Ex-justice O'Connor shows contempt for public
TRAVERSE CITY — States must teach their students more about government or risk losing any future respect for laws and judicial rulings, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor told a dwindling group of the nation’s governors in Traverse City on Monday.
On the last day of the four-day National Governors Association conference at the Grand Traverse Resort, O’Connor said an uneducated public is responsible for recent harsh criticism of the judiciary.
She cited ballot initiatives in South Dakota and Colorado as examples.
In South Dakota, voters defeated a measure to strip governmental immunity from judges, opening them up to civil lawsuits from people who appeared in their courts. In Colorado, voters defeated a measure to put term limits on state Appeals and Supreme Court judges.
She also mentioned efforts to impeach federal judges.
By calling for more civic education, O'Connor is showing her contempt for the American public. It is very annoying for us to go to school for so many years and then be told that we're ignorant. About one-fourth of Americans are college graduates.
Judges misuse the judicial independence principle to try to discredit legitimate criticism of bad decisions.
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