There are benefits to appointing judges
In response to “Keep our courts voter-owned” (July 19 Opinion):
While most, but not all, states elect judges, the US is nearly alone among nations to do so.
While it is still open to debate, there is great concern that election of judges opens this independent branch of government to greater partisan and monetary corruption. Furthermore, many think it impor- tant to insulate judges from the popular will, encouraging independence and greater protection of the minority from infringement by the majority.
– Ann Ross, Charlotte