Massachusetts Criminal Attorney: The Judicial Selection Process
In many states, judges are elected to terms. Massachusetts judges, like their counterparts in the federal courts, are appointed for life. To qualify for judicial appointment in Massachusetts, the would-be judge must be licensed to practice law in Massachusetts. They must submit an application and undergo a background check. To qualify for the bench, such a lawyer, in reality, need possess no sparkling intellect, no successful track record as a lawyer, and no compassion for his fellow man. Indeed, many judges were, at best, mediocre trial lawyers. Too many judges tried not a single case as lawyers. Few of these judges demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the rules of evidence or of the rules of criminal procedure.
In Massachusetts, judges are usually culled from the available prosecutors employed by the area District Attorney’s Office, Attorney General’s Office, or the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Few Massachusetts criminal defense attorneys are appointed to the bench. Criminal defense lawyers are viewed as likely to be too lenient to preside over criminal cases. Prosecutors are, apparently, better entrusted with sentencing criminal defendants.
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