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In his letter, Kenneth Boyd wrote that a jurist’s role is to apply the law [“A jurist’s role,” Maryland Independent, Nov. 23]. It is the responsibility of the jurist to be the neutral person standing between the government and the individual citizen. This is a requirement of both the federal and state constitutions.
If a jurist deals with a “law” that is manifestly unconstitutional, it is that jurist’s duty and obligation to invalidate that statute and not “apply” it. The courts and its judicial officers are independent and act every day to undo the efforts of usually well-meaning elected officials who occasionally restrict the rights of the everyday citizen.
Judge Jerome Spencer got it right.
Michael J. Elmore, Brandywine