Monday, July 11, 2011

Judges Leaving the Bench Due to Poor Salaries

NY Times story here.  Some of this is the predictable consequence of the neoliberal trends in American society over the past thirty years, which have eviscerated the public sector.  But the implications of this trend (if that is what it is) could end up posing a serious threat to the rule of law:  first, by lowering the quality of the judiciary; and second, at the extreme, by creating financial incentives for misconduct by judges desperate to augment their salaries.  We aren't at the latter point, yet, but if things continue the same way for another twenty years....

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