Comments: Blogaround

I just want to thank you: your blogarounds and roundups save me immense quantities of time. Actually, that's not true. If you didn't do it, I probably just wouldn't read most of it, or I'd hear about it much later. My time in blogspace is limited by real life, and I make very efficient use of it here.

The handcuffing of judges is turning what should be a balanced and independent system into a more French (also Japanese) style system in which the administrative branch (unelected and not responsible to anyone except their political masters) prosecutors have all the discretionary power.

Posted by Jonathan Dresner at March 19, 2004 01:56 PM

Timeliness is everything in the world o'blog. :) My blogarounds tend to be skimpy compared to most, but I'm glad to hear I'm not just linking to things everyone has already read.

The administrative branch's tendency to try and steer the judiciary's horse isn't new and in fact I think that kind of tension between the branches is a good sign - it shows that no one branch has yet managed to co-opt the power of the others.

At the same time, too much of this kind of squabbling also leads me to fear that one branch is, in fact, making an attempt to co-opt the power of another. It's tricky.

That's the thing about a "balance of powers" isn't it? "Balance" is a fairly delicate thing.

The system we have is robust and can withstand a fair amount of tinkering but I honestly do think this Administration goes too far.

Posted by Anne at March 19, 2004 04:10 PM