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Howard Bashman points to an intriguing article from Mother Jones magazine, "The Bible Bench," examining the growing influence of Christian conservatives in shaping the state court bench. After describing three campaigns to unseat judges perceived as liberal, reporter Margaret Ebrahim writes:

"In the future, such confrontations promise to become more systematic, as religious conservatives across the country examine judges and smite the ones who don’t obey God's law, as they see it, or fail to agree with their interpretation of the Constitution. With 87 percent of the nation's 11,000 state judges having to face voters in some type of election, the right's well-funded assault on the courts could have a tremendous impact, not just on obvious issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage, school vouchers, medical research, and school prayer, but on the way justice is delivered day by day."

Perhaps the best quote in the article comes from retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor:

"We must be ever-vigilant against those who would strong-arm the Judiciary into adopting their preferred policies."

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on April 27, 2006 at 11:51 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)


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