Citizens of Johnson County, on Nov. 4, will be asked to decide if we want to elect judges rather than continue with the current system of appointing them based on merit. What happens if we scrap this method in favor of a politicized election process?
Any lawyer, regardless of ability, reputation, skill, temperament or experience can become a judge if he or she can raise enough money and run a successful campaign for election.
Judges will become politicians, worried about and indebted to those who give them money for their campaigns.
Influence will become ingrained in the justice system, both criminal and civil.
Without stopping to consider what this really means, many of us might vote yes when we really mean to vote no. Here’s the choice. Do we discard our current merit-based selection system for one that invites influence-peddling and the potential for corruption?
I prefer that Johnson County keep selecting judges by merit. Don’t you?
Carefully read the wording on ballot Question 1. Vote no. The law and justice system should not be for sale in Johnson County.