Independent judiciary a cornerstone of democracy
Two of the cornerstones of American democracy are a free press and an independent judiciary.
Respecting the independence of both is crucial to the success of a free society. I oppose Judge Aaron Persky’s recall because of its potential to cause serious harm to judicial independence. I appreciate that our legal system is dependent on judges who apply the law, without fear of retribution for making difficult or controversial decisions. The recall undermines this important role.
The Commission on Judicial Performance reviewed complaints about Judge Persky and concluded that he did not abuse his authority, he did not display bias and the sentence was lawful. The recall effort sets a dangerous precedent. A judge who has followed the law should not be recalled merely because of an unpopular decision.