Judging Judges

Peter Cook: Yes, I could have been a judge but I never had the Latin, never had the Latin for the judging, I just never had sufficient of it to get through the rigourous judging exams. They're noted for their rigour. People come out saying, "My God, what a rigourous exam"--and so I became a miner instead. A coal miner. I managed to get through the mining exams--they're not rigourous, they only ask one question, they say, "Who are you", and I got 75 percent on that.
TChris of Talk Left explains why a judge's values matter, i.e., why the prevailing right wing caricature of judicial neutrality is a myth.

Nevertheless, as Amanda Marcotte observes, there are still a few objective, value-neutral qualifications for a judicial appointment these days.

[TalkLeft, Pandagon]

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