In April of last year, the seven-member Supreme Court of Iowa ruled unanimously that the state law against same-sex marriage was a violation of equal rights. Last week, three of the justices faced a retention election and all three were thrown out by the voters. What's the message to other judges whose decisions might be unpopular? Fundraising for judicial campaigns has doubled in ten years to $206 million nationwide. Has that eroded voter confidence in judicial independence? Are judges the guardians of minority rights against public opinion or "legislators in robes" who should be accountable to the people?
Should Judges Be Elected?
Dennis Goldford - Drake University, Carrie Severino - Judicial Crisis Network - @jcnseverino, Bert Brandenburg - Justice at Stake Campaign - @JusticeStake, Joseph Grodin - former Justice, California State Supreme Court