by their names.

Depoliticizing the bench is as old as this nation but the insanity of politics and ignorance of the people continues to prevail. Alexander Hamilton said that "there is no liberty, if the power of judging be not separate from the legislative and executive powers." If judges had to depend on the "Executive or legislature" to keep their jobs, Hamilton wrote, judges would have "too great a disposition to consult popularity" instead of consulting "the Constitution and the laws," and we could not expect the "inflexible and uniform adherence to the rights of the Constitution, and of individuals, which we perceive to be indispensable in the courts of justice."

People capable of critical thinking would not want biased referees to preside over a game that is supposed to have an outcome based on true sportsmanship and fairness and determined by the abilities of the athletes. Your desire to have political judges is no better than someone bribing the referees to make rulings so their team will win. These people might be capable of wanting their team to win at any cost even by a disabling injury to the opposing teams best players.

Governing our nation and administering laws and justice is not a game to be influenced by bias, prejudice, and outside political forces. This is not a game to see which party can get the most points. It should be based on fairness and legal justice. The symbol of justice is a judge with a blindfold over her eyes. Those with bias and corrupt thinking and actions want to win at any cost. The Constitution and laws of this nation have been set up throughout its history to reduce and keep bribery and corruption out of its political offices and judges. Our democracy and justice cannot survive should such standards be ignored. We need people with a moral compass that desires justice enough to make the necessary changes. Until this is done we will never have liberty and justice for all.

Jerry Wayne Davis

Hot Springs

Editorial on 09/04/2019

Print Headline: Wednesday's Letter to the Editor

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