Heritage Foundation: A defense of the elected judiciary

Deborah O’Malley writing at The Heritage Foundation: “The assault against elected judges has entered a new and more dangerous phase: Millions of dollars are being poured into efforts to promote ‘merit’ selection of state judges, a system in which unelected, unaccountable experts and special interests recommend for appointment—and in some cases select—judges as a way to combat politicization. Yet merit selection does not remove politics from the judicial selection process; it merely drags politics out of the public spotlight, much to the advantage of liberal special interests—and to the detriment of public accountability. While not perfect, judicial elections are far more effective than ‘merit’ selection as a means of promoting judicial independence and public accountability.”