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You Get the Judges You Pay For

Unter diesem Titel hat die New York Times heute ein Editorial zu der Tatsache, dass in 39 der amerikanischen Bundesstaaten Richter in ihr Amt gewählt werden.

“In 39 states, at least some judges are elected. Voters rarely know much, if anything, about the candidates, making illusory the democratic benefits of such elections. Ideally, judges should decide cases based on the law, not to please the voters. But, as Justice Otto Kaus of the California Supreme Court once remarked about the effect of politics on judges’ decisions: ‘You cannot forget the fact that you have a crocodile in your bathtub. You keep wondering whether you’re letting yourself be influenced, and you do not know.'”


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