Elected clerks aren’t the only politicians with an undue role in the judicial system. Usually, the eight-member Governor’s Council has seemed like a little-noticed vestige of colonial times, like a Latin motto. But now, thanks to a few councilors whose clownish antics have been an embarrassment to the state, it doesn’t seem quite so harmless. The council has become a deterrent to qualified judicial applicants who don’t want to run through this gantlet of grandstanding. It’s past time to abolish the body, and transfer its few responsibilities to the Legislature.
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