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Voters are Too Stupid, So I Quit

Posted by Adam Graham on May 24, 2007

I find this decision very troubling:

Idaho Supreme Court Justice Linda Copple Trout is leaving her term early so his successor can be appointed by Gov. Butch Otter, not chosen by voters.

Trout, 55, who will retire in late July after more than 25 years as an Idaho judge, said she is more comfortable having a committee screen possible successors for Otter than have voters try to pick her replacement.

“There are a lot of problems with the system, but the biggest problem is people don’t know how to make a choice on who would make a good judge,” Trout said. “I want to give enough opportunity for my successor to get in there and get some experience and let people see them and their work product before they run for the seat.”

Justice Schoeder’s decision didn’t bother me because it was a standard retirement. What Justie Trout is doing seems to be a cirumvention of the normal process. While, I don’t care for it, it’s the law. However, it seems a new tradition is being made here.

We’ll have 2/5 of our high court chosen by the Judicial Council until these seats come up for election and that’s troubling. Why not go to straight Gubenatorial Appointment and cut out the middle man? And how about we actually change the law to do that.


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