Courts deserve scrutiny, not scorn

"In a representative democracy, no official and no branch of government should be above scrutiny. But there’s an important distinction between scrutiny and contempt."

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Opinion

July 20, 2020 - 9:26 AM

Kansas Judicial Center

Early on, the United States’ experiment using three branches of government to check and balance one another could have taken a ruinous turn.

By Julie Doll A Kansas contributor

Before leaving the White House in defeat in 1801, John Adams sought to ensure that Federalist philosophy would dominate the judicial branch by appointing a bunch of new judges.

His political enemy and the new president, Thomas Jefferson, attempted to thwart the last of these appointments, one made to William Marbury.

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