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Deliberation Materials: Corruption and Judicial Independence  

Should our democracy elect judges?

Blind Justice: Justice that is fair because it is neutral and objective. It weighs facts and law, but is “blind” to the relative wealth, status, or identity of those facing judgment. This concept comes from ancient Rome, where the goddess of justice, Justitia, was often depicted holding a set of scales and wearing a blindfold. But what happens when the system of justice is corrupted by outside influences? As John Wester observes, “All it takes is one bad judge to create enormous human misery.”