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GOVERNORS MEETING
(2007-07-24)
(wgvu) - - JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE IS UNDER
ATTACK FROM VOTERS AND POLITICIANS WHO DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT COURT
RULINGS MUST BE BASED ON THE LAW INSTEAD OF WHAT IS POPULAR.
THAT'S ACCORDING TO FORMER SUPREME COURT JUSTICE SANDRA DAY
O'CONNOR. SHE SPOKE TODAY IN TRAVERSE CITY DURING THE ANNUAL
MEETING OF THE NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION.
O'CONNOR URGED THE GOVERNORS TO PUSH FOR IMPROVED CIVICS
INSTRUCTION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS.
SHE SAID ASSAULTS ON JUDICIAL AUTHORITY HAVE SURFACED AROUND THE
COUNTRY. THEY INCLUDE EFFORTS TO STRIP THE COURTS OF JURISDICTION
OVER CERTAIN TYPES OF CASES.
O'CONNOR WARNED THAT AMERICAN DEMOCRACY WILL BREAK DOWN UNLESS
JUDGES ARE ABLE TO DECIDE CASES WITHOUT FEAR OF RETALIATION.

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