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Ternus: Keep judges insulated from politics

DES MOINES - Top Iowa judicial and legal officials Monday warned against efforts to politicize the state's process for selecting judges or turn judicial retention votes into referenda on particular decisions.

                       

"It would be a terrible step backwards" if Iowa judges were elected rather that being insulated from politics via the current merit-based judicial nominating process, said Marsha Ternus, chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court. "It would change the entire nature of the judiciary."

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Chief Justice Ternus is being naive if she thinks that politics or ideologies don’t come into play in our current judicial process.
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When she lets her underage son and his friends consume alcohol at her house, she is father behind in many things. She should concentrate on obeying the law that she represents before thinking about more complicated things. Many of us parents out here are miles ahead of her.

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Judges should be elected and yes they should be voted out when they don't do their jobs and get lazy.

oh yea remember to vote no to any judge that hasn't had positive feedback from this site.

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I see both sides of the issue. However, the real problem is not if a judge is elected or appointed but rather accountability once a judge gets into office.

Having the Iowa Supreme Court police judges does not work. Perhaps an independent branch of gov't should be created just for the purpose of monitoring judges?

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"Political reasons have not the requisite certainty to afford juridical interpretation. They are different in different men. They are different in the same men at different times. And when a strict interpretation of the Constitution, according to the fixed rules which govern the interpretation of laws, is abandoned, and the theoretical opinions of individuals are allowed to control its meaning, we have no longer a Constitution; we are under a government of individual men, who for the time being have the power to declare what the Constitution is, according to their own views of that it ought to mean." Dred Scott v.Sanford, 19 How. 393, 620 (1857) (Curtis, J., dissenting).
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