Look, Your Honor, don’t get mad at us. We didn’t say it; one of your brethren did. From the WSJ Law Blog:
Even sitting justices in Ohio question the current system [of expensive judicial elections]. “I never felt so much like a hooker down by the bus station in any race I’ve ever been in as I did in a judicial race,” said Justice Paul Pfeifer.
“Everyone interested in contributing has very specific interests.” Of the special interests, Justice Pfeifer says: “They mean to be buying a vote . . . Whether they succeed or not, it’s hard to say.”
At first this quote struck us as odd. It leaves open the possibility that Justice Pfeifer previously felt “like a hooker down by the bus station,” just not as much as he does now.
But then we checked out his bio. Back when he practiced, he worked as a trial lawyer. Ahhh.
The Ohio Supreme Court: Justices for Sale? [WSJ Law Blog]
Campaign Cash Mirrors a High Court’s Rulings [New York Times]
Justice Paul E. Pfeifer bio [Supreme Court of Ohio]