Drug-testing plan for associate judges makes sense

November 9, 2013 

We call your attention to an important guest column on the opposite page by St. Clair County Judge Stephen McGlynn. He's calling for drug testing for judges, and voluntarily took a drug test himself to demonstrate that he is drug-free.

McGlynn writes that mandatory drug testing for elected judges couldn't happen without changes to the law. However, he believes that associate judge candidates, who are appointed by the circuit judges, could and should be required to pass a drug test.

That would be a positive first step, and we urge Chief Judge John Baricevic and the other circuit judges to require that of associate judge candidates. And given the drug scandal at the St. Clair County Courthouse, every sitting judge should step forward as McGlynn has and voluntarily be tested for drugs.

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