Opinion: Keep Politics Out of the Courthouse

Ruth McGregor, retired chief justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, and Randall Shepard, retired chief justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, write in the Washington Post that “in state capitals across the nation, there are disturbing efforts by partisans, politicians and special interests to intimidate our courts.” They start by looking at the political response to a decision by the Oklahoma Supreme Court to grant a stay in an execution, which led the governor to proclaim she would disregard the ruling and a state legislator to introduce a resolution to impeach the justices. They also look at developments in Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina and Tennessee, where a “multi-million dollar effort” threatens to “turn judges into politicians in black robes.”