Archive for Saturday, February 6, 2016

Letter: Frightening thought

February 6, 2016


To the editor:

I got a laugh out of Stephen Ware’s comments that the current Kansas judicial selection system is “undemocratic, extreme and secretive” and that “(i)n a democracy, everybody’s vote ought to be worth the same.” (Journal-World, Feb. 4).

Tell you what, Mr. Ware, the next time you go into the hospital for brain surgery, we’ll let the managers of the concessions shops in the lobby vote on which doctor you’ll get. 

I, too, am an attorney, and although I’m not particularly proud of it, neither am I ashamed of it. It’s a job that requires specialized training and knowledge, just like most others. I don’t know anything about plumbing and I would guess most plumbers don’t know much about the legal system. And that’s fine. We rely on the other’s specialized skills.

Do you really want a one-issue right-wing ideologue like Sam Brownback to have the power to choose our Supreme Court justices? The thought frightens me.


Aaron McGrogor 2 years, 3 months ago

"Do you really want a one-issue right-wing ideologue like Sam Brownback to have the power to choose our Supreme Court justices?"

I read the article you mentioned. That's not what Mr. Ware was saying. Your hospital analogy fell flat too. You may want to re-read the article.

Sam Crow 2 years, 3 months ago

Under the logic of Warrick, only KNEA members would have the majority vote on school board members.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 2 years, 3 months ago

Do you really want voters to select the judiciary in Kansas? The same clueless voting public that succumbed to the Koch Industries Regime attack ads and elected the useless public officials we now have in Topeka?

Do you REALLY want to inflict the chaos on the judicial system that has been done in the Kansas government by easily duped voters??


Sam Crow 2 years, 3 months ago

Twenty two states elect Supreme Court Justices by a common election process, either partisan or nonpartisan.

Among those states are liberal bastions such as Minnesota, Illinois, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nevada, and Pennsylvania.

Only Kansas turns over the choosing of the majority of its nominating commission to the bar association.

Bob Smith 2 years, 3 months ago

You are painting with an overly broad brush, Fred.

George Lippencott 2 years, 3 months ago

You know it is not either/or!! There are wide vaiations across our sister states in how the judiciary is selected.

In some they are elected directly.
In some they are appointed by the elected executive. In some they are appointed subject to elected legislative agreement. In some a panel is added to the appointment process to make sure the anointed one meets a set of criteria.(insure quality) In Kansas (and a few other states) a small group of un-elected attorneys have a very significant impact on the choice.

Seems to me we can reduce the elitism inherent in our system without losing the quality we so desire.

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