UNC’s $437,000 Man crosses swords with Jones Street leaders

Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.  Mark Merritt is the general counsel for the UNC system.  He makes A LOT of money for being on the government payroll.  More than Dan Forest and Roy Cooper combined.  

He’s also the president of the North Carolina State Bar.  Here he is, as the prez, riling up his ambulance-chasing troops to oppose the General Assembly’s plans to reform the judiciary:

From: N.C. State Bar [mailto:NoReply@ncbar.gov]
Sent: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 2:38 PM
To: ncsb@ncbar.gov
Subject: Message from the President Regarding SB 698

NC State Bar Email
Message from the President Regarding SB 698

Dear Colleagues:

A bill has been introduced in the Senate that seeks to amend the North Carolina Constitution to provide for two-year terms of office for justices and judges. Today, Chief Justice Mark Martin released the following statement opposing that legislation:

Nowhere in America do voters elect their general jurisdiction judges for two-year terms of office. This is as it should be. Electing judges for two-year terms would force judges to campaign and raise money constantly, and would disrupt the administration of justice.

Judicial terms of office are longer than executive and legislative terms of office because judges have a different function. Judges are accountable, first and foremost, to the federal and state constitutions and to the law. They apply the law uniformly, and equal justice under law is the ultimate goal of any court system.

The people of North Carolina should have a meaningful role in the judicial selection and retention process, just as citizens of states around the country do. But two-year terms are not the answer.

I urge every lawyer to pay attention to this important issue.

With best regards,

Mark W. Merritt
President, North Carolina State Bar

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