Wow this seems like pure unadulterated horse hockey:
Apparently they are even after the Robed Ones up in Tally, according to this email I received from "Citizens for an Independent Judiciary":
This general election, several Florida Supreme Court Justices are on the ballot for “merit retention,” and we urge you to vote to keep them on the bench. All Florida Supreme Court Justices must appear on the ballot every six years—a process that gives the people an opportunity to vote against justices who have acted unethically.Ok, I agree with all that. There are important institutional purposes behind retaining appointed judges, even the axiomatic ones.
This year, however, the justices on the ballot are being targeted for their legal opinion concerning a SINGLE issue. This is one precedent that should not be established and will lead us down a dangerous road. Don’t allow these esteemed justices to be ousted because of a single legal opinion. The simple truth is removing these justices from the bench would be a gross abuse of the merit-retention process, which is designed to oust members of the judiciary who have proven themselves unfit for office; it is never intended to be a political referendum based on a single opinion.
The email continues:
All of these justices are people of great experience, education and integrity, and they have done their best to render justice based on facts and law applicable to each case—not the popular political climate at the moment.
"Great experience, education and integrity"?
Well let's not go overboard.
Still, they are our Robed Ones and certainly deserved to be retained, particularly in the face of an ugly under the radar, highly partisan smear campaign.
You can learn about efforts to protect the independence of our judiciary from these unfair political attacks here.