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Let judges serve longer

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Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 2:04 pm, Thu Oct 24, 2013.

Wisdom comes with age. People are living longer than ever before. And it’s not smart to fire someone just because he or she is getting older — in fact it’s now seen as a form of discrimination known as ageism.

For all these reasons, we urge our readers to vote yes this Nov. 5 on Proposition 6. The measure will allow state Supreme Court justices, who now must retire at age 76, to serve until they’re 80. The official retirement age now is actually 70, but the jurists are allowed six more years if they pass a certification process. The proposition also would allow judges on the Court of Appeals, the state’s highest, to serve until they’re 80.

The limit of 70 was put in the state Constitution in 1869, when life expectancy was somewhere in the 40s. (Imagine!) Now it’s around 80. And some of our greatest federal jurists, such as Oliver Wendell Holmes, Louis Brandeis and Learned Hand, served well beyond age 80. Let’s let our state judges at least serve until then. Vote yes on Prop 6.

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