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…
I love these and I hate these. I keep wishing that he will run out of material and the show will go off air. Sadly, I imagine this show could go on for years.
The US is a fucking weird country, and you scare me.
Oh rich white homophobic faggots with power piss me off.
Electing judges must be the stupidest idea ever; right next to the jury system. 12 annoyed and bored civilians in a court ruled by some schmuck elected just because some stupid commercial, making decisions about life and death just based on theatrical performances of some lawyers who are trained not to interpret law but to be very effective stage performers. No wonder american courts look like carnivals.
wrong, the states override the federal gov’t. its called the 10th amendment
The States are so fucked up. You’re a laughing stock of a country
We don’t elect judges in Canada, but we still manage to put some really out of touch morons on the bench. And we can’t remove them via the ballot box. So not electing judges is an imperfect system too.
“freedom” of speech in America has gone too far, having adverts that horrific just to “get one up” over someone is unbelievable. that kind of behaviour should never be allowed in any first world/civilised country. – *I’m Shaun Thompson, and i approve this message*.
id rather have the american justice system than the european one where pedophiles, terrorists, murderers get few years in prison if any and afterwards social services, job, housing as an award. yeah lets listen to a comedian how the perfect justice system looks like…they seem to be experts on any topic.. even Hollywood stars push into politics. O tempora, o mores
This is great and really funny! The ads are hilarious!! However, Oliver references a retention election with that ad featuring the three terrible criminals with their faces obscured. With retention elections, voters give a judge a simple “yes” or “no” in what is supposed to be an uncontested election. A retention election is part of the Merit System of appointing Judges. I think this system is better than electing judges in contested races, however it is not perfect. Do a word search for – judges merit system – and see for yourself.
After watching this I am satisfied that America is one of the worst democracies on earth. No offence you Americans are starting to resemble a middle eastern dictatorship. I see no different between Americans and Arabs now.
How is it that judges lobbying for donations from lawyers isn’t illegal?! Welcome to ‘Merica… fuck yeah?
Why does everything have to be corrupted? Can’t there be one part of the government that just works right and isn’t abused, please? Just one? I need to hear this
Until our society is educated, these injustices will continue forward. We should really focus on our education system in America because I do believe the more heads we have thinking, and working together, the more we can achieve and overcome.
At least state judges have to be elected. On the federal level, there is no accountability whatsoever.
the judge is right, GAY IS WRONG. do the math egg + sprem = human simple biology 101
1:57 And that’s not even Bolivia’s flag on the background… it’s Uruguay’s. So meta.
Wait wait wait… So, rather than have the power to elect your own judges, you want the officials you elect to just appoint them? I get the cost cutting measures of cutting the middle man out, but you’re getting the same results from a different method. Rather than pandering to an electorate, they pander to the political elite. We all already know about the corruption and underhandedness that goes along with any other appointed position, how can the US be sure the other way will be any better? The situation is more akin to a game of Jenga, and elected judges are but one small piece that both holds up the teetering tower, and makes it less structuraly sound.
Americans couldn’t stand a life without popular vote. The idea of proportional representation, parliamentarian cabinet and judicial appointment is just unbearable. It’s a culture thing thus difficult to understand for Europeans who are comfy with living under monarchs. Problem is, popular vote usually turns ugly.
Seriously?!?! Elected judges by the people? That is even more stupid than that jury system jesus wtf how is that country still working.
So Judges in the US do NOT need any legal experience?!
Why Greg doesn’t have a beard?
445 Judges hate this video
Did anyone else catch that the flag of Argentina behind Bolivia? Very clever Mr. Oliver.
Well, sucks for Roy Moore. The US just legalized LGBT marriage in all 50 states this morning. Let’s all point and laugh at him.
Am I the only one who knew where Bolivia is
Wait a minute, you guys elect your judges? That’s not much different from mob justice.
I fucking love dill.
Makes a joke about people not knowing Bolivia Uses the uruguayan flag as background
Still love the show, but….
This must be one of the most disturbing things i ever heard about america.
ps: i’m french.
