Our Views: Supreme Court falls short on accountability for Louisiana judges
The state Supreme Court, with a long history of protecting misbehaving judges instead of guarding the public, seems to finally be feeling the heat.
Before the coronavirus crisis sent them home, legislators were gearing up to force the court to open up its secret process for disciplining judges.
One productive idea is a constitutional amendment from state Rep. Jerome “Zee” Zeringue, a Houma Republican, that would give the Legislature, rather than the court, power over confidentiality rules for the Judiciary Commission, which handles discipline cases.
Last week, the court offered a menu of reforms, some of which move in the right direction. But the measures were tepid, and the court does not seem to appreciate how much reform voters expect if confidence in our justice system is to be restored.
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