TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Dec 2, 2016

Washington Post opinion writer Robert Gebelhoff argues in a recent piece that judicial elections are looking “more and more like other legislative elections,” illustrating the trend toward politicization of the court system. Gebelhoff cites this year’s record-breaking spending on judicial campaigns as well as the influx of partisan rancor in judicial races as two indications of this trend. And what makes this so dangerous, he argues, is that the “legitimacy of our courts is based solely on the public’s trust in the law” and if the public does not trust the impartiality of judges, the entire system becomes “desperately ill."