While conservatives are busy saying, “Attacks on judicial independence? What attacks on judicial independence?”, South Dakota has an amendment on the ballot this year allowing people to sue judges for making decisions they don’t like. And that’s not the half of it. The LA Times reports:
South Dakota’s Amendment E would have the most sweeping effect; it has drawn opposition from conservatives and liberals — including, in a rare show of unanimity, every member of the state Legislature.
Under the amendment judges in the state could lose their jobs or assets if citizens disliked how they sentenced a criminal, resolved a business dispute or settled a divorce. “We want to give power back to the people,” said Jake Hanes, a spokesman for the measure.
A special grand jury would evaluate citizen complaints against judges — and judges would not be presumed innocent. Amendment E explicitly instructs jurors to “liberally” tilt in favor of any citizen with a grievance, and “not to be swayed by artful presentation by the judge.”
Gee, what attacks on judicial independence.