Removal of the Judicial branch?

January 24th, 2006

A bill that could replace the entire judicial branch of government jumped into the mix yesterday.

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette reports:

Six House Republicans on Monday passed a bill that some judges likened to a political coup…

“It’s hard to see this as anything other than a potential naked use of political power to remove five justices from the Court of Appeals and one justice from the Indiana Supreme Court,” said Court of Appeals Judge John T. Sharpnack.

What the bill (HB 1419 – not updated as of this posting) essentially does is replace the current members of the Judicial Nominating Commission with new, partisan members. These new members would then vote on retention recommendations – and their recommendations would actually show on a ballot that Hoosiers would vote on.

Setting aside the ridiculous notion that partisan “recommendations” could be allowed to appear on an actual voting ballot – this bill actually would throw out the existing judicial branch and replace them with Daniels appointees.

Seriously.

Can you imagine the uproar if a President of the United States tried to remove the all justices of the Supreme Court, as well as all of the federal appellate judges in order to replace them with his own nominees? Any President - Democrat or Republican – would be mercilessly pilloried.

In addition to the Journal Gazette, there was a brief mention in the Indianapolis Star, as well as mentions in the Indiana Law Blog and TDW. But no one else appears to be covering the issue yet.

Let me know if you have any feelings about this bill.

Entry Filed under: Indiana Courts

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  • 1. Masson’s Blog - A C&hellip  |  January 24th, 2006 at

    […] Other coverage of this bill is available at Rep. Dvorak’s site, The Indiana Law Blog, and Taking Down Words. This entry is filed under General. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site. Leave a Reply […]

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