Why should judges not be political?
I think they shouldn’t be barred from expressing their political and social views. They obviously have them.
It’s silly to act as if they don’t. Better to know who and what they are than to treat them as having no political and social values and opinions. I’d much rather know that my judge leans liberal or conservative because that way I’d know better how to formulate, couch, and present my arguments.
I’d rather deal with a judge whose values I know and who does his/her best to be impartial than to engage in a legal fiction. If I know a judge’s values then it’s easier (not harder) to determine whether the judge’s decisions are impartial.
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