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4.02 Judicial Review- Judson

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Alyssa Shinaberry

on 13 October 2013

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Transcript of 4.02 Judicial Review- Judson

The Honorable Ramona Salvarez
I was able to catch up with Ms. Salvarez today to ask her a few questions about her role in government.
Alyssa Shinaberry:
Ms. Salvarez, how is your role in government different than that of an elected official?

Ramona Salvarez:
My role in government is different than that of those who are elected officials because I overlook cases and evaluate evidence. My job is to make sure that the facts are truly facts and that everything is presented fairly and unbiased. While judges exist to serve the people, we are appointed by the president rather than the people.
Topic 2
Okay, I can clearly see the differences that you present, but what about their nuances, what makes them alike (judges and elected officials)?

I think that there are many things that make us the same, we serve for the same purpose, the people.
Topic 3
Topic 4
While I do not agree with your statement on the rights to elect judges, I do believe that people should be more educated. Could you explain to our listeners what judicial review is?

Why certainly, I would best summarize this as having the power to review and cancel laws if they are determined unconstitutional, it also holds the power to undo public policy.
Topic 5
Do you have an example from a recent case that you could provide?

Yeah, sure, that could help better explain this; I had a recent case from a music company. They were offering a "free" monthly membership, but charging immediately after thirty days, without warning to the consumer. They were charging people without notifying them that they were going to charge a fee after the trial ended.
What did you do to solve this problem, how did you rule the case?
I suspended the business for a period of ninety days, they also had to refund the money back to any people that had used their business. They had to reevaluate their policy and make the website easier to understand for those using it.
I think that is fair, thank you for your time Ms. Salvarez, I greatly appreciate the information you've provided for our listeners.
You're welcome, Alyssa, I like educating youth in order to benefit the future of our country.
Do you think judges should be elected or appointed by the government and president?

I do not think that people are educated enough in order to select a judge, when people vote, they're only concerned with the most irrelevant details rather than what is important.
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