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1625The Threat to Judicial Independence - By Sandra Day O'Connor

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      Wall Street Journal
      SEPTEMBER 27, 2006

      The Threat to Judicial Independence


      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 ...