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Burbank Fears Waning Support for Independent Judiciary 1 - 2

Professor Stephen Burbank used a big stage and a prominent audience in Washington to convey his concern that support for an independent judiciary could erode under the assault of special interest groups.

During last September's discussion on the state of the judiciary, attended by five Supreme Court justices and influential former office holders, Burbank warned of growing pressures on the courts to accede to popular opinion.

"Given what we know about public knowledge of and attitudes towards courts today," said Burbank, "and about the incentives and tactics of the interest groups that are involved in judicial selection, there is reason to fear that the distinction between support for courts irrespective of the decisions they make and support that depends upon those decisions, will disappear."

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