judicial independence, federal judges, state judges, Article III judges, judicial interference, decisional independence, institutional independence, politicians, partisan criticism


This roundtable discussion poses the question of whether there is a threat to judicial independence in the United States today and, if so, what it is, to a panel of five judges composed of Honorable William H. Walls, Honorable Edward R. Becker, Honorable Morton I. Greenberg, Honorable Jan E. DuBois, and Honorable Stanley Sporkin. Some discuss what they consider the great stall by a partisan majority Senate to confirm judicial nominations, while others argue they have encountered no threat to their judicial independence, which allows for unpopular decisions to be made. Another concern discussed is that for state judges that get beat up by politicians if they do not come down with the kinds of decisions politicians like, which becomes problematic since many state judges have to run for re-election.

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