Justice and Politics Do not Mix

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Essay #: 055747
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Justice and Politics Do not Mix
In most American court houses there is a statue of Justice, a female goddess, blindfolded. The idea here is that justice is to be meted out fairly without regard to gender, color,, ethnicity, or religious or political beliefs. However, that blindness seems to extend to those defendants before judges. It seldom, if ever, refers to the attorneys or the judges themselves. In fact, most judges, whether local, state, federal or even at the Supreme Court level are either elected or appointed based on political views and their merit may be secondary. Politics should not be a factor in who judges. The idea that state judges are elected by an electorate who seldom knows who the judges are and basically votes based on...
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..... necessary for any such judge to step aside in such a case. It took the Supreme Court top have to rule on something that could easily have been avoided, had there been no judges elected but appointed by merit in West Virginia.
The argument against voting for judges should not imply that judges are always, or even mostly, biased. However, the notion that elected judges better reflect public opinion is not a fair assessment of justice’s impartiality. Public opinion is just that- opinion, often unaware of laws and precedents or the fairness of judicial decisions and review. It is the law, strict adherence to the law, and majority opinion of an uneducated and often misinformed population that should be the basis for judges sitting on the bench.