Truth to Tell: Politics and the Judiciary

A recent US Supreme Court ruling opened the door to a practice previously prohibited by Minnesota’s Canon of Judicial Ethics. Judicial candidates may no longer be prevented from expressing opinions on issues that may come before the bench, perhaps in the process revealing a bias in favor of one side or another well before the facts are in and a ruling issued. Many legal types see this as turning the entire judicial branch of government into an expensive, nasty politically driven court system. Others insist that traditional elections open debate to reveal bias and make the judiciary more accountable. Former Governor Al Quie is spearheading a drive to create a state Constitutional amendment advocates believe addresses both impartiality and electoral accountability – retention elections.

On Wednesday, May 21st from 11am-noon, Truth to Tell's Andy Driscoll and Lynnell Mickelsen talk with Governor Quie and others about the pluses and minuses of a system that would place only previously incumbent judges before voters, but not directly elect newcomers.



MARK CHRONISTER, Director, Minnesotans for Impartial Courts