Judges' concerns about conflict were justified

​Your editorial about the judges refusing to meet with the governor is nothing short of disingenuous and uninformed ("Judges should attend Gov. Hogan's crime meeting, along with the public," Aug. 25). The judges are correct to refuse to meet because we have an important concept in this country created by the Constitution called separation of powers. That means that the executive branch in which the governor sits may not influence (or seek to influence) the judicial branch.

The governor has been quoted as expressing concern over a statistic that 60 percent of those convicted of gun offenses "are ordered to serve less than half their sentences." What is the origin of this statistic? It's on this basis that the governor would appear to want to meet with the judges. The Sun says the governor ought not "try to unduly influence" the judges a la Trump. This statement betrays a failure to appreciate the constitutional mandate of separation of powers. Any influence is undue. Any attempt to influence is undue. There is no degree of influence that is appropriate or proper when dealing with the constellations of government.

This constitutional safeguard is not subject to erosion at the whim of a governing executive.That is precisely its point. Yes, we are in a crisis in Baltimore. It is not appropriate (or lawful) to suspend important aspects of the Constitution merely because the Sun (protected by the First Amendment) thinks it's appropriate to do so.

Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan addresses the "Chinese General Chamber of Commerce Lunch" during the first day of the National Governor's Association meeting Thursday, July 13, 2017, in Providence, R.I. (Stephan Savoia / AP)

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