The PJ Tatler

Report: Soros trying to end judicial elections to pack the courts with leftists

Spooky Dude doesn’t spend millions of dollars for no reason.

Most non-federal judges around the country are selected by voters in elections. But some states use a process called “merit selection” in which a committee – often made up of lawyers – appoints judges to the bench instead.

Soros has spent several million dollars in the past decade in an attempt to get more states to scrap elections and adopt the merit method. Supporters say it would allow judges to focus on interpreting the law rather than on raising campaign funds and winning elections.

What that would actually do is remove judicial accountability — that’s the point. As seen in Iowa in 2010, accountability can be a powerful deterrent to judicial activism. Can’t have that!

“The left can’t get their agenda through the legislatures anymore … so they think they can get their agenda through by taking over the courts,” attorney Colleen Pero, author of a new report titled “Hijacking Justice,” told FoxNews.com.

Pero’s report found that Soros, through his Open Society Institute fund, has given $45 million over the last decade to “a campaign to reshape the judiciary.” But that number is hotly contested by Justice at Stake, the group that got the most Soros money. …

In an analysis of the Open Society Institute’s tax returns from the last ten years, FoxNews.com found more than $5 million was explicitly earmarked for projects about either “merit selection” or “judicial selection.”

For example, OSI reported giving $90,000 to Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts in 2007 to “expand and grow a coalition in support of merit selection.” It also reported giving $50,000 to Justice at Stake in 2006 to support “public education regarding merit selection.”

OSI gave another $7 million-plus to Justice at Stake, or to partner organizations with specific directions to support JAS’s activities.

Dr. Evil hates democracy. When it gets in his way, he throws money around to try to thwart it.