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The CJ gets smacked.

Georgia’s top judge has agreed to pay $3,100 in fines for violating state ethics laws.
Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears will pay the sum from her own wallet, not her campaign coffers, as part of a pair of consent orders approved by the state Ethics Commission on Thursday.

Sears was facing ethics complaints from her 2004 re-election campaign. They alleged that the state’s first female chief justice accepted contributions exceeding the state’s $5,000 legal limit, including one $20,000 donation from a law firm. Sears also acknowledged misreporting some campaign finance information as part of Thursday’s consent order.

Can’t we just get rid of judicial elections and go to an appointments system? Maybe an appointments system that requires re-appointment every, say, ten years or something?

9 comments

  1. Bill Simon says:

    No, we cannot, Erick. Furthermore, have you lost your mind?

    Elections are the only voice we get in this state and we should be able to pick and choose who we want in all 3 branches of government, NOT depend on the KING’s viewpoint.

  2. LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

    Electing Judges and Sheriffs is just an odd concept to me. If you don’t like the appointees, then vote out of office the person who appointed them.

  3. dorian says:

    Bill is spot on. Have you lost your mind? And why in the blue he11 would you ever want to give the legislature that idea? I shudder to think what a disaster it would be to have this legislature appoint judges.

  4. wmo says:

    Well, I would actually like to see a appointment/retention system for judicial office. Judges are appointed for open positions by the governor, then stand for “retention” every 4 years instead of reelection. If the voters choose to “vote out” the sitting judge, it creates an open position which must be filled by appointment.

  5. juliobarrios says:

    It would be a Constitutional amendment to appoint judges and therefore must go on the ballot. From what I’ve been told this idea has been on the ballot in the past in Georgia and has gone down in flame every time.

  6. Still Looking says:

    An independent judiciary is essential. The founding fathers figured this out and we should heed their direction. Some of their thinking was elitist, but wise. Judges must make their decisions regardless of the immediate public opinion.

  7. Doug Deal says:

    I do not think appointment or election is inherently superior to one or the other. The key is to have a mixture of different ways to select members of government so that everyone is not coming from the same point of view.

    Take the old way the Federal government worked. Senate was appointed by the legislature, House elected by the people, the President elected by electors whose method or election is selected by the legislature.

    That means several points of view have to come together in order for anything to be done. This is a good thing. Assuming elections are the one superior method means tyranny of the majority becomes a greater possibility. Majorities do not need government protections, minorities do.

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