A North Dakota Republican legislator has introduced a bill to give the military the power to “investigate complaints against any judge in the state” and conduct disciplinary and removal hearings.
Those powers currently belong to the judicial conduct commission, a seven-member group made up of two judges, one lawyer and four citizens who aren’t involved in the law.
As the legal blog Gavel to Gavel first pointed out, Rep. Jeffery Magrum’s bill would kick all the legal experts off the commission and require that all seven members “must be active or retired military.”
Under Magrum’s House Bill 1313, the members would all be picked by the state adjutant general, a military official who commands National Guard soldiers. Under current law, four of the members are picked by the governor and the other three by law-related state associations.
Letting the military oversee the judicial branch: what could go wrong?
Correction: The lawmaker’s name is spelled Jeffery, not Jeffrey.