Monday, October 03, 2005

Umpires, Judges, and Elections

I criticized a Minnesota Supreme Court Justice here for glossing over the difference between elected judges and appointed judges. Attorney Greg Wersal won some important victories allowing those campaigning for elected state judgeships to express their views. Like his former election opponent, Wersal also misunderstands the federal appointment process in this letter to the editor:

Are judges mere umpires? Does anyone believe that?

Judges create and enforce policy. It was judges who changed the policy of the Old South of separate but equal. It was judges who limited the power of government and gave power to those accused of a crime by creating and enforcing a policy that the police must advise those arrested of their Miranda rights.

No, judges are not mere umpires; they are policymakers.

The Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee did a miserable job in questioning John Roberts, President Bush's nominee for chief justice of the Supreme Court, because they failed to attack the false assumption that judges are mere umpires.

Greg Wersal, St. Louis Park.


Blogger Derek Jensen said...

We could have had Janice Rogers Brown. Instead we get the spinster former head of the Texas Lottery Commission. Thanks Bush

October 03, 2005 12:00 PM  

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