Gay marriage is like female circumcision. It’s possible but makes no sense. Marriage is a biblical event of the binding between man and woman. I don’t mind that gay people want to be together, but calling it marriage is insulting to the Christian religion just as much as if you were to make fun of a bar mitzvah, or to make fun of the dress code of Muslim women. If gay people want to be together, fine, I don’t care, what I do care about is when people do something offensive to a certain culture and ask the people what was wrong. I don’t hate gay people one bit but I don’t like the idea of throwing a religious event when the goal is no where near religious. That’s why the majority of Christians are mad. Others are accepting because they either don’t want to be judged horribly or they don’t know what marriage is themselves.
I like dill… :(
Holy shit, that’s actually frightening.
That was not Bolivia’s flag…
Oh you sneaky Oliver :>
Step One: Make the supreme court elected as well. Step Two: Popularity contest/who has the most money. Step Three: ??? Step Four: Best Judge Judy episodes, EVER!
The first country was Ecuador, the second is Paraguay and the third one is indeed Bolivia. Yes I have no social life whatsoever
Greg Beard has no beard… how disappointing.
…. I thought these states were “United”?
What is the judge’s job first and foremost? Is it make sure the accused gets a fair trial ?? So the innocent person does not end up in prison or worse executed because the judge was more interested seeing someone anyone killed to make the public happy. Or is it the job of the judge first and foremost to sentence someone anyone to prison or to be executed ?
I would like to see the way the judges are chosen to run for the office changed . The local bar pick two defense attorney to run for election of two terms only. The defense attorney must make 60 to 70 of their cases in criminal law not civil law. [ [not the prosecutor they have a drive to put people in prison to win at all cost and have tendency to bend the rules to achieve that. ]] keep the money for election to no more then $100. per contributors. even at that small amount the judge could not sit on a case if any of the prosecutor or defendant his attorney contributed to the judge
I agree with John Oliver when it comes to criminal judges…. they should not be elected. HOWEVER, we need to see the difference between criminal judges and judges who rule on whether a law is constitutional…. those judges should be elected. Otherwise, if we have unelected judges making or “interpreting” laws for us, that’s not democratic.
Obama need to die for good . his existence in the white house make this country hotter and dirtier.
Michelle Obama and her daughters are making my life miserabele. No wonder why she pratend to be Nice won en outside but inside just a fat bitch walking like man’s dick. I hate Obama’s follower, stop messing with me you obama dick sucking animals. I am a human being.
I fucking hate these “so glad I don’t live in America” comments. Just because you don’t have someone as smart as John Oliver pointing out the problems in your country doesn’t mean you don’t have any. As a matter of fact, it probably means the opposite.
1.59 Why is there an uruguayan flag behind the south american map? A flag you though so little….
Simple destroy lobbying
And that is why not every nutjob should have the right to vote
That’s not even the Bolivian flag!!!
That wasn’t even the flag of Bolivia… It was Uruguay’s… (Source: I’m From Uruguay)
The Soviet Union had elected judges as well.
Its bolivia but in the graphic, the Argentinian flag was in the background……or is it? (it is)
Honestly I vote for Judges and I have no idea who they are or what they think and as they said usually only one option. I often wondered about this process.
“At best, it’s your duty.” *YEAH*
Glad I live in Canada
Last Week Tonight is like a documentary on everything wrong with USA.
Is America really such mess? (honest question)
Just one quick question: why did they use the Uruguayan flag when talking about Bolivia??? We’re two completely different countries in almost every way you can think of. I still love LWT though.
This show makes me wish Leverage were real. And still on the air. Can we get Elliot or Hardison or Parker’s actors to be on the show to just turn to the camera and give a thumb’s up or a “We’re on it” occasionally?
I knew something didn’t make sense when Bolivia wasn’t landlocked lol
I can’t believe I actually disagree with John Oliver on something. Now more than ever judges are very important in the legal process as we all know the interpretation of the law is just as important as a lot so therefore since we supposedly live in a democracy it’s really important that these people who have such a pinnacle role in law have some sort of accountability to the people.
470 down arrows? Seriously? This is brilliant.
this guy is soo informative, these shows are awesome and anyones better informed for watching it!
Will people ever realise that this 12:43 is the swiss flag and NOT the red cross?
I saw an add for paul newbie.
