Thursday, September 20, 2007
Intimidation of Judges is the Real Goal
Ever wonder why Jeff Roe would attack Judge Brown from Cole County even though he never met Judge Brown or the person running against him? Why start the Adam Smith Foundation to pick on Supreme Court judges and the Missouri Nonpartisan Court Plan? Why would Blunt pick on a Republican he was putting on the Supreme Court? We all knew the answer was intimidation, but who would have thought Jeff Roe would admit it?
Check out The Source, Jeff Roe's blog. There's a post entitled Is Conservative Criticism Correcting the Courts? Yes, there has been lots of criticism. Yes, judges are human and have to think in the back of their mind that they could be next on the hit list for simply doing their job. The Source goes about making the case that conservative criticism has effected two recent decisions by a Cole County judge.
As someone who idealizes a judge's role as to be fair, neutral, apply the law and precedent, I hope that no judge has to consider the political ramifications of a legal decision. That would be, dare I say, judicial activism. At least Jeff Roe, Matt Blunt and his bullies are being honest - they want to intimidate judges to rule their way. I sure hope that is not what is being taught in civics classes.