Sunday, November 28, 2004

Opposing Lifetime Tenure

Norman Ornstein has a good article on ending the lifetime tenure of the judiciary.

The thought has occurred to me before, not just for the Supreme Court, and not just as a contingency.

Ornstein gives several good reasons, although the role of the Senate deserves more consideration.

I think it unreasonable to expect the 100 most opinionated and least self-effacing people in America to accept their own impending mortality when considering judges. They know the judges they vote on will outlive them, and judicial appointments offer them a chance to fix their legacy as with no other legislation.

1 comment:

Karl Maher said...

Lots of discussion and info on this topic at Vote for Judges.