Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Restore Limitations On Governor's Power.(Final)(Editorial)


Imagine for a moment you are governor, and a good friend -- who happens to be a judge -- is called before the state's 11-member Judicial Standards Commission on charges of misconduct.

This is the panel that reviews, in secret, complaints against judges and makes disciplinary recommendations to the state Supreme Court. Now, suppose your judge friend is cleared of wrongdoing by the panel members -- six of whom you just appointed.

Would that raise any concerns about the panelists' objectivity, the governor's political influence or the separation of judicial and executive powers?

Gov. Bill Richardson believes he has the power to make the appointments that would allow that worst-case scenario. …

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