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If the public sees judges as politicians in robes, its confidence in the courts and in the rule of law can only diminish, diminishing the court's power, including its power to act as a check on other branches, that authority, like the rule of law, depends on trust... that the court is guided by legal principle, not politics.
You can't say never, if it always holds, we wouldn't have Brown versus Board [ of Education ]. But, if it never holds, we're really in trouble in terms of the stability of the law. Okay ? Wonderful. This has occurred to you, this problem. And do you have anything to say that will help me decide this kind of balance ?
The apparent reason has nothing to do with the heinousness of their crimes, apparently the reason the State decided to proceed with these eight executions is that the 'use by' date of the state's execution drug is about to expire. In my view, that factor, when considered as a determining factor separating those who live from those who die, is close to random.
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