1625The Threat to Judicial Independence - By Sandra Day O'Connor
- Aug 28, 2010
Wall Street Journal
SEPTEMBER 27, 2006
The Threat to Judicial IndependenceBY SANDRA DAY O'CONNOR
In November, South Dakotans will vote on a state constitutional amendment being advocated by a national group called "JAIL 4 Judges." If the amendment passes, it would eliminate judicial immunity, and enable a special grand jury to censure judges for their official legal determinations. Although the amendment's supporters claim they seek a "judicial accountability initiative law" (JAIL), they aspire to something far more sinister -- judicial intimidation. Indeed, the national Web site of JAIL 4 Judges boasts with striking candor that the organization "has that intimidation factor flowing through the judicial system."
It is tempting to dismiss this proposed amendment ...