Leehey: An open letter to Kraig Paulsen (IowaStateDaily)
I vehemently protest the impeachment of the judges. To impeach the judges for the ruling that equal protection forbids a ban on same-sex marriage would be an attack on the institution of the judiciary. The judges are meant to be merit-based, non-political entities; a check against the potentially oppressive will of the majority. Impeaching the judges because some or even most Iowans disagree with their interpretation of the Constitution would further politicize the Iowa Supreme Court, and would make the meaning of the law subject to the whim of the crowd.
I find it irresponsible of you to outsource a decision of this magnitude to whomever takes the time to respond to you. Is it not enough that Iowans vote on judge retention on our election ballots? Perhaps you believe that if "the people" want our justices impeached for political reasons, that those reasons somehow become validated through popularity. Speaker Paulsen, no matter how many Iowans want the judges impeached, the character of a decision to do so remains the same.
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