Thursday, September 9, 2010

O'Connor: Iowa Should Keep Judge Selection Process – by Mike Glover, September 8, 2010 - Associated Press – CBS LOCAL

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) ― Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor on Wednesday defended Iowa's method of selecting judges and urged voters to reject an effort to remove three state Supreme Court justices who joined in a unanimous decision striking down a ban on gay marriage.

Speaking in Des Moines as part of a panel organized by the Iowa State Bar Association, O'Connor said voters shouldn't punish judges when they disagree with their decisions.

"We have to address the pressures that are being applied to that safe place, the courtroom," O'Connor said. "The judges should not be subject to retaliation."

O'Connor Decries Republican Attacks on Courts
by Nina Totenberg
March 10, 2006 - National Public Radio (NPR)

Newly retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor took on conservative Republican critics of the courts in a speech Thursday. She told an audience at Georgetown University that Republican proposals, and their sometimes uncivil tone, pose a danger to the independence of the judiciary, and the freedoms of all Americans.

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