Editorial

The wrong way to appoint a justice

Monday, October 24, 2016

Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have indicated that they have litmus tests to apply to potential future appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court.

That was never the intent of giving authority to the President to appoint justices with the advice and consent of the Senate.

A President should respect the independence and dignity of the judiciary as a co-equal but non-political branch of government.

The overall philosophy of a potential Supreme Court justice regarding how to apply the Constitution to contemporary society is a valid area of inquiry, but seeking assurance on how a decision will be made on a specifically defined hypothetical case is not valid.