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"MOTHERS AND BABIES WERE VICTIMS OF THE'
WAR IN THE KINGDOM OF WEST VIRGINIA a
THE DAY BOOK
N. D. Cocinan, LoQg 500 SaatfPeoria St.
' E65tar and Publisher. Gt,s Ta .Monroe .353.
VOL 2, NO. 221 Chicago, Tuesday, June 17, 1913
JUDGE CUTTING'S POWERFUL ARGUMENT JK
FAVOR OF NON-PARTISAN JUDICIARY
But Illinois Can Improve on the New York and Federal
Plans by Combining Non-Partisan Elections, ah In
definite Termof Office and Recall by the People,
' ' ' "2 - BY N. D. COCHRAN. '
In giving his reasons for resigning from the bench after thirteen years
of service, Judge Cutting again directs public attention to the need of radical
changes in the manner of electing judges.
"Under the present conditions." he says, "the judiciary is tied to the
tail of the political kite." He also said:
"As long as the permanency of a judicial position depends upon a
political party there will be inefficiency.
"I should prefer to remain on the bench if the term were long enough
to make it an object A four-year term of office is absurd. You will never
get the right type of men for the judiciary until you have a system either
like the New York one of a fourteen-year term or the federal system of
appointment for life."
Judge Cutting has'runfor office, four times and has never been de
feated. There is no reason why a judge who is satisfactory to the people
should be compelled to make a political campaign every four years, with all
the expense and politics that frequent campaigns necessitate.
Nor should any judge be nominated by a political party, Jot partyism
has nothing whatever to do with a man's fitness for judicial position, or
should have nothing to' do with it. Justice is neither Democratic, Repub
lican, Progressive or Socialist.
But I believe Illinois could improve on both the federal plan of life
tenure and the New York term of fourteen years.
I believe it would be much better to combine an indefinite term with
the power of recall held by the .people. Then once a judge was elected he
would be through with, politics and campaigning unless something occurred
to stir the people up to the point where they would demand his recall.
- The trouble 'With long terms or life terms is ihat It is too dSfflcntt to get