by Richard C. Dieter, Esq.
Executive Director, Death Penalty Information Center
Persons who undertake the task of administering justice
impartially should not be required--indeed, they should not be permitted--to
finance campaigns or to curry the favor of voters by making predictions
or promises about how they will decide cases before they have heard any
evidence or argument. A campaign promise to "be tough on crime," or to
"enforce the death penalty," is evidence of bias that should disqualify