Friday, August 13, 2010
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Gwinnett Daily Post
As a practicing lawyer for more than 32 years, I am deeply disturbed by Cal Thomas’ column (“One judge negates the will of 7 million voters,” Aug. 11, 6A) that states: “at least Caesar on occasion, was responsive to public opinion. Today, too many federal judges act more than dictators when it comes to the law.”
Unfortunately, Thomas does not appreciate or understand that our founding fathers believed in a separation of powers with three branches of government: executive, legislative, and judicial. The founding fathers had the foresight and wisdom to create a judiciary that acts independently from “public opinion.” Judges must base their decisions on facts and rules of law and not public opinion.
If federal and state court judges decided cases based upon the whims of public opinion the very foundation of our democracy would crumble as rapidly as Caesar’s empire. Thomas’s specious attack on our federal judges and system of government is ill-conceived and ill-informed, and should be rejected by all of us who respect the United States Constitution.
— Torin Togut