In Favor of Judicial Term Limits

RECEIVED Mon., Jan. 19, 2004

Dear Editor,
   I hope the Austin City Council imposes term limits on municipal court judges. It's ridiculous for judges to sit on that court for 10-20 years. I would think that two consecutive two-year terms would be sufficient. Over the years I have been in municipal court a few times. I was always struck by how "chummy" the judges, prosecutors, and police officers were with each other. Hopefully term limits on the judges would eliminate that. Term limits for the city prosecutors should also be considered.
   The council will be deciding in February if three of Austin's current municipal judges – Judge Mitchell Solomon, Judge Celia Castro, and Judge John Vasquez – will be replaced. I hope the council does appoint three new faces to the court as well as set term limits.
Thank you,
Fatima Burns
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