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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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Anna Robinson (2 days ago)
But it's not as in Law & Free, is it? First of all it's just a surname so it's not "as in" anything and secondly it's not even spelt that way ie. Lawfree.....You're making a silly point Judge Laughfry or however you're name is spelt 😃
Jeff Gao (3 days ago)
Who else went on google maps and searched for Bolivia after this?
Chase Halpern (6 days ago)
They put Bolivia on the wrong place in the map. Edit: Nevermind
BunzeeBear (6 days ago)
So wrong. Next judges will be taking money from the MAFIA & DRUG CARTEL.
Michele Kett (6 days ago)
I thought the Judiciary was not too good in Australia, but yours is totally f.....d! Corruption is the norm. No wonder Trump has been able to stay out of gaol all these years!
Joost Schenk (6 days ago)
That feeling when you aren’t American so you actually fkn know where tf Bolivia is.
William Gagnon (6 days ago)
A partisan justice. How can this country be called a democracy?
Mason Koski (6 days ago)
The dude in the commercial is now impeached and faces 395 years in prison on federal fraud charges
I think if he didn’t call his penis “the gavel” before, he does now.
Lennox Xonnel (7 days ago)
the flag behind the 'bolivia' map was Uruguay's xD
Steven Bruce (7 days ago)
So, it's not elections that are inherently compromising but the campaigns. As long as these are no better than popularity and beauty contests, we're simply inviting political corruption.
Tyler Keller (8 days ago)
I understand Supreme Court justices being appointed and their terms lasting for life in an attempt to insulate them from politics. So that they're judgements aren't affected by the need to satisfy voters. However, that's inherently flawed when a beer keg with legs like Brett Kavanaugh is given that level of power, without the worry of losing his position, in my opinion, creates some serious danger.
Tyler Keller (8 days ago)
Congrats Judge Schlitz Kavanaugh. Ya fuckin son of a bitch 1980's James Spader level rich, white ass-hat.
Juanma206 - Twitch (8 days ago)
Allen Loughry got jailed for fraud. So much for Justice.
nathan nomad (9 days ago)
Great work, keep it up!
Kevin Hill (9 days ago)
I hate the geography game! It makes me feel stupid.
Simon Danielsen (10 days ago)
How does a country like the US get it so badly wrong on something like this? Canada, the UK, Australia, NZ, we just appoint judges and everything turns out OK. Only the US (oh, and Bolivia) turns it into a circus. What a joke!
Anna Jensen (11 days ago)
Is anyone surprised? I mean really? This is the country that knew arussia hacked the elections and didn’t do anything to prevent it this go around 😒
Ekvitarius (13 days ago)
That’s not even Bolivia’s flag 🇧🇴 either
Zer0 (13 days ago)
Here's the funny thing. Both Antonin Scalia and, probably the bull dog dressed as Antonin Scalia, are dead.
Samu Rai (15 days ago)
John Oliver...the same stupid fucking Marxist idiot that wanted Donald Trump to run for president because he knew that he had no chance to win...haha!
NYCzora (16 days ago)
🗣stop hating on dill!
Bano Banoo (17 days ago)
I didn't even know of the existence of a Bolivia until I watched this video
Seth F (19 days ago)
at one point i just stopped laughing at america and just started feeling bad for them
Wilson (19 days ago)
First Oliver criticizes electing judges, something I agree isn't a good idea. But then later he criticizes the lifetime appointments of federal judges (which helps insulate them from the bias frequently found with elected state judges). Make up your mind...
OkestBFF4 PlayerEvah (20 days ago)
Wildlands taught me where Bolivia was. Lol
Oregon's Lonewolf (20 days ago)
Think for a second what will happen if the Dems don't make their case after all of this hot air. Don't think for a second some of your party members won't jump ship just as others have done. #walkaway. Your "blue wave" is dwindling and you are doing it to yourselves. Your leaders are doing it to you! NO witnesses to these events, no time frame, no actual place of incident=nothing but someone else's words 35 years later. You are all imploding from within and you are doing it to yourselves.
