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Editorial: Judicial Indifference

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Quick question:  Who was the judge who presided over the Ariel Castro case?  How about the Anthony Sowell trial?

If you had trouble answering, you're not alone.  Despite extensive news coverage of court cases, the public is largely clueless when it comes to identifying the men and women who serve as our judges.

Now, this alone wouldn't be all that disturbing except for the fact it's we the public who elect those judges in the first place. Which may explain why forty percent of the folks who voted in the last general election in Cuyahoga County didn't bother to vote for any judicial candidate.  None.

Even more disturbing, many voters who actually do cast judicial ballots admit knowing little if anything about any of the candidates. Uh, no wonder two sitting county judges were indicted in recent years on corruption charges.

Ohio Supreme Court Judge Maureen O'Conner is suggesting major reforms in the way we elect our judges.  And we strongly agree with that.

Write and let me know what you think.  I'm Bill Applegate and here's the address.

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