TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on Jun 12, 2014

The Memphis Flyer writes that judicial endorsements by political parties are a bad idea, and that although our political system thrives on the play of special interests, judges are different. "They have the same function regarding the civil and criminal aspects of society as referees do in sports," the paper says. "The ultimate check-and-balance is the independent judiciary. Judges don't make the rules, but once the rules are made, judges enforce them. Without bias. That, in any case, is how it is supposed to be." Saying that parties' recommendations should be ignored because they are not based on evaluating the legal credentials of the candidates, the paper adds that when the Memphis Bar Association's local candidate poll comes out later this month, "those are judgments that might mean something."