More Debate: ‘Williams-Yulee’ Alternately Applauded, Scorched

A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court in WashingtonIt might help to restore confidence in the Texas judiciary if judicial candidates were banned from directly soliciting campaign money, said an editorial in the (Bryan College Station) Eagle. It applauded a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding such a ban in Florida.

The Editorial Board asks every judicial candidate about the influence of money and every one says he or she pays no attention to that when making rulings,” the editorial said. “We have no reason to doubt them, but the appearance of improper influence doesn’t pass the proverbial smell test. How can we Texans be assured that decisions are, indeed, impartial?”

A critical view of the Supreme Court’s decision in Williams-Yulee vs. The Florida Bar came in an Elko (Nevada) Daily Free Press column by Thomas Mitchell. He called it “another volley in the ongoing campaign to have judges appointed by elite committees of lawyers and judges and not voted into office by ignorant citizens who don’t know a judicial canon from a howitzer.”