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

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The vast majority of US judges are elected, forcing many judges to pander to the electorate and accept campaign money in order to keep their jobs. This seems slightly troubling… Connect with Last Week Tonight online... Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens: www.youtube.com/user/LastWeekTonight Find Last Week Tonight on Facebook like your mom would: http://Facebook.com/LastWeekTonight Follow us on Twitter for news about jokes and jokes about news: http://Twitter.com/LastWeekTonight Visit our official site for all that other stuff at once: http://www.hbo.com/lastweektonight Connect with Last Week Tonight online... Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens: www.youtube.com/user/LastWeekTonight Find Last Week Tonight on Facebook like your mom would: http://Facebook.com/LastWeekTonight Follow us on Twitter for news about jokes and jokes about news: http://Twitter.com/LastWeekTonight Visit our official site for all that other stuff at once: http://www.hbo.com/lastweektonight
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DavidVT23 (1 day ago)
3:06 Judge Allen Loughry was just impeached for spending $363,000 on office renovations. And indicted on charges of fraud. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-45185684
GBell19 (2 days ago)
Is Allen Loughry at 3:07 one of the judges to be impeached in West Virginia? The guy who had a $42,000 desk paid for by the taxpayers at his house, and then lying about taking it home?
GBell19 (2 days ago)
Yeah, that's him. And in his ad, he's running for State Supreme Court!
MrSkevich (2 days ago)
https://www.npr.org/2018/08/13/638252387/west-virginia-house-votes-to-impeach-a-state-supreme-court-justice I'm just gonna leave this here. John Oliver making fun of another corrupt government official before he was found out. #JonOliver2020
Dookje (2 days ago)
Roy Moore: Marriage is for a man and woman only, and sex is exclusive for a man and a little girl. Horrible freak.
Chris De Graaff (6 days ago)
One of the judges featured in this segment just got indicted for fraud, lol
douglas williams (8 days ago)
The justice system ... must be run and maintained by those who want it... more than they want exemption from it.
De Oppresso Liber (9 days ago)
In Brazil there’s a public BAR exam that courts held to select candidates. Its a five stage exam and the courts are obliged to enforce the approved in the judicial positions. Also there’s a singular career plan, so a court of appeals judge is an older, veteran one. The judiciary has garantees they cant be moved against their will (except full bench decision), they cant have their salary tuned down and they are judges for life (until age 75). There is exceptions but basically thats how it works. I guess each system has pros and cons
mary w (9 days ago)
Here it is 2018 and nothing has changed. No one seems to care but Citizens United sure does!
RomanSans _ (9 days ago)
The Uruguayan flag in the back ground when he was talking about Bolivia cracked me up.
mrmarioscatman (9 days ago)
I saw a lot of complaining and not a lot of solutions being offered. If the point of this segment was to raise awareness fine, but this doesn't actually do much to solve the problem.
parker jeon (9 days ago)
Roy Moore wtf
Riley Patterson (9 days ago)
Wonderful episode, however John you went too dam far! Dill is an amazing spice that truly makes a lot of things tasty as fuck. Firstly one of my favorite snacks is sour cream with a very large amount of dill and a wyoming helping of garlic to be mixd in then to dip pretzels in. Secondly have you eaten a fish without lemon and dill? Dill is wonderful you mostly funny parrot newsman who makes wonderful points that are sometimes skewed a little left for my independent white ass.
MrSpiritchild (12 days ago)
It's not the supreme court's job to over ride the states, it's job is to determine the constitutional validity of federal laws and mandates that govern the whole US without regard of the sovereignty of individual states. This is bad when the law is passed based on someone's feelings or political point of views without regard for the constitution. What makes the recognition of same sex marriage on the federal level unconstitutional, is it's really not the government's business who we choose to marry, and they have no place deciding what a valid marriage is on any level, whether it's same sex or not. There fore, the legality of same sex marriage defaults to state jurisdiction instead of federal.
Sol Smillie (12 days ago)
Paul Newby got my vote that is catchy song
Kurt Tennant (13 days ago)
Good news everyone, Allen Loughry from 3:26 got impeached and arrested for fraud! He got hit with 22 charges total, and he even wrote a book on political corruption in WV in 2006
Phil_Oged 07 (13 days ago)
With all the Bolivia thing, why was the flag in the background Uruguayan
default 4300 (14 days ago)
if I deserved to hear about a penis then what the fuck did I do today?
Mrs_Badger At_Home (16 days ago)
Ya'know, in the current #metoo era, 3:33 is...what's the phrase? Asking for it? Hope his penis knows how to litigate! Besides, can you imagine pulling it out regularly to slap it against your desk every time you want folks attention?
Skippy the Magnificent (18 days ago)
America: where freedom outstrips common sense.
nibnob9 (23 days ago)
gays don't have the right to marry
Ash Dearnley (1 month ago)
the third one is actually bolivia if anyone was wondering
Truckin Convoy (1 month ago)
chopped dill, 2-3 caps of malt vinegar, and ketchup all mixed up and drizzled over hot chips. Much tastier than straight ketchup ;)
Conway79 (1 month ago)
Judges taking money from lawers? Isn't that the definition of bribery and corruption? How is it even legal?
The Lonely Londoner (1 month ago)
Why did you show the Uruguayan flag
young_nhopeless (1 month ago)
WHy are you talking about bolivia with the Uruguayan flag ?
Green Guy (1 month ago)
Excuse me John Oliver but i had to study Spanish Speaking countries in Spanish I so I can win your silly games
Stalker (1 month ago)
Loughry looks like a failed clone of Colbert
That Scalia joke didn’t age well
Max (1 month ago)
Just noticed, the flag John Oliver used for "Bolivia" is actually the flag of Uruguay.
