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Letter: A functioning democracy requires an independent judiciary

Dennis Kooren responds to a column about the The Supreme Court from Tribune columnist Cal Thomas in The Forum's Sept. 23rd e-edition.

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I was blessed to know Dr Hilare Bouka. He was one of Africa’s top judges
before being forced to flee his beloved Congo to Senegal. I once asked him
what the most important aspect of democracy is. He looked me straight in the
eye and said “An independent judiciary.”

I believe former President Trump does not trust democracy, he is an autocrat
and is working to destroy trust in our judiciary. Contrary to what columnist Cal Thomas says, I think Trump expects those he appoints to follow him fully.

Sadly, I see Cal Thomas’ opinion published Sept. 23 as attacking our judicial independence as well.

Dennis Kooren lives in Fargo.

This letter does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.

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