From Bryan Fischer of the Idaho Values Alliance
Warren Jones is the newly appointed Idaho Supreme Court justice, obtaining his position through an appointment process instead of through the direct election process spelled out by our state constitution.
Based on his interview with the Idaho Judicial Council, Jones seems inclined to repeat the pattern established by Justice Schroeder and Justice Trout, of circumventing the constitution by retiring early so that the choice of his successor is placed in the hands of an unelected committee rather than being in the hands of voters, where it belongs.
Jones was asked in his interview whether he preferred the appointment method or the direct election method of selecting judges. Jones said that the “best process is the appointment process,” because a direct election “opens up the process too much” to political dynamics. He said nothing about the constitutional directive that, politics or not, the selection of justices should be in the hands of the electorate.
This naturally raises questions about how strictly he will interpret the constitution. If he is able to cavalierly set aside the constitution when it comes to the election of judges, why would he not do the same with some other part of the constitution he happens to dislike?
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