Washington DC: Judgment day
A string of rows over judicial independence has led to the creation of a new committee to evaluate the way judges are held to account. But with Congress and the judiciary still struggling for power over the courts, who is best placed to judge the judges? Gerry Cater reports
In the wake of a blistering speech by a key Capitol Hill lawmaker on the lack of judicial accountability, the pervasive criticism of a fellow Justice for failure to recuse himself in a high-profile case and the fear that Congress would pass a law on miscon-duct without the judiciary’s input, Chief Justice William Rehnquist of the US Supreme Court recently launched a review of the disciplinary system of the US federal courts.
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