Dylan Morrison (20 days ago)
How do you have a name like Greg Beard and not wear a beard
Panika Dillon (21 days ago)
FYI: ruling on trial procedures is not a judge's job, but a justice's job. justices are the people you go to when you appeal your case and appeals have to do with whether the law was applied correctly, whether procedures were correctly followed, whether the law was constitutional and, in criminal cases, whether the defendant received adequate representation. judges are the ones who oversee trials. I only know this because I was trying to figure out why the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas goes by Justice Nathan Hecht and the Chief Justice of the Texas Criminal Court of Appeals goes by Judge Sharon Heller. I still don't know why Judge Heller goes by "judge" and not "justice", but I assume it's for similar reasons that Judge Specia chose not to go by Commissioner.
John Chessant (24 days ago)
Fun fact: Allen Loughry has been impeached as a Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court! (August 13, 2018)
Danica Jekic (24 days ago)
Rewatching this in 2018 is absolutely comical
Guy Fawkes (25 days ago)
Just do like proper countries and remove any non academic requirements from the hiring process. In other countries people with legal backgrounds make qualified decisions as to how good potentials are at interpreting and imposing the rule of law as described by the countrys laws, and not by their own wishes as to what these laws should be. They then hire these people and somehow we never have supreme court justices trying to block religious freedom, or abortion rights or other random stuff based on personal beliefs. Once things happen politically, shit like that is bound to happen. Keep politics to politics and let other branches of government attempt at being meritocracies.
NightHawk12to81 (26 days ago)
Dill is awesome. It's the money herb.
DeElroy (26 days ago)
You mean 'That's what Dill-Do' *see what I did there*
Mandy B (28 days ago)
It's 2018 and Kavanaugh is up for the Supreme Court. There is a *long* list of reasons why he shouldn't even be a judge in the first place. But he's backed by Trump - and guess who he backs in power... Voting for judges is just *wrong*. It's the ultimate in corruption. So much for a free and fair society. How about promoting (by an apolitical group of county/city/state etc 'elders' - those with no stains on their character, or at least the fewest if that place is not well represented by the law-abiding...) well-respected lawyers who work to the letter of the law? I believe that there are some of this rare species out there.
Nathan Martin (29 days ago)
I'm from the UK, but having lived in Illinois, the fact that John Deere help make judicial decisions for the people of Illinois is possibly the least surprising thing John Oliver has ever said in that 'you should be surprised by this' tone of voice.
Tucker Bowen (1 month ago)
Fuck you, Moore
Blondie Wise (1 month ago)
It’s the last one
Alex Bryson (1 month ago)
(Thoughts before re-watching this): I might as well see this again Video: Roy Moore, the state's Supreme Court Chief Justice... ME: Ooooh, what are the comments like now?
Chubbs (1 month ago)
The Paul Newbey song was actually catchy
Sedat KPunkt (1 month ago)
Dude, what's going on in the US? I've watched the "BAIL" report of John Oliver before and thought "What a fucked up system". I don't know what's worse. The other thing is are these elected judges qualified to fulfill the duty as a judge. Did they attend university and learned law? Or could really anybody do this job? Then It would be even worse than sharia law...!
denovo09 (1 month ago)
Unfortunately, everything in this piece is spot on correct.
Boogeypop80 (1 month ago)
Booooo! I love dill.
Raja King (1 month ago)
In india any criticism for any supreme court judgement...that is contempt of court...but this is really awesome...😇😇
K Håland (1 month ago)
Dill is such a dillweed. (do people still say dillweed? Did they ever?)
Hazukichan X (1 month ago)
I find it funny to see a judge playing the "bribe me with campaign funds and I might go easy on you, wink wink" game, correctly identified himself as being a prostitute (11:23). Very easy for all the smug, secretly insecure people constantly trying to feel better than someone, to look down on a girl on the street in skimpy clothes selling sexual favors, but that fucking judge's robe means exactly the same thing at this point: "You pay me, and I'll do whatever you like!" ...Maybe time to stop judging and go home to seriously think about your life, Your Dishonor.
TheEllod (1 month ago)
Stopped watching after the shit talk on Dill began. When you shit talk the best herb available among the lesser spices, you done goofed.
Stefan Radu (1 month ago)
I like dill :)
Steve Cooper (2 months ago)
It's fucking 2018 get rid of that herpe sore now
Steve Cooper (2 months ago)
We'll get to Texas but Alabama needs to be annexed
DavidVT23 (2 months 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 months 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 months ago)
Yeah, that's him. And in his ad, he's running for State Supreme Court!
MrSkevich (2 months 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
DJM Engelhard (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
One of the judges featured in this segment just got indicted for fraud, lol
douglas williams (2 months ago)
The justice system ... must be run and maintained by those who want it... more than they want exemption from it.
