O'Connor warns of growing efforts at 'judicial intimidation' Brett Murphy at 2:58 PM ET
[JURIST] Retired US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor [OYEZ profile] warned Wednesday against growing efforts at "judicial intimidation" in the United States. In a Wall St. Journalop-ed O'Connor said that a recently-proposed South Dakota constitutional amendment [Amendment E text] to end judicial immunity, promoted in a what she called a "venomous" manner by a national group called JAIL 4 Judges [advocacy website], was but one instance of a troubling trend towards constraining and "scapegoating" the judiciary that has reached into Congress and even into the ranks of judges themselves. O'Connor noted in particular that threats and "inappropriate communications" directed towards judges have more than quadrupled in the last ten years, eroding judges' ability to remain independent and uphold the rule of law: "Judges who are afraid -- whether they fear for their jobs or fear for their lives -- cannot adequately fulfill the considerable responsibilities that the position demands."
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