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Stop electing court clerks

All of the political mudslinging leading up to Thursday’s primary win by Maura Hennigan, the clerk of the criminal division of Suffolk Superior Court, clarified only one thing: Her position — and related administrative jobs in counties across the state — should be appointed.

To protect the judicial process against the vagaries of public opinion, Massachusetts rejects the election of judges. Judicial independence is seen as key in making decisions that affect a defendant’s life and liberty. Yet judges and administrators of the Trial Court aren’t deemed fit to appoint the superior court clerks who preserve their files and oversee court fees.

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