…Of his scheduled appearance at the swearing-in ceremony for the officers of the Rockdale County Democratic Party.
Georgia Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham has canceled a Saturday visit to Conyers to swear in new officers with the Rockdale Democratic Party.
[State Sen. John]Douglas (R – Social Circle) said he received a phone call from Benham Wednesday afternoon, and the justice agreed to cancel his visit.
“I think it’s clearly the best course of action for him, that he stay above the political battles,” Douglas said. “He told me on the phone that he did not realize it was a swearing-in for a political party and had he known that, he would have declined from the beginning.”
Benham was to swear-in the party’s new chairwoman, Ruth Wilson, along with several other new officers.
Source: 11/9/2007 Newton [County] Citizen article “Justice cancels visit to Conyers”
You’ll remember that last week I asked the question, “Should Supreme Court Justices officiate at political party events?”
I’m not sure if there’s a clear answer to that question, but I think Justice Benham made the appropriate decision not to officiate at the event. Democrat or Republican, it makes me uneasy to have nonpartisan judges taking a formal role at partisan events.