Judges: Remedy for Unfitness

Illness, or age, or simple inertia may leave him unqualified for his job, but the judge who deals daily with the lives, liberty and property of people forced to come before him may have been appointed for life. If so, he can be fired only for gross misconduct. If he has been elected, it usually takes some sort of major scandal to unseat him. Is there no other way by which the honest but unfit judge can be removed from the bench when necessary?

The federal judiciary has no answer short of impeachment—a tactic successfully used only four times since 1789.


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