De Oppresso Liber (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
Here it is 2018 and nothing has changed. No one seems to care but Citizens United sure does!
RomanSans _ (2 months ago)
The Uruguayan flag in the back ground when he was talking about Bolivia cracked me up.
mrmarioscatman (2 months 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.
Robert Jarman (1 month ago)
What would you suggest? And remember, a lot of what is good and bad comes down to the details? What if all judges had access to a specific pool of money at the beginning (which they give back if they didn't get say 5% of the vote)? And they could only use that money, no outside donations or even their own money. That takes the money out of the politics. And this must only be used to use specific examples of either why another candidate did the wrong thing for the decision they had to make or why they should be a judge? And you used something more like a consensus voting system, like ranked ballots or score voting? And have a system where a judge could only be recalled based on a supermajority of the votes, like 65% of the votes against them. That is a pretty hard margin to get, especially if the US were to ever get a multi party system going. Add in a staggered judicary. Trial courts use 3 judges, one elected every 2 years for a 6 year term, circuit courts elected for a 10 year term, with 5 judges, staggered so that one is elected every two years, 7 judges, serving 14 year terms, one elected every two years, a supreme court, 18 year terms, one every two years, and a constitutional court, which is the only court that could rule on matters of constitutionality and whether a law violates it, and key constitutional functions like invalidating fraudulent elections, with say 1/3 nominated by a commission and confirmed by the legislature serving for a 24 year term, 1/3 chosen by a public vote for a 24 year term, and 1/3 chosen by all the lower court justices for a 24 year term.
parker jeon (2 months ago)
Roy Moore wtf
Riley Patterson (2 months 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 (2 months 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.
Kurt Tennant (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
With all the Bolivia thing, why was the flag in the background Uruguayan
default 4300 (2 months ago)
if I deserved to hear about a penis then what the fuck did I do today?
Mrs_Badger At_Home (2 months 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 (2 months ago)
America: where freedom outstrips common sense.
nibnob9 (2 months ago)
gays don't have the right to marry
Ash Dearnley (3 months ago)
the third one is actually bolivia if anyone was wondering
Truckin Convoy (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
Judges taking money from lawers? Isn't that the definition of bribery and corruption? How is it even legal?
The Lonely Londoner (3 months ago)
Why did you show the Uruguayan flag
young_nhopeless (3 months ago)
WHy are you talking about bolivia with the Uruguayan flag ?
Green Guy (3 months ago)
Excuse me John Oliver but i had to study Spanish Speaking countries in Spanish I so I can win your silly games
LJC (3 months ago)
Loughry looks like a failed clone of Colbert
That Scalia joke didn’t age well
Max (3 months ago)
Just noticed, the flag John Oliver used for "Bolivia" is actually the flag of Uruguay.
Hello World (3 months ago)
1:44 Sees home state is not one of the 39 states I can feel happy now
miss misanthropist (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
Judge Loughry was just indicted, fwiw.
Insert Clever Username (3 months ago)
I call upon Judge Death(from the Judge Dredd comics). He don't give a fuck.
Zachary Brundidge (4 months ago)
Haha, Joy Moore has been outed as a pedophile know.
ben ban (4 months ago)
Why not start from the Presidential elections. Election donations are rife there.
Quiwi Lin Lisolet (4 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 (4 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 (4 months ago)
What did Dill do
Caitie Regan (4 months ago)
Lol going through old videos and pedo Roy Moore is here talking about gay people.
sowrabh sudevan (4 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 (4 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 (3 months 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 (4 months ago)
Yay my state is in the news! Even if it’s because we suck.
Christian Kettlewell (4 months ago)
This episode aged better than anyone could've predicted
RocksOwnStone (4 months ago)
Allan loughty looks like an American John Oliver
richard wilmot Ph.D (4 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 (4 months ago)
Man, watching this now, after all the shit we now know about Roy Moore, is completely different.
Eric Shepperd (4 months ago)
Holy shit Moore almost won a damn senate seat years later!
Samir Sehgal (5 months ago)
Ahhhh...Look at Roy More now! The only Republican so bad that even Alabama couldn't elect him!!!
timou9000 (5 months ago)
but I love dill :/ ...
D. (5 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 (5 months ago)
roy moore then runs for senate...I dunno wtf happened there

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