Justice O’Connor Strikes Pessimistic Tone On Judicial Confirmations

Earlier this week, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lamented the fact that she probably could not be confirmed to the Supreme Court today because of the women’s rights work she did for the ACLU. At a speech to University of Montana law students yesterday, retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor expressed little hope that the situation will improve. “There isn’t anything that can be done until this nation decides it doesn’t need that much controversy over anything.” Just as significantly, O’Connor warned that many states’ system of electing judges is a invitation to corruption. When O’Connor had to run to become a state judge, “I had to raise money. Who gave me money? The very lawyers most likely to appear before me.”