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Elected Judges: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

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Insert Clever Username (7 hours ago)
I call upon Judge Death(from the Judge Dredd comics). He don't give a fuck.
M (6 days ago)
12:34 "You have a problem" Which would be fixed changing the system used to choose judge and instead of elections a good and old meritocratic system like, hmmm, exams... But obviously elections are way more correct way to choose a good candidate, instead of the knowledge of the candidates being tested right? /s
Zachary Brundidge (7 days ago)
Haha, Joy Moore has been outed as a pedophile know.
ben ban (9 days ago)
Why not start from the Presidential elections. Election donations are rife there.
Quiwi Lin Lisolet (12 days ago)
I agree with everything here. Including the dill. That shit is a leftover from times ANY spice was better than none.
ZanZIb T'es Con (15 days ago)
I come from the future, ROY MOORE is a pedophile. His philosophy is simple: 2 consenting gay adult doin it IS BAD! Pedophilia IS OK in his book though (as long as it's a grown man and a teenage girl). How can the party of "value" vote for that guy (he almost became senator btw!)
Luck Offten (15 days ago)
What did Dill do
Caitie Regan (17 days ago)
Lol going through old videos and pedo Roy Moore is here talking about gay people.
sowrabh sudevan (23 days ago)
I am from India and on watching all of last week tonight’s videos I feel that the single biggest contributor to most of these problems is how lobbying is legal.
David Cowen (26 days ago)
Electing Judges is a great idea in Theory but a total nightmare in reality. Courts throughout North America are completely broken. Including Matremonial Courts, Family & Civil Courts etc. The best way (that's still far from perfect) is appointment by peers and scholars and any candidate backed by some sort of SI Group that could pose a conflict of interest should be w/drawn. Lastly, the appointments & process needs to be transparent. Whatever you think the solution in this"take" Oliver doesn't offer an alternative or remedy for problem.
Totally not a troll (26 days ago)
Yay my state is in the news! Even if it’s because we suck.
Christian Kettlewell (28 days ago)
This episode aged better than anyone could've predicted
RocksOwnStone (29 days ago)
Allan loughty looks like an American John Oliver
richard wilmot Ph.D (30 days ago)
Unbuckle the belt from around my neck & unhook it from the bed post, then put my ding dong back in my panties. __SCALIA
TotallyShattered (30 days ago)
Man, watching this now, after all the shit we now know about Roy Moore, is completely different.
Eric Shepperd (1 month ago)
Holy shit Moore almost won a damn senate seat years later!
Samir Sehgal (1 month ago)
Ahhhh...Look at Roy More now! The only Republican so bad that even Alabama couldn't elect him!!!
timou9000 (1 month ago)
but I love dill :/ ...
D. (1 month ago)
This is an inherent flaw in democratization. The debate we need to have as a country is whether we should seek to improve democracy or ditch it all together.
Christoph Swager (1 month ago)
roy moore then runs for senate...I dunno wtf happened there
Corban Murphy (1 month ago)
Ha, i learned the south american countries in spanish class.
kcbh24 (1 month ago)
Oh, how funny! Somebody should have given Moore a crystal ball
Max Reyes (1 month ago)
Lol Roy Moore fucks kids.
Jacob Prim (1 month ago)
Hey Roy Moore how are things going ya pedophile...
JWil42 (2 months ago)
What’s wrong with Scalia, John? Also, it seems like you give each SCOTUS judge an animal form, presumably based on which president appointed him (Reagan appointees are dogs, Trump appointees are sea creatures, and idk about everything else)
JWil42 (2 months ago)
With regards to the Supreme Court on same-sex “marriage”, it was against the Tenth Amendment for them to do so (All powers not delegated to the federal government in the constitution are left to the states).
A W (2 months ago)
I never really heard a good solution for the electing judges problem. Is there one? A real good solution. Make it a law that lawyers can’t contribute to judge elections. I’m sure they’ll find a loop hole but at least they will have to work for it and it will work some of the time. A lot of city employees can’t except gifts or money above a certain amount and that it’s enough for everyone working there or nothing at all. That worked and was strictly abided by in San Antonio, Tx
Ethan (2 months ago)
I support traditional marriage, but Roy Moore is dumber than a box of rocks.
Sarah Trachtenberg (2 months ago)
Homophobic ephebophiles are my favorite homophobes!
Willem Kruit (2 months ago)
Bonus points for using the correct term.
Michael Abesamis (2 months ago)
Hey I love dill
Dustin Burnett (2 months ago)
LOL Roy Moore, eh? Way to catch on before he blew up, Jon.
Figment DonCat (2 months ago)
What’s wrong with dill?
Blaine Judd (2 months ago)
I’ve never noticed but it looks like Oliver is missing his right tooth. It adds to his character
Ashley Meijer (2 months ago)
oh no not roy moore
jotabeas22 (2 months ago)
What the fuck? Dill is amazing. Do you people even know how to cook...? Oh, right. You are an Englishman living in USA.
