In recent years, politics has played an increasing role in many judicial campaigns. But Illinois Appellate Court Justice Lisa Holder White told a gathering of the the McLean County Bar Association that citizens need to be assured their judges are acting independent of political concerns.
"When you think about what type of person you want deciding your case, you want someone to decide based on the law and the facts, not based on what will get them the highest ratings, not based on what is going to make them popular."
Holder White spoke on American Democracy and the Rule of Law at the bar association's annual Law Day luncheon. Holder White will be on the November ballot seeking her first full term as an appellate judge. She was appointed to the Fourth District, which is based in Springfield and includes McLean County and 29 other central Illinois counties, last December following the death of Justice John McCullough. Holder White is the first African American woman to serve on the appellate panel in that district.
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