Trust in the Supreme Court is routinely higher than in either the President or Congress, but this is not necessarily good news for the Justices. My own view is that growing skepticism about the Court is the product of judicial sprawl. The Court is seen, all too often correctly, as adopting the policy views of the majority of its members at any one time, rather than adhering to law. This is the sort of judicial indiscipline that brought us such decisions as Miranda and Kennedy v. Louisiana.
But whatever the reason, the Court is slipping. Reader's Digest reports that all nine Justices finished behind -- you guessed it -- Judge Judy:
- We trust TV judges more than Supreme Court Justices. Straight-talking dispute settler Judge Judy (51%) had the highest score of all the judges on our list - including all nine Supreme Court Justices, and was closely followed by Judge Joe Brown (48%).