Hello World (1 month ago)
1:44 Sees home state is not one of the 39 states I can feel happy now
miss misanthropist (1 month ago)
selecting random people for these kind of jobs would probably most of the time do a better job than any of the pre-selected guys
Ben Mejia (1 month ago)
Judge Loughry was just indicted, fwiw.
Insert Clever Username (1 month ago)
I call upon Judge Death(from the Judge Dredd comics). He don't give a fuck.
M (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Haha, Joy Moore has been outed as a pedophile know.
ben ban (2 months ago)
Why not start from the Presidential elections. Election donations are rife there.
Quiwi Lin Lisolet (2 months 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 (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
What did Dill do
Caitie Regan (2 months ago)
Lol going through old videos and pedo Roy Moore is here talking about gay people.
sowrabh sudevan (2 months 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 (2 months 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.
Smilley MLK (1 month ago)
John's a comedian moonlighting as a journalist. Maybe he doesn't have a good answer, other than "not this". But yeah, your proposal would merit consideration, though in the long run could become a breeding ground for nepotism.
Totally not a troll (2 months ago)
Yay my state is in the news! Even if it’s because we suck.
Christian Kettlewell (2 months ago)
This episode aged better than anyone could've predicted
RocksOwnStone (2 months ago)
Allan loughty looks like an American John Oliver
richard wilmot Ph.D (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Man, watching this now, after all the shit we now know about Roy Moore, is completely different.
Eric Shepperd (2 months ago)
Holy shit Moore almost won a damn senate seat years later!
Samir Sehgal (2 months ago)
Ahhhh...Look at Roy More now! The only Republican so bad that even Alabama couldn't elect him!!!
timou9000 (3 months ago)
but I love dill :/ ...
D. (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
roy moore then runs for senate...I dunno wtf happened there
Corban Murphy (3 months ago)
Ha, i learned the south american countries in spanish class.
kcbh24 (3 months ago)
Oh, how funny! Somebody should have given Moore a crystal ball
Max Reyes (3 months ago)
Lol Roy Moore fucks kids.
Jacob Prim (3 months ago)
Hey Roy Moore how are things going ya pedophile...
JWil42 (3 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 (3 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 (3 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 (4 months ago)
I support traditional marriage, but Roy Moore is dumber than a box of rocks.
Sarah Trachtenberg (4 months ago)
Homophobic ephebophiles are my favorite homophobes!
Willem Kruit (4 months ago)
Bonus points for using the correct term.
Michael Abesamis (4 months ago)
Hey I love dill
Dustin Burnett (4 months ago)
LOL Roy Moore, eh? Way to catch on before he blew up, Jon.
Figment DonCat (4 months ago)
What’s wrong with dill?
Blaine Judd (4 months ago)
I’ve never noticed but it looks like Oliver is missing his right tooth. It adds to his character
Ashley Meijer (4 months ago)
oh no not roy moore
jotabeas22 (4 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 (4 months ago)
beard of zeus! I knew I heard the name Roy Moore before now.
DNA TV (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (5 months ago)
Burn your bible people. Gays should be able to marry. Shit like this happens because of the poison of religion.
Zachary Henderson (3 months 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 (5 months ago)
Was anyone thinking Paul Neby MUST HAVE A FAMILY MEMBER NAMED BOB NEWBY!! I then cried a little. ;-;
TheBatkrasun (5 months ago)
Fuck dill
Brandon Davidson (5 months ago)
Holy crap, Roy Moore is that judge from years ago, and then he tried to become a Senator.
Orafaun (5 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 (5 months ago)
Roy Moore will be in the news for much different reasons a few years later
Nada Weyyy (5 months ago)
Ahh yes Roy Moore...
dangeredwolf (5 months ago)
That Anthony Scalia joke didn't age well lol
C K (5 months ago)
I googled where Bolivia is and you guys are gunna be so mad
S.V.G Light (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 months ago)
watching this in 2018.......BAHAHAHAH ROY MOORE GOT WHAT HE DESERVES
Florian Fritz Hennefarth (5 months ago)
it seems more and more likely that there is only one shithole on this planet!?
Nick Walsh (5 months ago)
You pointed at Ecuador first.
Youssef Bargach (5 months ago)
John Oliver, criticizing Roy Moore before it was cool...
Chirag Goswami (5 months ago)
lol the judge doesnt know spelling of justice. what the fuck is justus?!
James Mcmurray (5 months ago)
Btw the last one actually was Bolivia. Anyone else play the board game Twilight Struggle?
stewieismyhomeboy (5 months ago)
0:40 So glad Roy Moore chose to run for Senate, so he could be eviscerated as a child predator.
Jakub Tuszewski (5 months ago)
Your source is aljezera or how the hell you spell that camel fucker word
Mrpolonog (5 months ago)
Wow, Roy Moore. Bet he'll never come up again!
Daniel (5 months ago)
Vi Haze (5 months ago)
Update: Roy Moore ended up being a pedophile.
Pmocte 01 (6 months ago)
hehehe he said dill does
Pete grimes (6 months ago)
Elected judges DAs politicians are a CANCER ON AMERICA
Omar Shah (6 months ago)
Roy Moore can suck my judicial penis
SiddyProductions (6 months ago)
2:03, isn't the flag shown Uruguay's?
Patryk Wieczorek (6 months ago)
But I like dill with my potatoes...
Seafoam Serpent (6 months ago)
The concept of "Law" is contradictory to the word "Free"
Purple Toast (6 months ago)
That’s not bologna
Scott Reardon (6 months ago)
The Roy Moore bit is super awkward to watch any time after late 2016

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