Yay, I knew that wasn’t country wasn’t Bolivia… for some reason
I thought Supreme Court judges were appointed by the president and approved by the senate. When did we begin electing them?
I hate the new video player! Post this until youtube changes it back!
I realized it was not Bolivia, and FYI, the flag which you put as background during the joke is Uruguay’s national flag. XD
What if elected representatives both at provincial & federal level elect judges with Proportional representation with single transferable vote does ensuring bipartisan participation in outcome?
I’ve just seen all these shows and all i can say is that John Oliver should not stay in US….he will soon become the new Snowden,I love the show,i learnt alot about the US and now i know that i dont want to go in the US that much,and that is a bad thing for US…..take care John Oliver,them redneck evil companies are after you…nevertheless….keep going,i love the show,and i still cant belive I watched 17 min about infrastrucutre and did not got bored…that sais alot about the quality of the show
Except SCOTUS doesn’t have constitutional grounds for gay marriage. Just like they made an unconstitutional decision te reinterpret the ACA (they should have told congress to fix that damn abortion of a law)
The judge where I live gets asked if she supports abortions before campaigns more than any question her opinion matters on.
Yes John I fucking loathe dill
Bolivia… A country you think about so little that you didn’t realize that the flag in the back of the map we showed isn’t Bolivia’s but Parguay’s… Wait, but Paraguay too is a country you think about so little that you didn’t realize that the flag on the back is actually Uruguay’s
Holy shit this guy is so good!
I like dill :(
Where can I get a bumper sticker like Killbrides, for sometimes I feel that I know more about the application of law than most judges, who let personal feelings get in the way of true law.
Justus Loughry? What the Christ?
In fact… That is not even Bolivia flag!
So much gay talk below is odd to me. Anyway, amazing,enlightening show.
Oh Paul Newby, I wasn’t alone in thinking your commercials were ridiculous…
I’m sorry but there are monsters where yes a judge does get to say “it’s my pleasure to sentence you to death”. Hitler would have been one, Dahmer, Gacy, Manson, and many others. I’m sure since it was Russia it translates differently but I bet the judge in the Andrei Chikatilo case said something to that effect.
Most forms of elections in America are corrupt? In other news Yale University study shows that water is indeed wet!
Dukes of Hazzard, you are under arrest for having the confederate flag viewable in big trucks, or from 5 feet above the ground with an unobstructed view
All Hail Judge Oliver!!
Absolutely love the Purge joke. I hope they make five more of those movies, so we can find out the answers.
Solution: go to Canada
Man, i was rooting for the true Bolivia from the start, but then i got really confused when he pointed out the second Bolivia
That wasn’t the flag of Bolivia…
It’s a corrupt system where judges have to “look good” while maintaining the justice system. Which generally results in overly harsh punishments, because judges that are known to go easy don’t do well in re-elections. The American public LIKES harsh sentences. Then it happens to a family member or loved one. And your opinions changes. We are a thoroughly stupid people.
Judges should not be allowed to get money from lawyers !!!!!! WTF?!! So fucking mad about that!
i call my son “justice”, i call my dog “pree-amble” and i call my penis “the gavel”. vote for me. BOOM! sounds like a good reason to elect a judge to me. LOL!
This is definitely an issue as I have learned first hand. My Mom is one of the hardest working defenders in the state, having been among the lawyers to handle the most cases. She frequently works very late into the night on and consistently works on the weekends to handle each case to the best of her abilities. She recently ran for a district judge position against a long-term judge. In unofficial statements from other lawyers that deal with the incumbent they agreed that he does not have a strong grasp of legal matters, often making incorrect legal judgements (which affect actual people’s lives). These lawyers couldn’t publicly express these opinions or officially support either candidate for fear that the other would win and this would affect the outcome of their cases in the future. Outside of that, he also broke campaign regulations by using robot calls to solicit donations and falsifying actual campaign spending amounts. And yet my mother lost to a far less well qualified candidate.
Omg, don’t they must have a law degree and have pass a judge school after that to be an active judge in USA? Here in Greece must do that!
So, to be clear, anyone can be a judge in USA? Without at least to be a lawyer? WTF?
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