Alex Dragonrider (2 months ago)
beard of zeus! I knew I heard the name Roy Moore before now.
DNA TV (2 months ago)
I've rewatched this video more times then I like to admit and you guys having the wrong flag (the flag of Uruguay) in the background when showing where Bolivia isn't is the most painful part for me.
Enlightened Dystopian (2 months ago)
The map at 1:40. . . Long Island is definitely not a part of New York. I just live in the 51st state I guess
mdudegamer (2 months ago)
Oh wow, somehow I didn't realize Roy Moore was already a thing back in '15. Glad he got kicked to the curb in '18, yeah?
C M (3 months ago)
Burn your bible people. Gays should be able to marry. Shit like this happens because of the poison of religion.
Zachary Henderson (1 month ago)
C M this comment would be funny if it weren't so sad. Then again, I don't think it's the the comment, itself, that's sad, but really the mindset of the person who had to write it. That's sad
Baraka Williamson (3 months ago)
Was anyone thinking Paul Neby MUST HAVE A FAMILY MEMBER NAMED BOB NEWBY!! I then cried a little. ;-;
TheBatkrasun (3 months ago)
Fuck dill
Brandon Davidson (3 months ago)
Holy crap, Roy Moore is that judge from years ago, and then he tried to become a Senator.
Orafaun (3 months ago)
I have witnessed this first hand. A prosecutor stood up, pointed to the press in the room, and said if he went easy on the defendant he might not be a judge much longer. This actually happened.
SadTransHedgehogs (3 months ago)
Roy Moore will be in the news for much different reasons a few years later
Nada Weyyy (3 months ago)
Ahh yes Roy Moore...
dangeredwolf (3 months ago)
That Anthony Scalia joke didn't age well lol
C K (3 months ago)
I googled where Bolivia is and you guys are gunna be so mad
S.V.G Light (3 months ago)
Yep these kind of judges exist. Fortunately Since the election of President Trump you are going to see a lot more judges appointed who are going to base their deliberations on the Constitution, a far cry from those politicians in robes appointed by Obama. Based on the number of appeals that have overturned these libertard judges rulings, it appears that many dont know their a$$ from their elbow.
S.V.G Light (3 months ago)
Scott Jewett here's what Wikipedia has to say about it. The Supreme Court of Alabama is the highest court in the state of Alabama. Unless you have another that exceed highest; maybe highestest, then there is no other court above the Supreme Court of Alabama. However above this "State" court is the Supreme Court of the United States to which any decisions are appealed to.
Scott Jewett (3 months ago)
In what world do you think a state government has authority over the federal government? Or do you honestly think that the only thing higher than state government is the Supreme Court? Maybe go do some research.
S.V.G Light (3 months ago)
Scott Jewett, this is what the reporter said. "A FEDERAL COURT last month lifted Alabama's ban on same sex marriage. But Roy Moore, the STATE SUPREME COURT chief justice ordered State judges to ignore the federal ruling. Note that in Alabama the State supreme Court is the highest court in that state and Roy Moore is the Chief Justice therefore the highest law official. The only higher court than that state court is the Supreme Court of America where any appeals from this court is heard. Roy Moore being the State Supreme Court Chief Justice can order the State Judges to ignore the ruling, right or wrong. Here's where the US Supreme Court comes in, if he made a bad decision, to overrule that ruling. Roy Moore goes on to give his interpretation of the gay marriage. Notice he said, " I think that gay marriages is an alteration of the definition of marriage. The United States Supreme Courts does not have the authority or the Federal court do not have the authority to interpret a word that disputes the Constitution. My understanding of that is that in Roy Moores' mind the leftist packed United States Supreme Court was unconstitutional in making a ruling on defining the word marriage to mean anything other than between a man and a woman. In other words if the US Supreme Court had more constitutionally minded judges they would never have ruled in favour of gay marriages since it's unconstitutional.
Scott Jewett (3 months ago)
He wanted Roy Moore to be a Senator. Remember, that guy up there who just said the Supreme Court doesn't have the power to interpret the Constitution even though THAT'S LITERALLY THEIR JOB. I mean, I guess you can forget about those things when you're hitting up underage girls, but still.
EmpireSun (3 months ago)
watching this in 2018.......BAHAHAHAH ROY MOORE GOT WHAT HE DESERVES
Florian Fritz Hennefarth (3 months ago)
it seems more and more likely that there is only one shithole on this planet!?
Nick Walsh (3 months ago)
You pointed at Ecuador first.
Youssef Bargach (3 months ago)
John Oliver, criticizing Roy Moore before it was cool...
Chirag Goswami (3 months ago)
lol the judge doesnt know spelling of justice. what the fuck is justus?!
James Mcmurray (3 months ago)
Btw the last one actually was Bolivia. Anyone else play the board game Twilight Struggle?
stewieismyhomeboy (4 months ago)
0:40 So glad Roy Moore chose to run for Senate, so he could be eviscerated as a child predator.
