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favor any such plan, the people will never stand for it; and the-people
would be foolish to stand for it.
The lack of respect for law and for courts is not because there is any-thing-wrong
with the people, but because there is something the matter
with both the law and the courts; and probably there; is more the matter
with the courts than the law.
The election of-judges as Republicans or Democrats is partly to blame,
because under the party system a judge can't be elected unless he is nom
inated, and he has to accept the nomination from the hands of the political
bosses who control nominating conventions, or party machines that control
nominating primary elections.
When a political boss holds the nominating power in his hands, he holds
the official life of judges in his hands.
When Boss 'Cox of Cincinnati was 'in power he made and unmade
judges. On one occasion he sent for circuit judges to come to his office over
the Mecca saloon in Cincinnati and instructed them to reverse a decision
of the lower court
One judge rebelled and Boss Cox took him off the bench by refusing
to renominate him. The judges who obeyed orders and reversed the case
continued to bask in the sunlight of Boss Cox's .favor and to sit on. a pol
luted bench. -
There have been good judges on the bench, of course, but there have
been some mighty rotten ones; and wherever a rotten judge sits on the
bench law doesn't mean justice and there is deserved contempt of court
and of the law as interpreted by a rotten judge.
It has been a common thing in the past for lawyers Who have sold "their
talent and their souls to corporations to make it- a part of their business to
bring about the nomination of judges to whose courts they would have
back-door entry. -
All over" this country law firms have built up a big business by "having
it become known that they controlled certain judges.
They would put judges on the bench through connivance with political
bosses and machines, and then sell their pull with those judges to the
There are lawyers, who have built up a paying business because of their
willingness to buy witnesses, bribe 'jurors and do anything necessary to win
for their clients.
Corporations have not only employed lawyers to try their cases but
"claim" agents whose business it was to fix juries, to buy coiincilmen and
Such lawyers as play that game are legal prostitutes who have less ex
cuse for selling their talents and knowledge of the law to high-toned cor
poration burglars in order to make money than an underpaid girl has for
selling her body in order to live.
It is not the fault of the "people that courts and lawyers are in bad
repute; and the matter cannot be mended by taking away from the people
the right to elct fudges.
A much better way io go about it would be to have non-partisan elec-
tions, nomination by petition, and tenure of office during good behavior
with the right to recall at any time by the people.- There would be little
danger of an honest judge being recalled, and he wouldn't have to run every
few years and make terms with politicians to get votes. ,
Some lawyers are so accustomed to spouting and making speechesrthat
they cure all evils with -their 'mouths and with laws. Yet they have the