Choosing a chief justice

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Disclosure of information should be the rule and not the exception. For one, the public has a right to know how the Court spends its budget, savings, and collections.

We need to know the caseloads of each justice, their backlogs, and the length of time it takes them to resolve cases.  

We need to have access, through the Court’s website, to information on pending public-interest cases, transcripts of oral arguments, and why justices take no part in certain cases. Some justices simply write “No part” or “No part for personal reasons” or “No part because of relations to party” when they sign decisions. Apparently, these justices do not feel accountable thus they do not see the need to explain.

Today, as many heave a collective sigh of relief after going through more than 4 months of an impeachment trial that divided the nation and caused us pain, we can only hope that the President will not squander this hard-fought moment. This is a big win for his anti-corruption program and call for transparency.

Choosing a chief justice based on politics and not on the principles and ideals the President holds dear will negate this momentous victory. -

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