“Merit selection” of state judges sounds virtuous. But it would disenfranchise the public, stripping citizens of their right to vote for, and select, those who control the third branch of state government: the judiciary.
Critics of elected judges complain about political spending in state judicial races. Yet the complaint rings hollow; these same critics have poured millions of dollars into politically coordinated campaigns to switch to a system of judicial selection by unelected “expert” commissions.
Originally appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times