It feels like we’re buying justice

“Unseemly” and “unsavory” are the words associated with the practice of electing judges. It feels like buying justice.

Let me be clear: I am not calling into question the integrity of the judges. I am calling into question the integrity of the system that elects judges. I just received a phone call from a solicitor wanting to know my thoughts concerning the candidates? I find that line of questioning unethical, reprehensible and immoral. How did we arrive at this place and accept it as the norm?

It is blasphemous to think that in our society, a nation supposedly dedicated to justice, that we spend money to buy justice. I am not naive, but instead infuriated by the notion of electing judges. Why in the world do I receive phone calls concerning this matter?

I am asked: What are my favorable and unfavorable opinions of Judges A, B and C? I find this line of questioning unsavory. We need a civil commission to make these decisions. We need citizens who have no stake other than justice being served. We should be looking at who is buying justice and be outraged. This unsavory practice should be abolished. I rest my case.

Rick Moniz


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