Friday, March 6, 2009

Are some judges for sale? And Above the Law?

Nels Ackerson

Do judges favor political cronies in deciding cases?

Yes, sometimes they do. Would a party’s million dollar campaign contribution influence a judge’s decision involving the party? Well, what do you think?

In more than 30 years of practicing law, I have appeared before hundreds of federal and state court judges who have done their best to apply the law impartially. Rarely have judges abused their duty of impartiality by putting personal relationships or political loyalties above the law.
But some have.

Let’s be clear: Judicial lawlessness, even if rare, is unacceptable. Abuse of the awesome power entrusted to judges is corruption of the highest order. No one, not even a judge — especially not a judge — should be above the law.


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