Jakub Tuszewski (4 months ago)
Your source is aljezera or how the hell you spell that camel fucker word
Mrpolonog (4 months ago)
Wow, Roy Moore. Bet he'll never come up again!
Daniel (4 months ago)
Vi Haze (4 months ago)
Update: Roy Moore ended up being a pedophile.
Pmocte 01 (4 months ago)
hehehe he said dill does
Pete grimes (4 months ago)
Elected judges DAs politicians are a CANCER ON AMERICA
Omar Shah (4 months ago)
Roy Moore can suck my judicial penis
SiddyProductions (4 months ago)
2:03, isn't the flag shown Uruguay's?
Patryk Wieczorek (4 months ago)
But I like dill with my potatoes...
Seafoam Serpent (4 months ago)
The concept of "Law" is contradictory to the word "Free"
Purple Toast (4 months ago)
That’s not bologna
Scott Reardon (4 months ago)
The Roy Moore bit is super awkward to watch any time after late 2016
Kyle Stubbs (4 months ago)
0:28 Wait... him!?
Adam Palmer (4 months ago)
Moore is a dumb dumb
james evarts (4 months ago)
Phillip Hildebrandt (4 months ago)
Dill is delicious and healthy!
Maddi Blackford (4 months ago)
If only you had known how bad it would be
Maddi Blackford (4 months ago)
If only you knew
Thebiguglyalien (4 months ago)
John, I'm from the future. If you think Roy Moore is bad now...
Scott Jewett (4 months ago)
The last one actually was Bolivia. It shares a border with Peru, as well as Lake Titicaca. Excuse me while I go giggle over that name.
Tyler Peterson (5 months ago)
Oh look. Roy Moore. He’s an interesting guy.
Jaaa Beee (5 months ago)
Wouldn't it be nice if we had zero point energy?
Biggus Dickus (5 months ago)
Biggus Dickus for 2020.
Scott Jewett (4 months ago)
fuck that. I'm voting for Naughtius Maximus.
Dan Moar (5 months ago)
And I thought Roy Moore was a cunt when this came out... oh boy
cioda (3 months ago)
Dan Moar what ever happened to him? He kinda just dropped out of the news it seems
Noah Blank (5 months ago)
0:56 Welp. We dodged that bullet.
PhatGirlLuva68-ThelastOG (5 months ago)
You would think after this people would have learned their lesson with Moore but noooo...
PhatGirlLuva68-ThelastOG (3 months ago)
cioda LOL!
cioda (3 months ago)
PhatGirlLuva68-ThelastOG what ever happened to him. He kinda just dropped out of the news
psilosimon savage (5 months ago)
it's depressing that these guys do more research for there show than any journalist in the usa. good luck america.
Amazing Badass (5 months ago)
fast forward 2 years into Roy Moore's future
Currently Unavailable (5 months ago)
That answered the question of 2017, how on earth did Roy Moore become a judge in Alabama?
bailey dane (5 months ago)
omfg watching this stuff about Roy Moore these days is like seeing a train that was on fire and knowing they cant see it yet but that trains going off a cliff real soon.
Sam T (5 months ago)
john i don't care the the LA county judges ran unopposed
Max Ernst (5 months ago)
The more i inform myself about the US, the more i think this country is hella corrupt. But look, i don't throw rocks, im in the glass house myself.
Estrid Holm Linder (5 months ago)
”Dill does” or dildos
Philip Frandsen (5 months ago)
Roy Moore is a good judge.
Hydrasaur (5 months ago)
Hey, look, its that Republican who somehow managed to lose to a Democrat in Alabama! #RoyMooreSoreLoser
Dale Dalesson (5 months ago)
9:27 Philadolphia
William Jeffries (5 months ago)
Thank you so much, black women voters of Alabama! You've saved your state from the worst of itself!
Zachary Henderson (1 month ago)
William Jeffries (5 months ago)
Lauren Bromund (5 months ago)
Anyone watching this in 2017, after Roy Moore lost to Doug Jones? Lmaoooo
Antarath (5 months ago)
1:15 The rest of the show was great, but this abominable insult to what may perhaps be my favorite weed cannot go unpunished.
JMG_99 (5 months ago)
Hey, remember Roy Moore and his failed senate candidacy in 2017? He started right here.
Micah Smith (5 months ago)
Give a like if you're watching this after Moore lost his electoral race
InterPlanar Productions (5 months ago)
So Roy Moore thinks that gay marriage violates the definition of a marriage but sexual assault is totally ok??
Persian Mapper (5 months ago)
1:51 Lol that's the flag of Uruguay flag in the background
Jacob Prim (5 months ago)
0:30 ah Roy Moore, I know your future
PurpleFox99 (5 months ago)
Well the past few weeks really make it seem like ignoring the ruling was one of the less terrible things Roy Moore has done

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